CiPA awards to honour best ‘smart city’ communities in Canada

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i-Canada, a Canadian movement dedicated to creating ‘intelligent communities’, announced today that nominations are open for a new Canadian rewards program called the Community i-Performance Awards (CiPa).

The awards recognize urban remote communities that have put in place innovations, technologies or processes for municipality-related infrastructure. It also recognizes environmental, educational, health, security, and sustainability outcomes. Nominees will be judged by a panel of experts chaired by Brenda Halloran, CEO of the Waterloo Innovation Centre and former mayor of Waterloo, Ontario.

i-CANADA established the CiPA Awards because we want Canada to be an exemplary competitor as mass urbanization continues to transform the world,” said i-CANADA Chair Bill Hutchison. “Today, cities comprise more than half of humanity and produce some 80 per cent of global wealth.”

Nominations are accepted in five categories: citizen-centricity and engagement; civic efficiency and operational improvements; collaboration between business and social groups; infrastructure innovation; and innovation solutions. The CiPA Awards will be given out at a Gala during the World Future Cities Summit at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in October.

“CiPA will be an annual event accompanying the ongoing World Future Cities Summit,” said Hutchison. “It will also be of interest to community Mayors and technology vendors, and anyone else who wants to promote their city’s achievements or display successful implementations.”

The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 17. For more info on the awards click here.

Image courtesy European Young Innovators Forum.