Tori Sutton, Stratford Gazette
Stratford will no longer play host to the Canada 3.0 conference.
On Wednesday, the Canadian Digital Media Network announced the fifth annual digital media forum will be held in Toronto in 2013 after outgrowing the Stratford Rotary Complex.
It will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre May 14-16 in combination with the GRAND 2013 conference, which attracts players in the graphics, animation and new media fields.
“We’re grateful to the City of Stratford for having served as host city for the forum for the past four years, and congratulate Stratford on being named one of the Top 7 Intelligent Cities in the world,” said CDMN managing director Kevin Tuer, in a press release.
“The city has been instrumental in the development of Canada 3.0 and there will be a continued CDMN presence in Stratford through future events and initiatives.”
The first Canada 3.0 conference was held in 2009 and quickly established itself as a forum to discuss the state of digital media across the nation.
Since then, the event has grown to attract about 2,000 people, including industry, academia and government representatives.
Organizers say the move to Toronto will broaden the conference’s audience and make it more accessible for domestic and international attendees.
Reached on holiday in Italy, Mayor Dan Mathieson said Stratford is proud to have played a role in helping create and grow the event into an international conference of great significance.
“We understand the demand for people wanting to attend this conference has prompted the decision by the Canadian Digital Media Network to move to a large venue,” Mathieson said, via email.
“Both the city and CDMN are working together to develop new digital media events and conferences for Stratford to host, as we continue to be one of the founding hubs of this federal centre of excellence.”
Additionally, the mayor noted CDMN will establish a permanent presence in Stratford later this year when it opens an office in the new University of Waterloo Stratford campus building on St. Patrick Street.