Calling all Canadians to the new land of opportunity

Oh Canada, our home and … one of the world’s most developed nations filled with 32 million of the most culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse people found anywhere on earth. Try saying that five times fast!

The greatest thing about being in business in Canada in 2013 is that the Web is an even bigger dominating factor.  And the Internet itself isn’t inherently biased like human beings.

It doesn’t care where the user was originally born, if they drink beer on weekends or cheer for the Toronto Maple Leafs.  It only cares about numbers and quality content.

Why does this matter to you? Because you’re one of the 86 per cent of Canadians who have access to the Internet at home, work and on their mobile phone.

On the Web we call that a “pwn,” which in layman’s terms means a huge opportunity. The way the Internet has naturally, openly evolved makes it the new land of opportunity for all Canadians, both young and old.

It means we don’t have to move to New York City, Silicon Valley, or anywhere else in the world for that matter.  We can literally connect with and change the world from our own backyards (using Wifi and/or tethering our Blackberry Z10/Galaxy Note II), or now even from our local Tim Horton’s and Second Cup with free streaming Internet.

We can run Fortune 500 companies, organize epic tech events, and even launch international distributional channels, from home.


To put it in context, fellow Canadian Justin Bieber has more Twitter followers than we have a total population – more than 35 million and counting.


There’s also Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut currently floating around in the International Space Station. He’s being heralded as “The superstar astronaut taking social media by storm.”

Let’s face it, we’re in a pretty good position globally, all things considered with unstable US and European markets.  More poignantly, Canada is:

  • The ninth highest per capita income globally
  • The sixth highest ranking in human development
  • Among the highest in international measurements of education, government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, and economic freedom.

Not to mention we work as hard as we play. And that says something.

Joking aside….

Ask yourself, how can I make a bigger and more positive impact using the internet? It’s about time we thought of the bigger picture as digital citizens of the world and Canada.

Personally, my goal is to bring you the stories of the people, communities, technology and companies behind them all, that help forge Canada into a place we continue to love, respect and call our home.


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Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

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Ashley Huffman
Ashley Huffman
Startup, technology and girls in tech evangelist. Can be found behind the scenes at Nano Magnetics Ltd getting things done. Professional @Nanodots builder and Guinness World Record holder. Fan of life hacks, Scrum and WOW, in no particular order. Self proclaimed Twitter addict.

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