Author: Dave Forde

10 Reasons why Toronto is a great city for the technogy industry

Toronto has often been recognized as a leading city for technology in North America. Over the last two years we’ve been experiencing a resurge into the industry. Just about ever sector of the technology industry has seen growth, wireless, blogs, broadband and many more. Here are a few thoughts that I’ve together that makes Toronto a major player in the technology industry. Diversity – Toronto is known as the most diverse city in North America – this gives us an international talent pool to draw from & ability to tap into global markets Education – University of Toronto’s world-class school of engineering program, along with other top schools such as Seneca College & Centennial College Internet Access – Canada has a 77% broadband penetration allowing consumers to take advantage of video and online services; Toronto Hydro plans to offer wireless throughout downtown Toronto (Internet everywhere) Community – centers for excellence such as MaRS & Innovation Synergy Center in Markham Access to funds – Toronto Venture Group (TVG) which brings investment ready-entrepreneurs with presentation opportunities to qualified investors the home all the major Canadian banks, Cluster – as a whole, Toronto represents 3300 firms & 148,00 employees, annual sales are estimated greater $30 billion, exports of $6 billion , 3rd largest ICT sector in North America, behind San Francisco & New York, head office to such companies as Rogers, ATI...

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TORONTO, July 11 /CNW/ – (, one of the Internet’s fastest growing online local classifieds sites, has announced that Gesca Ltd., the wholly-owned Canadian publishing subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada whose holdings constitute Canada’s largest French-language daily newspaper group, has entered into the existing joint venture between LiveDeal, Inc. and Torstar Digital to deliver Launched in January of 2006, has quickly become one of the nation’s leading free online classifieds sites and will further extend its reach through the upcoming launch of the French-language version of’s online classified platform helps people cost-effectively buy and sell items on a local level. is especially ideal for buying and selling items that are hard to ship or that must be tried or seen before they are bought such as cars, homes major appliances as well as for posting or finding apartments or homes for rent. The joint venture between LiveDeal, Inc. and its Canadian media partners marries the strength of LiveDeal Inc.’s industry-leading Web classifieds technology with the extensive local reach of Torstar’s and Gesca’s Canadian media brands. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “The early, impressive success of shows the strong demand in Canada for a free online classifieds site that brings together the best of the Internet with the best of the local experience,” said Simon Jennings, General Manager of...

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TELUS delivers Wireless High Speed service to Kamloops and Kelowna, B.C.

VANCOUVER, July 11 /CNW/ – TELUS today announced the expansion of its Wireless High Speed service to Kamloops and Kelowna, B.C., offering consumer and business clients mobile access to the Internet, e-mail and other multimedia applications at broadband-like download speeds similar to desktop Internet access at home. “TELUS has been delivering state-of-the-art telecommunications services to British Columbians for more than one hundred years and today’s announcement marks another step in making it simple for consumers and businesses to stay connected for ultimate productivity,” said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS senior vice-president of Products and Services. “By uniting the broadband-like download speed of our Wireless High Speed network with the newest portable computing and entertainment devices, TELUS is providing clients with the most powerful mobile data solutions available.” Whether working in one of the cities or visiting beautiful tourist destinations, business and consumer clients can now use TELUS Wireless High Speed service to access the information they need quickly and easily without being tied to their desks. With typical download speeds of approximately 400 to 700 kilobits per second, and maximum possible speeds of more than 2 megabits per second, TELUS Wireless High Speed service offers clients the speed they need for powerful mobile computing. Wireless High Speed is based on the CDMA 1xEVDO standard, the newest Third Generation (3G) wireless data technology available. Since November 2005, TELUS has launched Wireless High...

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Columbus Media International Launches as World's Largest Independent Media Services Company

Led by three of the world’s leading independent media planning and buying companies, UK-based BLM, Horizon Media of the USA, and Cossette Media of Canada, 13 best-in-market partner agencies have joined forces to launch Columbus Media International – the first independent global media services company. The new company provides global coverage across 18 territories including Europe, North America, Russia, and Asia Pacific. Columbus combines international, media neutral channel planning with rigorous local and multi-regional implementation across all media disciplines, including a fully integrated market-leading digital and interactive capability across all markets. With combined billings of U.S. $4.2 billion, Columbus has been designed for international marketers as the superior alternative to multinational media networks. Columbus combines strategic planning, best in class service, cutting edge research with full transparency, and an integrated approach. Two central hubs operate from London and New York to manage clients’ business and pitch for regional and global new business. BLM’s Nick Lockett will oversee Columbus as Chairman, with day-to-day management by newly appointed managing director for Europe, Kate Williams, and managing director for the Americas, Oliver Maletz. Bill Koenigsberg of Horizon Media and Pierre Delagrave of Cossette Media will be Vice Chairmen of the venture. The launch of Columbus follows independent research carried out by EMM International that found general dissatisfaction rife among international marketers with their multinational media agencies and a real opportunity for an...

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TELUS and XM Canada launch Canada's first streaming mobile radio service

VANCOUVER, July 6 /CNW/ – TELUS and XM Canada(TM) today announced the exclusive availability of TELUS Mobile Radio(TM) – powered by XM Canada, the first service to offer Canadians access to real-time streaming satellite radio programming including 100 per cent commercial-free music and the best in comedy, talk and entertainment – all from their mobile phones. “TELUS Mobile Radio delivers the commercial-free music, talk and entertainment radio programming clients want, when they want it, right in the palm of their hand,” said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS senior vice president of Products and Services. “This Canadian first is the latest addition to TELUS’ innovative line-up of SPARKTM entertainment and information services, and another example of TELUS meeting our clients’ desire for innovative products and services.” “This is another fantastic ‘first’ for XM Canada. The launch today represents the first time that satellite radio will be distributed in partnership with a wireless provider in Canada,” said Stephen Tapp, president and COO of XM Canada. “Through TELUS Mobile Radio, XM Canada will bring TELUS clients the highest quality satellite radio programming with an incredibly deep music play list offering true variety and choice to music lovers. This partnership introduces a new option in content delivery that transcends the regular innovation XM listeners expect – it’s a revolution in mobile entertainment. It is very exciting to realize that TELUS’ wireless clients are the first...

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