ICF Canada Webinar: Smart Cities Challenge

An important and timely panel discussion on Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge. 

  • Learn about the prizes and how to apply;
  • Why aligning the Challenge’s proposal with your community’s priorities is important; and
  • How to construct a winning “Challenge Statement”.

Hear from Gerard Peets, Executive Director, Infrastructure Canada, on the goals and process of the Challenge and from panelists from across Canada who will highlight their experiences in rallying their communities behind a unique idea, discuss examples of strategic partnerships, and opportunities for First Nations in the Challenge. Audience members will be invited to ask questions of the panelists and Infrastructure Canada participants.

ICF Canada, in partnership with Infrastructure Canada, will be hosting the free Webinar. John G. Jung, ICF’s Chairman and Co-Founder will moderate the session. 

Speakers Include:

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  Michael Baldwin
Assistant Director, Growth & Community Services, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Stéphane Guidoin
Director of the Smart and Digital Office, City of Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Gerard Peets
Director General, Smart Cities Challenge Infrastructure Canada
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  Emilie de Rosenroll
CEO, South Island Prosperity Project
Jordan Wapass
Executive Director, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
John G. Jung (Moderator)
Executive Director, ICF Canada; Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum

Michael Baldwin
, Assistant Director, Growth & Community Services, City of Fredericton
Since joining the City of Fredericton in 2009 Michael has held several roles across the organization with responsibilities ranging from sustainable development initiatives, corporate & intergovernmental affairs to information services. In the most recent past, as the Assistant Director, Information, Improvement & Innovation, Michael led the process to design and implement a new state of the art 911/emergency communications dispatch centre and worked to create a new one-stop-shop model for customer service. In his current role, Michael is the City’s staff lead on intergovernmental affairs and economic development; he assists the Strategic & External Relations Committee of Council in fulfilling its mandate, and plays a senior role in strategic projects and corporate initiatives.

Stéphane Guidoin, Director of the Smart and Digital Office, City of Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Stéphane Guidoin is director of the smart and digital office of Montréal since June 2017. Previously responsible for open data, he led to the implementation of an "open by default" policy adopted in December 2015. With a strong will of collaboration and transparency, he works with a team of experts in order to accompany the city's digital shift, as outlined in the Smart City and Digital 2015-2017 Action Plan. It should be noted that in 2016, Montreal received the prestigious Intelligent Community of the Year award from the ICF (Intelligent Community Forum).

Gerard Peets, Director General, Smart Cities Challenge Infrastructure Canada
Gerard Peets is the Director General responsible for developing and delivering the Smart Cities Challenge within Infrastructure Canada. Most recently, Gerard served as Director General, Manufacturing and Life Sciences at Innovation, Science and Technology where he led policy in Canada’s growing advanced manufacturing sector. Prior to this, Gerard held a number of positions in the Government of Canada relating to marketplace frameworks and intellectual property, cross-border issues, natural resource development and strategic policy.

Emilie de Rosenroll, CEO, South Island Prosperity Project
Emilie has an extensive background in economic development at the local and provincial levels. Prior to joining the Prosperity Project Emilie held the positions of Executive Director for the Nova Scotia Association of Regional Development Authorities (NSARDA) and Acting Executive Director of the Hants Regional Development Agency. In 2015, she was Nova Scotia’s lead consultant behind implementing a new province-wide economic development framework, spearheading the creation of four new economic development agencies.

Jordan Wapass, Executive Director Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
As executive director for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA), Mr. Wapass is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of one of Canada’s largest First Nations governments. With 1,000 employees and over 13,000 community members to serve, Mr. Wapass has a large team with large expectations from the members of Akwesasne. After serving his own community - Thunderchild First Nation in Saskatchewan - in the same capacity, Mr. Wapass was brought to Akwesasne specifically to lead the organization through an era of change and modernization. His experience with the First Nations Financial Management Board and British Columbia’s Ministry of Children and Family Development, helps Mr. Wapass bring forth new and broad ideas with the narrow focus needed to help lead the MCA organization toward modernization, self-reliance and sustainability.

John G. Jung, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum (Moderator)
ICF co-founder John G. Jung originated the Intelligent Community concept and continues to serve as the Forum's leading visionary. Formerly President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, Canada's Technology Triangle and Calgary Economic Development Authority, he is a registered professional urban planner, urban designer and economic developer. He leads regular international business missions to US, European, Asian, Indian and Australian cities, and originated the ICF Immersion Lab program. John is a regular speaker at universities and conferences and serves as an advisor to regional and national leaders on Intelligent Community development.


The Smart Cities Challenge invites communities across Canada - small towns, large urban centres, and Indigenous communities-  to bring forward their best ideas for improving the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. Four prizes ranging from $5 Million to $50 Million will be awarded to 4 deserving communities. Applications are due by April 24, 2018. Five finalists per award will receive $250,000 each to finalize their proposals. The Smart Cities Challenge is the first program delivered via the new “Impact Canada Initiative” platform. All of the information required to participate in the Smart Cities Challenge can be found on the platform, which is now live, at: http://impact.canada.ca

ICF Canada represents Canadian communities that have been qualified as “Intelligent Communities”. For more information on the criteria and opportunity to qualify as an Intelligent Community, visit: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/awards/




January 10, 2018 at 1pm - 2pm | Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Online Webinar
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