Highlighting Canada’s ability to compete on a global stage, Sarnia native and rock icon Kim Mitchell will be performing the evening of April 24th as part of the Canadian Digital Media Network’s 4th annual CDMN Canada 3.0 digital media forum. Mitchell, who was lead singer/writer and guitarist in ‘alternative’ band Max Webster before launching a solo career that continues to this day, is known for breakout hits ‘Go for Soda’ and ‘Patio Lanterns’, and will no doubt be a big hit himself with attendees of Canada’s premier digital media forum.
“Through Canada 3.0 2012, we’re demonstrating that Canadians can aspire to compete on a global stage, much like Kim Mitchell has done as a performer,” said Kevin Tuer, Managing Director, CDMN. “We’re confident that Canada can be a leader in the global digital economy, and Canada 3.0 brings together all sectors in industry, government, and academia to make that a reality.”
After three decades, three Juno awards and numerous gold and multiplatinum album sales, Mitchell accepted an additional challenge: his first ‘day job’. Six years later, he has become the number one afternoon drive announcer in the GTA at Corus’s flagship station, Q107 in Toronto, a rating that makes him the most listened-to announcer in the country with males 25 to 54. It’s through these achievements and more that Mitchell has earned celebrity status in Canada.
The spotlight will also be shining on an impressive array of speakers from other walks of life at Canada 3.0 2012, adding to the experience for the anticipated 2,000 registrants. Among the many speakers are:
- Lynda Brown-Ganzert, Vice-President Nordicity (West)
- David Fransen, Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles
- Mathew Ingram, Senior Writer with GigaOM.com
- Mark Barrenechea, CEO of OpenText
- Tom Perlmutter, Chair of the National Film Board of Canada
- John Stackhouse, Editor-in-Chief of the Globe and Mail
- Martin Soltys, Founder & CEO of Transmedia Entertainment Partners Ltd., and co-founder of restaurant chain Pete & Marty’s
- Lisa von Sturmer, CEO and Founder, Growing City
Organizers of the Canada 3.0 forum have worked to ensure that recommendations made at last year’s event were acted upon and as a result, staged cross-Canada workshops over the past six months to determine the digital media needs and aspirations of each region. Opinions from industry, academia and government were distilled to create the topic streams at Canada 3.0 which include: Connectivity; Productivity; Content; Talent; and Access to Capital.
“The grassroots input, best practices and lessons learned we’ve collected from the cross-Canada tour has shaped the program for this year’s forum, and will be reflected in the content and topics discussed,” said Tuer.
The “Moonshot” goal of ‘anyone can do anything online in Canada by 2017’ has been the key focus of the forum over the past few years, Tuer said. The forum is once again being hosted in Stratford, which has become an epicentre for the arts with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and for digital media innovation with the Stratford Institute and University of Waterloo Stratford campus, which bring arts and sciences together. The Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF) named the City of Stratford a Top Seven Intelligent Community of 2011 on the basis of its communications infrastructure and digital media adoption within the community.
Registration is in full swing for the forum which is just over a month away, being staged April 24-25. Early bird registration ends at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, March 23rd. Follow CDMN Canada 3.0 2012 on Twitter @Can3_0 or join the conversation using #CDA30.