Emerging Technology Consulting Group (E.T.C.G.)


The primary objective of the Emerging Technology Consulting Group is to assist the Centre of Excellence for Children & Adolescents with Special Needs in achieving its goal, namely to ensure a future where children and adolescents with special needs can combine the riches of life in northern and rural communities with the very best services Canada has to offer.

The Consulting Group plays an integral role in the Centre’s work involving technology and service delivery.

In particular, the Group is focused on helping establish the Centre as a policy community around the theme of service delivery to rural and northern communities via technology. The Group meets by teleconference three times per year and face-to-face with the National Research Coordinating Committee once per year.

The Consulting Group functions in the following capacities:

Informing and updating Centre participants about emerging technologies and their potential and limitations with respect to relevance to special needs;

Working with the Centre to identify key decision makers in government and the private sector;

Linking the Centre with other groups/organizations involved in Tele-health and Tele-education (eg. UNESCO);

Working with Task Forces to identify how best practices could be enhanced through emerging technologies;

Working with Task Forces to develop, seek funding for, and evaluate specific projects involving technology-based service delivery for special needs in rural and northern Canada; and,

Working with Task Forces to enable dissemination of their work using emerging technologies.


The Emerging Technology Consulting Group consists of distinguished individuals from University (2), Government (2) and Industry (2) across North America who have interests and expertise in the potential of technology for enhancing community capacity in special needs in rural and remote communities.

Members are appointed by the National Director in consultation with Centre Partners.

The National Director and Research Director of the Centre of Excellence are members of the group and are responsible for coordinating its operation.

Members of the Emerging Technology
Consulting Group

Lawrence Euteneier

Lawrence Euteneier is the Project Manager of Web-4-All, Industry Canada.                      The mandate of the Web Accessibility Office is to promote accessible web design to enable Canadians to access web content through sight, sound and touch.

Penny Jennett, Ph.D.

Dr. Penny Jennett, Head of the Health Telematics Unit and Professor of Community Health Sciences and previous Director of the Office of Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary is recognized internationally for her expertise in telehealth, health telematics, health informatics and health education.

She serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Netera, is President-Elect, Treasurer and Founding Member of the Canadian Society of Telehealth, and is a member of the Board and Executive of CANARIE Inc.

She is Project Leader for the EU-Canada Collaboration in Health Telematics.                     She was a member of Alberta Telehealth Project Planning Team and chaired the Implementation Team for alberta we//net’s Telehealth Committee.

She was a member of Health Canada’s Peer Review Committee of First Nation’s Telehealth Research Project and leads a national initiative to build research capacity in rural and remote areas of Canada.

Robert J. Kennedy, Ph.D.

Robert Kennedy is a member of the Council of Regents for Ontario Colleges, chair of the Advisory Committee on Secondary School Reform and a Minister’s Appointee to the Professional Learning Program Committee for the College of Teachers. Formerly Bob was the Director of Education for the North Bay area School Board, served as President of the Canadian Association of School Administrators and the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers Association. For the past four years Bob has been education consultant with Apple, Canada. At Apple Canada his focus is on how the successful integration of technology through changed instructional practice and digital content can yield improved student achievement.

Erin Keough

Erin Keough is the Executive Director of Open Learning and Information Network (OLIN), which is located at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is also a member of the Board of CANARIE Inc.

Pierre Levasseur

Pierre Levasseur is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Office of Health and the Information Highway at Health Canada. He joined the Office when it was established in early 1997.

He has since coordinated a number of major projects, such as the design and development of the Health Infostructure Support Program.

He currently represents the Office on CANARIE Inc.’s Health Advisory Committee and is also a member of the Advisory Board of the European Union-Canada Health Telematics Initiative.

Prior to joining the Office, he was Special Projects Manager with the Marketing and Communications Division, Health Canada, where he lead the development and implementation of large national health promotion campaigns targeted mainly at youth and First Nations and Inuit populations, and where he was also instrumental in the development of an Internet-based health information for the public program.

Graham Passmore, Ph.D.

Graham Passmore is an Assistant Professor of Education at Lakehead University, where he teaches Educational Technology in the Classroom, and Multimedia for Educators. His research interests include: 1) the design of learning environments that use information technologies to support human communications; 2) the design, development, adoption, and implementation of digitized learning materials; and 3) the incorporation of methods for teaching problem-solving into web-based educational delivery systems.

Centre of Excellence for Children &
Adolescents with Special Needs:

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