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Bell Canada is a Canadian telecommunications and media company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. Including its subsidiaries Bell Aliant, Northwestel, Télébec, and NorthernTel, it is the incumbent local exchange carrier for telephone and DSL Internet services in most of Canada east of Manitoba and in the northern territories, and a major competitive local exchange carrier for enterprise customers in the western provinces. Its subsidiary Bell Mobility is one of Canada's "big three" mobile telecommunications providers, while Bell TV providess direct-to-home satellite TV service. Bell Canada's principal competition is Rogers Communications in a majority of its service territory. The company, which serves a total of over 13 million phone lines, is headquartered at the Campus Bell complex in Montreal.Bell Canada is one of the main assets of the conglomerate BCE Inc., formerly known as Bell Canada Enterprises, Inc. In addition to its core telecommunications operations, BCE owns Bell Media, which operates media properties including the CTV Television Network. BCE owns 18% of the Montreal Canadiens ice hockey club, and a 37.5% interest in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, owner of several Toronto professional sports franchises. BCE ranked number 262 on the 2011 edition of the Forbes Global 2000 list. Wikipedia.


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News Article | May 5, 2017
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The five new international conferences that will take place in Toronto as a result of the dedication from Leaders Circle Ambassadors will take place between 2017 and 2024 and will gather worldwide thought leaders across a variety of subjects including immigration law, industrial technology, and public health. The combined estimated economic benefit generated for Toronto by these new international meetings is estimated to be more than $22 million. A research grant awarded by the Leaders Circle was presented by Ontario's Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, Minister Moridi, to Dr. Patrizia Albanese from the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University to acknowledge her efforts in leading the successful convention bid for the 2018 ISA World Congress of Sociology and to support the Project named "What are International Meetings Worth on an Intellectual Level? An Ethnographic Case Study & Evaluation of an International Networking Opportunity among Canadian Junior Scholars in the Lead-Up to a World Congress". "High-profile international meetings in Ontario provide a spotlight for our leading researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators to shine," said Reza Moridi, Ontario's Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. "The Leaders Circle acknowledges and rewards the efforts of professionals who bring important international meetings to Toronto. For the province's researchers and innovators, this recognition is an added bonus that helps sustain them on their path to discovery." "Toronto has a rich research and innovation story to tell and The Leaders Circle is proud to help members tell these stories to the world," said Kathy Nicolay, Leaders Circle Manager. "Tonight's theme of 'coming together' reflects our successful bidding partnerships and also celebrates new strategic partnerships with thought leaders from various industries." "I absolutely would recommend working with Leaders Circle and Tourism Toronto for anyone who is beginning down the path of trying to bid for an international congress," said Ambassador Corinne Eisenbraun, Director of Education & Policy Programs at Dietitians of Canada. "They had the depth in their support staff to really help us put forward a highly professional presentation.  We can bring the content expertise and the subject matter expertise, but the real business of hosting a congress and of putting such an event on needs professional support through the Leaders Circle and Tourism Toronto." Dr. Maurice Bitran Chief Executive Officer & Chief Science Officer at the Ontario Science Centre Association of Science – Technology Centres 2019 Annual Conference Ms. Catherine Paisley Vice President, Science Education & Education Experience at the Ontario Science Centre Association of Science – Technology Centres 2019 Annual Conference Dr. Dimitri Androutsos Chair and Professor, Ryerson University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 2021 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) Dr. Kostas Plataniotis Professor, University of Toronto Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Bell Canada Chair in Multimedia 2021 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) Dr. Xiao Ping (Steven) Zhang Professor, Ryerson University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 2021 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) Dr. Sheldon Williamson Associate Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering IEEE 18th International Conference on Industrial Technology Ms. Corinne Eisenbraun Director of Education Policy & Programs, Dietitians of Canada 19th International Congress of Dietetics About the Leaders Circle The Leaders Circle program partners with top thinkers, innovators, and researchers throughout the Toronto region to bring international meetings to the city. These meetings showcase Toronto as a place of innovation, excellence and opportunity. Supported by the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Tourism Toronto, the Leaders Circle ensures Toronto hosts international meetings that provide a transfer of knowledge, build on the city's global reputation, promote innovation and ground breaking institutions, and leave a legacy of social and economic benefits to the city and region. For more, please visit www.theleaderscircle.ca.


SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Netformx®, the leader in sales enablement and profit acceleration platforms for IT solution providers, announced today that Quality Network Components, Inc. (QNC) products are now available in the Netformx KnowledgeBase™. Quality Network Components is a leading manufacturer and distributor of optical solutions. Netformx DesignXpert®, the industry benchmark for enterprise technology solution design and proposal generation, is supported by the Netformx KnowledgeBase, the richest multivendor content library in the world. Using Netformx DesignXpert, Quality Network Components’ optical transceivers, direct attach cables, PCIe Cards, and Fiber Patch Cables can now be accessed from the KnowledgeBase and incorporated into complete solution designs for the Enterprise. This enables solution providers to use a single platform – DesignXpert both Gold and Platinum Editions – to add QNC products into their multivendor designs and proposals. In the next phase, QNC will incorporate additional products, such as its Media Converter line and patch panels, as well as its MUX/DEMUX, OADM in CWDM/DWDM applications. “As companies expand their networks, they are looking for ways to extend budgets and cut costs. Maintaining profit margins as systems and data transfer speeds grow, while keeping up with the demands of customer usage, requires accuracy and quality components,” said Jason Ross, President of Quality Network Components. “By incorporating QNC’s compatible line in Netformx DesignXpert, solution providers can stretch their IT budgets – up to 50% over OEM components – without jeopardizing the quality of their networks.” “We are pleased to make available QNC’s broad range of optical and direct attach components in the Netformx KnowledgeBase,” said Pete Eggimann, Vice President of Business Development at Netformx. “Including QNC’s products in our multivendor KnowledgeBase extends the choices to DesignXpert users as they create valid designs and proposals.” Netformx is the leader in sales enablement and profit acceleration platforms for solution providers. Netformx delivers a Digital Ecosystem as a Service (ESaaS), which enables IT solution providers to design, analyze, and sell winning and implementable multivendor solutions for Enterprise customers, while operating their businesses profitably. Netformx accelerates solution provider profits by providing powerful business intelligence, actionable insights, collaboration, and automation that connect people, information, and processes. The result is increased competitiveness and productivity across the sales lifecycle. Netformx has over 2,000 service provider, systems integrator, and technology vendor customers in more than 120 countries including ALE, AT&T, Bell Canada, British Telecom, CDW, Cisco, Dimension Data, Insight, Juniper, Optus, Orange Business Services, Sprint, and Telstra. Our comprehensive KnowledgeBase™ contains client and vendor products, services, and program compliance data from vendors such as Cisco, ALE, Brocade, Check Point, EMC, Juniper, Avaya, APC, Belden, Jabra, Riverbed, and now Quality Network Components. The wide-ranging, up-to-date data enable our customers to quickly create accurate designs and proposals and to maximize profitability. More information can be found at www.Netformx.com. Quality Network Components (QNC) is a leading manufacturer distributor of optical solutions covering GBIC, SFP, XFP, SFP+, X2, Xenpak, SFP28, 40G QSFP, 100G QSFP28 and CFP2, CWDM, DWDM, and GPON products. Their 100% Compatible product line covers over 25 major OEMs such as Arista, Alcatel, Brocade, Cisco, Calix, Extreme, Foundry, HP, Juniper, Marconi, Nortel, and many more. QNC offers 20 years of technology industry experience, working with Tier One manufacturers and leading distribution partners around the world.


News Article | May 5, 2017
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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 5, 2017) - RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust ("RioCan") (TSX:REI.UN) announced today that Siim A. Vanaselja has been appointed to RioCan's Board of Trustees. "We are very pleased that Siim has agreed to join RioCan's Board of Trustees, his capabilities as a leader in Canadian business, strategy and finance will serve our Board well," said Paul Godfrey, Chair of RioCan's Board of Trustees. "His past experience as CFO of one of Canada's most storied organizations will enhance the strength of our Board and we will draw on his knowledge for RioCan's Audit Committee." "Myself, and the entire senior management team look forward to working with Mr. Vanaselja as a member of the Board of Trustees," said Edward Sonshine, Chief Executive Officer of RioCan. "He will bring a great new perspective to our Board as we continue to transform and enhance our portfolio of shopping centres into Canada's leading portfolio of urban mixed-use and retail properties." Mr. Vanaselja was the Executive Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada from January 2001 to June 2015. Prior to joining BCE Inc., he was a partner at the accounting firm, KPMG Canada in Toronto. Mr. Vanaselja has been designated as the next Chair of TransCanada Corporation, and serves on the boards of Great-West Lifeco Inc. and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Mr. Vanaselja holds an Honours Bachelor of Business degree from the Schulich School of Business. His community involvement has included work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, St. Mary's Hospital, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec and the annual Walk for Kids Help Phone. RioCan is Canada's largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $14.6 billion as at December 31, 2016. RioCan owns and manages Canada's largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 300 Canadian retail and mixed use properties, including 15 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area of 47 million square feet. For further information, please refer to RioCan's website at www.riocan.com.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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Exelerence Holdings Inc., une société d'investissement axée sur l'industrie de l'infrastructure Internet en plein essor, est heureuse d'annoncer la nomination de M. Pierre Blouin à son conseil d'administration. Exelerence possède et exploite METRO OPTIC, un fournisseur de réseaux de fibre optique à haute vitesse et I.C.E CENTRES DE DONNÉES, un fournisseur neutre et indépendant de centres de données « réseaux-centrés » situés au Canada. M. Blouin a œuvré pendant 30 ans dans l'industrie nord-américaine des télécommunications et de la technologie et a récemment pris sa retraite à titre de chef de la direction de Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. et de MTS Allstream. Auparavant, il a occupé divers postes de cadre supérieur au sein du groupe de sociétés de BCE, dont Président et Chef de la direction de Bell Mobilité Inc., Chef de la direction de BCE Emergis Inc. et Président du groupe Marchés consommateurs de Bell Canada. M. Blouin est également toujours actif comme directeur d'entreprise et siège actuellement au conseil d'administration de Fortis Inc., de la Banque Nationale du Canada et de la Fondation de l'Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal. « Nous sommes ravis et honorés que M. Blouin ait accepté de se joindre à notre conseil d'administration, » a déclaré Michael Bucheit, chef de la direction de Exelerence Holdings Inc. « Sa vaste expérience en leadership dans l'industrie des télécommunications en évolution rapide nous fournira des conseils stratégiques précieux et nous aidera dans l'accélération de notre croissance axée sur les clients dans les réseaux à hautes vitesses et les centres de données "réseaux-centrés." » « Je suis heureux de me joindre au conseil d'administration d'une entreprise aussi dynamique qui possède des réseaux solides et uniques et une forte expertise en centres de données. Sa main-d'œuvre qualifiée et dévouée est bien positionnée pour répondre aux demandes des clients dans un marché en pleine expansion l’infonuagique. Je suis impatient de travailler avec la direction et les membres du conseil d'administration pour soutenir la croissance rapide de l'entreprise, » dit Pierre Blouin. À propos de Metro Optic (http://www.metrooptic.com/fr) : METRO OPTIC est une entreprise indépendante et neutre de solutions de fibre à haute vitesse. Depuis sa création, Metro Optic offre des services de télécommunication et des solutions aux moyennes et aux grandes entreprises, aux transporteurs de télécommunications, aux opérateurs d’infonuagique, ainsi qu’aux opérateurs de centres de données. Son centre de données neutre situé au 875 Saint-Antoine offre la plus grande concentration d’interconnexion de Montréal. À propos d’ I.C.E Centres de Données (http://www.icedatacenters.com/fr): I.C.E CENTRES DE DONNÉES (L’Interconnexion & la Colocation pour l’Enterprise) exploite plusieurs centres de données et centres d'interconnexion au Canada. Il s'agit notamment de sites d'interconnexion de premier plan au centre-ville de Montréal ainsi qu’à Markham (Toronto). I.C.E Centres de Données allie une solide expertise des centres de données aux entreprises mondiales et aux opérateurs d’infonuagique aux États-Unis et au Canada avec un vaste savoir-faire dans le domaine de l'exploitation de réseaux de fibre optique à haute vitesse.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Strong adoption of leading data wrangling platform drives over 4X growth in bookings; Number of enterprise customers triples SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 14, 2017) - Trifacta, the global leader in data wrangling, today announced it ended 2016 with record momentum. The company closed out the year with 4X growth in bookings and more than triple the number of enterprise customers. Trifacta Wrangler is now used by tens of thousands of users at more than 4,500 companies in 135 countries around the globe. Customer Growth Trifacta's new customer wins in 2016 come from leading global organizations, across a broad range of industries, such as financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications, health care, as well as large government agencies. New customers include: Banco Santander, Bell Canada, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eBay, Enstar Group Limited, Etihad Aviation Group, Munich Re, Nordea Bank and Rank Group Limited, among many others. "Bell Canada offers telecommunications products and services to a large amount of the Canadian population, and ensuring those subscribers have the best possible customer service is a top priority. Early in 2016, the BI team identified several new complex data sources that were not being utilized for analytical purposes, but would provide net new insights the business had not seen before. With Trifacta, we've been able to accelerate the existing processes of understanding our data, surface data quality issues, and wrangle data sets in preparation for further analysis. The features and functionality in Trifacta are providing us significant productivity gains, while also helping us assess our data more accurately," said Mark Huang, senior manager of business intelligence, Bell Canada. Since expanding in late 2015, opening offices in London and Berlin, Trifacta has seen strong growth in Europe, gaining a substantial foothold across a broad spectrum of industries including the financial services industry. Europe's largest financial services brands, including Munich Re, Nordea, Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, Luxembourg Stock Exchange, UniCredit and Enstar now wrangle their data with Trifacta. "At Enstar, accurately assessing claims and policies requires our team to analyze a huge variety of data. Under traditional tools and processes, our business analysts were restrained from working directly with this data because of their dependency on IT. With Trifacta, our business users have gained a deeper involvement with the raw data, which has accelerated our time to analysis and driven new insights for our business. We're tremendously excited about the new levels of business value we can drive from being able to gain a better understanding of our data in less time, as well as earlier on in the process. Moving forward, we've planned for company-wide adoption of Trifacta as one of our core technologies enabling self-service," said Mark Bendall, lead program architect, Enstar. Partner Ecosystem Success In 2016, Trifacta launched the Wrangler Partner Program, a global program to support and enable partners selling, implementing and innovating with Trifacta. The program brings together best-of-breed technology solutions and services to increase the business value and innovation customers derive from their analytics initiatives. The global Wrangler Partner Program ecosystem has over 80 resellers, consulting and technology partners including Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR, Infosys, WiPro, Leidos, Qlik and Tableau. "Within our large enterprise customer base, we continue to see strong adoption in Trifacta's data wrangling solution as part of the broader self-service analytics stack. Trifacta helps our clients unlock the business value of their diverse and fast-growing big data assets with the agility and efficiency that today's fast-paced business environment requires," said Ritika Suri, EVP, corporate development and ventures, Infosys. Driven by accelerating product adoption, customer success and business expansion, Trifacta continues to further its position as the number one data wrangling solution globally. Additional company milestones in 2016 include: Gartner analysts state, "By 2020, 85 percent of new BI platform spend by large and midsize organizations globally will be on modern BI platforms that allow all users, including IT, to rapidly build analytics content to meet the demanding time to insight and changing data needs of users. Until now, data preparation has been a major road block to achieving agile and pervasive analytics. Similar to the increasing use of modern BI because of its ease of use and agility, an increasing percentage of new data integration initiatives for analytics will be implemented using agile, self-service data preparation versus existing data integration approaches, particularly as these capabilities mature and become more enterprise capable."1 "2016 was a tremendous year for Trifacta. The growth in new customer adoption, in conjunction with existing customers expanding usage to additional business units and use cases, is testament to the value these organizations are able to realize from data wrangling," said Adam Wilson, CEO, Trifacta. "According to IDC, the market opportunity for big data and analytics will grow to more than $187 billion by 2019. Self-service data wrangling is essential for empowering end users and enabling organizations to turn big data into a strategic asset. This year, we will continue innovating to improve the way people work with data, delivering the most productive data prep solution for any data, regardless of the shape, size or location." Here's what other Trifacta customers are saying: "With a range of companies in our portfolio that span a variety of industries, we're constantly leveraging huge amounts of data at Rank Group Limited to better understand the competitive landscapes and consumer trends for our investments, as well as track product pricing around the world. All this data arrives in many different formats and types, which makes it near impossible to efficiently transform it for analysis using incumbent technologies. With Trifacta, we're excited to be able to dramatically shorten the time from getting this raw data to uncovering insights, and ultimately act on those insights to drive value for our business faster. We're confident that we've made a sound investment in Trifacta," said Murray Scott, chief data pathologist, Rank Group Limited. "PRGX is a global leader in recovery audit and spend analytics services. We provide services to 75 percent of the top 20 global retailers and over 20 percent of the top 50 companies in the Fortune 500. Using Trifacta and Cloudera technologies to mine large volumes of client data, we're transforming our recovery audit business and expanding our source to pay (S2P) service offering. Data is a driving force behind our business, and we're confident that with Trifacta we have found a tool that will empower us to drive further innovation with our data initiatives," said Tushar Sachdev, chief information officer, PRGX. To experience Trifacta first hand, download the newest Trifacta Wrangler for free today at www.trifacta.com/start-wrangling/. About Trifacta Trifacta, the global leader in data wrangling software, significantly enhances the value of an enterprise's big data by enabling users to easily transform and enrich raw, complex data into clean and structured formats for analysis with self-service data preparation. Leveraging decades of innovative work in human-computer interaction, scalable data management and machine learning, Trifacta's unique technology creates a partnership between user and machine, with each side learning from the other and becoming smarter with experience. Trifacta is backed by Accel Partners, Cathay Innovation, Greylock Partners and Ignition Partners.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Internet Solutions (IS), the leading pan-African telecommunications service provider, and Dublin-based Accuris Networks Limited, have partnered to introduce a seamless continent-wide Wi-Fi network to global carriers, multinational companies and local Internet Service Providers. Internet Solutions’ various independent Wi-Fi networks in the region are now consolidated using the Accuris Wi-Fi Server, enabling a carrier-grade, homogenous network accessible anywhere with single sign-on. This creates a pan-African Wi-Fi fabric for ‘Internet of Things’ applications demanding a consistent, low-cost, IP access network. “Wi-Fi continues to be one of the most viable and cost-effective connectivity solutions to meet Africa’s increasing bandwidth demands,” says Kervin Pillay, Chief Technology Officer at Internet Solutions. “Like individual consumers, our business users expect always-available connectivity that is fast, affordable and seamless. In other words, connectivity in Africa that is as reliable as connectivity wherever else their customers are located. Installing the Accuris Wi-Fi Server is part of an ongoing process of upgrading our infrastructure, services and technology to deliver on this promise.” Using this continental network, Mobile Network Operators can access Wi-Fi offload services to address capacity demands of their smartphone users, while inbound roamers can resell Wi-Fi to subscribers who require high-quality broadband while traveling. In-country ISPs can now monetise connectivity in venues and hospitality locations using managed Captive Portal and Landing Page services for private Wi-Fi networks – an offering common in South Africa but less so elsewhere in the region. “The decision to partner with Accuris Networks for this project was an easy one, given the company’s history and expertise as a trusted provider of cloud-based security, identity, and access management for carrier Wi-Fi networks,” says Pillay. Accuris Networks is a leader in carrier Wi-Fi services, enabling Wi-Fi roaming and hub services for Wi-Fi network providers and mobile network operators. With the Accuris Wi-Fi Server SaaS platform, service providers can quickly interconnect with other Wi-Fi providers and mobile operators to enable low-cost access to data services while subscribers are traveling as well as domestic data offload. “Internet Solutions is a provider of choice, delivering IP connectivity to one of the world’s fastest growing markets,” said Jeff Brown, Chief Executive Officer at Accuris. “Accuris is pleased to provide Internet Solutions a powerful yet cost-effective carrier-grade platform to meet the demands of a growing subscriber base.” Internet Solutions is using key elements of the Wi-Fi Server platform including: Internet Solutions (IS) is a pan-African telecoms service provider to public and private sector organisations that has been providing innovative end-to-end telco solutions and related services for more than 20 years. At the forefront of Internet Protocol-based technologies, IS builds solutions and services tailored to the increasingly complex demands of organisations across the enterprise, public sector, global carrier and growing small-to-medium business sectors. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dimension Data Group and part of NTT, IS leverages its infrastructure and global footprint to support organisations with the rapid deployment of emerging technologies. Headquartered in South Africa, IS has operating offices in Mozambique, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, as well as sales offices in the UK, Singapore and USA. IS has six international Points of Presence (PoPs) - in New York, London (2), Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as 66 PoPs across the African continent. The company has over 15,500 sqm of data centre space across Africa and is the largest provider of alternate last mile services in South Africa. More information at www.is.co.za. Accuris Networks helps service providers monetise the connectivity between networks. Accuris solutions enable subscribers to move seamlessly and securely between LTE, GSM, Wi-Fi, IPX and fixed networks while ensuring a superior quality of experience. Accuris Networks is a trusted supplier to blue-chip operators around the world including AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile Intl, EDCH, Telekom Malaysia, Vivo/Telefonica and more. Visit us at www.accuris-networks.com or tweet @AccurisNetworks.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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Exelerence Holdings Inc., an investment company focused on the rapidly growing internet infrastructure industry is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Pierre Blouin to its Board of Directors. Exelerence owns and operates METRO OPTIC, a provider of high-speed fiber optic networks and I.C.E DATACENTERS, a carrier-neutral provider of network-centric datacenters in Canada. Mr. Blouin spent 30 years in the North American telecom and technology industry and recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. and MTS Allstream. Previously, he occupied various senior executive positions within the BCE group of companies including President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Mobility Inc., Chief Executive Officer of BCE Emergis Inc. and Group President, Consumer Markets for Bell Canada. Mr. Blouin is also an active corporate director and currently sits on the Board of Fortis Inc., the National Bank of Canada and the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation. “We are delighted and honoured that Mr. Blouin has accepted to join our Board of Directors,” said Michael Bucheit, CEO of Exelerence Holdings Inc. “His extensive leadership experience in the rapidly evolving telecommunications industry will provide us with valuable strategic guidance and assist us in accelerating our client-driven growth in high-speed networks and network-centric datacenters.” “I am pleased to join the board of such a dynamic company that owns solid and unique network assets and strong datacenter expertise. Its skilled and dedicated workforce is well positioned to meet customer demands in the fast-growing cloud market. I am looking forward to work with management and board members to support the company in rapid growth,” commented Pierre Blouin. About Metro Optic (http://www.metrooptic.com): METRO OPTIC is an independent provider of datacenter-neutral high-speed fiber network solutions. Since its inception, Metro Optic offers specialized telecommunications services and solutions to medium and large sized businesses, telecom carriers, cloud operators, wholesalers and datacenter operators. Its carrier-neutral datacenter at 875 Saint-Antoine is the fiber-densest interconnection center in Montreal. About I.C.E Datacenters (http://www.icedatacenters.com): I.C.E Datacenters (Interconnection and Colocation for the Enterprise) operates multiple datacenter sites and interconnection hubs in Canada. These include leading interconnection sites in downtown Montreal and in Markham (Toronto). I.C.E Datacenters combines deep datacenter expertise serving global enterprises and cloud operators in the U.S. and Canada with extensive know-how in operating high-speed fiber networks.


Exelerence Holdings Inc., an investment company focused on the rapidly growing internet infrastructure industry is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Pierre Blouin to its Board of Directors. Exelerence owns and operates METRO OPTIC, a provider of high-speed fiber optic networks and I.C.E DATACENTERS, a carrier-neutral provider of network-centric datacenters in Canada. Mr. Blouin spent 30 years in the North American telecom and technology industry and recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. and MTS Allstream. Previously, he occupied various senior executive positions within the BCE group of companies including President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Mobility Inc., Chief Executive Officer of BCE Emergis Inc. and Group President, Consumer Markets for Bell Canada. Mr. Blouin is also an active corporate director and currently sits on the Board of Fortis Inc., the National Bank of Canada and the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation. “We are delighted and honoured that Mr. Blouin has accepted to join our Board of Directors,” said Michael Bucheit, CEO of Exelerence Holdings Inc. “His extensive leadership experience in the rapidly evolving telecommunications industry will provide us with valuable strategic guidance and assist us in accelerating our client-driven growth in high-speed networks and network-centric datacenters.” “I am pleased to join the board of such a dynamic company that owns solid and unique network assets and strong datacenter expertise. Its skilled and dedicated workforce is well positioned to meet customer demands in the fast-growing cloud market. I am looking forward to work with management and board members to support the company in rapid growth,” commented Pierre Blouin. About Metro Optic (http://www.metrooptic.com): METRO OPTIC is an independent provider of datacenter-neutral high-speed fiber network solutions. Since its inception, Metro Optic offers specialized telecommunications services and solutions to medium and large sized businesses, telecom carriers, cloud operators, wholesalers and datacenter operators. Its carrier-neutral datacenter at 875 Saint-Antoine is the fiber-densest interconnection center in Montreal. About I.C.E Datacenters (http://www.icedatacenters.com): I.C.E DATACENTERS (Interconnection and Colocation for the Enterprise) operates multiple datacenter sites and interconnection hubs in Canada. These include leading interconnection sites in downtown Montreal and in Markham (Toronto). I.C.E Datacenters combines deep datacenter expertise serving global enterprises and cloud operators in the U.S. and Canada with extensive know-how in operating high-speed fiber networks.


Aguissa-Toure A.-H.,Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute | Li G.,Bell Canada
Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences | Year: 2012

The PTEN gene is one of the most frequently inactivated tumor suppressor genes in sporadic cancers. Inactivating mutations and deletions of the PTEN gene are found in many types of cancers, including melanoma. However, the exact frequency of PTEN alteration in melanoma is unknown. In this study, we comprehensively reviewed 16 studies on PTEN genetic changes in melanoma cell lines and tumor biopsies. To date, 76 PTEN alterations have been reported in melanoma cell lines and 38 PTEN alterations in melanoma biopsies. The rate of PTEN alterations in melanoma cell lines, primary melanoma, and metastatic melanoma is 27.6, 7.3, and 15.2%, respectively. Three mutations were found in both melanoma cell lines and biopsies. These mutations are scattered throughout the gene, with the exception of exon 9. A mutational hot spot is found in exon 5, which encodes the phosphatase activity domain. Evidence is also presented to suggest that numerous homozygous deletions and missense variants exist in the PTEN transcript. Studying PTEN functions and implications of its mutations and other genes could provide insights into the precise nature of PTEN function in melanoma and additional targets for new therapeutic approaches. © 2011 Springer Basel AG.


Stuart H.,Bell Canada
Current Opinion in Psychiatry | Year: 2012

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study considers the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a tool for promoting the full social inclusion of people with a mental or intellectual disability. RECENT FINDINGS: The United Nations Convention has ushered in a new era of discourse that moves beyond a consideration of individual impairments, to focus on the social and environmental barriers that prevent full and effective social participation of people with disabilities. It provides an important social justice framework to guide and integrate disability policy within and across countries. In order to realize its potential, the mental health community must now actively develop a new disability discourse - one that moves beyond the traditional focus on negative protections, such as against forced confinement or coercive treatment, to one that examines the services and supports that are needed to allow people who have a mental illness to become fully functioning members of society. To meet the monitoring requirements of the Convention, the mental health community must actively seek population data to assess the nature of prejudice and discrimination experienced by people with a mental illness. An approach used by Statistics Canada is provided as one such example. SUMMARY: The United Nations Convention is an important roadmap for change, which can be used to shift current mental health discourse from a discussion emphasizing the protection of negative rights, such as from involuntary detention or coerced treatment, to one emphasizing social rights and civic participation. Copyright © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited.

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