Hundreds of Smart Communities, and thousands of municipal leaders from across the country, embarked on Niagara Falls May 29 – June 3, 2014. During a jam-packed five-day event, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) hosted its Annual Conference and Tradeshow. One of the highlights was FCM’s Annual General Meeting, during which Mayor Brad Woodside of Fredericton was installed as FCM’s new president.
In between the prominent speakers from Federal and Provincial governments, including Federal PM hopeful (2015) Justin Trudeau, FCM again pulled together a full agenda of industry and policy break-out sessions to help facilitate the dialogue between municipalities and their leadership, and drive the shared message of growth, development and engagement.
Left to right: John Longbottom (Canadian Smarter Cities Strategy Leader, IBM), Gary Burroughs (Regional Chair, Niagara Region), Jim Diodati (Mayor, City of Niagara Falls), Rick Huijbregts (Vice-President, Smart and Connected Communities, Cisco Canada), and Claude Dauphin (FCM President)
Cisco is in its third year of its partnership with FCM. It has been a great partnership between two like-minded organizations, as we look for opportunities to grow Canada’s economy and create prosperous and (globally) competitive communities. FCM has provided Cisco a great platform to share our beliefs on innovation, collaboration, and productivity with Canada’s municipal leaders. Continue reading