<<October 30, 1999>>

Joanne Curry <Joanne_Curry@sfu.ca>

Gilles Sequin <gilles.g.s.seguin@dfaitmaeci.x400.gc.ca>

P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D, Professor <tapio.varis@uta.fi>

Mr. Barry McLarnon, P. Eng. <barry.mclarnon@crc.ca>

Dr. Tom Keenan, I.S.P. <keenan@acs.ucalgary.ca>

Mr. Myron Nordquist <myron_nordquist@burns.senate.gov>

Kimberly K. Obbink <kobbink@montana.edu>

Dr. Thomas J. Keil <Thomas.Keil@asu.edu>

Dear Joanne:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

Dear Joanne and Gilles:

(2) Many thanks for your effort to make our mtg with the officials of CIDA
and others people in Ottawa.

Referring to Tapio Varis' msg of 10/28th (ATTACHMENT II), we (Tapio and
I) would greatly appreciate it if you can kindly arrange our visit with
them in Ottawa on 11/8th (Monday), since Tapio would need to arrive in
Washington, D.C. by the evening of 11/9th.

(3) Our contact person at CIDA is;

Mr. Gerard I. Kenney, Eng., Ing.
Senior Advisor
Telecommunications & Information
Policy Branch
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
200, Promenade du Portage
HULL (Quibec)
Canada K1A 0G4
(819) 994 5419
819-997-7866 (his secretary)
Fax: (819) 953 3348

He kindly attended our mtg in D.C. in July of 1995 when we discussed our
plan of holding our event at Tapio's University of Tampere last August.
Tapio and Peter Knight (one of your TeleLearning*NCE99 speakers)
attended it also.

It would be our great pleasure if we can meet him on 11/8th again.

Dear Barry:


Pls send me the names and phones of the people who contacted you from
the DFAIT and Industry Canada, with regard to our Tampere event so that
Tapio and I may be able to visit them on 11/8th.

We would also like to visit you, if possible.

BTW, we haven't received your expense account report yet -- we
need it for our report to the InfoDev.

Dear Tom Keenan:

(5) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT IV). Thanks also for your kind words.

I forgot if you sent your colleague to our D.C. mtg in July of 1995 --
which you mentioned in your msg at that time.

It would be wonderful if you would be convenient to join in our visit to
CIDA on 11/8th, -- see above.

It is interesting to know that you have a connection with the
Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, since we are now
planning to attend the conference of the Asian Development Bank in
Ciang Mai in Thailand in early December. I visited about it in
your web site with great interest.

I also visited the Smart Communities Program at the web site of the
Industry Canada, and am very interested knowing about their Aboriginal
Community program. This is because Myron, Kim and Tom Keil are now very
much interested in connecting Native American communities in Montana and
Arizona with broadband satellite and wireless Internet.

I think that we have a lot of things to talk about when we meet in Montreal.

Best, Tak

Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 16:11:26 -0700
To: Tak Utsumi <utsumi@www.friends-partners.org>
From: Joanne Curry <joannec@sfu.ca>
Subject: Meeting Schedule
Cc: gilles.g.s.seguin@dfaitmaeci.x400.gc.ca

Dr. Utsumi. Gilles Sequin of DFAIT has agreed to set up meetings
with DFAIT and CIDA officials. Thanks.

Date: 29 Oct 1999 09:11:45 -0400
From: "Seguin, Gilles -ACET" <gilles.g.s.seguin@dfaitmaeci.x400.gc.ca>
To: "'Joanne Curry'" <Joanne_Curry@sfu.ca>
Cc: "Smith, Darren -ACET" <darren.smith@dfaitmaeci.x400.gc.ca>
Subject: RE: CIDA


I will try to make the arrangements with CIDA and others people in Ottawa.

Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 22:06:59 +0000
To: Takeshi Utsumi <utsumi@columbia.edu>, Joanne Curry <Joanne_Curry@sfu.ca>
From: Tapio Varis <tapio.varis@uta.fi>
Subject: Re: TeleLearning*NCE conference in Montreal (11/6th to 9th)
Cc: Tapio Varis <titava@uta.fi>

Dear Colleagues,

My travel plans for Montreal have sloightly changed. I intend to arrive on
Saturday morning the 6th November from New York but leave already Monday
night the 8th for Washington where I was invited to the InfoDev Seminar99
which is extremely important for our Global University System. Could I ask
Joanne Curry or someone to help me in hotel reservations Saturday-Monday
and inform me where to go. Thank you,

Tapio Varis
Professor and Chair
Interim President of GUS

Date: Fri, 01 Oct 1999 14:56:57 -0400
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
From: Barry McLarnon <barry.mclarnon@crc.ca>
Subject: Re: Your report


Below is my brief report on the Tampere event (in plain text to avoid any
formatting problems).



Report on the EGEDL meeting in Tampere, Finland (August 1999)

Although I do not work in the distance learning field, I found the Tampere
meeting to be very interesting. Indeed, it was quite stimulating to be among
a group of educators who are committed to tackling the challenges of providing
affordable distance learning on a global scale. I particularly appreciated
Roger Boston's workshop on low-cost teleconferencing. This was a very
practical and down-to-earth exposition of how inexpensive conferencing tools
can be used effectively with connections of differing bandwidths and
latencies. In general, the meeting was very well organized, and the local
hosts are to be commended for their thoroughness, and for their hospitality.

My presentation on wireless Internet seemed to be well received, judging from
comments I received later. Although it was focused primarily on the use of
unlicensed spread spectrum technology, I tried to put this in its proper
context by providing an overview of wireless technologies that could be used
for Internet connectivity. A central point of the presentation was that many
players are now entering the wireless Internet arena, and one has to assess
them all. In some cases, it may make good economic sense to leverage an
existing wireless infrastructure rather than deploying something new. I
regret that I was unable to contribute much in the brainstorming sessions,
as the proposals were rather general in nature at that stage, but perhaps I
can provide some input at a later stage.

The Tampere meeting was a study in contrasts, and clearly showed the enormous
gap between the haves and the have-nots. On the one hand, some of the
players have tremendous resources with which to deploy broadband wireless
technology; on the other hand, some must operate on a shoestring budget, and
even lack adequate basic wireline services as a starting point. A major
challenge will be to identify technology which will be appropriate (in terms
of startup and operating costs, maintainability by local people, etc.) in the
have-not situations.

In closing, I will also note that the Tampere meeting has attracted some
interest from the Canadian government. Although I did not attend the meeting
as an official representative of the Government of Canada, I have been
contacted by officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade, and from Industry Canada, and asked for my comments on
the meeting. I conveyed my perception that the Global University initiatives
should be taken very seriously, and urged them to follow the activities of Dr.
Utsumi, Professor Varis and their colleagues more closely in the future. I am
pleased that my presence at the meeting contributed in some small way to
raising awareness in Canada of this work.

Barry McLarnon
September 1999

Barry McLarnon (barry.mclarnon@crc.ca)
Project Leader, Radio Broadcast Systems
Communications Research Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2H 8S2
WWW: http://www.drb.crc.ca Fax: 613-993-9950 AKA: VE3JF

Date: Tue, 05 Oct 1999 17:53:15 -0600
From: Tom Keenan <keenan@ucalgary.ca>
Organization: The University of Calgary
To: utsumi@www.friends-partners.org, keenan@ucalgary.ca
Subject: Re: TeleLearning*NCE conference in Montreal (11/6th to 9th)

Dear Dr. Utsumi,

I have long been an avid reader of your mailing list and am constantly amazed
by your energetic and wide-ranging activities. I have in fact forwarded some
of your very useful and thorough postings to others who I think can benefit.
I don't think we have met (excuse me if perhaps we have crossed paths
somewhere in the world) but now it looks like we will both be in Montreal at
the same time which is wonderful news as we may get a chance to meet. (if we
don't, by the way, I will be in the New York area in mid-November but you
travel so much you probably will be elsewhere anyway..)

By way of introduction, I am the Dean of the Faculty of Continuing Education
at the University of Calgary, and a Computer Scientist by training (I hold
four degrees from Columbia University in among other things, Engineering and
Education.) Since the 1970s I have been working in Distributed Education (or
whatever it was called over the years) and have a few "first" such as what we
believe was (1974-ish) the first distributed education computer course; also
the first computer course that included a free computer (an old timex sinclair
1000 - I bought the entire inventory when timex went out of that business.)

I have just spend a six month sabbatical in bangkok at the Asian Instiute of
Technology helping them set up a Distributed Education Center, and they have
appointed me an Adjunct Faculty member there so I will go back at some point.
I also helped them work their way thorugh the maze of organizations such as
APDMEN, and shared some of your postings with them.

I won't go on and on but I was very pleased to see you are coming to Montreal.
I also need to meet with the folks at CIDA because we are launching a Master's
program in International Human Resource Development in Asia (see
www.ucalgary.ca/cted/mce) and I want to enlist their assistance. I may see
them in Ottawa unless they are coming to Montreal. Perhaps we can meet with
them together which would provide another "Canadian Connection" for you. let
me know.

I am also on Minister John Manley's national selection committee committee for
the $60M CAD "Smart Communities" program (see website:

I do get to Ottawa frequently and may be able to be of some assistance to you
there as well as, of course, here at the University of Calgary.

With best wishes,

Dr. Tom Keenan, I.S.P.
Dean, Faculty of Continuing Education
University of Calgary
Phone: 403 2205429
List of Distribution

Joanne Curry
Executive Director
TeleLearning Network of Contres Of Excellence (TL*NCE)
Room 9701, Applied Science Building
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6
Tel: [604] 291-5396/5397
Fax: [604] 291-3439

Gilles Sequin
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
Canadian Government
Ottawa, Canada

P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D, Professor
Acting President, Global University System
Chairman, GLOSAS/Finland
Professor and Chair
Media Culture and Communication Education
Hypermedia laboratory
University of Tampere
P.O.Box 607
FIN-33101 Tampere
Tel: +358-3-215 6110
GSM: +358-50-567-9833
Fax: +358-3-215 7503

Mr. Barry McLarnon, P. Eng.
Project leader, Radio Broadcast Systems
Communications Research Center Canada
2696 Regina Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2B 6Y1
Tel: +1-613-998 5005
Fax: +1-613-993 9950

Dr. Tom Keenan, I.S.P.
Dean, Faculty of Continuing Education
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 CANADA
(403) 220-5429
FAX: (403) BUG-EXIT = 284-3948

Mr. Myron Nordquist
Legislative Counsel
U.S. Senator Conrad Burns' Office
187 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2603
Fax: 202-224-8594
Cell: 301-646-8153
804-924-7573 -- at the U. of VA.
Fax: 804-982-2622 -- at the U. of VA.

Kimberly K. Obbink
Burns Telecommunications Center
128 EPS Building,
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3860
Tel: +1-406-994 6550
Fax: +1-406-994 7856

Dr. Thomas J. Keil
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Arizona State University West
4701 W. Thunderbird Rd.
Glendale, AZ 85306-4908
602-543-6150 (assistant)
Fax: 602-543-6032
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA *
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.) *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Founder of CAADE *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education) *
* President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of *
* Global University System (GUS) *
* 43-23 Colden Street, Flushing, NY 11355-3998, U.S.A. *
* Tel: 718-939-0928; Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email) *
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