Canada’s Goldcorp Raises the Bar and Builds the ‘Mine of the Future’

Across Canada, companies are making the incredible happen with the Internet of Everything. This week I am pleased to share another Canadian IoE success story, straight from British Columbia-based Goldcorp’s Éléonore mine in Northern Quebec.

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Cisco Canada’s Networking Academy Volunteers Shine at the I CAN Develop Kick-Off!

What do you call an event venue teeming with enthusiastic students, despite a snowy Saturday morning? A grand success! On February 7 Cisco Canada, together with Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee, kicked off the I CAN Develop student program at George Brown College to help facilitate the Games.

Over 350 Cisco Networking Academy student volunteers from high schools, colleges and universities across the GTA and as far away as Iqaluit, will help build, test and deliver the massive technology solutions that will connect the sporting venues and media centre to the world.  What does this mean for our Networking Academy volunteers? Besides providing a great platform for the students to partner in the success of the Games, this unique opportunity will also empower them to gain hands-on experience and help begin to reach their full potential in their careers. Check out this video showing students already in action at the recent test event at the Cisco Pan Am Games Velodrome and during the construction of the Cisco TORONTO 2015 Countdown Clock.

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My take-aways on the Transformative Pedagogy Webinar with Dr. Lance Ford

It is always a pleasure to chat with Dr. Lance Ford. He is so good at communicating verbally and visually that it is hard to remember we are actually videoconferencing with him. Very quickly the technology fades away in the background, as the conversation becomes more and more lively. To his point, turning on the video could cut our meeting times in half as, by listening and reading body language, we engage in deeper levels of collaboration and understanding. This is how we work and learn in the 21st century. The proof is in the pudding, as we say.

If you missed our February 10th webinar, I invite you to watch the recording. I jotted below some of my key take-aways, and I invite you to do the same by posting a comment below or by connecting with me via Project Squared or via email at mlijour@cisco.com.

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Hard Hats On: Peek inside Cisco Canada’s New Office Space in “The Smartest Building in North America”

On February 13, Cisco Canada hosted a Hard-Hat Tour for local media and analysts, to give them a behind-the-drywall look at our new offices slated for move-in in May 2015 at RBC WaterPark Place, located at 85 Harbour Square. Bernadette Wightman, president of Cisco Canada, welcomed the attendees and Rick Huijbregts, Vice President of Industry Transformation at Cisco Canada, led the group through active construction zones.

We were also joined by our ecosystem partners for RBC WaterPark Place: Oxford Properties, EllisDon, CBRE, and HOK.

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350 Students and 150 Days: I CAN Develop and the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

150 days to go until the TORONTO 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games.

Less than five months for 350 students and instructors from 23 Cisco Networking Academies across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to participate in the world’s third-largest international multi-sport Games … but these students won’t be  biking, cycling or kayaking…they will make up an entirely different team… Meet Cisco’s  I CAN Develop program!

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Three of our I CAN Develop participants from St. Jean de Brebeuf high school in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Harnessing the power of “What If?”

Sabrina Greupner is the Ontario Science Centre’s new Cisco Science Fellow for Innovative Learning Technologies. This is Cisco’s first museum-based fellowship.

My love affair with all things geeky started in 1968. An inquisitive—and frankly, nosy—five-year-old, I happened to be passing a neighbour’s open door in our west-end Montreal apartment building when I spotted one of those things that can mark a child for life.

It was a colour television. Showing Star Trek.

It was the first time I had seen either, and the fact that I can still picture it clear as day (His shirt is BLUE! He’s got POINTY EARS!) indicates the extent to which my imagination was captured and happily held hostage for life.

Charles F. Borden meets with the 2014 winners of the NASA Space Apps Toronto Challenge during his visit to the Ontario Science Centre.

Charles F. Borden meets with the 2014 winners of the NASA Space Apps Toronto Challenge during his visit to the Ontario Science Centre.

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Mobile VNI Forecast Report: Wi-Fi and Video will be Big Players in the Next Five Years

On February 3 we released the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014 to 2019.

According to the annual forecast report, some key contributors to significant mobile traffic growth include:

  • More mobile users.
  • More mobile connections.
  • Faster mobile speeds.
  • More mobile video.

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Why the Canadian Oil and Gas Industry Must Embrace New Technologies

Although often perceived as a sunset industry by outsiders, the truth is the oil & gas industry is very high tech. Over the past 20 years the industry has transformed itself by developing technologies that have unleashed vast new reserves, previously uneconomic to develop. Canada now has the third largest reserves in the world, and none of it would have been possible without technology.

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What is Transformative Pedagogy in the 21st Century?

Teaching is the art of making connections. Connecting with students, connecting theories with concrete examples, connecting hypotheses to conclusions…

The first teacher I met during my training told us that, if she ever left the profession, she would work in communications. But if educators are master communicators, they are still challenged by the new ways of communication adopted by digital natives.

Join me on February 10 at 2pm EST to discuss transformative pedagogy in the 21st century and the modern teaching approaches that will help connect you with digital natives, and create truly Connected Learning Experiences.

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Mid-size customers need a unique approach: Erinwood Ford

In the first post in our series on the mid-market, we looked at a Toronto-based Cisco partner, IT PRO CANADA, which focuses solely on installing Cisco solutions to mid-market customers. In this post we’ll review advice from IT PRO CANADA co-founder David Lee and review a solution which involved a challenging wireless install.

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