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Citizenship . Mike Tremblay Director, Public Sector Microsoft Canada. Microsoft Canada 3 Pillars of Citizenship. Improving Online Safety and Security. Improving Societal Challenges Through the Innovative Use of Technology. Advancing Work Skills Development.

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Mike TremblayDirector, Public SectorMicrosoft Canada

microsoft canada 3 pillars of citizenship
Microsoft Canada 3 Pillars of Citizenship

Improving Online Safety and Security

Improving Societal Challenges Through

the Innovative Use of Technology

Advancing Work Skills Development

improving online safety security
Improving Online Safety & Security

CILP and Microsoft Canada launched the “Safe Computing Program”

Microsoft Canada joined the Media Awareness Network and Bell Canada to support the Be Web Aware initiative to empower parents with the information and resources they need to keep their kids safe online.

PAUL GILLESPIEProtecting children from sexual exploitation

“The next time you are disgusted with your job, or disheartened with what you see, or wonder if anything you do makes a difference, know that it does. Your intervention rescued our child from his horrors.”

– from a relative of a child that Paul Gillespie helped rescue from a pedophile and child pornographer.


As the Officer in Charge of the Child Exploitation Section for the Toronto Police Service, Paul Gillespie made an impassioned plea to Bill Gates to tackle the problem of online child exploitation.

Together, the Toronto Police, the RCMP and Microsoft Canada created the Child Exploitation Tracking System (CETS): an intelligence database that helps law enforcement store, share and analyze large amounts of information.

CETS has helped arrest 240 suspects and rescue 138 victims of child pornography or sexual exploitation worldwide and broke up 3 international pedophile rings

CETS is now being used by law enforcement agencies in the U.K., Italy, Brazil and Indonesia.

Thirty Canadian police forces have adopted CETS technology

  • Jim Sanders is no ordinary dreamer. As President and CEO of CNIB, Jim’s efforts to bring information – books, magazines and newspapers – to the 3 million Canadians who are blind or who have a print disability have made him a hero to many.
  • Microsoft Canada committed to the project as part of its vision of building a knowledge economy that does not leave anyone behind.
  • CNIB converted its collection to a digital environment.
    • 25,000 audio and electronic text books
    • 55 magazines and newspapers
    • and the Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Working with Microsoft, CNIB created the world’s first Internet portal for children with vision loss, called The Children’s Discovery Portal.

JIM SANDERSBringing the written word to people with vision loss

“I have a vision of sitting on a warm, sandy beach somewhere and downloading the latest bestseller or the Globe and Mail on my PDA.”

Jim Sanders

advancing the knowledge economy
Advancing the Knowledge Economy

Community Technology Skills Grants

Helping make lifelong learning and technical skills training accessible to underserved individuals and communities around the world.


The Canadian Partners in Learning program (PiL) is designed to support elementary and secondary schools and assist teachers through strategic investments.

  • Teacher Innovation Program – helping teachers feel more confident with computers and technology through training , development and a collaborative online community
  • Partners in Learning School Agreement - upgrades for Microsoft® Windows® operating system for free and Office software for no more than $4 per year, per desktop to Canadian schools considered disadvantaged.
  • Fresh Start for Donated Computers Program - helps remove the licensing barriers that often prevent schools from using or receiving donated computers.

PiL in Canada

  • Since 2004 launch, a total of $50M in cash, software, services and support has been invested in schools and community learning centres across Canada

Impact To Date – 22,505 teachers trained in ICT

147,000 students use our grant software

Alberta Emerge – largest “Living Lab” for one to one computing working with Microsoft Corporation

Innovative Teachers Program – York region District School Board

DOE NB - Principal Master’s program

2 Schools of the Future


PiL in Canada

Three Pillars

  • Innovative Schools
  • Innovative Teachers
  • Innovative Students
work skills development the inuktitut project
Work Skills Development - The Inuktitut Project

Over 1M new meanings to existing words allowing Language to modernize – 5% of their vocabulary

work skills development the future
Work Skills Development - The Future

According to the Conference Board of Canada, we will be experiencing a shortfall of 1.2M Engineers and Computer Scientists by 2025

The entrepreneurial fabric of an economy can be directly attributed to the graduation rate within these two faculties

Female graduates and Aboriginal students are the only two ways to overcome this shortfall