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    • November 21, 2011 Technicity bolsters Torontos growing information and communications technology industryMajor players from Torontos Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industryconverge on Tuesday, November 22 at Technicity. The all-day symposium will celebrateachievement, develop growth strategies and stimulate shared visions for the future.Participants from technology companies, government and key stakeholders will work to gainperspectives and explore plans to further grow Toronto’s technology sector and propel theToronto region forward as a centre of global technology."Toronto is Canadas high-tech hub," said Mayor Rob Ford."We want to ensure that this rapidlyexpanding sector, which generates billions for the economy and employs over 160,000 peoplein Toronto, continues to be strong. Technicity draws these businesses together so that theycan develop new partnerships and build common goals for their industry."In the next five years, more than 35,000 workers will be needed for Torontos growing ICTindustry - based on a recent study by Canadas Information and Communications TechnologyCouncil that states that between 2011 and 2016, Canadian employers will need to hireapproximately 106,000 ICT workers. That figure is double the size of Research in Motions(RIMs) entire worldwide labour force, estimated by RIM to be at 17,000 as of July 2011.Technicitys keynote speakers include Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation;Jim Milway, Executive Director, Martin Prosperity Institute; Dr. Sara Diamond, President,OCAD University; David Wolfe, Royal Bank Chair in Public and Economic Policy at Universityof Toronto; and Shane Schick, Editor-in-Chief, ITWorld Canada.Technicity will also feature the release of two studies related to Torontos mobile industry andthe citys financial services sector. More information is available at http://www.technicity.ca.Technicity is presented by ITWorldCanada in co-operation with the City of Toronto and theGreater Toronto Marketing Alliance. Sponsors include KPMG, Microsoft Canada, IBM andInfusion. Technicity will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centres South Building.Toronto is Canadas largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diversepopulation of about 2.7 million people. Torontos government is dedicated to deliveringcustomer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducingthe size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. - 30 –Media contact:Shane Gerard, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-397-5711, sgerard@toronto.ca