CANADA, RUSSIA WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE SMART COMMUNITIES: William Hutchison opens collaboration opportunities with Moscow-based Ernst & Young Centre for Smart City Innovation
17 May 2012: Ottawa, Moscow -- Today in Russia, Ernst and Young (Russia) announced the creation of The Ernst & Young Centre for Smart City Innovation. Based in Moscow, the Centre will provide thought leadership and strategic advice for Ernst & Young’s public and private sector clients throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, “CIS”. William G. (Bill) Hutchison, Co-Founder and Chair of i-CANADA and CATA Director, has been appointed Executive Director of the Centre. Bill will also continue in his role as Chair of i-CANADA thereby facilitating global collaboration and opportunities for new business initiatives between Russian and Canadian Smart/Intelligent Communities and their companies.
The Ernst & Young Centre for Smart City Innovation will provide advice on strategies and implementation plans, based on global lessons learned and the experience of Ernst & Young
professionals who have hands-on management experience in various Smart City initiatives around the world. The Centre will cover not only smart technology and environmental dimensions, but will focus on social innovation, governance and collaboration subjects as well.
Members of the Centre will include renowned experts in the Smart City/Intelligent Community field who have been studying the subject for years.
“I am very pleased to be part of the Russian dimension of the Smart City movement” said Bill Hutchison. “There is a great opportunity to share lessons learned with new ideas flowing in both
directions between Russia and Canada. In Canada we have cities that have been active in the Intelligent Community field for many years and new initiatives are accelerating rapidly with
i-CANADA from coast to coast. As a nation, Canada has been ‘punching above her weight’ for a number of years. Three of this year’s Top 7 finalists in the Intelligent Community Forum’s annual competition for Intelligent Community of the Year are Canadian Cities: St. John, Quebec City and Stratford.
“This expansion of our expertise into Russia is validation that the techniques, tools and partnership methodology that we have pioneered in Canada, have global-best validity.”
A number of cities in Russia and the CIS are already involved in various Smart City initiatives and there is increasing interest in creating new Smart City solutions facilitated by the astounding
advances in information and communications technologies. These Smart City initiatives are compatible with Russia’s national interests in innovation and broadly based economic growth
focused on an increasing number of entrepreneurial initiatives.
The Smart City or Intelligent Community movement began in the early 1990s in a few areas of the world and today it is a global movement with over $37 billion of annual investment and
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 will provide Canadian communications with the rails
of light that carry knowledge and ideas between them and shining communities of a global
intelligent economy. Its goal is to work with at least 30 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
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