Fredericton, New Brunswick -- John Reid, President of Canada's largest high-tech organization, advised delegates at the South East U.S. - Canadian Provinces (SEUS) conference in Fredericton today that industry research showed that the closer the networking within a community, the faster the rate of innovation.
Mr. Reid stated that research by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) has found that the tighter the social and technology networks are within a community, the faster the companies and organizations within the community are able to innovate. Mr. Reid was moderating a panel on "Defining the Next Version of Innovation" at the SEUS event.
"In our TechAction Town Hall program, we found that communications is the key to innovation," said Mr. Reid. "Now we have created an entirely new program - i-CANADA -- to create an Intelligent Nation, building from the communities at the grassroots level."
i-CANADA is supported by IBM Canada, and aims to transform communities into knowledge-age powerhouses capable of winning the prestigious Top Intelligent Community of the Year Award from the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum. Pat Horgan, IBM Canada VP of Manufacturing, Development and Operations, is on the Board of Advisors for i-CANADA, and also presented on Mr. Reid's SEUS Panel, talking about IBM's Smarter Communities initiative. Mr. Lou Zacharilla, Co-Founder of the Intelligent Community Forum and a leader of the movement to create intelligent communities, was another member of Mr. Reid's Panel on "Innovation 2.0 - Defining the Next Version of Innovation".
The i-CANADA program is about making your community -- urban or rural, large or small -- a great place to live, work, play, and visit, through e-learning, e-health, e-business, e-entertainment and e-collaboration," stated Mr. Reid. "We are delighted to be part of this important effort to strengthen the ties between Canada and the U.S., which will increase the 'economic metabolism' of both countries."
i-CANADA builds on twenty years of global experience in creating Intelligent Communities. "Lessons learned" are adapted from our transformational work with the ICF, Hong Kong Cyberport, Singapore, Waterfront Toronto's revitalization, Malaysia, Taiwan, and years of experience with finalists for Intelligent Community of the Year. The i-CANADA program is Chaired by Bill Hutchison, Chairman and CEO of Hutchison Management International and Chair of the i-Waterfront program, which recently announced a contract to bring residential internet speed of 100 mbs to a critical area of downtown Toronto.
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Co-Chair, i-CANADA; EVP, CATAAlliance