June 21-22, 2004 - du 21 au 22 juin 2004 E-commerce to e-economy - du commerce électronique à la cyber-économie
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Sunday, September 26, 2004

8:00 – 9:30

Welcome Reception and Registration

Monday, September 27, 2004

8:30 – 9:30

Registration and Breakfast

9:30 – 9:40

David Johnston, President, University of Waterloo

9:40 – 10:00

Keynote address
From Electronic Commerce to the e-Economy

Over the past five years, Internet-based e-business has spread throughout the economy. Fostering innovation and organizational change, it has become the primary source of productivity and economic growth. And for it to continue, policy makers, the private sector and academia must respond effectively to challenges and opportunities of ICT-based business innovation.
Speaker: Minister of Industry (invited)

10:00 – 12:00

The Current and Future Shape of the e-Economy
Government and private-sector leaders will discuss the evolving e-economy both nationally and internationally, examining its impact on productivity and growth, and describing its expected course of change.


12:00 – 1:30

Keynote Address
Speaker: Michael Sabia, President, BCE Inc.

1:30 – 3:00

The International Dimension
Representatives from governments and international organisations active in e-policy-making at the international level will discuss the dynamic global e-economy environment. Topics include the interrelationships of national and international policies, from new trading rules and the work of international agencies to potential contributions to global development and the current international agenda.


  • V. Peter Harder, Deputy Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Brendan Tuohy, Secretary General, Dept. of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources, Ireland
  • Paul Twomey, President and Chief Executive Officer, ICANN
  • Paul Misener, Vice President, Global Public Policy, Amazon.ca
  • Maureen O'Neil, President, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)



3:30 – 5:00

Public-sector Transformation
Leading practitioners of Government Online and e-government review the current status of GOL initiatives in Canada and internationally, discussing the potential for transformative change in public administration and democratic governance.


  • Don Lenihan, Director, Centre for Collaborative Government
  • Frank Hart, Special Advisor to the Premier of Saskatchewan
  • Ken Cochrane, CEO Information Technology, Public Works and Government Services Canada

5:00 – 6:45



Dinner and Keynote address
Keynote: “Building the 21st Century Economy in Canada”
Speaker: The Right Honourable Prime Minister Paul Martin (invited)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004


Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40

Nancy Hughes Anthony, President, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

8:40 – 9:00

Keynote address
Engines of the e-Economy

The success of the e-economy depends on developing an economically sustainable infrastructure for e-business deployment. How can Canada address the challenge of simultaneous technology build-out and adoption?
Speaker: Don Johnston, Secretary-General, OECD (invited)

9:00 – 10:15

Business Opportunities and Growth
Panellists will explore the role of ICTs in fostering business innovation and discuss the outlook for business in the e-economy. Included in this session is an examination of SME participation in the e-economy and the need for process transformation throughout all sectors of the economy.


  • Nancy Hughes Anthony, President, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Roman Coba, Senior Vice President, Eastern Canada, Loblaw Companies Ltd.
  • Jean-Marie Toulouse, Director, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC)
  • John Maduri, Executive Vice President, Telus

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 12:00

Infrastructure for the e-Economy
Building on the keynote address, panellists in this discussion will focus on developments in broadband deployment and how networks are used—examining the importance of both to the continued growth the e-economy. The session will highlight the future evolution of ICT infrastructure, including advanced networks and the new applications, data and services being built around them. Panellists will focus specifically on such critical areas as e-health and e-learning, and on the impact of all these developments on the changing roles of communities and institutions.


  • Andrew Bjerring, President, CANARIE
  • Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canadian Health Infoway
  • Greg Mumford, CTO, Nortel Networks (invited)
  • Michael Binder, ADM, Industry Canada
  • John A. MacDonald, President and COO, Allstream

12:00 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:30

Promoting the Trust Agenda: Privacy and Security
Establishing and maintaining a responsive and flexible trust infrastructure will help Canada realize the full potential of the e-economy. Panellists explore such topics as the protection of personal information, digital signatures, SPAM, cyber-security and consumer protection measures (from seals and alternative dispute-resolution mechanisms), discussing how well governments and the private sector have addressed these issues. This session also looks at threats, challenges and opportunities in the area of trust.


  • John Gustavson, President, Canadian Marketing Association
  • Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • Michael Geist, University of Ottawa
  • Toby Weiss, Senior VP eTrust Security, Computer Associates

2:30 – 3:45

Setting the New Agenda
This concluding session draws on all of the preceding to consider how Canada might best develop its next-generation strategies for ensuring continued leadership in the global e-economy. Panellists will discuss the roles of government, the private sector and academia in developing new levels of collaboration—linking various organisations and processes to develop new levels of co-operation and creating a new role for networking.


  • David Pecaut, President, IFormation Group
  • Lorna Marsden, President, York University
  • Hon. Perrin Beatty, P.C., President & CEO, Cdn Manufacturers & Exporters
  • Arthur Carty, National Science Advisor to the Prime Minister

3:45 – 4:00

David Pecaut

4:00 – 6:00


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