Monday, October 1, 2012 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm Followed by Reception
Max Bell Auditorium
Cyber Summit 2012 opened with a high-level look at the economic and social potential of big data, with a particular focus on the way civic leaders are developing strategies and initiatives that build on its power.
Nancy Flam, Project Director, Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Nova Scotia A Certified Management Accountant with a Masters in Public Administration, Flam has more than 25 years of experience working with municipal, provincial and federal government. In 2007, she developed a provincial broadband strategy and was appointed Project Director for implementation of Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia (BRNS), the provincial “last mile” Internet initiative. By mid-2010 this rugged coastal Atlantic Canadian province boasted 100% broadband coverage to thousands of Nova Scotians living in hundreds of unserved and underserved coastal and interior rural communities. As well as overseeing the coordination of the network infrastructure build involving the coordination of several private sector Internet service providers; Nancy incorporated a change management strategy, Planning for a High-Speed Future. a strategic approach to community economic and social development that helps communities plan to take full advantage of the power of the Internet.
Peter Garrett, Interim CEO, Innovate Calgary Garrett has invested his entire professional career into various aspects of commercializing emerging technology. He has served as Vice President of Wireless Networks R&D for Nortel Networks, and CEO of Global Thermoelectric (an alternative energy/fuel cell company). Since 2003, Garrett has been an active investor, business and technology consultant. He is past chair of Calgary Technologies Inc, the University of Calgary Engineering External Research Advisory board and the University’s Project Management Advisory board. He also served as chair of the technology commercialization task forceon the Alberta Science and Research Advisory board.
Bill Hutchison, President, i-CANADA Hutchison is an international business and social entrepreneur and advisor on strategic technology and economic development. He is a Co-Founder and Chairman of the i-CANADA Alliance, Executive Director of the Ernst & Young Center for Smart City Innovation in Moscow, Board Chair of SAVI, a five year multi university Internet and cloud computing research program led by the University of Toronto, and a member of the Skolkovo Smart City Expert Advisory Board in Moscow. In 1998 he was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Canadian Information Productivity Awards and in 2005 a panel of business and technology editors recognized him as “One of Canada’s Top 30 Movers and Shakers in ICT over the Past 30 years”. In 2006 he received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Intelligent Community Forum of New York.