John Jung receives award in Toronto from i-CANADA
The Intelligent Community Forum's Chairman and co-founder, John Jung, was honored with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at the first-ever Canadian Smart Cities Summit.
Presenting the medal to John were
“John Jung’s inspirational work has shone a spotlight on the importance of the digital economy to city growth,” said i-CANADA Co-Founder Barry Gander. “He has been a champion in Canada and a leader around the world. The Communications Age was invented in Canada 100 years ago; now John Jung is continuing our country’s leadership tradition by sparking global change.”
John Jung will be participating in the i-CANADA Summit in Toronto in early June, where he will be hosting a meeting of mayors from communities that have been national leaders in ICF’s Intelligent Community Awards Program. Following the i-CANADA Summit, Mr. Jung will be traveling to New York City for ICF’s Annual Summit, culminating with the announcement of the 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year on June 7.
ICF's Lou Zacharilla, co-founder of the ICF, noted, “All of us at ICF in New York and our Foundation members worldwide are extremely proud of John. This is a well-deserved recognition by his home country for his vision, his work and his tireless jaunts to every corner of our world to bring the Intelligent Community movement and its hope for a better world to any place that simply believes in itself. We constantly see examples of his ideas and labor in cities and communities that acknowledge ICF’s influence on their success. Robert Bell, my fellow co-founder and I, offer our congratulations to our good friend."
About John Jung
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 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 author of numerous articles in planning and economic development journals, he has received global and Toronto-based awards for his work in collaboration and strategic development and sits on numerous task forces and international advisory boards.
i-CANADA is a movement dedicated towards making 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, to provide the sustainable prosperity that comes from full digital enablement. i-CANADA is powered by Canada’s largest technology organization: the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA). I-CANADA’s mission is to provide Canadian communications with the knowledge and tools to become leaders in the global intelligent economy. It is currently working with some 50 Canadian communities, rural and local, to transform them into Intelligent Communities. ‘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. For more information visit: www.icanada.nu.