Schneider Electric and Cisco in Canada signed a collaboration agreement earlier in 2014. We celebrated our partnership at Earth Rangers Center – a live sustainable showcase of both our latest technologies. (see: “Announcing our Canadian Partnership with Schneider Electric” blog).
Since then, Schneider and Cisco have been working actively on numerous projects together in the energy and industrial marketplace as well as in construction. We come historically from very different worlds and our paths did rarely cross. Schneider sells to operations (OT, operation technologies) and it often involves complex large environmental systems (naturally, they do a lot more than that, please check out Schneider Canada website). Cisco sells to IT (information technology) and if often involves networks and collaboration technologies (of course, we do a lot more than that, please check out Cisco Canada website). Read More
The success of a country depends on the innovation and productivity achieved in –and generated by– its communities. Communities are the heart of every nation and the people in these communities are the fuel for economic growth and prosperity. Thus, it is easy to recognize that education is a cornerstone of every economy. In a world that is changing rapidly with every passing year (economic shifts, political instability, urbanization, etc.), educational institutions are constantly challenged to stay current and ahead.
Add to this the digital revolution that is affecting all aspects of life and is triggering consequent shifts in the labor markets and goods-based to knowledge and services-based economies. “The skills we need to thrive in the 21st century are changing” – Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. Read More
Last week the Council of Canadian Academies issued a new expert panel report, Enabling Sustainability in an Interconnected World. The report features some excellent and fascinating insight into Canada and its relationship with information and communication technologies (ICTs), with a strong emphasis on how this will impact the country’s sustainable future.
In short, the report outlines the many opportunities that ICTs offer with regards to achieving Read More
Almost nine years ago, I joined Cisco in its corporate real estate department. The team I joined was tasked to look at innovative ways to reduce the need and improve the utilization of slightly less than 20 million sq.ft of corporate real estate. I’d like to believe that this is where the Cisco Smart + Connected Real Estate practice was born. Now, almost nine years later and after several departmental and international job-role changes, I am still close to the transformation of the real estate industry.
Keynote Address Friday June 13
Dr. Rick Huijbregts 10:30am
Madame Chancellor, Madame President, Members of the Platform Party, Graduates, George Brown Faculty and Staff, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of you today who are marking the end of an important chapter in your lives.
I was honored when Nancy asked me to address you today. Convocation speeches are given by people who have amazing careers so they can share with you their lessons learned, and give you advice on your path forward. At the risk of disappointing your family, I have to admit that I am not that.
But I do have three thoughts for you today.
Let me start with a quote as I share with you the first of my three thoughts: and that is FUTURE. The quote is from Gandhi: “The Future depends on what you do today”.
Tonight was a big night for the seven most Intelligent Communities in the world, as the Intelligent Communities Forum was celebrating their achievements together with esteemed guests and numerous previous honorees and winners such as Waterloo, Eindhoven, and many more.
The list of #ICFtop7 included three Canadian Cities: Winnipeg, Toronto, and Kingston. All of them (including two from the US and two from Taiwan) were recognized for the environment they have created in their communities that addresses engagement, growth, and innovation (among many more intelligent community requirements and characteristics). It goes without saying Read More
From May 29th to June 3rd I will be attending the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Annual Conference and Trade Show in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This event will see over 3,000 municipal leaders, including mayors and councillors, get together to discuss current affairs in Canada and the ever-changing role of cities and communities within the country. Read More
St. Albert, Cisco, IBM, NAIT and UofA sign MoU to launch Smart City Alliance.
More and more Canadian communities are reaching for the Intelligent Community movement to provide them with means, tools, and governance that will help them capitalize on the rapidly changing world in which they are trying to compete and grow. The Smart City movement (or Intelligent Community, or Smart + Connected Community, or what you want to call it) is not new.
Many Cities around the world have already embraced the intersection of governance, policy making, collaboration, innovation, and technology as en engine to help thrust their communities forward into ever-increasingly challenging times.
The movement now, however, has created such buzz that different branding insinuates different stages and progression in the Intelligent Community journey with which a municipality would be able to indicate how smart or intelligent they really are.
All this hype and branding-banter is great, Read More