Who is minding the gaps in the Canadian internet? Building a better online Canada together
The internet is prevalent in the lives of Canadians – it's where we work, play, connect socially and access many government services. While the internet is open to all Canadians, not everyone has access to the same tools and understands how to use them. Inequality in access and digital literacy increase the gap between internet ‘haves and have nots’.
Join us Thursday May 30th to discuss and debate some of the issues our community is facing, and learn how we can build a better online Canada for all Canadians together.
This event will feature a panel discussion with Vancouver-based digital leaders working on issues ranging from urban infrastructure and access challenges, to innovative digital literacy and content projects. Byron Holland, CIRA president and CEO, will also explain what CIRA is doing to help bridge the gaps, through our Community Investment Program, and how you as a .CA holder, are already helping build a better online Canada.
Tracey Axelsson is the Executive Director of the Vancouver Community Network where she directs the communications, operations and special projects to foster work to reduce the digital divide. She focuses all of her entrepreneurial energy on the individuals who access services to improve their digital literacy and works hard to increase access to devices for seniors, youth, refugees and street-involved youth. As a CIRA Community Investment Program grant recipient, Tracey fostered the knowledge and use of the StreetMessenger.ca - a mass text messaging platform for social service agencies to send text messages into the community for those experiencing homelessness or poverty.
Mark Hosak joined the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) in 2018 as the Director of Community Engagement. He has a background in fundraising, communications, and organizing from his previous experience with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, various progressive political campaigns and as a Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament. His past campaigns have included advocating for wild salmon protection, for veterans pension rights and against climate change.
Mark holds a Masters of Political Management from Carleton University and a BA Hons in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. His work focused on applied campaign theory and political narrative.
Scott Jamieson is a member of the Vancouver Internet Exchange (“VANIX”) board of directors. VANIX provides internet and network-based businesses the ability to connect to a professional and responsive local internet exchange. Scott has 25 years of experience with fiber optic network planning, design, permitting, construction, audit, optimization, sales, purchases, maintenance, and management. He has been in key executive positions in both public and private sector organizations, as a network operator as well as a design/build contractor.
Bradley Shende is an award winning creative technologist, filmmaker, digital producer, and strategist. He is the CEO of digital agency M2O, co-founder of Indigenext, an Indigenous Accelerator and Freeli, a Smart City Blockchain Protocol. He serves as an advisor to BCIT's New Media Design Program, and is a commentator on technology and media trends for CTV, Global, CKNW and Discovery’s How Stuff Works.
Note: Presentations and the webcast stream will begin at 12:00 p.m. PT (3:00 p.m. ET). The event will be presented in English.
Not a CIRA member?
Applying for membership is easy, free and open to any .CA holder. Become a member online or on-site at the CIRA meet-up.