BIV Talks: The 5G Dilemma


In the next year Canada will introduce 5G, the next generation of cellular mobile communications to vastly improve data usage, save energy, reduce costs, and enable businesses and consumers massive connectivity. But the country is embroiled in a debate on who should provide the technology, what national security considerations are necessary, and how Canada can ensure it does not lose pace with the rest of the world. Our panel discussion investigates the issues.


James Moore

Senior Business Advisor, Dentons

James Moore is a Senior Business Advisor in Dentons' Government group, with a focus on government affairs and public policy. Based in Vancouver, James provides strategic advice to clients in British Columbia, across Canada and around the world. With an extensive background as a senior cabinet minister in the Government of Canada, extensive knowledge of Canada’s business community, and his public policy background, he is a valued member of the Dentons team.

Previously, James served as Canada’s Minister of Industry, Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages, Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Minister for the 2010 Olympics. He served as the Senior Regional Minister for the province of British Columbia, he was also Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Prosperity and Vice Chair of the Operations and Social Affairs Cabinet Committees.

James has earned an outstanding reputation over his years spent in government, most notably as Minister of Industry from 2013 to 2015, where he oversaw a wide range of Canada’s public policy decisions and led a team responsible for the Canada Space Agency, the Canada Tourism Commission, the Business Development Bank of Canada, Statistics Canada, the National Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation and more.


Kirk LaPointe

Editor-in-Chief, Business in Vancouver & Vice-President, Glacier Media

Kirk has led Canadian broadcast, print and media organizations for more than three decades, holding the senior editorial roles at CTV News, Southam News and The Hamilton Spectator. He is a former Ottawa Bureau Chief and General News Editor of The Canadian Press, a former host on CBC Newsworld, the founding executive editor of National Post, the former ombudsman of the CBC, and a host on Roundhouse Radio. He has been Canadian Editor for Billboard Magazine and station manager of CKLN Ryerson, an advisor to the publisher of the Toronto Star, and publisher and editor in chief at Self-Counsel Press. Kirk is currently the Editor-in-Chief at Business in Vancouver and Vice-President of Glacier Media, and he teaches Ethics and Leadership as an Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism.



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