Council of Canadian Academies Report Stresses Importance of a Connected Canada
July 8th, 2014

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

Smart Communities
June 21st, 2014
Hundreds of Smart Communities, and 1,000s of Smart municipal leaders from across the country, embarked on Niagara Falls in the weekend of June 1st. During a jam-packed 5 day event, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities hosted its Annual General Meeting and Tradeshow. Highlight was the installation of Mayor Brad Woodside from Fredericton as the President of the Federation, during the Sunday General Meeting.
In between the prominent speakers from Federal and Provincial governments, including Federal PM hopeful (2015) Justin Trudeau, the FCM Read More
Internet of Things for Buildings (or BIoT)
June 18th, 2014

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.

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My George Brown College 2014 Convocation Speech.
June 13th, 2014

Keynote Address Friday June 13
Dr. Rick Huijbregts 10:30am

President Ann Sado L) and Chancellor Sally Horsfall Eaton R)

President Anne Sado (L) and Chancellor Sally Horsfall Eaton (R)

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”.

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And the Winner is… (hint: another Cisco partner).
June 5th, 2014

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

Fostering the Innovation Ecosystem with Greater Halifax Partnership
May 23rd, 2014
It’s Thursday May 22nd in Halifax. A little foggy, but Spring is in the air. A great day to start fostering innovation ecosystems.
The Greater Halifax Partnership (GHP) just released its 2014 Halifax Index: a detailed report on the state of the economy for Halifax and recommendations for growth and future direction. The report was released amidst an exciting new conversation about empowering community stakeholder ecosystems that will fuel innovation and productivity for the City and region.
GHP has taken on the task as “curator” for this innovation ecosystem Read More
FCM Annual Conference Offers a Great Opportunity for Thinking Smart
May 22nd, 2014

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

Canada: the Smart City movement is Taking Off !
April 22nd, 2014

St. Albert, Cisco, IBM, NAIT and UofA sign MoU to launch Smart City Alliance.

(keep reading…)

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

Introducing Cisco, Schneider and Earth Rangers.
March 21st, 2014

Cisco is a proud supporter of Earth Rangers and during the tour this afternoon you will see why. And why did we chose Earth Rangers to collaborate with?

We believe that sustainability and technology have become synonymous.

Businesses and governments around the world today are pressured by four major shifts

rapid shifts in social demographics, economic pressures, environmental challenges and the rapid pace of technology innovation. Read More

Announcing our Canadian partnership with Schneider Electric
March 21st, 2014

photoThe first day of spring seems like the perfect time to formally announce a Canadian partnership which will create new opportunities for sustainable development and innovation. Today, together with Schneider Electric, we announced a Canadian partnership that will create new opportunities in the development of smart buildings and smart communities across Canada, and have a positive impact on the environment by improving energy efficiency.

Appropriately, we announced our Canadian partnership at Collaboration for a Sustainable Future at the Earth Rangers Centre for Sustainable Technology, one of the most efficient buildings in the world Read More

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