Who we are and what we're doing

SCAN and scansite.ca are about the people who make up the advanced technology community in Ontario. Who you are. What you’re doing. Your successes. Your try-agains.

Our community
Communications is at the very heart of community and community is at the very heart of achievement. Ontario has adopted the cluster as a method of concentrating talent and productive capabilities. We have a cluster of software developers. Wireless. Photonics. Genomics. Artificial Intelligence. Medical/Pharma. Nanotechnology. Bioinformatics. Fabless semiconductors, Nuclear. And Ontario itself is a cluster of clusters, with 6,000 companies and 250,000 workers engaged in creating and selling products, services and systems based on advanced tech. When interests converge, as well as living space, the dynamic can be thrilling. Lots to write about.

Our team
The team that will be doing this is led by Tony Patterson (tony@scansite.ca, 613-244-3396), who was also founding editor of Silicon Valley NORTH, a position he relinquished when he sold that publication in 2000. Tony is an experienced journalist who has also had his boots to the fire in the tech sector as CEO of a microelectronics integration firm. He is a former associate editor of Financial Times of Canada, Canadian correspondent for New Scientist and a widely published magazine writer. He is the recipient of journalism awards from the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and Ottawa Life Sciences Council.

Brian Patterson (brian@scansite.ca, 819-563-1133), publisher, is a former vice president of Megatrend Communications and was VP of sales and western operations for Silicon Valley NORTH.

Greg Patterson (greg@scansite.ca) is senior writer. An alumnus of Silicon Valley NORTH, he has been widely published in newspapers and magazines, including Ottawa Magazine, The Gazette, The Citizen and Maisonneuve.

Scan is a word that connects literacy with IT with biotech.

Its first meaning is to look at something intently or quickly. When we use the word in connection with reading it refers to picking out individual words and sentences, which is the reason for highlighting in word files. It means to look about, in order to recognize patterns, as in news scan or environmental scan.

There are computer scans for virus detection. We scan text and images into digital formats. The scanning electron microscope (partially developed in Canada at UofT) is a powerful scientific tool. The reader we plug into a modern car's computer to diagnose its electronic systems is called a scan tool. In the medical specialty of bioscience we do CATscans, PETscans, MRIscans to detect cancers, heart disease, brain malfunctions.

C'est le mot juste, the right word, for what we have in mind.

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