Ottawa, October 22, 2012 – i-CANADA Co-Founder Barry Gander praised the cities of Kingston,Stratford, Toronto, and Winnipeg for each winning a coveted spot on the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) list of the world’s Smart21 Communities for 2013. The announcement was made yesterday in Riverside, CA, which won the Most Intelligent Community of the Year award in 2012. The Mayor of Riverside was speaking at the i-CANADA Summit in Montréal on the day of the announcement.
“Cities that win the Top Community award can reap the benefit of billions of dollars in new investment,” said Mr. Gander. “In addition, the very exercise of going through the application process can move a city closer to the kind of economic benefits enjoyed by all Intelligent Communities: higher prosperity, a more sustainable economy, faster innovation, better environment, and a digitally inclusive society. We are delighted that these four cities have risen above hundreds of global applicants for the honour of Smart21.
“It is also significant that once again, Canada has more cities in the Smart21 than any other country. Looking at these bright spots is very good news, considering that yesterday it was announced that Canada had dropped to 32nd place on the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Information and Communication Development Index, a measure of the Information Society. Canada was in 20thplace in 2010. The job of i-CANADA is to use the success examples like these four winning cities, to bring best practices to communities across Canada.”
i-CANADA is the only organization dedicated solely to the advancement of Intelligent Communities in Canada.
The Smart21 announcement is the first stage in ICF’s annual Intelligent Community Awards cycle. Based on nominations submitted by communities large and small from around the world, ICF selects 21 finalists with the potential to become one of the Forum’s Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year. The Smart21 list is announced at least 60 days before the selection of the Top Seven and promoted to the world’s media by ICF and the communities involved. Gaining a place among the year’s Smart21 is considered a badge of honour as well as the first step towards greater recognition as an Intelligent Community positioned to prosper in the broadband economy.
Visit this ICF Web page or more details on the Smart21.