Governor General Addresses the Qikiqtani Regional Teachers’ Conference via Virtual Keynote

Over 400 Teachers across Nunavut Connect for the First Time at Inuksuk High School through TelePresence

I don’t know if many of you have had the great privilege of meeting His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. On February 19, I had that distinct pleasure. His Excellency joined us along with Terry Audla, president of Inuit Tapiirit Kanatami at Cisco’s office in Ottawa to address over 400 guests located in Iqaluit including the Honourable Peter Taptuna, Premier of Nunavut, the Honourable Paul Quassa the Minister of Education, as well as many teachers and administrators.  This was part of Cisco’s support of the Qikiqtani Regional Teachers Conference taking place in Iqaluit. We were happy not only to invite His Excellency to join us, but to have him participate in the virtual portion of the event, which brought experts and special guests from across Canada to the teachers in Iqaluit over the course of the week-long conference. And let me tell you – he had me at “cherish our teachers”.  Having been in several schools across Nunavut, I can tell you first hand that these teachers are doing incredible work on the front lines of some of Canada’s most remote communities. In the winter it’s dark. And cold. Some of these teachers are dealing with challenging social issues and children with unique needs. And yet, the teachers I have met show such commitment, resilience and a real passion for what they do. It was moving and fitting to hear them recognized by none other than our extraordinary Governor General.  Every teacher in this country does us all a great service in the support of Canada’s students. And the teachers in Nunavut are exceptional examples of teachers can have such a meaningful influence in the lives of their students. They are mentors, coaches, sounding boards, advocates.  And they are to be celebrated!

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How Cisco Canada’s I CAN Learn Program is Connecting Students to the Science of Sport, Virtually

Do sport wheelchairs have breaks?

How long does it take to make a sport wheelchair from design to manufacturing? What do you have to study to become a sports scientist?

And how long have you been training for the upcoming TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games?

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Cisco TORONTO 2015 Countdown Clock wins global recognition

Our Cisco TORONTO 2015 Countdown Clock is getting worldwide attention! I am delighted to share that X2O Media (a Barco company) our ecosystem partner, won international recognition at the 2015 Digi Awards in the Best Deployment, Sports Venue category. X2O’s platform was used in conjunction with Cisco’s iServices platform to drive real-time content to the displays on the Countdown Clock.


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Collaboration Insights – Getting Work Done – New Series

*Posted originally on Jon Arnold’s Analyst 2.0 Blog on March 2, 2015

The term collaboration is a bit of a loaded word, but it’s become central to any conversation now around workplace productivity and communications technology. To help decision-makers get better value from collaboration initiatives, this marks the start of a new series based on my ongoing industry research.

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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


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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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Susan Monachino, Neworking Academy instructor, and two of her students 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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