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Toronto to Host 2015 Intelligent Community Forum Summit and Awards

Sep 22, 2014

A view of the city skyline at dusk.

As the current Intelligent Community of the Year, we will showcase what makes Toronto a global leader in creating economic opportunity through the broadband economy.

By Kristina Verner

In 1995, Toronto hosted the world's first Smart City event, under the name, Smart'95. Twenty years later, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is bringing the global movement’s annual conference and awards back to the city where it all began.

From June 9 to 11, 2015 leaders from across the globe will converge on our city to share best practices in innovation and community development that are improving the quality of life in their cities. This event will offer Toronto a unique opportunity to demonstrate our strengths in areas such as urban revitalization, entrepreneurship, digital inclusion. It will also allow us to celebrate our vibrant cultural scene.

In 2014, Toronto was named the Intelligent Community of the Year. Over 400 communities around the world competed for this prestigious award. This year, Waterfront Toronto, with participation from organizations across the city, will collaborate with the Intelligent Community Forum to build a compelling program for the 2015 Summit that demonstrates how our intelligent community approach is helping Toronto become as prosperous and vibrant as it can be. Stay tuned to this blog, or follow The New Blue Edge on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Additional information on the 2015 Intelligent Community Forum Summit & Awards can be found on the ICF's website at icfsummit.com.

Do you have ideas that you would like to share with the Summit planning committee? Kristina Verner, Director, Intelligent Communities, Waterfront Toronto would love to hear them. Contact her at kverner@waterfrontoronto.ca.

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  • Kristina Verner

    Kristina Verner is the Vice President of Innovation, Sustainability and Prosperity at Waterfront Toronto. She has been active in the intelligent community movement for the past fifteen years. Under her stewardship, Waterfront Toronto spearheaded the City’s 2013 and 2014 bids to be recognized as world leading smart cities. In 2013, Toronto was shortlisted to the Top 7 globally. In 2014, Toronto was named as the Intelligent Community of the Year by the ICF.