The Innovation City – How To Become Smarter Communities

By: Mobolade Ekujumi
It’s a new week, a new opportunity to achieve new goals, to innovate, and to attain success. We begin the week with our 3rd edition of The Innovation City post-event coverage. Bill Hutchison, Co-Founder and Chair of i-CANADA was one of the 62 speakers at the event which brought together the brightest minds, business and government decision makers to the city of Toronto.

Bill Hutchison

Bill is an achieved innovator who has held a number of major roles in the development of Canada’s new technology initiatives. He led the intelligent communities for Waterfront Toronto, one of the world’s largest urban revitalization projects and is the Executive Director of Ernst & Young – one of RIC’s Innovator Idol competition sponsors – a company employing over 10,000 professionals in the financial industry.

On the 17th of May 2012, Ernst and Young announced it’s expansion into Russia and the Centre for Smart City Innovation was launched. Based in Moscow, The Centre for Smart City Innovation provides thought leadership and strategic advice for public and private sector clients. The Centre covers smart technology and environmental dimensions, also focusing on social innovation, governance and collaboration subjects as well.

“This expansion of our expertise into Russia is validation that the techniques, tools and partnership methodology that we have pioneered in Canada, have global-best validity.” – Bill Hutchison

One thing we have learnt from The Innovation City speakers is the value of intelligent information, innovation and collaboration when coupled together harmoniously. To make all Canadian communities – large and small, urban and rural – into Intelligent Communities, fully employing e-health, e-work, e-commerce, e-education and e-government is the vision of i-CANADA.

‘First the community, then the country’, is the motto that i-CANADA uses to visualize the evolution of Canada into one of the world’s Intelligent Nations. An Intelligent Community uses connectivity to spur collaboration within and among local groups involved in knowledge-based services, digital creativity, social inclusion and business, to achieve above average rates of economic growth, job creation, social diversification and environmental innovation. “Smarter Cities” mean enhanced connectivity and fluid understanding and application of technology in cities.

The city of Tomorrow is here, and it’s in Canada.

Connect with Bill on LinkedIn.

See Also: The Innovation City – Toronto’s Commitment to Research and Development


Mo’ is a final year Student at the University of Toronto working full time with the Altitude Accelerator as the Market Analyst. He is currently enrolled in the CCIT program pursuing a specialist in Digital Enterprise Management. With a solid background in Marketing, Digital Media, E-business strategies & Public Relations, Mo’ is also a multi-talented Web designer, radio host & event promoter.

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