Surrey Mayor Highlights Drive to Create “Intelligent Community”
April 4, 2013

The Mayor of the second-largest city in B.C. has joined the Governors Council of a movement designed to make every community in Canada an "Intelligent Community", in which communities with digital inclusion, sustainable economies, and high employment are derived from applications based on high-speed communications.

"Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts is a model leader for the i-CANADA movement," said i-CANADA Chair Bill Hutchison. "She stresses collaboration, community input, and active programs to take advantage of Surrey’s growth." Surrey is growing by 10,000 residents annually; its population has a high proportion of young workers, who are well-educated and well-positioned for 'knowledge economy' jobs.

Mayor Watts joins the i-CANADA Governors Council that is Chaired by New Brunswick Premier David Alward, and that contains some 50 other Mayors, Premiers and CEOs from large companies and universities.

"It's important for governments to demonstrate leadership by advancing innovation and new technologies in order to improve service delivery, enhance productivity and create more vibrant communities. The City of Surrey is committed to engaging our residents and businesses in a really inclusive way, and fostering the right environment for investment and job creation," said Mayor Watts.

According to the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), throughout the world links can be demonstrated between becoming an Intelligent Community, and achieving high levels of skilled employment, a sustainable economy, social improvements, and a diminishing of social illness such as violence.

Mayor Watts will be a speaker at the ICF-i-CANADA SUMMIT in Toronto on June 3-4, 2013, called “The Seven Habits of Highly Intelligent Communities.” Lessons and best practices from cities around the globe will be shared. For more information go to:

About i-CANADA

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: