News - 2007

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Christie Christelis Presents to Rotman’s South African Study Tour Participants
December 5, 2007 – Christie Christelis, President of Technology Strategies International, in his capacity as a Board Member of the Canada South Africa Chamber of Business, delivered a presentation to a group of international students from Rotman School of Management that were embarking on a South African Study Tour. The presentation was delivered at the request of the South African Consul General  in Toronto and described the Business Environment in South Africa.

Privatisation and Competition Training Program in Fiji
November 4, 2007 – The President of Technology Strategies International, Christie Christelis, designed and delivered a five day in-depth training program on the Privatisation and Competition of telecommunications operators for Fintel, Fiji. The course was held in the capital, Suva, Fiji, and was attended by staff from international gateway operator, Fintel. The course covered different privatisation and commercialisation models for operators, and examined the process of liberalising telecommunications environments to enhance competition. The program was delivered as part of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation’s (CTO) Program for Development Training (PDT) and was provided under contract to Alliances Consulting, a PDT Supplier Member of the CTO.

Price Cap Training Program in Fiji
October 27, 2007 – Christie Christelis, President of Technology Strategies International, designed and delivered a five day in-depth training program on Price Cap Formulation and Implementation for Fintel, Fiji. The course was held in the capital, Suva, Fiji, and was attended by staff from Fintel, the Ministry of Communications, the Commerce Commission and Telecom Fiji. The subject matter covered in the course included different forms of price regulation, principles of price cap regulation, the components of the price cap formula and how to determine them, baskets and subcaps, and mechanisms for implementing the price cap system. The program was delivered as part of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation’s (CTO) Program for Development Training (PDT) and was provided under contract to Alliances Consulting, a PDT Supplier Member of the CTO.

Economic Regulation Training Program for Communications Commission of Kenya
September 17, 2007 – The President of Technology Strategies International, Christie Christelis, designed and delivered a five day in-depth training program on Economic Regulation for the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK). The course, held at the Kenya College of Communication Technology (KCCT) Mbagathi Campus just outside Nairobi, was attended by delegates from the CCK, fixed and mobile operators, and the KCCT. The workshop addressed policy, regulation and market structure, different types of economic regulation, interconnection, convergence, universal service, spectrum management, and ICTs for development. The program was delivered as part of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation’s (CTO) Program for Development Training (PDT) and was provided under contract to Alliances Consulting, a PDT Supplier Member of the CTO.

TSI Completes Draft Information and Communications Accessibility Framework for CSA
September 6, 2007 – Technology Strategies International completed its analysis of local and international developments in standards and best practices relating to information and communications accessibility and has made recommendations on a framework to be used by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO) on a framework for the development of the information and communications accessibility standard being drafter by the ADO.

TSI Completes a Competitive Review of the Home Healthcare Market in Selected LHINs
August 23, 2007 – TSI has completed a comprehensive review of the competitive environment for nursing and health services in these selected Local Health Integration Networks in order to support the market, business development and branding initiatives of a health car services provider. 

TSI Hosts South African BANKSETA Delegation
June 26, 2007 – Technology Strategies International hosted delegates from the Banking Sector Education and Training Authority in South Africa (BANKSETA) who were attending a six week training program in Toronto. The presentation delivered by Christie Christelis, President of TSI, addressed Canadian Experiences with Payment Smart Cards. The group that attended the presentation was tasked by the BANKSETA with developing a case for Stored Value Cards in South Africa. The BANKSETA program was developed by The Immersion Lab, a Toronto-based accelerated leadership development company.

Canadian Smart Card Market Set for Take-off
February 26, 2007 – The number smart cards in circulation in Canada is expected to reach 110.2 million cards by 2011, representing a growth of 53% per year over the next five years, according to a recently released market research report titled “Prospects for the Chip Card Market in Canada: 2007”, published by Technology Strategies International.

“By 2011, payment smart cards will account for 90% of the annual demand for smart cards in Canada”, notes Christie Christelis, President of Technology Strategies International. “While EMV migration is by far the most significant smart card initiative on the horizon for the next five years, transit and security will increase their importance in the market over that time. More…

Canada’s EMV Migration Program will face Significant Challenges
February 22, 2007 – The Canadian smart card market will get a huge boost from the migration of credit and debit card payments to the EMV smart card standard, but there are likely to be some tough times ahead, a new report published by Technology Strategies International warns.  According to the report, titled ‘EMV Migration in Canada: Opportunities and Challenges’, the number of EMV payment smart cards in circulation in Canada is expected to reach 54.8 million cards by 2010, representing 43.6% of all payment cards in circulation in that year. More…

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