March 15,2016

CANTO Responds to ECTEL
CANTO welcomes the opportunity to respond to ECTEL's consultation document on ' Proposed Changes to the Universal Service Fund in the ECTEL Member States' , published December 4, 2015.
CANTO's response focused on the management of the Universal Service Funds in ECTEL member states.  
and includes a policy paper previously circulated to ICT ministers in the region titled:

CANTO's Take Back Initiative

The presence of electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) is an ever-increasing problem that is affecting both human health and the environment. With the rapid advances in technology over the past few decades, including the proliferation of mobile technologies, there are larger quantities of EEE being distributed on the global markets as time progresses. As a result of this, there are increasing volumes of the wastes resulting from the use and rapid obsolescence of these items . Learn More 

CANTO Welcomes two Honorary Members 

Mr. Linus Rogers
Mr. Ian Blanchard

C ANTO has appointed Mr. Linus Rogers and Mr. Ian Blanchard as Honorary Members   at the 129th meeting of the CANTO Board of Directors in Haiti. 
An Honorary Member is an individual who is no longer an official or an active member and who has performed outstanding services to the Company and who accepts election as Honorary Members upon the invitation of the directors in recognition of their work for the Company.

Mr. Ian Blanchard is a student of human behavior and citizen of the Caribbean region, M. Ian Blanchard, is an experienced leader with over 25 years international experience. He holds an HND in Telecommunications, an MBA from Brunel University. He is a Certified Business & Executive Coach, a DiSC Certified Facilitator and is fulfilling his passion by helping leaders and business owners find and harness the potential that lies within.
Mr. Blanchard served on the Board of Directors of CANTO from 2005 - 2010  and as Chairman from

 Mr. Rogers holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering as well as an advanced diploma in Human Resource Management. He has held several senior managerial positions at TSTT and had a lead role in many of the technological evolutions implemented by the company during his tenure.
Mr. Linus Rogers is currently the Chairman of the Human Resources Committee, a member of the Regulatory Committee and has served on the Board of Directors of CANTO from 2006 - 2012   

The total number of CANTO Honorary Members stands at ten.
Ms Rochelle Cameron
CANTO Director Featured as 'one to watch in 2016' - UWI Mona

"I have a right to be here, I was born for this. When we sit at the table we must be humble, we must be bold and we must be fearless," Cameron states as she references a recent read - 'The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don't have the courage to do. Do the hard things; you might be surprised at how amazing you really are"

Clases de Español Para el Personal de CANTO

Spanish  is the new item on the CANTO agenda as the staff prepares for 32nd Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition in Puerto Rico  The 10 week course commenced  on the 9th o
CANTO Chair and staff review Spanish introductions
f March and was implemented to prepare the staff for the spanish speaking delegates and locals in the bilingual island of Puerto Rico.   The course is being facilitated by Ms Kimberly Gonzales of Trinidad & Tobago and includes an overview of :
  • Puerto Rico culture & customs
  • Greetings and  directions
  • Business jargon(conference & expo)

Mrs. Teresa Wankin -Secretary General (Ag.)
CANTO Represented at Capacity Caribbean 
Capacity Caribbean 2016 was held for the first time in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With nine cables connecting the island, Puerto Rico is seen as a hub for broadband connectivity within the Caribbean market. With new projects coming to fruition it is quickly becoming one of the region's most exciting islands for diversity and network resiliency (Capacity Caribbean) .
On the invitation of Capacity Caribbean, the Ag. Secretary General attended Capacity Caribbean and participated in a panel discussion: regulation - defining the role of the regulator in a maturing market. The discussion was moderated by Shernon Osepa, Manager Regional Affairs for Latin America & Caribbean Bureau, Internet Society. Other panellists included Giovanni King, COO, Bureau Telecommunications & Post St Maarten, Gary Kalloo, ICT Consultant, Caribbean Telecommunications Union and Javier Rúa-Jovet, Chairman, JRTPR (Puerto Rico)
 CANTO  was also able to negotiate a15% discount  on registration to CANTO members to attend the Capacity Caribbean event.
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From Left: Ms Bernadette Lewis, Mr. Julian  Wilkins, Mrs. Teresa Wankin
In keeping with our drive to maintain relationships with all stakeholders in the information and communication technologies in the region, the CANTO Secretariat has embarked on a 'Meet our stakeholders initiative' which seeks to discuss and actively consider stakeholder recommendations, align the delivery of industry events in the region, while continuously improving the service we deliver.
In a meeting with Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, Chairman Julian Wilkins and Ag. Secretary General Teresa Wankin agreed to the following:
  • Aligning respective events
  • Sharing of information
  • Collaborating on the Caribbean Single ICT Space
  • Collaborating on regional representation at international forums