The Intelligent Community Forum today named Toronto, Ontario, Canada as the 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year at its annual awards in New York City. Toronto’s win marked the conclusion of the annual Intelligent Community Summit.
i-CANADA Chair Bill Hutchison said the win was well deserved, and added: “We can point with pride to the other Canadian cities - Kingston and Winnipeg - which were in the Top Seven contention. Canada came off as a winner tonight!”
Toronto is the first Canadian city to capture the Intelligent Community Forum’s global award since 2007, when another Ontario community, Waterloo, was named.
The award was accepted by the Toronto delegation led by Councillor Ann Bailao, Councillor Michael Thompson and Waterfront Toronto CEO John Campbell. The co-founders of the Intelligent Community Forum – Lou A. Zacharilla, John G. Jung and Robert A. Bell – presented the award to Toronto, which succeeds Taichung City, Taiwan, the 2013 recipient.
“Toronto certainly earned its place as the 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year,” said co-founder Lou Zacharilla. “It proved that in a democracy an Intelligent Community can move forward despite challenges to the quality of its leadership and its image. It is why democracies thrive, even in difficult times. Toronto was selected because it performed impressively against a set of diverse criteria and focused its academic, creative and private sectors, as well as its City Council leadership on the work and continued success of the entire community.”
Zacharilla praised the waves of Toronto start-up companies coming from tech incubators and places like the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University, innovations and research for the film and media industry from Pinewood Studios, the remarkable recovery and artistic output of Regent Park and the city’s sustainable new Waterfront development.
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