Ottawa, Oct. 25, 2011-i-CANADA sent its congratulations today to officials in the cities of Statford, Ontario, Saint John, New Brunswick, Quebec City, Quebec, and Winnipeg Manitoba, for making the list of the Top 21 candidates for Intelligent Community of the Year for 2012. The prestigious competition, held annually by the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), selects the Top 21 contenders from among hundreds of applicants.
"Having four Canadian cities make the list confirms that we have the potential to be the world's first "Intelligent Nation"," said i-CANADA Chair Bill Hutchison. "We are delighted for these communities, and extend our best wishes for their success."
Representatives of all four cities are being invited to share their ideas at the upcoming i-CANADA summit in mid-November in Windsor. Windsor was a Top 7 ICF selection last year, as was another Canadian city: Stratford.
"Being recognized as a global smart community is a great honour for Winnipeg, especially amongst such prestigious company," says Marina R. James, president and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. "As one of three Canadian cities to be recognized, it is gratifying to see Canada as a whole is becoming an 'intelligent nation'. This accolade helps us position our city and our country in the global economy,leading to prosperity for all our citizens."
Details about the i-CANADA summit can be found on the CATA website; i-CANADA is dedicated to making every Canadian community an ICF winner. Community stakeholders and officials are invited to share experiences and plans with experts at the summit:
The Smart21 announcement is the first stage of ICF's annual Intelligent Community Awards cycle. It is followed by the naming of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year, selected from among the 21. The Top Seven announcement will be made on 15 January at the annual Pacific Telecommunications Council conference (www.ptc.org) in Honolulu, Hawaii during an awards luncheon. The cycle concludes in New York City on June 8 during ICF’s annual Building the Broadband Economy Summit (www.icfsummit.com), where one of the Top Seven will succeed The Eindhoven Region as Intelligent Community of the Year 2012.
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