Cisco Deploys TelePresence Technology at CIGI Campus – Connecting Ontario Universities to Ottawa Policy Makers

Cisco recently participated in the Grand Opening Celebration of the new Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) campus in Waterloo. While we were delighted to deploy a Cisco core technology infrastructure at CIGI, connecting the campus to Canada’s policy makers in Ottawa via TelePresence is what we think is really exciting. The campus is a result of RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie’s vision to build expertise in international affairs in Canada and to create a unique interdisciplinary teaching, learning and research environment focused on developing knowledge of global issues. In practical terms, it means that if Canada wants to play an increasingly important role on the international stage, it’s the kinds of things happening at the new CIGI Campus that will help get us there.

The campus is within an hour’s drive of eight leading Ontario universities, and located in a region that is home to leading technology firms with strong international reputations for innovation. CIGI’s contribution will be  as a unique incubator of ideas –  this is the first time a non-academic institution has come together with academic partners to create new and innovative teaching, learning and research outputs by the best and the brightest in Canada, and around the world!

The campus was officially opened on September 20 (see CIGI celebration video, featuring singer/songwriter K’Naan) and will house several graduate schools and programs, including an International Law Program still in the development stages with the University of Ottawa. The partnership with the University of Ottawa will deliver innovative programming in 3 areas of international law: economic and trade law; intellectual property law and environmental law – arguably the most critical areas of international law from both a Canadian and international policy perspective. Because of the nature of the programs and split between faculty and students in Waterloo and in Ottawa, Cisco TelePresence technology will enable CIGI to deliver this unique program in a truly collaborative way, and provide access to experts around the world. According to Neve Peric, CIGI Vice President of Operations, “this kind of capability helps transform CIGI activities from ordinary to world-class”.

About Ron Dekker

Ronald J. Dekker is an Executive Sales and Business Development Leader at Cisco Systems Canada. Dekker also serves as Board Chairman at X2O | Media and as Director at Esna Technologies. Before Cisco, Ron was CEO of Connex (formerly Cygnal Technologies), Canada's leading independent provider of wired and wireless communications networks. Ron previously served as VP Alliances & Business Development for Tandberg, the #1 global video communications company where he identified and engaged new market opportunities that delivered the Company's next generation of innovation and growth (before the Company was sold to Cisco). Prior to Tandberg, Ron founded and served as CEO and Director of OneConnect, Canada's first and market-leading IP services provider. Prior to OneConnect, Ron was President & CEO of Ericsson Wireless Internet and before that, President of Williams Communications Canada (WilTel/TTS) which he grew profitably before selling to Telus. Ron has extensive global experience in telecommunications markets, specific skills in management and strategic planning, and a proven track record of delivering strong leadership and profitability. Ron is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a charter member of the Academy of Technology CEOs (AceTech), volunteered for 6 rewarding years on the Board of Directors for the Children's Aid Foundation ( and currently volunteers as Event Chair for Community Rocks ( to raise necessary funding in support of intellectually handicapped people at Community Living Toronto. Cisco most recently appointed Dekker as Executive Lead for their Premier ICT sponsorship of the TO2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. Ronald J. Dekker est un cadre supérieur des ventes et de l'expansion des affaires au sein de Cisco Canada. Il siège aussi en tant que président du conseil d'administration de X2O | Media et que directeur d'Esna Technologies. Avant de grossir les rangs de Cisco, Ron était chef de la direction de Connex (anciennement Cygnal Technologies), le premier fournisseur indépendant de réseaux de communication filaires et sans fil au Canada. Auparavant, il a joué le rôle de vice-président aux alliances et à l'expansion des affaires au sein de Tandberg, principale société internationale de communications vidéo, où il a précisé et tiré profit de nouvelles occasions de marché qui ont généré la prochaine génération d'innovation et de croissance de l'entreprise (avant que la compagnie ne soit vendue à Cisco). Avant cela, Ron a mis sur pied OneConnect, fournisseur de services IP chef de file numéro un au Canada, où il était chef de la direction et administrateur. Auparavant, il était président et chef de la direction d'Ericsson Wireless Internet et avant cela, président de Williams Communications Canada (WilTel/TTS), dont il a accru le chiffre d'affaires avant de vendre la société à Telus. Ron possède une vaste expérience mondiale des marchés des télécommunications et des compétences particulières en gestion et en planification stratégiques. Il a une feuille de route exemplaire en matière de leadership et de rentabilité. Ron est un membre de Young Presidents Organization (YPO) et un membre originaire de l'organisme Academy of Technology CEOs (AceTech). Il a fait du bénévolat pendant six années enrichissantes au sein du conseil d'administration de la Fondation de l'aide à l'enfance ( et occupe actuellement le poste bénévole de président de l'événement pour l'organisme Community Rocks (, qui vise à recueillir les fonds nécessaires au soutien de personnes présentant des déficiences intellectuelles à Community Living Toronto. Cisco a récemment nommé Ron au poste de cadre supérieur en chef de sa commandite Premier ICT des Jeux panaméricains/parapanaméricains de Toronto 2015.
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