Canada, France host digital summit

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Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:26 PM ET

OTTAWA - The digital revolution has been both a benefit and a disadvantage to cultural industries worldwide.

Now, a brain trust of some 60 industry leaders, academics and policy makers from Canada and France are gathering in Ottawa on Thursday and Friday to look at the future of those digital content enterprises.

The countries are co-hosting the Franco-Canadian Digital Content Summit, where delegates will flesh out the major issues facing their respective cultural and creative industries.

"It's the potential for us to think collectively and look at the best measures for us to leverage it. It's an environment to embrace," Namir Anani, president and CEO of the Information and Communications Technology Council, said Wednesday.

The ICTC, a research, market intelligence and policy development centre for the digital economy, is co-hosting the event along with the Embassy of France. Quebecor Media, which owns QMI Agency and Sun Media, is one of its sponsors.

Anani said delegates will explore, among other subjects, how consumers are getting more involved in content, developing, editing, and sharing it - as well as consuming it.

"That direction is changing the whole landscape and we've got to reflect on that," he said.

"In the world of Internet, it's shaping itself to be an economic driver going forward."

Thomas Michelon, cultural counsellor at France's embassy, said Canada and France are both committed to their respective creative industries.

"Both countries share a real creative and technological potential - innovative financing mechanisms, creative and digital expertise in terms of animation, video games, cinema and we have some very good training institutions," he said.

The forum's first keynote speaker is Philippe Zeller, ambassador of France to Canada, who will accompany Anani Thursday morning in opening the forum.

There will also be speeches by Serge Sasseville, Quebecor Media's senior vice-president of corporate and institutional affairs and Music Canada president Graham Henderson.


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