January 24, 2013 -- The announcement yesterday by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) that the cities of Stratford and Toronto had been selected as two of the “Top Seven” Intelligent Communities in the world for 2013, shows that the global community “acknowledges the extraordinarily high level of Canada’s information economy,” said i-CANADA Chair Bill Hutchison.
“To have two cities from Canada in the Top Seven ranking, is a fabulous achievement,” added Mr. Hutchison. “It shows that i-CANADA’s goal is achievable - to create an Intelligent Nation, where every community could earn the prize for ‘global best’. For some communities, the future has arrived…but in Canada, the future is unevenly distributed. We need to do a better job at getting all our centres on-board.
“The Intelligent Community goal is vital, because these centres consistently have higher growth, better jobs, and sustainable environments. They are simply, better places to live.”
Making his comments at a conference in Toronto, Mr. Hutchison presented ICF Co-Founder and Chairman John Jung with a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal: “John is a remarkable Canadian. He has worked for decades to make Canada’s knowledge economy known throughout the world. Many global cities owe their prosperity to John’s advice and example.”
Several hundred cities each around the globe vie for the position of Most Intelligent Community. In October 2012 the list was narrowed to the top 21, and on January 23, 2013, the ICF announced the Top Seven. The winning city will be announced at the ICF Annual Meeting in New York -- a meeting directly supported by i-CANADA.
“We are putting on an event in June to give Canadian communities a chance to see what they should be shooting for,” said Mr. Hutchison. “We will have the i-CANADA SUMMIT in Toronto June 3-5, and then fly our delegates to New York to participate in the ICF global event!”
“i-CANADA is the leading organization in Canada for connection to the Intelligent Community movement,” confirmed Mr. Jung. “We are delighted that they are putting their event back-to-back with our own, so Intelligent Community leaders can see how it’s done and who is doing it.”
i-CANADA is made up of Premiers, Mayors, CEOs, development officers and community leaders. It is working in some 50 communities across Canada.
Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson stated that “We have been the beneficiaries of many great supporters and mentors in Stratford. It is a pleasure to be in a city where exceptional creativity is combined with exemplary technology.”
“We look at this win as recognition of Waterfront Toronto's catalytic work to build and promote the waterfront as an intelligent community as well as recognition of the many other innovative activities underway in the City of Toronto, ,” said Waterfront Toronto President and CEO John Campbell.
For more information on this event please contact:
Barry Gander, Co-Founder, i-CANADA
About John Jung
ICF co-founder John G. Jung originated the Intelligent Community concept and continues to serve as the Forum's leading visionary. Formerly President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance and Calgary Economic Development Authority, he is a registered professional urban planner, urban designer and economic developer. He leads regular international business missions to US, European, Asian, Indian and Australian cities, and originated the ICF Immersion Lab program. John is a regular speaker at universities and conferences and serves as an advisor to regional and national leaders on Intelligent Community development. The author of numerous articles in planning and economic development journals, he has received global and Toronto-based awards for his work in collaboration and strategic development and sits on numerous task forces and international advisory boards.
About Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc
Canada's Technology Triangle Inc (CTT) is a not-for-profit, public-private regional economic development partnership that markets the competitive advantages of the Waterloo Region to the world, and works to attract new businesses, investment and talent to the Region. As an information provider and business network facilitator, CTT is typically the first point of contact for enterprises outside the Waterloo Region interested in start-up, expansion, or relocation to the Waterloo Region. CTT's activity complements its partner municipalities, who focus on local business retention and expansion. CTT's municipal partners are the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, and the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. For more information go to: www.techtriangle.ca
About the Intelligent Community Forum
The Intelligent Community Forum is a think tank that studies the economic and social development of the 21st Century community. Whether in industrialized or developing nations, communities are challenged to create prosperity, stability and cultural meaning in a world where jobs, investment and knowledge increasingly depend on advances in communications. For the 21st Century community, connectivity is a double-edge sword: threatening established ways of life on the one hand, and offering powerful new tools to build prosperous, inclusive and sustainable economies on the other. ICF seeks to share the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities in adapting to the demands of the Broadband Economy, in order to help communities everywhere find sustainable renewal and growth. For more information visit: www.intelligentcommunity.org
i-CANADA is a movement dedicated towards making all Canadian communities -- large and small, urban and rural -- into Intelligent Communities, fully employing e-health, e-work, e-commerce, e-education and e-government, to provide the sustainable prosperity that comes from full digital enablement. i-CANADA is powered by Canada’s largest technology organization: the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA). I-CANADA’s mission is to provide Canadian communications with the knowledge and tools to become leaders in the global intelligent economy. It is currently working with some 50 Canadian communities, rural and local, to transform them into Intelligent Communities. ‘First the community, then the country’, is the motto that i-CANADA uses to visualize the evolution of Canada into one of the world’s Intelligent Nations. For more information visit: www.icanada.nu
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