ICF to Name SMART21 Cities in Riverside CA, and Montreal SUMMIT
September 24, 2012

Announcement on October 21st by Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) in California and Canada throws spotlight on global challenge

i-CANADA SUMMIT: A Canada for the 21st Century
Sunday, October 21, 2012
SAT Multi-Media Centre, 1201 Boulevard Saint-Laurent,
Montreal QC
Register: http://cata.ca/i-canada/

On October 21, 2012, spokespeople for the Intelligent Community Forum will announce the Smart21 Communities of the Year, the semi-finalists for the 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year award.

The announcement will be hosted by Riverside, California, USA, the 2012 Intelligent Community of the Year, and will be made simultaneously in Montreal, Canada, where the Mayor of Riverside will be giving a keynote address at the i-CANADA SUMMIT conference; the news will also be release online on the ICF Web site.

The October 21 announcements will be followed by a press conference in Riverside on Monday, October 22.

"If you want to be seriously involved on the path to becoming an Intelligent Community, you have to get engaged with the Intelligent Community Forum activities,"said i-CANADA Chair Bill Hutchison. i-CANADA is the only Canadian movement dedicated solely to the creation of Intelligent Communities in this country. "Any community that is counting on being relevant, with solid economic development, job growth and social prosperity, has to be get on the ICF ramp ASAP," advised Mr. Hutchison

"We are delighted at how quickly the world's most innovative and smart communities have embraced the Intelligent Community movement," said ICF Chairman and Co-Founder John G. Jung. Mr. Jung will be in Montreal at the i-CANADA SUMMIT to add his remarks to the keynote message of Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge. "Canadian communities of all sizes can use ICF and i-CANADA to become a global-best ecosystem capable of creating new wealth, and driving sustainable prosperity in the 21st Century."

Pragmatic Coaching

Regional i-CANADA agendas will be part of the build-up of to this greatest single meeting of Canadian and Global 'digital impact' leaders in Montreal on October 21, 2012. The regional events offer pragmatic coaching to community leaders, from those who have become Intelligent Community champions. Mike Hrybyk, President and CEO of BCNET, will bring the results of his regional meeting to the SUMMIT, as will Robin Winsor, President and CEO of Cybera Inc., Alberta's high-speed network.

The keynote speaker at the SUMMIT will be the Chair of i-CANADA's Governors Council, David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick, who will describe how information infrastructures helped create a "millionaire's ecosystem"in the province. Other speakers from Atlantic Canada will include Brad Woodside, Mayor of Fredericton, New Brunswick, which has won the Top Seven Intelligent Community of the Year Award for two years.

Setting the stage for the conversations will be Peter Aceto, President and CEO, ING DIRECT, who will urge fellow CEOs to 'seize the power' of social media in order to lead the stimulation of the Canadian economy.

A panel aimed at community leaders will describe What It Takes To Win. The panelists include Brenda Halloran, Mayor, Waterloo; Dan Mathieson, Mayor, Stratford; and Brad Woodside, Mayor, Fredericton. Continuing the "winning" theme, the afternoon keynote is Mayor Ron Loveridge, Riverside, California, which won the 2012 ICF Most Intelligent Community of the Year Award from the Intelligent Community Forum in New York. An investigation into The New Finance, Crowdfunding and PPPs discussion will be headed by Cindy Gordon, President, Helix Commerce International with President Obama's champion Sherwood Neiss, head of The Startup Exemption, and Mark Romoff, President and CEO, CCPPP. The Need For Speed Chair Kristina Verner, Director, Intelligent Communities, i-Waterfront will preside over a leadership panel of Jim Roche, President and CEO, CANARIE; Darin Graham, President and CEO, ORION; and David Weymouth, CEO, Optelian.

First Responders will describe a new high-speed Test Bed under Moderator Steve Palmer, Director, Science and Technology Transition Defence R&D Canada; his panelists are Michael Sullivan, Div. Chief Communications, Ottawa Fire Services, and Rick Turner, Government & Strategic Services, Alcatel-Lucent. The Rush to "Open Data, Open Systems" will tap into one of the most important benefits of the digital age, with Berry Vrbanovic, Past-Chair, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and Fawn Annan, President, IT World Canada.

The i-CANADA Governors Council will decide on a motion to create a national council for the targeted adoption of high-speed networks, and the allocation of public funding to support that adoption.

"Canada is facing a massive global infrastructure challenge,"stated Mr. Hutchison. "At the i-CANADA SUMMIT, our Governors Council will be considering our national decline in productivity and innovation, in light of our continuing drop in Internet rankings. We no longer lead the pack; we have been overtaken by countries such as Romani and South Korea. It is time we got back into the game."

The i-CANADA SUMMIT will close with a celebration for recipients of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Awards, in a special ceremony spotlighting a never-before-seen merger of dance, art and technology, called "A Canada In Conversation".

For further information please contact:
Cathi Malette

About the i-CANADA National Summit

The i-CANADA National Summit is organized by the i-CANADA movement, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), and it partners and will take place in Montreal on October 21st, 2012. The i-CANADA Summit participants includes Premiers, Mayors and CEOs, who will advise on the creation of super-regions across Canada, from round-ups of Regional meetings, and discuss the progress of programs devoted to championship cities, ultra-high-speed networking, urban innovation, new finance models through PPPs and Crowdfund investing, First Responders and LTE networks, and Open Data . A keynote speaker is Mayor Ron Loveridge from Riverside CA, winner of this year's "Most Intelligent Community of the Year Award", from the Intelligent Community Forum in New York.

The i-CANADA Summit is being held the day before the WCIT 2012 Congress in Montreal, in which 3,000 delegates from around the world will hear from 100 prominent speakers .

Register: http://cata.ca/i-canada/