Bill Hutchison, Chair and Co-Founder of i-CANADA, adds his congratulations today to the cities of Montreal, Winnipeg and Surrey for being named a “Top 7 Intelligent Community” by the Intelligent Community Forum in New York.
“The Top 7 Intelligent Communities of the Year provide role models for the world’s best practices in creating competitive local economies and vibrant societies in today’s hyper-competitive global economy,” said Mr. Hutchison. “Having Canadian cities named as three of those Top 7 communities reinforces Canada’s reputation as the foremost nation for success in the transformation of communities to achieve new levels of economic, social and environmental leadership.”
In the “broadband economy,” adaptability outweighs legacy; skills rather than resources are the keys to the future, and innovation, not location, creates a competitive advantage.
“We have many other cities in Canada under development as Intelligent Communities,” added i-CANADA co-Founder Barry Gander. “Canada absolutely needs this leadership, as 30% of our economy depends on exports – and innovation is the key to global commerce.”
i-CANADA is the pan-Canadian movement dedicated to creating a nation of Intelligent Communities large and small, rural and urban, where all enjoy the economic development, job growth and social prosperity now available in the world’s leading communities. The i-Canada Governors Council is comprised of provincial Premiers, Mayors and CEOs of institutions and major corporations. i-CANADA has been a prime mover in Canada’s record showings in the global Intelligent Community contest by providing active transformational programs featuring the best practices of the world’s “smartest” and most intelligent communities. The goal is to have 150 Canadian cities and towns all competing successfully for international awards, or internationally ranked in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.