New awards program set to honour Canada’s most innovative communities
July 24, 2015
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i-CANADA (www.icanadanetwork.ca) today announced nominations are open for a new Canadian awards program called CiPA: the Community i-Performance Awards. The awards are aimed at urban and remote communities, both large and small, that have put in place the best new Canadian innovations, technologies or processes for municipality-related infrastructure, environmental, educational, health, and security or sustainability outcomes, organizers say.
The CiPA Awards will be given out during the World Future Cities Summit, taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Oct. 14-15. An awards gala is scheduled for the final evening of the Summit.
“Today, cities comprise more than half of humanity and produce some 80% of global wealth,” said i-CANADA chair Bill Hutchison. “Humanity is in fact undergoing a revolution: by 2050, the human population will have reached 9 billion people — and 75% of them will be living in cities.”
Nominations are being accepted in five categories:
Citizen-Centricity and Engagement: Recognizes strategically applied information applications and technology in exceptionally innovative solutions that make a difference in delivering superior service to communities.
Civic Efficiency and Operational Improvements: Awards organizations that have implemented innovative applications or IT offerings to improve the performance of internal operations. Nominees must have demonstrated a budget impact such as reduced cost, or other tangible, significant benefit for the organization.
Collaboration between Social and Business Groups: Winners in this category have used collaboration with internal and/or external parties (such as suppliers or alliance partners) to achieve an exceptional outcome for a community.
Infrastructure Innovation: This award recognizes IT infrastructure improvements or enhancements that have contributed to benefits such as increased network speed, improved communication or collaboration, or economic growth for a community.
Innovation Solutions: Winners are projects, solutions or technologies that push the envelope by setting a new standard or trend for others to follow, thereby demonstrating exceptional innovation.
Nominees will be judged by a panel chaired by Brenda Halloran, CEO of the Waterloo Innovation Centre, and former Waterloo mayor. The vice chair is Larry Simon, CEO of Inflection Group Inc.
The deadline for nomination submissions is August 17. Submission process, as well as full rules and regulations, can be found at www.cipacanada.ca.