High Level i-Canada meeting with Treasury Board President, Tony Clement takes aim at $1 trillion market for Intelligent Communities: Will Canada keep pace and get its fair share?
February 7, 2014

Ottawa, Feburary 7, 2014… i-CANADA Chair & member, CATA National Leadership Council, William (Bill) Hutchison, convened  an exceptional Governors Council meeting on January 30th to coordinate a national approach for accelerating the development of Intelligent Communities in Canada. Mr. Hutchison provides insights into digital adoption in a recent TechNOW interview with CATA, CEO, John Reid.

Featured at the meeting was Minister Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board whose remarks and insights set the stage for a valuable exchange of public sector, private sector views and pledges of mutual support to accelerate Canada's digital leadership. The Minister volunteered to act as our "bridge Minister" as he has a horizontal portfolio that allows him to coordinate our approaches to his colleagues in other departments.

Also featured at the meeting was Allan Mayo, architect of the UK government’s  Smart Cities strategy developed to take advantage of the $1-trillion (by 2016) market for Intelligent Communities. Please view a recent TechNOW interview with Mr. Mayo as he offers perspectives on the U.K. strategy.

According to Hutchison, “The U.K. has one of the world’s most mature models of a national strategic approach to Intelligent Communities.  Canada needs to step up and partner with the best of the international leaders today, so we can own the future.” 

Mr. Mayo presented a compelling case for a national focus on Intelligent Communities, through trends such as urbanization, the rise of knowledge-intensive value, urbanization, and aging demographics as well as supporting the development of indigenous companies to pursue the large and rapidly growing urban transformation market.

Other key presenters at the meeting included:

Pat Horgan, COO and VP, Manufacturing, Development & Operations, IBM Canada, highlighting “The Smarter Cities Challenge – How Analytics and Applications can play a larger role for Canada in creating a Canadian advantage” View also additional leadership insights in a recent video interview with Mr. Horgan.

Peter Aceto, President and CEO, ING DIRECT, presenting a global overview of trends in finance and how the financial community can play a larger role in creating a Canadian advantage; and,

Jim Ghadbane, President, CANARIE, who went beyond the network infrastructure to describe how we can unify our Public Sector agencies, private sector organizations, public-private partnerships and research organizations, behind an effort to make Canada into a world-leading connected country.

Hutchison concluded, " It took a number of years before business and government connected their IT investments to their strategic goals.  i-CANADA has been very successful in the past three years and the fact that three out of the top seven ICF communities this year are Canadian is a metric of our success. We are now building on that and creating a Strategic Community Alignment plan backed by governments and using global-best strategies, in order to maintain our momentum.”

Contact: Barry Gander at bgander@cata.ca for a copy of Mr. Clement's presentation, and details of a special Roundtable with the Hon. David Willets, UK Minister of State for Universities and Science on U.K./Canada Smart Cities Alignment (February 10th from 9:00 - 11:00 at the British High Commission Office in Ottawa)