For Immediate Release
September 18, 2000


Roy Wiseman
Director, Information Technology Services
Region of Peel
Phone: 905-791-7800, Ext. 4512
John Wright
Chief Information Officer
City of Brampton
Phone: 905-874-2021
Deborah Barrett
Director, Information Technology
City of Mississauga
Phone: 905-896-5190


(Brampton) -- The Showcase Ontario 2000 Awards of Excellence presented a joint award to the Region of Peel, the City of Brampton and the City of Mississauga for its Public Sector Network entry on Sept. 6, 2000, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The joint submission by the partner organizations received an Award of Merit in the "Working Together" category. In total, 16 awards in four categories were presented from almost 50 nominations from the Ontario public sector and the broader public sector.

The Showcase Ontario Awards of Excellence honour excellence in information technology within the Ontario government, its agencies, boards and commissions, as well as the broader public sector. The awards are presented annually to showcase Ontario's progress in achieving excellence and promoting innovation in information and information technology projects that enhance the quality of public service and the Province's various public service facilities.

The submissions were judged on innovation, benefits to Ontario citizens, financial effectiveness, cost and time savings, and contribution to improved organizational effectiveness. In addition, customer satisfaction was also evaluated and ranked.

The heads of Information Technology for the three partners concur that building the Public Sector Network (PSN) was quite an achievement and its success was clearly dependent upon a strong spirit of co-operation among the organizations. To have the benefits of PSN and the efforts of staff recognized through this prestigious award is the "icing on the cake".

"Our involvement with and investment in the PSN is evidence of our commitment to using new technology in ways that provide tangible returns to the community by enabling more cost-efficient, convenient, effective or timely service delivery from their public sector service providers," said Peter Robertson, Mayor, City of Brampton.

"The PSN is a significant tool in holding the line on the cost to deliver vital public services that make our community an attractive place for business to locate and for individuals to live and raise their families. The PSN is an important part of our overall service delivery strategy," said Hazel McCallion, Mayor, City of Mississauga.

"The PSN is a shared resource that benefits our communities in many ways and also ensures we have the ability to benefit from the new technologies of tomorrow. It's also an outstanding example of inter-government collaboration and co-operation," said Emil Kolb, Peel Regional Chair and C.E.O.

The idea of creating a fibre optic network for the public sector was conceived approximately ten years ago. The PSN is now one of the largest municipal networks in the world and is capable of meeting the organizations' needs well into the 21st century. The 200-kilometre, 96-strand network was built with excess capacity that can be made available to other public sector organizations in the area.

Thanks to the development of PSN, Mississauga, Brampton and Peel, taxpayers pay only once while benefiting many times from the initial investment of the PSN partners. The partners have virtually unlimited telecommunications capacity, which can serve as a business enabler to achieve administrative efficiencies and service improvements for years to come. Other public sector organizations such as hospitals, libraries and educational institutions are either already benefiting from, or have been invited to access, this powerful business asset.


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