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In the news … May 21, 2014

Canadian ICT revenues up last year, despite BlackBerry
Howard Solomon @itworldca  April 22nd, 2014

05991409-700x500The smart phone maker’s 40 per cent drop in revenue still left it number one in 2103 by revenue. But the rest of the industry grew nicely

Despite its troubled finances, BlackBerry was still the number one ICT company in Canada last year by revenue, according to a consulting company’s calculations.

In its annual listing of public and private information and communications technology companies in the country, Branham Group said the Waterloo, Ont. smart phone maker topped the 2013 list with $11.7 billion in revenue. Montreal-based services company CGI Group was second with just over $10 billion, followed by carrier and media company BCI Inc. with $9.4 billion.

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Canada’s era of digital diplomacy well underway
By Michelle Zilio | Apr 22, 2014

05991409-700x500New social media accounts for Canadian missions and officials abroad are popping up daily. The digital diplomacy push is on, the diplomats are responding and people are noticing.

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) has nearly doubled its social media presence in the past four months, according to newly-released numbers. According to the department, DFATD has added more than 90 new social media accounts for “missions abroad and departmental initiatives” since Jan. 1, bringing the total number of social media accounts to more than 200. This does not account for personal or professional accounts of DFATD staff.

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Canada’s Bell Fund invested 14.8M in digital projects last year: report

Money11The Bell Fund, a not-for-profit organization that supports Canadian production, invested just over $16.5 million in a record-breaking 188 television cross-platform and digital media projects, according to an annual report released by the fund this week.

Of that funding, $14.8 million was invested in 87 interactive digital media projects, three performance accelerator projects and 51 television programs associated with digital media projects.

Some of the TV series and digital projects to receive financing through the fund’s production program in 2013 include Insight Productions’ Big Brother Canada 2 and its cross-platform project to enhance fan engagement from Secret Location, and Marblemedia’s Hi Opie! and Hi Opie! Come Along from Marblemedia Interactive.

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