TORONTO, January 18, 2012 -- Three Canadian cities have made the “Top Seven” Intelligent Communities of the Year” list announced earlier today by the Intelligent Communities Forum in New York. Canada dominates the list, being the only country with more than one entry. “Clearly, we ar doing some things right in Canada,” said i-CANADA Co-Founder Barry Gander. I-CANADA is a national movement to create a nation of Intelligent Communities large and small, central and remote, all enjoying the economic development, job growth and social prosperity now available in the world’s leading Intelligent Communities.
“We are delighted and happy for the citizens of Stratford, Saint John, and Quebec City,” said Mr. Gander. “The world’s leading i-Nations consistently have high rankings in innovation, productivity, job creation, and social prosperity. This could be of huge benefit to their development.”
Awarded by the Intelligent Communities Forum based in New York, the Top Seven are communities that provide a model of economic and social development in the 21st Century using information and communications technology to power growth, address social challenges and preserve and promote culture.
The full list of the Top Seven includes:
Saint John, New Brunswick
Quebec City, Quebec
New Tapei Taiwan
The ICF will announce its selection of the Most Intelligent Community of 2012 at its annual event in New York in June.
The ICF provided these descriptions of the Canadian winners:
The goal for all of the participants in the i-CANADA program is to achieve a Canada where:
• Global companies locate here thanks to the unparalleled quality of place and advanced low cost open access ultra broadband communications supporting an array of talent working in an environment conducive to collaboration and innovation.
• Canada no longer ranks near the bottom of the pack for its broadband performance as it does in 2010: 22nd out of 30 countries in the Harvard Berkman Centre’s recent study for the US Federal Communications Commission and 32nd in the Net International Index of broadband download speeds, ranking behind Moldova, Hungary and Bulgaria. Canada will have reclaimed her crown as one of the world’s leaders in telecommunications.
• New forms of telepresence collaboration accelerate our rate of innovation and the growth of young companies.
• Canadians living in the north, or in aboriginal communities, and throughout Canada will have access to our best interactive and diagnostic health services, learning and training services, and business development services …….. all available without leaving home.
• Open access ultra broadband will allow our new health caregiver support systems to dramatically expand their support for patients with cancer, diabetes and other debilitating ailments. Ageing well in the home through enhanced caregiver support becomes a reality and our healthcare costs per capita decline significantly.
• Intelligent Transportation becomes a reality with reduced environmental impacts, improved service, shorter travel times and fewer accidents.
Realizing this vision requires an ultra high speed, pervasive, intelligent and trusted open access communications infrastructure that provides citizens, business and institutions with low cost speeds of gigabits per second to every home, school and business
For further information on i-CANADA contact Emily Boucher: email@example.com
For further information on the ICF announcement visit:
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