2021 ICF Smart21 Conference: From Surviving to Thriving using the ICF Method


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About the Event:

Each year, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) names the world’s most Intelligent Community. This process starts with the announcement of the Smart21 Communities of the Year and semi-finalists for the awards. The 2021 Smart21 Announcement virtual event will be co-hosted by the Township of Langley and the City of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada from February 22-24, 2021. The Township of Langley and the City of Maple Ridge are proud and excited to host experts from around the world, digitally, from the lands of the Coast Salish peoples to discuss ways technology can best serve communities.

We invite you to join us for this engaging & compelling virtual event and take advantage of the opportunity to network with business, government and non-profits delegates from across the globe who have adopted smart technologies in communities to solve problems and to innovate ways of doing business.

The event will bring together the founders of ICF, Mayor & Council and staff representatives from the Township of Langley and the City of Maple Ridge, international delegates from ICF-designated communities as well as numerous business and organization delegates Communities from Canada, the USA and the world.

Whether you are a civic leader, industry stakeholder, investor, community advocate, or business colleague, there is a value-proposition for you to attend this inclusive, forward-thinking, educational virtual conference.

Conference Agenda at a Glance:

Day 1: 22 February

Welcome Ceremonies

Community-Focused Hackathon: Turning Ideas into Reality

Intelligent Community Profiles and Solutions

Conversations | From Surviving to Thriving

Addressing Growth with Resilience

Tackling Crisis and Disparity - Integral to Economic Progress

Capacity Building - Building the Best for our Future

Special Presentation: The ICF Method - Strategies & Success Factors


Day 2: 23 February

Keynote | Thought Leader Address: Will the Pandemic Kill Globalization?

Community-Focused Codathon: Turning Ideas into Reality

Conversations | From Surviving to Thriving

Building an Innovation Ecosystem

Accessibility Fundamentals

Innovation Hubs

Special Presentation




Day 3: 24 February

Keynote | Thought Leader Address: Envisioning the Future Together

Canada's Investment in COVID-19 Recovery

Community-Focused Hackathon and Codathon Winner Announcements

Conversations | From Surviving to Thriving

Inclusive Prosperity and Resilience

Regional Cooperation

Special Presentation: Closing and Announcement of the Smart21 Communities of 2021

Click here for the full agenda with session descriptions and speakers >>>

Featured Conference Speakers:






Speakers include:

  • Agustin Argelich, Digital Technologies International Consultant
  • Troy DeFrank, Director, British Columbia Trade & Investment, Pacific Northwest
  • Jerry W. Dobrovolny, P.Eng., MBA, Commissioner and Chief Administrative Officer, Metro Vancouver
  • James Ehrlich, Faculty, Smart Cities, Environment, Singularity University
  • Councillor Garth Frizzell of Prince George, President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canada
  • Jack Froese, Mayor, Township of Langley, British Columbia, Canada
  • Joost Helms, Director, Eindhoven International Project Office (EIPO)
  • Stephen Hilton, Founder & Director, City Global Futures
  • Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament, Long Range Mountains
  • Brenda Knights, CEO, seyem
  • Kalum Lauritzen, IT Lead, City of Nelson, BC, Canada
  • Anne Lawrence, Head of Industry Development, Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
  • Jiunn Shiow Lin, Director, Information Technologies Industries Division, Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan
  • Dale Lutz, Co-CEO and Vice-President of Development, Safe Software Inc
  • Dan Mathieson, Mayor, City of Stratford, Ontario, Canada
  • Lissa Matyas, Vice-President, International Partnerships, Mitacs
  • Rob McCann, Founder, Clearcable Networks; President, Hamilton Technology Centre
  • Doug McCollough, CIO, City of Dublin, Ohio, USA
  • Michael Morden, Mayor, City of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • Steve Scheepmaker, Director of Corporate Administration at the Township of Langley, British Columbia
  • Karen Stewart, Chief Information Officer, City of Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
  • Päivi Sutinen, Director, City as a Service Development, Espoo, Finland
  • Graham Truax, Executive Director, Innovation Island Technology Association, Comox BC Canada
  • Toomas Türk, Chief of Innovation, City of Tallinn, Estonia
  • Kadie Ward, Commissioner and Chief Administrative Officer at Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

For a full list of speakers and speaker biographies, visit the Smart21 2020 Conference Speakers page >>>

Additional speakers will be confirmed soon.

Registration Information:

  • Regular Registration - $99
  • Student Registration - $25 (Conditions apply.)
  • Group Rate (For 6 People) - $495

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can I get more information about group registration?
A: Yes! For Group rates information please contact Melissa at [email protected].

Q: How will the virtual event work?
A: Township of Langley and City of Maple Ridge are working with ICF to develop the Smart21 Conference as a virtual conference. This virtual conference will include an app, with which attendees can view sessions, network with each other, and more. For more information on the ICF app, contact Matthew Owen at [email protected] 


February 22, 2021 at 9:00am - February 24, 2021 | Pacific Time (US & Canada)
The Township of Langley and The City of Maple Ridge, BC, Canada

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