Back at Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)Summit 2016, Day 2.
At the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, we are vitally concerned with the social impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). That’s why the “smart cities” movement worldwide is of interest to us, and an area in which we do research and development.
Now the Top 7 (Intelligent Community) Session #2: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Robert Bell, Co-Founder of ICF, with Harout Chitilian, Vice President, Executive Committee, Montreal
Bell’s introduction: Montreal had many assets, yet its economic growth lagged Canada, and all the major cities in Canada. Then a new city administration, that streamlined 12 city departments down to four.
Chitilian: Montreal stressed in 2013, especially with backlash to corruption; had gone through three mayors in 16 months or so. Current visionary mayor Denis Coderre elected in 2013. Started strategy for smart city, with investments in innovation and human capital.
Bell: difference between collaboration and consultation; the joke is “consultation” means we ignore you, but look polite while we do it.
Chitilian: cultural celebration of 375 year anniversary of foundation of city. Montreal also funds many local development projects. Voted on 161 projects; many already done.
Response to question: what about affordable housing? Needs cooperation of city, provincial, federal governments. Goal to build almost 5000 affordable housing units; also work to regulate existing housing so as to combat slumlords.