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10th Anniversary Telecommunications Forum

Dear colleague,

Major issues and transformations are facing the telecommunications sector in the days ahead as change, driven by technological advances and the hunger for data any time and any place, will demand speedy and workable solutions. For businesses active in or entering this sector there are significant opportunities. However, risks and challenges abound arising from the many unknowns which continue to plague a sector where the vagaries of policy and regulatory initiatives as well as changing market conditions and technology continue to play decisive roles.

For regulators and policy makers, the excitement of technological and economic progress is tempered by the need to craft policy and related regulatory frameworks that will allow a number of competing objectives to be achieved – supporting economic growth and advancement, ensuring fair rules of play among diverse competitors, determining the role and extent of foreign capital and foreign participation, keeping an eye to consumers and ensuring choice, access and fair pricing, and overseeing the many other legal and policy concerns raised in this sensitive and dynamic sector.

Staying up to date with regulatory, policy and business developments in the fast-paced telecom world is a must. New foreign investment rules have been announced, spectrum auction processes are underway, the new wireless code of conduct is being challenged, wholesale regulatory reform is under discussion, smaller players are seeking the leverage to survive, new players may be entering the field, and more changes are in the offing. These developments and more will be covered by the expert faculty.

Whether you are an integrated carrier, a wireless or wire-line carrier, an industry manufacturer or supplier, a representative of a regulatory or government body, a sector professional or consultant, this program will provide essential updates and sector analysis to support your commercial, professional and business initiatives. You will also have ample opportunities for off-line conversations with key industry and government representatives.

We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa on Oct. 28 and 29 for this timely, information-packed event.

Sincere regards,

Barbara Miller
Partner, Past Chair of the National Communications Law Practice Group
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP , Conference Co-chair

Stephen Zolf
Partner, Heenan Blaikie LLP, Conference Co-chair

The industry is undergoing significant transformation. Hear the latest on:

  • The five year new entry target – where do things stand?
  • New policy framework for spectrum transfer
  • Balancing fairness, competition and growth objectives
  • Foreign participation in the market – impact and implications
  • Wireless Code of Conduct Rules and court challenges
  • Wholesale review of the regulatory framework
  • Meeting the challenges of rural and remote coverage
  • The next generation of wireless and wireline technologies
  • Capitalization and recapitalization challenges – the state of play
  • What is next for fixed and mobile networks: substitution, complementarity, convergence?
  • Wireless services and mobile e-Commerce – emerging business models
  • Data oversight and access

February 24, 2014

8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome from Insight Information

Co-chair’s Opening Remarks

Barbara Miller
Partner, Past Chair of the National Communications Law Practice Group
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP


The Next Wave of Innovation in Telecommunications: Trends to Watch, Issues Raised

Mike Kedar
President, Mobilexchange Spectrum Inc.

  • The use of telecommunications systems to improve public safety
  • How the federal government may facilitate cost efficiencies and quality improvements in healthcare and public service delivery at minimal cost
  • Impact of the extension to the provinces of 700 MHz spectrum allocation to category one public safety services (police, fire, and EMS)

Spectrum – Competing for Wireless Currency

Barbara Miller
Partner, Past Chair of the National Communications Law Practice Group
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Ed Antecol
Vice-President, Regulatory and Carrier Relations, Wind Mobile

Tim Casey
Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets

John Lawford
Executive Director/General Counsel, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

  • Balancing fairness, competition and growth objectives
  • Rules for the 700 MHz auction
  • Cost of entry and cost of license – funding relief and fair play
  • New policy framework for spectrum transfer
    • Implementation
    • Impact on existing deals
    • Exit strategy for new entrants
    • Concerns
11:00 Networking Coffee Break

Wireless Services in Canadian Telecommunications – How Far Have We Come?

Melanie L. Aitken
Co-chair, Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment, Bennett Jones LLP
Formerly, Commissioner of Canada’s Competition Bureau

Steve Anderson
Founder and Executive Director,

Ken Engelhart
Senior Vice President Regulatory Affairs
Rogers Communications Inc.

Patrick Hughes
Senior Economist
Competition Bureau of Canada

Bruce Kirby
Formerly Senior Vice-President Strategy and Business Development
Public Mobile

  • Business trends – wired/wireless interplay
  • State of competition and would be competition
  • Industry structure – do we need four wireless players in each market?
  • The five year new entry target – where do things stand?
  • Cost of service/cost of doing business
  • Bundling, integration and market share
  • Vertical integration rules implementation
  • Commoditization of data
  • Jostling for competitive edge
    • Flanker brands
    • Tower sharing
    • Premium text
    • Content and carriers
12:15 Networking Luncheon

Luncheon Keynote Address: Fuelling the Future of Telecommunications

Jerry Dias
National President, Unifor


Foreign Participation in the Market – Change is in the Air

Bob Boron
Formerly VP, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Public Mobile

Simon Lockie
Chief Regulatory Officer, Wind Mobile

Stephen Zolf
Partner, Heenan Blaikie LLP

  • Recent changes to the rules
  • How foreign ownership targets of 10% were set
  • Why this level and not more?
  • Implications of foreign entry for incumbents and new entrants
  • Have the rules gone far enough?
  • Impact on incumbents?
  • What more is required?
  • Verizon play

Wireless Code of Conduct – Consumer Protection Initiatives and Issues

Steve Anderson
Founder and Executive Director,

  • Update on the Wireless Code of Conduct Rules and court challenges
  • Role of CRTC in consumer protection – is there a conflict of jurisdiction on consumer protection codes?
  • Latest developments on rates and charges
  • Will the Code be extended to other telecom services and to ISP and telephony providers?
  • Are uniform code of conduct rules across the board the best way to proceed?
3:30 Networking Refreshment Break

Roundtable Discussion: Wholesale Review of the Regulatory Framework for Telecommunications

Christian S. Tacit
Barrister & Solicitor

Jonathan Daniels
Vice President Regulatory Law, Bell Canada

Timothy Denton
Former National Commissioner, CRTC

Teresa Griffin-Muir
VP of Regulatory Affairs, Allstream

  • Does the current regime (classification of services and definition of essential services) need to be modified in any way?
  • Are there new wholesale services that should be developed?
  • Should wireless services be included and, if so, how?
  • How can the wholesale services regime be kept up to date on an ongoing basis?
  • Are better enforcement and oversight of access required?
  • What methods should be used to price wholesale services?
  • Are any other changes required to the wholesale regulatory regime?
5:00 Conference Adjourns for the Day

February 25, 2014

8:30 Continental Breakfast

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Stephen Zolf
Partner, Heenan Blaikie LLP


Meeting the Challenges of Rural and Remote Coverage

Jeff Burlock
Senior VP Strategic Technology, Xplornet Communications Inc.

Stuart Jack
Partner, Nordicity Group

  • What are the goals for coverage for broadband and wireless services in remote areas of Canada?
  • Where are we currently?
  • What is the penetration for wireless?
  • What does “broadband” include?
  • Role of satellites and dependability
  • Alternative platforms
  • Next steps

The Next Generation of Wireless and Wireline Technologies – Riding the Wave

Allison Peter Lenehan
President, Xplornet Communications Inc.

Steve Meyer
Director of Technology, Nordicity Group

  • LTE and HSPA –what lies ahead?
  • WiFi developments as an alternative to AWS spectrum
  • The role of wires as we go forward
    • Fibre/cable implementations
  • Next generation technology
  • The future of satellite
  • How will emerging technology impact the sector?
11:00 Coffee Break

Wireless State of Play: Competition and Consolidation

Drew McReynolds
Managing Director, Global Research, Media and Communications
RBC Capital Markets

Adam Fanaki
Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Jeff Leiper
Vice President, Strategic Research, Policy and Communications
Information and Communications Technology Council

  • Latest state of play
  • Capitalization and recapitalization challenges
  • Verizon offer and implications
  • What is currently on the table
    • New entrants
    • Five year new entry deadline and sale to incumbents
  • Market trends over the past year
  • Key factors going forward
    • Technology
    • Rules of engagement
  • Regulatory developments
  • Next steps needed for growth
12:15 Networking Lunch

Luncheon Keynote Address: The Dire State of Networks in Canada, and How We Can Take Advantage of It

Elliott Noss
CEO, Ting and Tucows


New Business Models Take Flight – Wireless Services and Mobile e-Commerce

Todd Roberts
Senior Vice-President, Payments Strategy and Innovation, CIBC

David Robinson
Vice-President of Emerging Businesses, Rogers Communications Inc.

  • Developments in mobile commerce, payments and wallets
  • Lessons learned from recent experience
  • Key challenges and roadblocks
  • Expected evolution in mobile wallet landscape
  • Innovative partnerships to evolve the ecosystem

Panel Discussion: What is Next for Fixed and Mobile Networks: Substitution, Complementarity, Convergence?

Stephen Zolf
Partner, Heenan Blaikie LLP

Matthew Kellison
Assistant Deputy Commissioner
Civil Matters Branch
Competition Bureau

Bruce Kirby
Formerly Senior Vice-President Strategy and Business Development
Public Mobile

Elliot Noss
CEO, Ting and Tucows

Bill Sandiford
President, Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc.

  • What should consumers be able to expect from fixed and mobile network services over the next decade?
  • What are the keys to delivering growth and service advancement?
  • Do Canadian telecom users currently enjoy “fixed mobile convergence” (FMC)? What level of FMC have we achieved in Canada?
  • What steps, if any, have network operators taken to bring fixed networks closer to the consumer?
  • Has access to fixed and wireless networks become indistinguishable from the perspective of the user and of services?
  • Will there be a convergence of end-user devices?
  • What degree of interoperability exists between fixed and mobile networks? How seamless is it or will it be for consumers?
  • What other arrangements need to be considered to make more efficient use of existing fixed and mobile networks?
  • Can FMC be a partial solution to spectrum scarcity?
  • Are telecom services becoming decoupled from a given network?
  • What is the impact of industry ownership on FMC? Is there sufficient competition between carriers to achieve FMC?

Closing Address: Wireless Data Oversight and Control – Balancing Public and Private Rights

John Lawford
Executive Director/General Counsel, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Murray Long
Founder, PrivacyScan

  • Bill C-30 did not pass – what now?
  • When may police and security agencies require disclosure of personal data?
  • The role of the CSEC and access to metadata
  • What is the current framework and process for managing access?
  • Challenges of international data traffic and online crime
  • Jurisdictional issues
  • Oversight and enforcement
4:30 Co-chair’s Closing Remarks and Conference Concludes


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Law Society of Upper Canada CPD: This program qualifies for 5.25 substantive hours. Please note that these CPD hours are not accredited for the New Member Requirement.