The Grand Council of the Crees

The first major gathering of international telecommunications experts and practitioners in Northern Quebec

Press Release

Posted: 2011-05-19

Val-d'Or, May 19, 2011 - Telecom 2011 will be the first major gathering of international telecommunications experts and practitioners in Northern Quebec. It will be held in Rouyn-Noranda, on June 7, followed by a golf tournament for guests and speakers, on June 8.

The event is organized by the Secretariat to the Cree Nation – Abitibi-Temiscamingue Economic Alliance, an organization bringing together all Northern Quebec Cree communities and the municipalities of the Abitibi-Temiscamingue. Hosted by Cree Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come and Rouyn-Noranda Mayor Mario Provencher, this conference will promote innovative broadband services, such as videoconferencing, distance education, public Internet transit and telemedicine. These types of services will be available on the Eeyou Communications Network, an over 1,500 Km fibre optic facility connecting Eeyou Istchee and the James Bay communities through its own backbone to national and international networks.

Speakers at the event include Steven W. Jennings, Director, Strategic Industries, Alcatel-Lucent; Michel Vanier, President of the Quebec-wide RISQ network; and John Traversy, Executive Director for Telecommunications of the Canadian RadioTelevision and Telecommunications Commission.

Telecom 2011 will explore Telehealth with presentations by Johanne Desrochers, president of the Quebec RUIS network, a critical optical link for the Quebec hospitals network and medical specialists, and by Dr. Paul-Emile Barbeau, a family doctor who has been practicing telemedicine from his office in Ville Marie, Quebec for over 10 years.

Major themes will be:

A trade show will display new technology at Telecom 2011.

Delegates may register for the conference through the Secretariat to the Cree Nation – Abitibi-Temiscamingue Economic
Alliance at www.creenation-at.com or by email at gaudet.sylvie@cablevision.qc.ca. For more information, and to view the
speakers biographies please visit: http://www.creenation-at.com/pdf/bios.pdf

Source:

Chantal Hamelin, 819-824-9888
SCNATCA
hamelin.chantal@cablevision.qc.ca

Hyman Glustein, 514-481-0010
Cree Regional Authority
hglustein@rtscanada.com