Librarian to advise Stratford

STRATFORD — Canada's former and first combined chief librarian Wilson%2C%20Ian84X158.jpgand archivist, Ian E. Wilson (pictured), will help guide the development of the University of Waterloo's new research facility in Stratford. Mr. Wilson, who recently retired as Librarian and Archivist of Canada, will lead the development of the UW Stratford Institute, an undertaking supported by the City of Stratford, the Ministry of Research and Innovation, which each put up $10 million for the venture, Industry Canada and Open Text.
The Stratford Institute is a think-tank, integrator and training institute devoted to collaboration between digital media, international commerce and culture. It will be one of two hubs within the Canadian Digital Media Network, which was introduced earlier this year with $10.7 million in federal funding to link Canada's digital media clusters from coast to coast, creating a digital convergence corridor and enabling collaboration between researchers, implementers and entrepreneurs.
"The UW Stratford Institute will bring together Stratford's renowned strengths in arts and culture with the University of Waterloo's strengths in technology to create the next generation of digital media products and services, while producing the managerial talent needed to grow new Ontario ideas into globally focused companies," according to John Wilkinson, Ontario's minister of research and innovation.
"Ian Wilson is the perfect addition to the leadership and momentum driving the establishment of the Stratford Institute," says Tom Jenkins, executive chairman and chief strategy officer at Open Text, who is a key supporter of the Stratford initiative. "His experience building a national institution like Library and Archives Canada will propel Stratford to the world stage in digital media." Mr. Wilson is a member of the Order of Canada and Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France). He received the 2005 Award of Merit from the Association for Canadian Studies and an Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the Public Service of Canada.

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