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on December 21, 2012

Father Christmas cites time crunch, reindeer wear and tear, for decision to send holiday greetings via CANARIE.

[Ottawa, Ontario | 21 December 2012] CANARIE, operator of Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network, today announced that Santa Claus (also known as Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, and Saint Nickolas), is sending his pre-Christmas greetings to Canadians via the CANARIE ultra-high- speed research and education network.

“So many children, big and small, are now learning and playing using digital tools, that I felt it was time for me to move to a more technologically-advanced format to send my Christmas greetings,” said Santa Claus from his busy workshop near the North Pole. “Since I have to reach children across Canada, I needed an ultra-fast network like CANARIE, as not receiving greetings from me could ruin Christmas for many good boys and girls. I also have been reminded by some of my team, Donner and Blitzen in particular, of the difficulties of managing both greeting and present delivery with one team.”

“We are honoured that Santa has chosen CANARIE to distribute his Christmas wishes this year,” says Jim Roche, President and CEO of CANARIE. “While CANARIE does not connect to individual homes, it does reach children of all ages through its partner networks connecting over 1,100 K-12 schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and government research labs across Canada.”

Santa reiterated that he will only be using the CANARIE network to send Christmas greetings. He declined to comment on questions regarding methodology for Christmas Eve present delivery, or to speculate on which CANARIE staff members landed on the “naughty” or “nice” list.

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For more information, please contact:
Wynn Anne Sibbald
Communications Manager
(613) 943-5432


CANARIE designs, delivers, and drives the adoption of digital infrastructure for Canada’s research and education communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE’s roots are in advanced networking, and CANARIE continues to evolve the national ultra- high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network.

CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada’s high-tech entrepreneurs, CANARIE offers cloud-computing services to help them accelerate product development and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

CANARIE, together with twelve provincial and territorial network partners, forms Canada’s advanced network alliance. This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canada’s researchers and innovators provincially, nationally, and globally to the data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that are at the heart of prosperity in the digital economy.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

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