ICF Global Summit: The Revolutionary Community takes place in Toronto

From June 8-12, 2015, New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is holding its ICF Global Summit in Toronto, co-hosted by the City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto and Invest Toronto.

Toronto was named Intelligent Community of the Year at last year’s summit in New York. In the words of ICF co-founder Lou Zacharilla, “In our view, Toronto offers a glimpse of how to flourish in the new economy and of how to adjust to the changes of the digital era.”

The theme for this year’s summit is “The Revolutionary Community,” and it offers an agenda focused on the study of urban and regional planning and how it is impacting the way people live, work and create in their cities and towns.

The detailed program for the three-day conference is attached PDF. A few items that may be of particular interest include:

Keynote Panel: If Planners Ruled the World on Tuesday, June 9th at 4:00pm
* Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City of Toronto
* Peter Halsall, Executive Director, Canadian Urban Institute
* Quinten Harris, Deputy Director for Jobs and Economic Development, City of Columbus
* Mayor Rob van Gijzel, City of Eindhoven
* John G. Jung, ICF Chairman & Co-Founder, ICF (moderator)

Building the High-Impact Metropolitan Innovation Eco System on Wednesday, June 10th at 1:00pm
The business-institution-government triangle, fundamental to intelligent community success, must accelerate in a gigabit future.
* Harout Chitilian, Vice President, Executive Committee, City of Montreal
* Joep Brouwers, Vice Director, Brainport Development, City of Eindhoven, Netherlands
* Dr. Julia Glidden, President, 21c Consultancy
* Ralph Benmergui, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships Sheridan College

Keynote by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on Wednesday, June 10th at 3:00pm
The Governor General of Canada speaks on key elements that go into creating an intelligent community.

Urban Planning for the Age of Community Intelligence on Wednesday, June 10th at 4:30pm
How metro intelligent communities plan their futures and change planning in the process. Will the planning and development of future cities be impacted by smart/intelligent community implementation?
* Councillor Michael Thompson, City of Toronto
* Aldis Levalds, Director of Business Development, IMEX Systems
* Meg Davis, Director of Development, Waterfront Toronto

The Intelligent Community Awards dinner on Thursday, June 11th at 6:30pm at the Arcadian Court where Toronto’s successor as Intelligent Community of the Year will be named.

On the evening of June 11, ICF will announce its selection of the Intelligent Community of the Year from among the Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2015: Arlington County, Virginia, USA; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ipswich, Queensland, Australia; Mitchell, South Dakota, USA; New Taipei City, Taiwan; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. In order to qualify as a Top7 Intelligent Community, these cities and regions first needed to become an Smart21 Intelligent Community. The Smart21, named in October 2014, were chosen from hundreds of evaluated communities from around the world. 

For more information, please visit www.icfsummit2015.com