Next ICF Canada “Smart City Challenge” Webinar: February 15

Invitation to join the ICF Canada Webinar:

February 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm EST – 5:30 pm EST

Learn about how to apply, the prizes and why aligning the Challenge’s proposal with your community’s priorities is important;

Learn how to construct a winning “Challenge Statement”; and

Learn from others how they have been able to rally their community in support.

Hear from Gerard Peets, Executive Director, Infrastructure Canada, on the goals and process of the Challenge and from panelists from across British Columbia and other parts of Canada who will highlight their experiences in 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 the Province of British Columbia’s Network B.C., will be hosting the free Webinar. John G. Jung, ICF’s Chairman and Co-Founder will moderate the session.

Speakers Include:

Darin Recchi, ThoughtExchange West Kootenay corridor / Nelson, BC

Rob Entwistle, IS Department Manager, City of Kelowna, BC

Emile de Rosenroll, CEO, South Island Prosperity, Greater Victoria









Darin Recchi, Thoughtexchange, West Kootenays:  Darin Recchi is a technology sales executive working for BC-based startup Thoughtexchange. His experience is with software organizations ranging in size from large enterprise to small startups.  Fantastic experiences in software companies like Business Objects (SAP), Adobe and Netsuite brought Darin and his family from Vancouver to Denver to San Francisco and back to Vancouver. Darin’s interest is in the benefits the Smart Cities Challenge can bring to communities throughout Canada transitioning their economy and workforce to the new realities of work.

Rob Entwistle, CIO, City of Kelowna: Rob has directed the change in IT from the backroom to the front office since the1990’s. Through Kelowna’s Digital Strategy, the IT department is repositioning the city for the next generation of systems, data and community interaction. This includes a growing Dark Fibre business serving low cost connections to businesses and an Open Data portal with increasing data offerings. As a board member for both MISA BC and PSCIOC, Rob works closely with other municipal and government CIO’s on the strategic direction of government IT.  Kelowna has been named one of the Smart21 cities of 2018 from the Intelligent City Forum.

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.

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.

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 British Columbia and 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 Canadian 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:

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:

This Webinar is hosted by the Province of British Columbia.

To register:

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