FCM President to Tell i-CANADA Leaders: Citizen Engagement a Key to the Intelligent Community: Be Part of it, Register today
October 19, 2011

October 20, 2011   --   Federation of Canadian Municipalities President Berry Vrbanokic will stress the importance of obtaining the participation of the entire community in measures aimed at developing an Intelligent Community, in a keynote address to an i-CANADA conference in November.

In his remarks to a conference of Intelligent Community opinion-leaders, Mr. Vrbanovic said he will draw on his Kitchener experience with movements such as the Local Environmental Action Fund and the health  community advisory committee, to speak of ways in which citizens can be drawn in to participate.

“I am very sensitive to this, perhaps because like many in Kitchener, I am personally aware of the experience immigrants have when joining a community,” said Mr. Vrbanovic.  “Participating, becoming involved  --  these are activities that truly knit us together and that are essential for the long-term success of any important public sector initiative.”

Mr. Vrbanovic is a keynote at the upcoming i-CANADA conference:  “The New National Dream”.  The i-CANADA “New National Dream” event, will be held November 16-17 in Windsor.  It features the Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick and Chair of the i-CANADA Governors’ Council; New Brunswick is acknowledged to have created a “growth environment for millionaires” because of its success in developing and launching new companies.  John McDougall, President of the National Research Council, and global leaders on Intelligent Nation practices, will also be speakers.  The agenda is at:


Of special interest to municipalities will be the online Self Assessment i-CAT tool   --  the first in the i-CANADA Assessment Tool line-up to be offered to communities. The product of massive collaboration with industry leaders such as IBM, Intel, FunctionFour, ING DIRECT, Miller Thomson, and Rhyzome Networks, the i-CAT Tool is an introductory way to visualize a community’s  strengths and weaknesses, determine its momentum, and help it build the collaboration and e-solutions ecosystem.  Communities that complete the initial i-CAT  “Light” assessment will have an opportunity to show their profile and results of the survey at the Conference  FCM members are invited to take the online survey for free, as the first step along a proven path to renewed economic and social innovation towards the goal of winning the “Intelligent Community of the Year” Award, given out annually by the Intelligent Community Forum in New York. 

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About i-CANADA

I-CANADA is backed by Canada’s largest high-tech organization, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), and supported by Diamond Sponsors IBM and ING Direct along with a number of other sponsors.   The i-CANADA Governors’ Council, chaired by The Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick includes Mayors, CEOs of corporations and institutions and Premiers.   The National Advisory Board is comprised of a broad cross section of leaders and experts in all areas of society with an interest and expertise in creating our New Digital Economy and supporting the evolution of Canada into one of the world’s leading Intelligent Nations.