Archive for the ‘Intelligent Communities’ Category

Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran greets Russian Investor Serguei Kouzmine: Quantum Computing Investor Praises Waterloo as ”Quantum Valley”

Monday, February 4th, 2013

CATA Alliance

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – February 2, 2013 Serguei Kouzmine , Managing Partner of Q-Wave Capital, travelled to Waterloo to assess investment opportunities in the fields of Quantum Computing and Nanotechnology. “This is an unbelievable facility,” said Mr. Kouzmine of the Institute for Quantum Computing. “It has everything; I am looking forward to a return visit very soon.”

“We see our quantum-nano hub as the new “Quantum Valley” of the next era,” said Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran. “The build-up of the software industry had its roots in ‘Silicon Valley’; now we are reprising it in a new age with Waterloo’s Quantum Valley.”

“Quantum and nano-technology will quite simply revolutionize the world,” stated i-CANADA Chair Bill Hutchison. “They will transform every sector of our work and lives. Waterloo is a new Eden.”

Read the complete announcement here.

APEC 2012 CEO Summit: World Leaders Discuss “Living Cities”

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

APEC 2012 CEO Summit

No one disputes the reality of rapidly increasing urbanization. More than 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities and that number will grow to 70% by 2050. With this intense pace of urbanization, it isn’t surprising that 70% of the world’s carbon emissions is already generated in cities. Along with the pressing problems generated by rapid city building, however, a host of new technologies have been brought to the table to provide unprecedented innovations and improvements to the quality of our everyday life. Take, for instance, the performance of computer semiconductor technology that has been doubling every 18 months and will continue to improve at the same rate in the foreseeable future. These technology improvements have brought us smart phones and iTablets with more power than million dollar mainframe computers in the 1960s.

The terms “Smart City,” “Intelligent Community” and “Ubiquitous City” are just a few of the many phrases created by consultants, academics and technology providers to describe communities that are effectively blending new technologies with new processes to manage their urban growth and environmental challenges and establish new levels of prosperity and quality of life for their citizens.

The phrase “Living Cities” has been coined by the National Business Center of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Ernst & Young to embrace all of the other terms and represent the next phase of thinking about future opportunities in city evolution. This topic will also be discussed at the Asia Pacific Economic Council’s 2012 CEO Summit in Vladivostok, Russia, from September 7th to 8th.

I have the honor of chairing an impressive panel of leaders who will discuss the topic of Living Cities under the title of Making Cities Fit and Competitive for Business, their People and the Planet. The panel is comprised of Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow; Oleg Govorun, Minister of Regional Development of The Russian Federation; José Miguel Castro, CEO of the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima, Peru and Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive, Hong Kong. They will discuss their governments’ priority initiatives as they prepare to meet new demands and opportunities in the coming decade and beyond. I look forward to engaging in a lively, informative discussion about the meaning of Living Cities today with these cutting edge leaders and will write about our panel in a follow-up article in this newspaper.

To set the stage for our panel discussion, I am particularly interested in the fact that the panelists represent such a diversity of experiences, each with geographically specific challenges and opportunities. At the same time, these challenges and their solutions may not be completely unique to each city; in different ways, new computer and communications technologies can be used to benefit all Living Cities by creating cities that feature a new calibre of performance in city management and the delivery of city services, as well as new economic, social and environmental opportunities for their citizens, companies and institutions.

The “Smart City/Intelligent Community Movement” has a twenty-five year history with many successes. In the early 90s a number of technology companies created Smart Valley in Silicon Valley to increase their collaboration with the broader community and provide economic and social benefits for their citizens. “Intelligent Island” was an early 90s Singapore initiative that has been superseded by four subsequent multiyear plans, the latest being IN2015, one of the world’s most impressive Intelligent Community strategies covering all aspects of life in Singapore. By 2015, Singapore will have the world’s most advanced city wide communications infrastructure providing the foundation for implementing IN2015. The entire city will become the world’s leading living laboratory for a city of the future in terms of leveraging technology and new processes for a host of economic and social benefits.

These are just a couple of examples of cities at the leading edge of the Living Cities movement. Today, 400 communities apply each year to compete in the New York based Intelligent Community Forum’s annual competition for Intelligent Community of the Year. Previous winners include Stockholm, Singapore, Taiwan, Waterloo and Calgary in Canada and Eindhoven.

Why all the interest in Smart Cities and Intelligent Communities? It is because over the past 25 years, the cities winning the awards have achieved faster rates of growth in their economy, employment, innovation indices and social prosperity than their neighbors or competitors who have not embraced these new opportunities.

The high speed broadband revolution is an important new contributor to success. The new communications infrastructures can have the same impact as the railways and interstate highways when they were introduced in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. You lost your status and growth if they bypassed your city and you had new opportunities when your city embraced them. Similarly, today, opportunities and growth hinge on a city’s receptiveness toward innovation. For example, Chattanooga, Tennessee was a TOP 7 finalist in the 2011 ICF competition for Intelligent Community of the Year; it was the first city in the US to install a complete fiber communications service offering citizens and businesses a service of one gigabit or one billion bits per second at low cost to all. Within two years, the city had attracted $4 billion of new investment from three large multinational companies including Volkswagen. Chattanooga’s communications infrastructure played a large part in the city’s turnaround.

Managing the continual growth of our cities and revitalizing them with new strategies, processes and technologies is no doubt a challenge. But the strategies and rewards of capitalizing on Smart Cities and Intelligent Communities have been proven over the past twenty-five years. What will the next twenty-five years hold? I look forward to hearing the thoughts of four of the world’s leaders who are wrestling daily to take advantage of the new Living Cities opportunities and reporting on their comments and observations following the APEC 2012 CEO Summit.

This address was also used as the basis of an article published in Russian here.

Kicking off a busy fall with i-CANADA, Living Cities and more

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Here’s hoping everyone had a restful and restoring summer … because it’s going to be a busy fall.

On September 8th, I will be chairing a panel of big city mayors of Moscow, Hong Kong and Lima along with the Minister of Regional Development of Russia. The topic for discussion is “APEC 2012 CEO Summit: World Leaders Discuss ‘Living Cities'”. I’ve also written an article on the subject that will be published in a national Russian newspaper prior to the conference, which I hope to excerpt or reprint here on this blog afterwards.

CyberaOn the evening of October 1st, I will speak at the Cybera conference in Banff as part of the i-CANADA segment in their program. I will actually speak to the Banff conference by live video from Moscow, as I’ve done twice recently, to Stratford and to a York region conference a few months ago.

On October 21st, we will have the i-CANADA Summit and Governors’ Council meeting in Montreal and I will speak.

On October 23rd I will speak and chair a panel at the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) conference in Montreal.

On November 1-2 in Moscow I will be participating in a Forum on Open Innovation that is certain to be lively and eye-opening.

Let this busy fall begin!

Kansas City Launches Gigabit City Summit

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Described as a “global dialog on smart and connected cities,” the Gigabit City Summit series aims to provide a platform for peer cities to exchange ideas and share critical factors in successful adoption and use of high-speed broadband.

Google Connects KC

On Wednesday, June 27th, local broadband talk in Kansas City went global early in the morning at the local Cisco headquarters. Gathering in a state-of-the-art telepresence room, city leaders from both sides of the state line joined a cadre of local and international strategists and smart city experts in discussing ways cities can become smarter by learning from each other.

That inaugural Gigabit City Summit was the first in a 12-part monthly series of teleconferences that will address how high-speed broadband can be harnessed to improve areas of civic life, including education, social justice, digital inclusion, urban innovation, workplace development, healthcare, entrepreneurship, and more.

Learn more here.

Excited to open collaboration opportunities with Moscow-based Ernst & Young Centre for Smart City Innovation

Friday, May 18th, 2012

I’m very pleased to announce the following:

CANADA, RUSSIA WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE SMART COMMUNITIES: William Hutchison opens collaboration opportunities with Moscow-based Ernst & Young Centre for Smart City Innovation

Bill Hutchison in Moscow

17 May 2012: Ottawa, Moscow — Today in Russia, Ernst and Young (Russia) announced the creation of The Ernst & Young Centre for Smart City Innovation. Based in Moscow, the Centre will provide thought leadership and strategic advice for Ernst & Young’s public and private sector clients throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, “CIS”. William G. (Bill) Hutchison, Co-Founder and Chair of i-CANADA and CATA Director, has been appointed Executive Director of the Centre. Bill will also continue in his role as Chair of i-CANADA thereby facilitating global collaboration and opportunities for new business initiatives between Russian and Canadian Smart/Intelligent Communities and their companies.

The Ernst & Young Centre for Smart City Innovation will provide advice on strategies and implementation plans, based on global lessons learned and the experience of Ernst & Young professionals who have hands-on management experience in various Smart City initiatives around the world. The Centre will cover not only smart technology and environmental dimensions, but will focus on social innovation, governance and collaboration subjects as well.

Read the complete announcement here.

For more insights into smart cities, intelligent communities and the Ernst & Young Center for Smart City Innovation, download this background document (PDF, ~465K).

i-CANADA, IT WORLD Canada, Support “Intelligent Community” Sustainability Agenda

Friday, April 27th, 2012

New Partnership focuses on creating nation of Intelligent Communities: Asset Mapping, Vision Alignment, Regional Power, Crowdfunding, Ultrabroadband for Social and Business Networking

i-Canada Network

Toronto, April 27, 2012 -The launch of a new co-branded website for i-CANADA – www.icanada.nu – symbolizes an alliance between Canada’s largest B2B technology network and the leading movement for the creation of an “Intelligent Nation”, say the principals of the two organizations involved.

“IT WORLD Canada is now working with i-CANADA on issues that accelerate the creation of Intelligent Communities “ said Fawn Annan, President and Group Publisher. “Creating centres where digital inclusion, e-business, social progress, and community sustainability are driven forward in a unified agenda is the goal. The result will be community sustainability, in an era where ultra-broadband connectivity is the fundamental economic building block.”

i-CANADA co-Founder Barry Gander, EVP of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) added: “We recognize that high-tech is now in our DNA, to the point where the UN has declared high-speed broadband to be a fundamental human right. In other words, to be considered as a ‘human being’ today, you need food, shelter, and broadband.

Click here to read the entire announcement.

Digital Nova Scotia boosts the Intelligent Community movement, emphasizing shaping policy and sharing stories

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Digital Nova Scotia

On March 22nd, 2012, I’ll be in Halifax to attend and speak at the Digital Nova Scotia Summit and Annual Dinner. Guest speaker for the occasion is Premier Darrell Dexter. I’m looking forward to speaking to the assembled group business decision makers on the rewards enjoyed by communities that have already achieved “i”-status on the global scene, focusing in particular on the i-Canada initiative.

Learn more about the Digital Nova Scotia Summit here.

Touting the i-Canada movement – ‘It’s a global village and we all have to compete effectively.’

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

i-Canada Alliance
It’s been my great pleasure this week to extoll the virtues of the i-Canada movement and intelligent communities from the vantage point of this week’s i-Canada conference in Windsor. I was happy to speak to CBC Radio, and the coverage was subsequently extended to CBC News and Yahoo! Canada. Take a look:

Experts plan to make Canada smarter
i-Canada conference in Windsor aimed at making country more competitive on a global scale

Premiers, mayors and CEOs from communities across Canada will gather in Windsor this week to devise a strategy to make the country smarter.

The volunteer organization i-Canada is holding its advisory board meeting at Caesars Windsor on Thursday and Friday. The purpose is to encourage at least 50 Canadian communities to vie for the annual and international Intelligent Community of the Year Award.

Chair of i-Canada Bill Hutchison said the past 12 winning communities have experienced economic growth, increased employment and and improved social innovation immediately after the win.

Read the complete article here.

Creating Intelligent Communities is More Than a Technology Initiative

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Certainly the ever evolving IT and telecommunications technologies are the facilitators of tomorrow’s Smart/Intelligent Communities. But the real payoff is from the added initiatives focused on economic development and job creation along with the business and social innovation processes that are creating new models that benefit all citizens. That is why the announcement that Dr Sara Diamond has joined the i-CANADA Governors’ Council is so important.

Dr. Diamond, President of OCAD University is a recognized international leader in the “Creative Space”. OCAD U began its life as the Ontario College of Art and Design and its evolution to university status reflects the quality of its curriculum, research and graduate students over many years. Her participation in the i-CANADA Alliance will help to ensure that the value to communities of the creative and social side of life continues to be reflected in i-CANADA initiatives as we move forward.

Join the the i-Canada Summit in Two Weeks!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011


i-Canada Alliance
The i-CANADA “New National Dream” Summit at Caesar’s in Windsor on November 16-17, 2011 was originally planned as a smaller meeting of the i-CANADA Advisory Board. Attendance has grown beyond the original plan because of the interest by many who signed the Declaration on LinkedIn to create the i-Canada Alliance as a national movement.

Attendance now includes members of the i-CANADA Council of Governors, Mayors, dozens of Economic Development Officers, industry executives, academia, and community leaders in Health Care, First Responder, Creative Arts, Productivity, Human Resources, and other stakeholder groups.

Discussion and collaboration at the Summit is crystallizing around:

  • A unique quick Self Assessment i-CAT guide to map communities through the process of becoming more globally competitive as “Smart Cities”; it is the product of massive collaboration with industry , academic and i-community leaders such as IBM, Intel, FunctionFour, ING DIRECT, Miller Thomson, Rhyzome Networks, Ryerson University and the City of Windsor.
  • The ‘Growing Millionaires’ ecosystem model from New Brunswick: “We used to be known for potatoes and fish; now New Brunswick is a showcase for digital investments and green waves of wealth.”
  • Resource matchmaking between vendors and community leaders, to match the latest methods and services with the pressing needs of community officers charged with evolving their cities.
  • Dashboards that provide at-a-glance views of a city’s systems and operations.
  • Matching Toronto’s i-Waterfront Challenge of one gigabit per second bandwidth from your home and much more for business – and what it does for healthcare, the arts, policing, city administration and the need to keep up with the best.
  • Proven Processes and Best Practices for creating some of the world’s leading i-Communities.

The Summit in Windsor is definitely the place to be for anyone interested in supporting these goals and the i-CANADA national movement while trading ideas on how to transform their community into an i-Community … whether it is a region, a city or a smaller community … local or remote.

The IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) for Smarter Cities will be demonstrated and it is an important development for the transformation of community operations management in tomorrow’s communities. Think of a dashboard that allows for the monitoring and potential control of certain city operations from one central location. The IOC will be demonstrated with the i-CANADA Assessment Tools (i-CAT) in what will truly be an amazing world first. i-CAT has been created over the past year by an i-CANADA sponsored initiative comprised of seventeen leaders in community measurement and operations from the corporate, academic, research, consulting and municipal worlds.

i-CANADA is not just about technology and communications infrastructure although ICT certainly provides the foundation and we intend to continually promote the best and newest in ICT to become globally competitive. It is a great opportunity for our ICT companies too. IDC government Insights estimates that the Smarter Cities IT market is $34 billion in 2011 rising to $57 billion in 2014, and increase of 18% per year.

The Summit and the i-CANADA movement also promotes the other essential elements in an i-Community including effective marketing of the community, a focus on digital democracies and a wide range of creative and social innovations. Canadians from the creative and social sectors will be there to share their ideas for moving forward.
Broadband for rural and remote areas is an important one too so come and meet Suvi Linden who is flying in from Finland to speak. Dr Linden was Minister of Communications when her government was the first in the world to implement legislation declaring “Access to Broadband is a Fundamental Right”. Rest assured it will be a rich discussion of many opportunities when we meet at the i-CANADA Summit in Windsor. Everyone who supports the i-CANADA movement and wants to help their community’s transformation to renewed economic and social innovation should be there.