A key to recovery? Communications leadership

May 25 09:05 2020 Print This Article

An article in the weekend Toronto Star credits Canada’s strong telecommunications infrastructure with helping the country manage through the COVID-19 crisis so far. I would add that we need strong leadership to guide development of smart telecommunications policy.

In “What Canada can learn from Europe’s COVID-19 response”, Dr. Georg Serentschy and Derk Oldenburg claim: “while ineffective communication enabled the spread of the Spanish Flu—a pandemic that persisted for more than a year — connectivity is one of the greatest strengths at our disposal in the fight against COVID-19.”

Dr. Serentschy was the head of the Austrian communications regulatory authority (RTR) and, later, Chairman of the EU regulatory authority, BEREC. Mr. Oldenburg is a former Dutch diplomat who served as Deputy Ambassador to Germany and the European Union.

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Mark Goldberg

Mark Goldberg has more than 35 years of international experience in strategic planning, managing, designing and implementing telecommunications carrier networks. His background includes heading the Network Services organization for one of Canada's largest long distance companies, developing the network architecture for competition in Canada, design of the US Government Voice Network, creating the business plan for Canada's Information Highway initiative, and helping international entrepreneurs launch traditional and enhanced telecommunications services. He holds a Masters degree in Mathematical statistics from Carleton University and a Bachelor's in Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario

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