Cybera President and CEO Robin Winsor has accepted an invitation to join the Council of Governors of i-CANADA. i-CANADA is an initiative to raise Canada to Intelligent Nation status by stimulating the development of smart communities across the country. Winsor, who has been active in driving cloud and open data adoption in Alberta, says the key to making Canada an Intelligent Nation is to provide the lowest cost of infrastructure.
"Just calling for 'innovation' is not the answer," says Winsor. "The game-changer is the cost of the networking and computing power. We need to be concentrating on the cloud, open source, green computing, and ultra-broadband, to give us a sustainable advantage. Creating the lowest-cost computing in the world is key to bringing the innovation we need."
i-Canada's Council of Governors, chaired by Premier of New Brunswick David Alward, is an influential group of municipal, provincial, corporate and national leaders. Together they are setting the vision and direction for boosting the Canadian economy by building on a foundation of the most advanced information technologies and broadband communications.
"We are delighted that Robin Winsor has agreed to lend his strength and leadership to our Council," said Bill Hutchison, Chair of i-CANADA. "Cybera is developing infrastructure that will transform the West into a knowledge-based economy — an ecosystem of accelerated business and social growth."
Both Hutchison and Winsor are technology leaders in their own right. Hutchison was a founder of the CANARIE network and the Precarn organization that supports pre-commercial leading-edge technologies. Winsor invented and developed the world's first direct digital x-ray system and is a past winner of the Manning Innovation Award and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
"Creating an Intelligent Nation requires national leadership, interest and support as well as local community motivation and effort," said Hutchison. "The benefits being achieved by the world's leading Intelligent Communities include economic growth, incoming investment, job creation and new dimensions in social prosperity."