The future of Canadian cities got a little brighter this November as the inaugural Future Cities Canada Summit was held in Toronto, Ontario. Community leaders, philanthropists, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, government officials and representatives from research organizations, academic institutions, and think tanks from across the nation convened to discuss and share ideas on how to re-imagine our urban futures through exciting topics including Open Data and Technology, Smart Cities, Capital and Civic Innovation and Resilience Planning.
Mayor Don Iveson was amongst the list of presenters at the Summit. For his presentation, Constitution 2.0: Time for Cities to Grow Up, he talked about the need cities have for sustainable and predictable funding because cities are the engines that propel our country forward. His focus on cities and health aligns directly with Edmonton’s Smart Cities Challenge proposal: a healthy city is a connected city with community wellbeing at its core, embodying and promoting equity for all, valuing social inclusion and providing opportunities for recreation — no matter your age, ability or income.
The Summit was also host to the Smart Cities Challenge Finalists who were given the opportunity to meet individually with the Smart Cities Challenge Jury. Wendy Gnenz, Soumya Ghosh and Stephane Contre presented on behalf of the Edmonton Smart Cities team and received some invaluable feedback that, in addition to continuous input from partners and residents, will help to further refine our final submission. Edmonton is thrilled to be a finalist in the $50 million category and to have this opportunity to work with the federal government as well as the other finalist cities to leverage data and connected technology to achieve meaningful outcomes for communities.
Learn more about Edmonton’s approach to improving the health and wellbeing of residents on this website and share your thoughts here.