Keeping Canada Connected

The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the urgent need for universal robust connectivity from coast to coast to coast. As lockdown measures transform the way we shop, learn, and even receive health care, a lack of reliable internet access is a not just an isolating hindrance to far too many Canadians, but also a significant barrier to unlocking Canada’s true potential in the 21st century economy. Keeping Canada Connected will explore how we can use this moment of crisis to make generational improvements to connectivity infrastructure.

Keeping Canada Connected is part of Canada 2020’s new media series Crisis to ResilienceLearn more about our new media series here.

This event will be broadcasted on Zoom and Canada 2020’s YouTube channelRegister for the event here.



12:30pm – Panel Discussion

Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister, Industry, Science and Economic Development Canada

Michèle Beck, Vice President, North American Sales, Telesat

Dean Prevost, President of Rogers for Business, Rogers Communications

Willa Black, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, CISCO

Moderated by Alex Paterson, Executive Director, Canada 2020

1:30pm – Fireside Conversation

The Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Women and Gender Equality

Sarah Minnes, President, Canadian Rural Revitalization Fund


The audience will be able to ask questions via Zoom and YouTube for the Panel Discussion and the Fireside Conversation. 

Featured Participants

  • Maryam Monsef

    Canadian Minister of Rural Economic Development and Women and Gender Equality

  • Sarah Minnes

    President, Canadian Rural Revitalization Fund