Toronto, January 23, 2013 -- The Canadian who helped launch a global movement to spur the growth of “Intelligent Communities” has been honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at a conference in Toronto.
“John Jung’s inspirational work has shone a spotlight on the importance of the digital economy to city growth,” said i-CANADA Co-Founder Barry Gander. “He has been a champion in Canada and a leader around the world. The Communications Age was invented in Canada 100 years ago; now John Jung is continuing our country’s leadership tradition by sparking global change.”
Mr. Jung is CEO at Canada's Technology Triangle Inc, an economic development partnership, marketing Waterloo Region to the world as a leading location for investment in Canada. Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran stated that “In a region of exceptional people, John Jung is the jewel in the crown. He has led development initiatives that have sparked regional growth and moved us up the global chain of digital economies. I am pleased to congratulate John for his well-earned Medal.”
Carl Zehr, Mayor of Kitchener, added: “John has been a driving force in the community, unifying everyone behind the broadband banner. We are now recognized around the world for our original contributions to the development of tomorrow’s sustainable digital future.”
John will receive his medal at the Toronto Smart Cities Summit at the Metropolitan Hotel at 101 Chestnut Street, shortly after 8am on Thursday Jan. 24.
John is also Co-Founder and Chairman of the global think-tank called the “Intelligent Community Forum” (ICF) (www.intelligentcommunity.org) headquartered in New York City. ICF's Lou Zacharilla, co-founder of the ICF, noted that “All of us at ICF in New York and our Foundation members worldwide are extremely proud of John. This is a well-deserved recognition by his home country for his vision, his work and his tireless jaunts to every corner of our world to bring the Intelligent Community movement and its hope for a better world to any place that simply believes in itself. We constantly see examples of his ideas and labor in cities and communities that acknowledge ICF’s influence on their success. Robert Bell, my fellow co-founder and I, offer our congratulations to our good friend."
Canadian community leaders will be able to tap John Jung’s knowledge in a special double-header event in early June. At an i-CANADA SUMMIT Conference in Toronto Mr. Jung will host a plenary meeting of Mayors of the Canadian communities that have become super-stars in the ICF’s “Most Intelligent Community” competition. SUMMIT participants will then fly immediately to New York to immerse themselves in the ICF global competition, which includes presentations from global award contenders. “It is imperative that Canadian communities ramp themselves up to the task of becoming the best in the world; they need to see what the ICF is all about,” said Mr. Gander. “John Jung is a key to our collective success; a Jubilee Medal is only appropriate for this Canadian visionary.”
For more information on this event please contact:
Paul Brent, Senior Communications Strategist, market2world communications inc.
Janet Grondin, Marketing & Communications Manager, Canada’s Technology Triangle
P: 519-747-2541 ext 300
Barry Gander, Co-Founder, i-CANADA
About John Jung
ICF co-founder John G. Jung originated the Intelligent Community concept and continues to serve as the Forum's leading visionary. Formerly President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance and Calgary Economic Development Authority, he is a registered professional urban planner, urban designer and economic developer. He leads regular international business missions to US, European, Asian, Indian and Australian cities, and originated the ICF Immersion Lab program. John is a regular speaker at universities and conferences and serves as an advisor to regional and national leaders on Intelligent Community development. The author of numerous articles in planning and economic development journals, he has received global and Toronto-based awards for his work in collaboration and strategic development and sits on numerous task forces and international advisory boards.
About Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc
Canada's Technology Triangle Inc (CTT) is a not-for-profit, public-private regional economic development partnership that markets the competitive advantages of the Waterloo Region to the world, and works to attract new businesses, investment and talent to the Region. As an information provider and business network facilitator, CTT is typically the first point of contact for enterprises outside the Waterloo Region interested in start-up, expansion, or relocation to the Waterloo Region. CTT's activity complements its partner municipalities, who focus on local business retention and expansion. CTT's municipal partners are the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, and the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. For more information go to: www.techtriangle.ca
About the Intelligent Community Forum
The Intelligent Community Forum is a think tank that studies the economic and social development of the 21st Century community. Whether in industrialized or developing nations, communities are challenged to create prosperity, stability and cultural meaning in a world where jobs, investment and knowledge increasingly depend on advances in communications. For the 21st Century community, connectivity is a double-edge sword: threatening established ways of life on the one hand, and offering powerful new tools to build prosperous, inclusive and sustainable economies on the other. ICF seeks to share the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities in adapting to the demands of the Broadband Economy, in order to help communities everywhere find sustainable renewal and growth. For more information visit: www.intelligentcommunity.org
i-CANADA is a movement dedicated towards making all Canadian communities -- large and small, urban and rural -- into Intelligent Communities, fully employing e-health, e-work, e-commerce, e-education and e-government, to provide the sustainable prosperity that comes from full digital enablement. i-CANADA is powered by Canada’s largest technology organization: the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA). I-CANADA’s mission is to provide Canadian communications with the knowledge and tools to become leaders in the global intelligent economy. It is currently working with some 50 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. For more information visit: www.icanada.nu