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Wednesday, November 8 • 13:15 - 14:15
Improving Technology Access and Use In Rural Communities

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Many First Nations and rural communities in Canada are facing severe issues with access to technology and internet. This panel will feature community leaders who have found new and novel ways to tackle those disparities: from building an ISP from scratch, to creating a grassroots association of business, learning, lifestyle, health and agriculture leaders to share technology tools and ideas. Other panelists will focus on what comes after your community has connected to the internet, highlighting the need to build computer skills and understanding, as well as utilize (and protect) the data that is now available. Can these initiatives be emulated in other communities? And what role should business / government play in fostering technology access? This panel will dive into the issues and solutions available to Canadians.

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Robert Dyrda

Business Development, Strategy & Rural Broadband, Alberta SouthWest Regional Economic Development Alliances
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James Van Leeuwen

Innovation Architect, Ventus Development Services
James Van Leeuwen is an Alberta-based consultant and entrepreneur focused on leveraging ICT and data for community innovation and economic development. His principal focus is developing efficient and effective methods and models for local and regional collaboration. James has extensive experience... Read More →
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Barb Scully

Connected Communities Coordinator, Parkland County
Barb has been in the community economic development field for the past decade and has a passion for local economies and building community capacity. She has been the Connected Communities Coordinator in Parkland County, AB since spring 2015 and responsible for the Smart Parkland... Read More →
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Neal Shade

IT Manager, Red Crow Community College
Neal Shade has been employed at Red Crow Community College since 2003 as the IT Manager. He currently volunteers with the University of Lethbridge Alumni Association in two capacities as Vice Chair - ULAA First Nations Metis & Inuit Chapter, and Director - University of Lethbridge... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 13:15 - 14:15 MST
Kinnear Centre - KC 303