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March 17, 2015
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March 17, 2015

Intelligent Community Forum’s Dr. Norman Jacknis to present Intelligent Cities at a free evening event

New Westminster, BC – The City of New Westminster is hosting a free evening event at Anvil Centre on March 31st from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm to discuss Intelligent Cities within the context of New Westminster’s fibre optic broadband network initiative. Dr. Norman Jacknis, Senior Fellow from the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) will be the keynote speaker.

“I’m happy to welcome Dr. Jacknis to New Westminster to speak about how becoming an “Intelligent City” will help foster business development and enhance our community,” said Mayor Jonathan Coté.

Mayor Coté will also present during the session and will offer an overview of what it will mean for the City of New Westminster to initiate a broadband infrastructure, including how the city can become a sustainable economic hub for Metro Vancouver, attract employers and ultimately reduce barriers and improve access for all residents. Earlier this year, City Council approved a business plan to develop an open access fibre broadband network in key commercial areas of New Westminster.

“Anyone interested in learning how access to a fibre broadband network can benefit the work of entrepreneurs, small businesses, education, health care and not for profit organizations is encouraged to attend,” said Councillor Bill Harper, Co-chair of the Intelligent City Advisory Committee and Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee. “Dr. Jacknis’ presentation will help bring together the work we’ve been doing in making progress towards this strategic priority for our city.”

Registration for the event is free, but those interested in attending must RSVP, as seating is limited.

For more information on this presentation please visit

For further information visit our Intelligent City webpage.


Blair Fryer, Manager of Economic Development and Communications
City of New Westminster
or 604-527-4688