A lead article in itbusiness.cahighlights two Canadian communities that are finalists in a prestigious international competition for “Intelligent Community of the Year”. The award, presented by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) in New York on June 7th, is much sought-after, according to i-CANADA Co-Founder Barry Gander, because it brings global investment interest as well as profile.
“Each year, hundreds of communities view for that title,” said Mr. Gander. “The competition focuses attention on the benefits of becoming an Intelligent Community: higher wages, better economic sustainability, better services like healthcare and education, and a higher level of social life.
“We are fortunate that this year two communities - Stratford and Toronto - have made the Top Seven list.”
News about the ICF event was carried in a recent article by itbusiness.ca called “World’s Most Intelligent Communities Share Stories in Toronto”. The article references an i-CANADA SUMMIT, “The Seven Habits of Highly Intelligent Communities,” that brings international delegates and Canadian experts together in a forum described as ‘the centre of the universe of smart communities.’
The SUMMIT features keynotes by Premiers, Mayors, CEOs and leading experts, plus on-stage demonstrations of intelligent applications and kiosks with digital apps. Other highlights of the summit include the Lac Carling 3.0 Congress, where Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD University) president Sara Diamond will present a study on mobile devices and how they affect the relationship between governments and their citizens. Speakers will also look at the open data phenomenon and what that spells for governments looking to shape public policy.
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