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Executive Summary
Since inception in 1999, the Sumnergroup has provided consulting services in the areas of interpretation of legislation, application of digital technologies to cultural preservation, copyright clearance issues, and project management. Primarily a service provider to the federal government of Canada, Sumnergroup has collaborated with a broad range of partners in the private, cultural, and educational sectors, to deliver a depth of legislative interpretation and online Canadian content.

Legislative Interpretation
Initially the Sumnergroup was contracted to interpret legislation for government departments; notably the following Acts: Immigration & Refugee Protection, Information & Privacy, and Copyright. Subsequently, working with the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario, Ottawa Chapter, the firm provided arbitration, mediation services to the Department of National Defence; plus training of DND personnel to become certified mediators.

Digital Culture and Copyright Negotiation
In 2001, the firm expanded to provide and fulfill project management services to the Information Highway Branch of Industry Canada. The Sumner Group Inc. was awarded contracts to develop and manage web technology projects. In 2004, the firm embarked on the Native Voices series, working with the Ministry of Canadian Heritage in negotiating and securing copyright access and clearance to cultural collections and museum artifacts.

Educational Content Development
Working in partnership with cultural and educational institutions, the firm has developed vetted educational materials which showcase Canada’s cultural heritage on the Web, and speak to provincially mandated learning objectives. Responding to articulated front-line teacher requirements, a range of content was produced from comprehensive educational strategies, to lesson plans, in-class quiz and exercise suggestions, and teaching notes for use in the classroom, by both teachers and students. Delivered under our Educational Use Licence, these downloadable and printable materials meet teachers' requirements for customization to individual classroom needs.

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