The Western Experience James van Leeuwen Director i-CANADA West
The Western Experience Reﬂec1ons in the Key of F i-‐CANADA Advisory Board Mee1ng Windsor, Ontario November 17, 2011 James Van Leeuwen Ventus Development Services and Liven Networks Pincher Creek, Alberta firstname.lastname@example.org
Fellowship “A group of people mee1ng to pursue a shared interest or aim.” “Free and friendly associa1on, especially with people who share one’s interests.” Fellowship shared responsibility and burden Fellowship infrastructure, ins1tu1ons and industry
Why are all these smaller communi1es in the U.S. building their own ﬁbre networks? Because there is no proﬁt incen1ve for the private telecom industry to build the highly capable, accessible and aﬀordable networks that all communi1es need to par1cipate and prosper in the global Digital Economy. These U.S. communi1es are now at war with their private telecom industry.
Smaller communi1es have the most to gain from the Digital Revolu1on. They are the lowest priority for government (least votes) and industry (least proﬁtable). They must take maders into their own hands, and they must work together. Rural communi1es are to society as roots are to trees. Larger communi1es should be helping them… not compe-ng with them.
Western Ini1a1ves First Na1ons Technology Council of BC Paciﬁc Community Network Associa1on Vancouver ICT Summit (Feb. 23-‐26, 2012) PICTURE (Pugng ICT to Use in Rural Economies) Alberta Council of Technologies
What will the future hold for these Canadians?
That will depend on the opportuni1es WE create. It will depend on our: Leadership Fellowship Vision Strategy Ini1a1ve Investment “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” [Norman Vincent Peale]
Becoming an intelligent na1on with ubiquitous world-‐class networks will require us to build a na1onwide fellowship that includes our First Na1ons communi1es. This is the capacity-‐building we need the most, and it’s the work I do at local and regional levels. This is what I would like i-‐CANADA to do at the na1onal level.