Congratulations Toronto – Newest Intelligent Community of the Year!
June 9, 2014

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 Ottawa, Toronto, New York, June 09, 2015… The Intelligent Community Forum of New York has named Toronto, Ontario, Canada as the 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year at its annual awards in New York City on June 5th.  Toronto’s win marked the conclusion of the annual Intelligent Community Summit.

i-CANADA Chair & member, CATA Leadership Council, 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  among the world’s Top 7 finalists this year and to the many other Canadian cities, towns and rural communities who are working with i-CANADA  and the ICF to pursue the international awards and recognition.  Winners and finalists of this annual competition inevitably  have higher levels of economic and social innovation, along with higher rates of economic growth and new incoming investment than others”, he said.   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. “Toronto was selected because it performed impressively against a set of diverse criteria and focused its academic, creative and private sectors, and 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.

John Reid, CATA President noted that for many years CATA’s agenda and initiatives have been focused on the importance of Canada increasing its global standing as an ‘Innovation Nation’.  “Our cities and towns are at the heart of fueling our innovation engine.  To have three of the TOP Seven finalists in the world from Canada and the winner being  our largest city and including Waterfront Toronto, one of the world’s largest “new city” projects, is surely a sign that islands of social and economic innovation are alive and growing in CANADA” .

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