London Mayor Joins Leadership Group of i-CANADA, Endorses “Intelligent Communities” Event: First-ever comprehensive “GPS Locator” for Creating Intelligent Communities
October 10, 2011

OTTAWA, October 10, 2011 --   A skilled workforce and a creative cultural environment are two strengths that the City of London Ontario brings to the i-CANADA program, said London Mayor Joe Fontana on accepting an invitation to join the i-CANADA Governors’ Council.  “London is a global city,” noted the Mayor, “and we see the value in engaging in a movement to make all communities into “Smarter” cities”.

”The i-CANADA program has been given a boost by Mayor Fontana’s participation”, stated i-CANADA Chair Bill Hutchison.  “To get to our goal of a Canada composed of world-class Intelligent Communities, we need the power of entrepreneurial cities like London.   “i-CANADA’s member communities can benefit from its energy and values.  To win the global competition for Intelligent Community of the Year from the Intelligent Community Forum, communities need to adopt London’s emphasis on education, environmental care, and cultural diversity.

“We are honoured that Mayor Fontana is joining us, and will be able to provide inspiration to other Canadian cities.”

Mayor Fontana is looking forward to the opportunity to share information and keep abreast of   changing broadband technologies.  He says, “ I am pleased to join the i-CANADA Governors’ Council.  London is a city that has embraced technology and continues to do so.  Our digital media and technology sectors are expanding and we will continue to keep pace, and in some cases, lead the way in innovation.  London is a creative and diverse city and our people are our greatest asset.  It is in our best interest to be “smart” and to develop “smart city” connections”.

i-CANADA’s Intelligent City transformation tools that will be on display in the upcoming Advisory Board meeting of i-CANADA:  “The New National Dream: Building an Intelligent Nation.”  In the meeting, those interested in the future of ‘Smart Cities’ will hear from visionaries like Finland’s Communications Minister Suvi Linden, who has declared that Broadband is a fundamental right.”  News about the conference, which is open to everyone interested in participating in the i-CANADA movement ,can be found at:

http://www.itworldcanada.com/news/finlands-teleco-czar-coming-to-canada-next-month/144062

“In sum,” concluded Mayor Fontana, “London is proud to be part of the drive to have Canada acknowledged as the world’s leading Intelligent Nations.  We need to be leaders of the global economy, driven by teamwork and innovative from all communities.”

An Intelligent Community is one that uses Broadband Connectivity, Innovation, Knowledge Workforce, Digital Inclusion, and Marketing and Advocacy to achieve above-average rates of economic growth, job creation, social diversification and environmental innovation, an attractive result that is encouraging an increasing number of civic leaders to adopt i-Community strategies. 

I-CANADA is backed by Canada’s largest high-tech organization, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA).  The Chair of the i-CANADA Governors’ Council is The Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick.  The Council consists of Mayors, CEOs of major corporations and institutions and Premiers.

About i-CANADA

i-CANADA is dedicated to the creation of smart communities across the country, in which Canadian communications are the rails of light carrying knowledge and ideas between the 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 Nations. 

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Please review the program for the "Building an Intelligent Community" launch event (Nov. 16-17th, Cesars Windsor). Note the features: high level group of attendees, benchmark data, new Community assessment tool, international dimensions etc. Please contact Barry Gander for full details at bgander@cata.ca

Executives in the public, private and educational sectors who wish to participate should register at this URL:
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