Montreal confirms its position as Canadian leader in Connected and Smart TV platforms

written by: Richard Kastelein

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Close to 200 professionals from Canada, the United States, France and the United Kingdom attended the fourth installment of the Montreal Web Video Conference presented by Evolumedia Group. The event, a first in Canada, was entirely dedicated to the connected and smart TV phenomenon.

Over 20 speakers hailing from North America and Europe took the mike at the ICAO headquarters, located in the Business District of Montreal. Some of these speakers came on behalf of flagship companies, such as Google TV, Orange and LG Electronics. For many active Quebecer players renowned worldwide, mainly Marie-José Montpetit of MIT (Boston) and Jeremy Toeman of Diijt Media (San Francisco), it was actually their first opportunity to showcase their achievements in the Quebec metropolis.

Gilbert Ouellette, president of Evolumedia Group and event promoter, says he is “very proud to have taken on the challenge of bringing together audiovisual and interactive producers, TV broadcasters, telecoms operators, content aggregators, technology solutions providers and investors to discuss a major issue that affects the future of television and goes far beyond our borders. Such an opportunity seldom happens in Montreal.”

Current themes and an exported know-how

Participants had the opportunity to share and familiarize themselves with the main innovations and business opportunities currently in demand in the industry, such as social TV and t-Commerce, along with discover Quebecer and Canadian platforms and services, such as lvl studio’s Purple and Technologies Sensio’s 3DGo!, that are forecasted to have great international success.

“Speakers and participants alike highlighted the importance of meet-ups and the need to have an event dedicated to connected and smart TV in Montreal,” adds Charles-Stéphane Roy, content director at Evolumedia Group. “While the energy and creativity of our digital entrepreneurs are attracting more and more international attention, the Montreal Web Video Conference contributes to positioning Montreal and Canada as key producers of innovative connected TV platforms.”

Innovation Prize for Dr. Marie-José Montpetit of MIT

As part of the framework of this edition of Montreal Web Video, the Connected TV Marketing Association (CTVMA) and Evolumedia Group had the immense pleasure of awarding an Innovation Prize to Dr. Marie-José Montpetit, researcher at the Research Laboratory of Electronics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This accolade aims to highlight the exceptional work of this Quebecer in social TV, video-centric networking technologies and network coding for video dissemination.

In the upcoming months

On the heels of the success of this installment, Evolumedia Group is already planning another conference centered on connected and smart platforms next fall in Montreal.

The 1st edition of the Smart Media Platforms Guide 2012, Canadian Edition, is already in the making and will be available online by the end of this year on

The 4th edition of the Montreal Web Video Conference was presented by Evolumedia Group in collaboration with VQ Services and was supported by Ivl studio, the Ministry of Culture, Communications, and the Status of Women of Quebec, the Canada Media Fund, Samsung Canada, Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC), Yu Centrick, Nurun and the Regroupement pour la formation en audiovisuel du Québec (RFAVQ).

Montreal Web Video also thanks its contributing sponsors: the Groupe Serdy, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), the Fonds Capital Culture Québec and Ipex View; its associative partners: Alliance numérique, the Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ), the Regroupement des producteurs multimédia (RPM) and the Voix des Entrepreneurs en T.I. du Québec (VETIQ); and its media partners: CTVM, Montreal.TV and Smart Media Platforms.

Montreal Web Video was a partner of MIXMÉDIAS Montréal, organized by the Groupe Éventia.

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