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Feb 20, 2013 (5 years and 4 months ago)


Intelligent Community Forum



Intelligent Community
of the Year

Phase One:

Communities of the Year


The Intelligent Community Forum will use the d
ata provided on this form
for the first
tage of its interna
awards program
: the selection of the Smart21 Communities of 20
, semi
finalists for the Intelligent Community
of the Year award
. The Smart21
will be announced in October 2010

at a ceremony
hosted by
Suwon, South

the 20

Intelligent Community of the Year. After the announcement

of the
, the Awards
proceed as follows:



Each of the Smart21 Communities
is required to
complete a

second, more

detailed nomination form in
order to be considered
of the Year


The information in this form will
be analyzed by an international academic team, which produces numerical scores for each community.

January 20

The se
ven top
scoring communities are named by ICF as its
Top Seven
Intelligent Communities

at the annual conference of the Pacific Telecommunications Council
in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

April 20

The Top Seven
host a

for not more than two business days
, at the
community's expense,

for a site visit to validate the information provided to the Forum.
The executive's
report on the community is reviewed by the international jury that helps select the Intelligent
Community of
the Year. Meanwhile, an independent consulting firm re
analyzes the detailed nomination forms submitted
by each of the Top Seven and produces a second set of numerical scores.
To select the Intelligent
Community of the Year, ICF combines th
ese numerical scores with the independent votes of the jury.

May 20

ICF invites representatives
and citizens from

the Top Seven to New York City

Building the
Broadband Economy

Each of the Top Seven
ommunities will participate in a half hour
discussion on stage at BBE

their community
. On the final day of the summit, one of the Top Seven
will be named Intelligent Community of the Year. During the year f
ollowing the award, the Intelligent
ity of the Year
host the


ICF will
work with the
Intelligent Community of the Year to promote its achievements. The Intelligent Community of the Year is
barred from entering the Awards program again but is named

to the international jury.

Completing the Application.

Fill in the fields below. Each field will expand to make
room for your complete answer. Save the file to your computer and email to ICF at

, 20

he Selection Committee
for the
will use only the information on this form in making its evaluation.

not send additional information or



Health and the Intelligent Community.

In addition to ICF's five permanent criteria (the
Intelligent Community Indicators), the Intelligent Community Awards are guided by an annual theme. In 20
our theme is
Health and the
Intelligent Community

ICF invites nominees to
describe efforts by local
government, institutions and businesses to improve the delivery and management of healthcare using
information and communications technology in order to enhance the health of residen
ts, reduce costs

create business opportunities for local employers.

Deadline for

24 Sept 2010


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Name of Community

, Manitoba
, Canada

The following questions provide an opportunity to tell the community's story: its recent history and background,
the challenges it faces, how the community has met those challenges, and the results it has achieved.

the questions, review t
he description of the Intelligent Community Indicators and Success

beginning on page

or visit ICF's Web site at

Your nom
ination will be
more successful if
addresses the topics of the Indicators and Success Factors.

Vital Statistics



Metro Area (if applicable)


Labor Force


Metro Area (if applicable)




Metro Area (if applicable)

4,078 sq kms



(Maximum: 1 page)

Describe the community’s location, features
of interest, demographics and
history tha
t relates to current conditions.

Winnipeg`s Intelligent Community Strategy assumes knowledge ecosystems are economic drivers that
view the emergence of businesses as an expression and outgrowth of develope
d and emerging ideas and
technologies. In other words, firms emerge from the ecosystem, not the other way around. Knowledge
ecosystems are not limited to a single industry. Efforts involve many partners including research parks,
large research
driven c
ompanies, start ups businesses, universities, investors and professionals.
Ultimately they are working together to develop a knowledge ecosystem. These networks consist of a
number of formal and informal elements.

Cities are undeniably significant engine
s of regional, provincial and national economic growth. Their
ability to generate wealth is pivotal our collective future prosperity. Winnipeg, within the Canadian context
is unique in that a single city represents a disproportionately high concentration

of population relative to
the rest of the province. Winnipeg’s size and economic clout overshadows all other communities and
regions in the province combined. Statistics Canada estimates Winnipeg’s 2009 population (capital
region) at 742,000 representin
g 62% of the provinces overall population of 1.2 million. This significant
population base accounts for:

64% of Manitoba’s total GDP

65% of Manitoba’s personal income

63% of Manitoba’s retail sales

65% of Manitoba’s total labour force

Even though Winnipeg may be a uniquely dominant hub, regional and rural based agricultural, resource,
intellectual and human capital are critical components of our overall economic ecosystem. It is equally
relevant to recognize that the Province of Manit
oba plays a significant and direct role in stimulating and
actualizing Winnipeg’s status as an intelligent community.

Winnipeg`s organic approach to our intelligent community strategy has reinforced and grown life science
and health sector significance a
nd value to the community and beyond. The Information and
Communications Technology sector is a fundamental enabler. The strength of knowledge ecosystems is
their ease and speed of adaptation. They can scale up successful enterprises much more effective
ly than
individual research parks or municipalities.

There was recognition of the need to nurture Winnipeg’s standing as a natural location as one of

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Canada's fastest growing communities of biomedical technology firms. Over 20 years, entrepreneurs in
ipeg's technology cluster have created more than 25 globally successful companies, including Biovail
Corporation, IMRIS Inc., Intelligent Hospital Systems, Medicure Inc. and Cangene Corporation. This
innovative and active cluster employs 4,200 highly skill
ed personnel and is growing at a rapid pace. The
cluster's research into world
leading ideas leads to tremendous product development and has poised the
community for significant wealth generation.

The approach resulting in Wnnipeg`s development of an inte
lligent community applies the following

The regulatory environment progressively and incrementally becomes mores enabling

Infrastructure supports growth through accessibility and capacity

Talent and skill of human capital is aligned and


Innovation needs to be better understood, applied and ultimately embedded as a cultural attribute

Collaboration and partnerships are foundations for success

That missing or misaligned ecosystem components may require intervention

There is

considerable evidence that Canada will only be able to address its public health system
challenges through comprehensive, integrated and sustained efforts. The same can be said about the
need to enhance Canada’s public health research and innovation capa

the ability to achieve
excellence in our health research and then transform that knowledge through commercialization into world
class products and services.

Winnipeg must reinforce its position as a critical part of Canada’s health infrastructu
re through its inter
related chronic and wellness research and its technological developments that serve as underpinnings for
innovation and commercialization.



(Maximum: 3

Describe the economic, social, political, and technological opportunities
, and

to t
he community’s competitiveness
, that
led to creation of the Intelligent Community strategy.

Winnipeg’s intelligent community must continue

to work collaboratively with business, individuals and
government departments to strengthen our capacity to succeed, enhance competencies needed to
prosper, raise our profile locally, nationally and internationally, and foster an environment that supports

sustainable economic growth.

There is a growing commitment to assist in developing our science, research and technology sectors, and
building new partnerships in knowledge
based industries. Our community supports innovation through
initiatives targeted at developing a skilled workforc
e that meets the human resource needs of various
strategic stakeholders. There is a challenge ensuring that stakeholders are able to secure qualified
personnel ranging from researchers and technicians to financial and legal intermediaries to marketing and
management professionals.

Education and training initiatives are needed to provide innovative firms with the qualified staff they
require and increase opportunities for young workers to remain in the community. Strategic investments in
research, innovati
on infrastructure and technology commercialization are needed to ensure continued
success in developing and attracting businesses in key priority sectors of the economy.

A critical component and challenge is the adoption of innovation in organizations and

Governments need to understand their role in stimulating innovation, as well as the activities it must
undertake in government itself to be innovative. Our community is an active partner with the Government
of Manitoba. The provincial gover
nment’s approach to innovation is to foster a government service
philosophy, culture and spirit that is citizen
driven, innovative and results
oriented. The challenge for
government is not only to find cost
effective ways to meet our responsibilities, but

also to respond to the
changing environment and needs of the community we serve.


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A comprehensive and positive business environment that provides the necessary support for investment
in innovation at all levels is critical to build innovation success.The

resolve by the Manitoba government to
strengthen our system of innovation by setting the appropriate policy environment and providing programs
and services that stimulate innovative activities by the private sector are critical building blocks.

g, as is the case in many jurisdictions, must continue to find creative ways in which to keep pace
and harness the opportunities associated with rapidly developing technologies, shifts in local, national and
global economic conditions and limited human and

financial resources. The development and
employment of pragmatic and measureable initiatives that result in acceptable returns on effort and
investment requires a forward thinking, focused and patient culture. The temptation to default to
traditional so
lution models is intense. Attaining an effective balance among competing interests with an
unwavering commitment to redefining our paradigm is a critical success factor.

Workforce Development

Gaps in the availability of skilled science and technology

workers are emerging for the key sectors in
information communications technology (ICT) and life sciences. The necessary actions to address this
issue require that the intelligent community to examine strategies to increase both the number and level of
illed workers in Winnipeg. For instance, innovative approaches are needed to build on the potential
opportunities presented by older workers, Aboriginal youth and attraction of skilled immigrants.


Research is imperative to meeting Winnipeg's
economic and social challenges. The creation of
knowledge through basic research is the genesis for many innovation activities in the economy. Basic
research is essential for knowledge creation, because it brings short
term practical dividends and

scientific insights that may have application further down the road.

More investment in research is critical because of its strong links to innovation, productivity and economic
growth. Research activities by private companies, post
secondary and researc
h institutions and
government are the main generators of new knowledge. That knowledge provides a basis for the
commercialization of new products, processes and services in the marketplace.

Research also facilitates improvements in our quality of life. Ad
vances in research promote progress in
important areas such as medicine, the environment, agriculture and education. All of these improvements
directly enhance our well

Basic research and its infrastructure in Winnipeg are important to the local ec
onomy and need to be
developed and strengthened. The level of research spending for post
secondary and research institutions
remains a key indicator of Winnipeg's competitiveness in retaining and attracting research investment and
talented research and tec
hnology employees. Long
term stable research funds need to be committed to
ensure a strong research infrastructure that can feed the development of new, high technology ventures
in the local economy.


The effective transfer of new knowl
edge from research takes on many forms and is essential for the
development of intelligent communities. The commercialization of new technologies

an important
method of knowledge transfer

is a vital factor in the growth of innovative firms.

The develo
pment of many potential technology opportunities in Winnipeg has been impeded by a lack of
seed and early
stage development capital. A full range of risk capital pools, from early
stage through

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growth and mature stages of financing, is required for knowled
based industries to reach their potential.

Biotechnology is a highly capital intensive industry. Limited access to capital prevents or deters the
formation of new early stage companies and limits the growth potential of existing companies. Venture
ital funds are limited in Winnipeg and because venture capitalists (VCs) like to invest in companies in
close proximity to them, it is a challenge for Winnipeg companies to attract investment for non
local VC’s.

Access to business incubators improves the
survival rates for technology startup companies. Business
incubation facilities are needed to assist in identifying technologies with commercial potential and to
provide management expertise for technology companies in the beginning stages of development.

The development of entrepreneurial skills, plus complementary business and investment management
capabilities, are essential to successfully commercialize scientific discoveries and give birth to new

Infrastructure Development

A key to bui
lding Winnipeg's innovation capacity is creating appropriate infrastructure that not only
develops and enhances areas of strategic importance to the economy, but also provides an opportunity
for all communities and individuals to participate in innovative

Access to the required levels of financial support is a significant challenge to building the necessary
innovation infrastructure that will jump
start economic and social development opportunities in the

Enhanced partnerships are
required among different levels of government, the private sector and post
secondary institutions.

Competitive Innovation Environment

A positive environment that encourages entrepreneurial enterprise and investment is essential for
innovation to flourish
. As governments in Canada and other countries adopt policies to encourage greater
innovation, our intelligent community must ensure that our environment for business (including tax
policies, regulations and programs) meet the needs of the innovation econo

While it is important that the business environment keeps pace with competing jurisdictions, the
community must also counterbalance its activities to provide the necessary knowledge infrastructure

education and training, research funding and access
to Internet connectivity

across the region.


Strategy & Programs

(Maximum: 3 pages)

Explain the ideas, plans and process that the community put into
place to address these opportunities and challenges.
Describe the organizations involved, how collaboration
was established, and how key ideas were developed and formed into a coherent strat

Please organize your
response by Intelligent Community Indicator:




Knowledge Workforce


Digital Inclusion




Marketing and Advocacy

Digital Inclusion

To provide broadband or high
speed Internet access to communities where that service did not exist, the
intelligent community based in Winnipeg, created a Broadband Initiative focusing on the promoton of
partnerships with community based organizations and

the private sector. The vision was to utilize high

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speed Internet connectivity to secure economic and social benefits available through the use of
information and communications technologies for the benefit of all Manitobans.

In July of 2004 the communit
y developed Connecting Manitobans a new Broadband Strategy. The
strategy’s main objective was to ensure that all communities in Manitoba have access to broadband or
high speed network services by 2010. The Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF) allocat
ed $7.5
million to community based telecommunications infrastructure construction enabling an additional 67
Manitoba communities to benefit from accessing Broadband networks.

This Initiative works directly with community champions to develop viable commu
nity based Internet
Service Providers (ISPs) in aboriginal communities. The goal is to build “last mile’ infrastructure in
unserved First Nations communities.

To provide the “have
nots” with access to digital technology and broadband in the area of health
care, the
Province of Manitoba is delivering its MBTelehealth initiative throughout the province. MBTelehealth is a
network that enables residents of Manitoba to receive comprehensive health care services while
overcoming barriers of distance and time thro
ugh the use of technology. It also supports health education
delivery and administrative support to the rural health authorities in Manitoba. Projects include the Clinical
Supply Chain Information System (CSCIS), the Lab Information System (LIS)


Region, the
Primary Data Centre (PDC), Security Planning, the Sterile Instrument Tracking System (SITS), and the
Surgical Information Management System (SIMS).

Winnipeg’s intelligent community, has a serious shortage of knowledge
based workers stemming f
reduced enrolment in post secondary and college institutions in key strategic areas. To mitigate this
shortage, efforts are being made to focus on capacity
building specifically within the aboriginal
community. The digital inclusion of this growing pop
ulation in Winnipeg is viewed critical in developing
workforce capacity.

The Aboriginal Information & Communication Technologies Diploma (AICTD) program is offered by the
University of Winnipeg in collaboration with the Information and Communication Te
chnologies Association
of Manitoba (ICTAM). The Aboriginal Information Communications and Technology Diploma (AICTD)
program will prepare individuals of Métis, First Nation, or Inuit descent to be successful in pursuing entry
level positions within the Inf
ormation Technology sector. The program combines solid technical skills with
the highly sought after business skills.

Complimenting this program is the Aboriginal Youth ICT Challenge, a pilot project run by the Information
and Communication Technologie
s Association of Manitoba (ICTAM) that exposes youth to the industry.
This program targets Aboriginal students from high schools (S1
S4) in urban and remote communities.
The pilot ran in RB Russell Vocational School in Winnipeg and Joe A. Ross School in Op
askwayak Cree
Nation (OCN). Students participated in 10 comprehensive workshops, learning how to create a website
and a flash
based arcade game. They also learned the ins
outs of the business world; how they’d
pitch and spec their products, project man
age the development of them, and ultimately bring them to


To create the synergy and partnerships supporting the process of commercializing new technologies and
to encourage the growth of high technology industry, a strategy was initia
ted to develop a research and
technology park in Winnipeg.



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SmartPark is a 120 acre research and technology park built in 1994 at the University of Manitoba.
Serving as a catalyst for collaboration between university researchers and local c
ompanies, Smartpark
bridges the a gap betwteen the university and industry with a view to accelerating the development and
commercialization of new technologies. The vision was to “Build a Community of Innovators” on the
doorstep of the University of Mani
toba by developing land and space for lease to research, technology
companies and organizations involved in the following broad research areas in alignment with University
of Manitoba capacity and expertise:

Information and Communications Technology

Engineering and Advanced Materials

Health and Biotechnology

Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences

SmartPark is home to innovative university
industry research collaborations in the areas of information
technology and wireless communication, advanced manufacturing and materials, functional foods and
nutraceuticals, and ag


in 1994, TRLabs is an example of a strategy that focuses on industry, university and
government collaboration. It delivers technology diffusion, technology licensing opportunities and advisory
services to small and medium size entreprises while concentrati
ng on data networking and related
software applied R&D, IP telephony and performance optimization of multimedia applications that faciliate
technology and knowledge transfer.

The research program direction was defined with input from industry partners inc
luding as Nortel and the
Manitoba Telephone System (MTS).This led to a research program for TRLabs Winnipeg


focused on the enhancement of network performance. It has evolved from a focus on ATM
(Asynchronous Transfer Mode) data networks

to the Internet and performance issues associated with it,
integrating Voice over IP with existing telephone networks and now delivering Video over IP.

Eureka Project

Supporting the process of commercializing new technologies is SmartPark’s incubator, “
the Eureka
Project”. Established to form a unique alliance with the University of Manitoba, The Eureka Project serves
to nurture high
tech startups derived from university research. The Eureka Project is a technology
incubator focused on the priority secto
rs of information technology and wireless communication,
advanced manufacturing and materials, functional foods and nutraceuticals and ag
biotech. The
incubator's objective is to provide the space, management expertise and resources for the successful
lopment of high technology start
up companies in Winnipeg; from the university and the community
at large.

Knowledge Workforce, Marketing and Advocacy

Winnipeg has significant strength and capacity in health and life science. This strength is evident i
academia, industry, and the public sector, all of which boast tremendous local assets. There has been a
significant emergence of expertise the area of infectious diseases over the last decade and a half. The
University of Manitoba (academic), industry l
eaders like Cangene Corporation and Smith Carter Architects
(business), and the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health (institutional) are examples
of Winnipeg’s global significance in this area.

Winnipeg’s growth in capacity strategically responds to substantial increased global demand for expertise

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able to deal infectious diseases and pandemics. This need for infectious disease expertise is also very
significant in the Armed Forces where the driv
e for preparedness in the face of bioterrorism and
biowarfare is seemingly outpacing the ability and capacity of existing service and product providers.

There are countless additional challenges and opportunities in the United States, European Union, and
8 markets. Enormous international need coupled with our growing capacity and levels of expertise
represents a tremendous opportunity to enhance and grow our global significance and contributions in
this area.

International Centre for Infectious Diseases


When critical needs were identified that could not be adequately addressed by existing government,
academic and health care organizations, the concept of an International Centre for Infectious Diseases

(ICID) was formed in 1999. This centre was t
o bring together scientific resources and capabilities in a joint
venture to enable more concerted and integrated research, diagnosis, treatment and economic
development. The opportunity for synergies was substantial, but the organizational framework to en
collaboration among the institutions and disciplines was missing. This centre was to co
ordinate the work
of the proposed partners at that time, which included Health Canada, the University of Manitoba,
Manitoba Health and the Winnipeg Regional Health

Authority. Additional partners were identified from
international research agencies and institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Africa and
India, as well as from the private sector, one of these initially being Cangene Corporation.

The vis
ion was that the International Centre for Infectious Diseases would achieve excellence

In public health programming, conduct research to inform health policy and contribute to better health for
Canadians and others through cutting
edge research. The centre

was to incorporate outstanding research
training programs, become a nucleus of the knowledge economy and facilitate the commercialization of
scientific discovery

The ICID would be THE centre of infectious disease in Canada and a major world player.
Envisaged is a
doubling of the microbiology and infectious diseases community in Manitoba and a need for additional
funding from Health Canada. The wide
ranging membership of the ICID would facilitate the leveraging of
funds from a variety of national and
international programs and could lead to important business
opportunities that might not otherwise be available to individual members.

The International Centre for Infectious Diseases Inc (ICID) is a Canadian organization providing
innovative leadership a
nd collaborative solutions for the global fight against infectious diseases by:

Mobilizing Scientific and Public Health Expertise

bringing together people and resources from the
business, academic, government and not
profit sectors to address nati
onal and international infectious
disease challenges.

Building Professional and Technical Capacity

delivering specialized training to public health and
containment laboratory personnel throughout the world.

Leading National and International

providing managerial and secretariat services to the
infectious diseases community.

Since 2004, ICID has been working to increase collaboration among researchers, physicians and public
health specialists to help Canadians achieve greater pro
tection and value from public health investment
and infectious diseases innovation.


(Maximum: 3 pages)
Describe the results produced to date by the strategy in terms of new
ructure, new investment, new
building blocks

that will lead to investment, better
quality of life, improved
educational achievement, employment growth, income growth, new industries or growth in existing industries


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small and medium
size busine
, and

efficiencies for
citizens and
organize your response by Intelligent Community Indicator:




Knowledge Workforce


Digital Inclusion




Marketing and Advocacy


Winnipeg has an exceptionally strong research infrastructure that feeds the development of new, high
technology ventures in the local economy. Government’s commitment and investment in this area has
resulted in direct spending on research including strate
gic new initiatives, internal departmental
allocations, support to businesses and research support to post
secondary institutions and health care

The result of this commitment was significant. Winnipeg’s intelligent community is now home
to a number
of major public research and development facilities. These include: University of Manitoba, Canadian
Science Centre for Human and Animal Health, the National Research Council’s Institute of
Biodiagnostics, Agriculture and Agri
food Canada's Cer
eal Research Centre, Canadian International
Grains Institute, Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre, National Centre for Agri
Food Research in
Medicine, the St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute

Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health

The National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) is located at the Canadian Science Centre for Human and
Animal Health, the only facility to have high containment laboratories for human and animal h
ealth in one
facility. It is recognized as a leading facility in an elite group of 15 centres around the world, equipped with
laboratories ranging from biosafety level 2 to level 4 designed to accommodate the most basic to the most
deadly infectious organi
sms. Activities include reference microbiology, support to epidemiology programs,
surveillance, emergency response, applied and discovery research, and management of intellectual
assets to improve public health in Canada and internationally.

The Internati
onal Centre for Infectious Diseases (ICID)

ICID is a Canadian not
profit organization that brings people and resources together to find new ways
to fight infectious diseases worldwide. The four major areas of activity include: 1) Optimizing disease
prevention strategies and technologies; 2) Enhancing the biosafety and biosecurity of laboratories,
hospitals and communities; 3) Moving innovation into public health practice and the marketplace; 4)
Improving evidence
based decision making in public heal

The St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre

Home to dozens of major world
class research programs, including those in the cardiovascular sciences,
oncology and aging. Work is completed on the $25 million I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute,
next to
the St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre. The 100,000 square
foot research facility helps
further cardiovascular care by bridging research and patient care and providing the clinical resources
necessary to improve cardiovascular medicines
and treatments.

Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

The establishment of the $25 million state
art Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and
Nutraceuticals, located in SMART Park at the University of Manitoba. About 90 res
earchers conduct

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research on better extraction of the beneficial components of food, food quality and safety, packing and
delivery and identifying opportunities for Manitoba products that can be processed into higher value
added foods.

Canadian Centre for

Agrifood Research in Health and Medicine

CCARM is dedicated to understanding the health
related benefits of nutraceuticals, functional foods and
natural health products. The Canadian Centre for Agri
food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM) is
dedicated to understanding the health
related benefits of nutraceuticals, functional foods and natural
health products (health food). CCARM represents a unique partnership between St. Boniface General
Hospital, the University of Manitoba, and Agriculture a
nd Agri
food Canada.

Breast Cancer Research and Diagnostic Centre

Winnipeg’s reputation as a centre of excellence for medical research helped secure the Breast Cancer
Research and Diagnostic Centre. Supported by the federal and provincial governments in
partnership with
the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, the centre is affiliated with the Manitoba Institute for Cell Biology.
The institute currently has over 100 researchers actively involved in scientific research.

Institute for Biodiagnostics

Institute for Biodiagnostics ( NRC
IBD) was established in 1992 with a mandate to undertake
research in medical diagnostics. They focus on non
invasive procedures involving advanced technologies
including magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, fl
uorescence imaging, and infrared imaging and
spectroscopy. Equally important is their commitment to commercializing developed technologies resulting
in diversification of the local economy.

The Institute performs clinical research on a variety of diseases

and conditions of significance including
cancer, stroke, heart disease, organ rejection and osteoporosis. This is done in collaboration with
physicians and hospitals in Canada and various sites around the world. NRC
IBD has been extremely
successful in b
oth research and commercialization. Hundreds of papers have been published, dozens of
patents have been filed, and a large number of scientists, medical doctors, and university students have
been trained. Six companies have been formed, with a total curren
t value estimated at $55 million.

An example of a successful spin
off company is IMRIS/ This Winnipeg
based manufacturer produces
magnetic resonance imaging systems for use in neurosurgical operating rooms. The 1.5T intra
system, developed by

IMRIS, is the only system of its kind in the world. This patented, intra
system, is designed so that the magnet moves over the patient for imaging (before, during and after
surgery), and then is retracted to allow complete surgical access to the

patient. IMRIS is the leader in
offering the first mobile intra
operative MRI system.

Biomedical Commercialization Canada

BCC designs, implements and manages a suite of technology commercialization services and programs
for Canadian biomedical technolog
y and related firms. BCC is a unique option for biomedical technology
commercialization. They have created an ecosystem for "Hands On" learning with an infrastructure that
replicates the "Business Processes" and principals of successful Biomedical companie

Siemens Institute of Advanced Medicine

The nearly completed Siemens Institute for Advanced Medicine will focus on advancements in
neurosciences, infectious diseases, advanced imaging and medical informatics, as well as advanced
surgical techniques.
The $150 million Siemens Institute for Advanced Medicine (SIAM) is an important

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addition to Winnipeg’s medical and life sciences cluster, and will house up to 300 researchers and
technical personnel who will investigate technological advances in the areas
of infectious diseases,
neurological sciences, and neurosurgery. Among the technologies being incorporated into the facility are
a high
resolution PET/CT scanner and Manitoba’s first cyclotron, Canada’s first Artiste linear accelerator,
Winnipeg’s first m
obile MRI (developed in Winnipeg by IMRIS Inc.) to allow real
time magnetic resonance
imaging during surgery, and Winnipeg’s second Gamma Knife.

Knowledge Workforce and Innovation

TRLabs Winnipeg

As a direct result of the Smart park initiative, companies in the information and telecommunications
industry, universities, and government have partnered to create TRLabs, which is now the largest not
profit telecommunications consortium in Canada.

TRLabs Winnipeg was established in 1994 and currently engages some 60 people in research and
development aimed at improving the speed, reliability and efficiency of information and communications
technologies, systems, and applications. The Winnipeg Lab ha
s a particular focus on data networking and
software technologies and applications applied to the health and home technologies sector.

TRLabs' success at contributing to the growth of Manitoba's ICT industry has included training of 128
Masters and Ph.D.
students in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, generation of
23 patents issued or filed, and the production of 46 industry
commercialized technologies. Highly qualified
graduates working in Manitoba is a key output of TRLabs.

rsity classes give students hours of time to think about how they are going to apply the theoretical
information they are learning to the real world. One not
profit organization at Smartpark, TRLabs,
brings graduate students in information and communic
ations technologies (ICT) together with companies,
and university and staff researchers for just that opportunity to apply their knowledge.

Over the last thirteen years, TRLabs Winnipeg has worked with 51 partner members and 135 students.
By bringing stud
ents and members together, TRLabs facilitates partnerships with companies looking to
develop new technologies with students and research teams with the expertise. TRLabs member
organizations at the affiliate or associate levels include: Vansco, Brandon Reg
ional Health Authority,
Manitoba Hyrdro, MTS Allstream, and two of Smartpark's incubator clients

SMT Research and The
Information Forge.

Through the learning that takes place on these projects, TRLabs is attracting, developing and training
highly qualif
ied personnel (HQP) and helping to retain ICT graduates in the province. In the last year, two
thirds of TRLabs' graduating students stayed in Manitoba to work. TRLabs has also been granted 29
patents and produced 46 industry
commercialized technologies in

the last five years.

Knowledge Workforce, Marketing and Advocacy


MindSet, (established in 1999) is a program of the Government of Manitoba’s Ministry of Innovation,
Energy and Mines This Manitoba Network for Science and Technology serves to enh
ance the science
and technology awareness of students, MindSet plays a critical role in creating awareness and interest in
science and technology careers among educators and students in the community. It has developed into
one of Canada’s most successful
science, technology and engineering career awareness programs.

With a focus on solving the “partnership puzzle”, MindSet has been recognized provincially, nationally

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and internationally with a number of awards and grants. It has also had the opportunit
y to share its story
around the world recently being recognized by the International Partnership Network receiving the “Global
Best Award”. MindSet’s strength is its ability to develop effective public
private sector partnerships
involving students, teach
ers and schools in the cutting edge areas of biotechnology, information and
communications technology, new media, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, composites and

MindSet supports the development, co
ordination and implementation of year

round science and
technology awareness activities in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba. MindSet encourages and

scientific and technological awareness, knowledge, ability and skills

improved school
work transition in science and technology


innovation in science and technology

MindSet runs over 25 programs and 80 events per year. Examples include National Biotechnology Week,
Innovative Teachers Awards, Microsoft Partnership Programs and the 21st Century Leadership Program
Many of
these programs involve world leading partner organizations in their sectors..

Workforce Knowledge

Manitoba Regional Advanced Network

Manitoba Regional Advanced Network (MRnet) supports Winnipeg’s intelligent community. MRnet was
founded in 1995 as an incorporated not
profit consortium of organizations dedicated to the
development and advancement of research and education (R&E) based

speed networking and
network applications. MRnet receives in
kind contributions and annual fees from its members, the
Canadian Network for the Advancement of Research, Industry and Education (CANARIE) and the
Province of Manitoba. MRnet is Manitoba’s

“on ramp” to the CANARIE offering a reliable, high
communications network to its member institutions with no costs associated with the amount of traffic
generated by an institution.

MRNet is associated with
many projects dedicated to health resear
. In particular,
MRnet is
the Mammalian Functional Genomics Centre (MFGC) at the
University of Manitoba's
Institute of Cell Biology. They currently operate several large
scale ES cell mutagenesis programs.

entre is working i

analyzing the genetic factors that play a role in leukemia. A technique of
disrupting the genes in mouse embryonic stem cells and observing the results was key to understanding
how different suspected genes affected the progression of the disease. Having

demonstrated the
strengths of using this targeted animal model for gene
based disease research, MFGC is currently
involved in generating a mouse cell library containing mutations of every gene in the mouse genome.

This project has been specifically ident
ified as the next most important step following the Human Genome
Project. It will advance the understanding of how the sequence of letters (our DNA) translates into gene
function, providing a living blueprint of instruction and design. This library will be

freely available to all
biomedical researchers, and will significantly impact biomedical disease
focus research programs and
biotech companies in Canada.

The programs rely on genome
wide blast analysis of tens of thousands of sequence tags per project
ery. The WestGrid infrastructure in conjunction with MRnet provides researchers with the much needed
capacity to run the blast search programs.


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Health and the Intelligent Community

um: 2 pages)

at least one and no more than
examples of programs or innovations introduced by government, institutions or businesses to improve the
delivery of healthcare using information
and communications technology.

There has
been significant development and growth in research capacity, business development,
technology commercialization, partnerships and market positioning of Winnipeg as a centre for Health and
Life Science. Some specific private sector successes supported by
an Intelligent Community approach
are outlined as follows:

Intelligent Hospital Systems

Intelligent Hospital Systems is a medical device company focused on the design and development of
automated solutions for the hospital environment. Intelligent
Hospital Systems is a company driven by
customers, focused on technology solutions and with a passion for quality and excellence.

A team of management and engineering professionals leads IH Systems with experience in the
successful commercialization of re
search discoveries. IH Systems also receives scientific advice and
guidance from a Scientific Advisory Board comprised of leading pharmacy directors with international
expertise in automation trends in pharmacies:

Their product is RIVA, the Robotic IV Aut
omation system. Robotic IV Automation (RIVA) is a medical
device developed by Intelligent Hospital Systems Inc. used by hospital pharmacies to automatically and
accurately prepare IV syringes and bags. By automating the preparation of IV syringes and bags,

addresses the issues of safety for the patient and the pharmacy technician, efficiency and effectiveness in
the pharmacy and the challenges of a changing regulatory environment.

RIVA allows hospital pharmacies to compound sterile preparations in a U
nited States Pharmacopeia
(USP) 797 environment while outputting admixtures in either syringes or bags. The automation of
repetitive and complex tasks reduces the incidence of errors and contamination. RIVA can prepare both
chemotherapeutic and non
erapeutic doses.

In 2009, the Winnipeg
based medical device company Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems) was
awarded the 21st Century Achievement Award during the Computerworld Honors Program Awards Gala
in Washington D.C. IH Systems received the awa
rd in recognition of its RIVA System (Robotic IV
Automation), the world’s first solution combining software, robotics and engineering to automate IV
preparation in hospital pharmacies. Technology partner, Sybase, nominated IH Systems for the award.
For ove
r two decades, CEO’s and chairmen of the world’s foremost information technology companies
have recognized the most outstanding user achievements in technology each year through the
Computerworld Honors Program.

Innovative Magnetic Resonance Imaging Syste
ms Incorporated (IMRIS)

IMRIS is a Winnipeg
based manufacturer of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Systems for use in
neurosurgical operating rooms. The 1.5T intra
operative system, developed by IMRIS, is the only system
of its kind in the world. This patented,

operative system, is designed so that the magnet moves over
the patient for imaging (before, during and after surgery), and then is retracted to allow complete surgical
access to the patient. IMRIS is the leader in offering the first mobile intra
erative MRI system.

The IMRIS systems are an integrated suite of technology and process advantages for surgical imaging
and evaluation within a fully functioning operating. The versatility of IMRIS Neuro allows for multiple
surgical applications including

cranial and c
spine, from diagnosis and pre
operative to intra

and post
operative imaging.

Rapid assessment and treatment of stroke is critical. With its high field MR scanner, IMRISNV provides

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the ability to promptly identify stroke patients who are li
kely to benefit from immediate intervention. MR
imaging and perfusion/diffusion mismatch analysis accurately identify areas of salvageable brain tissue
during a stroke and can assist clinicians in quickly determining specific intervention strategies. IMRIS
provides the ability to visualize the structure and condition of arteries and to quickly assess the condition
of a patient's brain tissue before, during and after elective neurovascular interventions.

IMRISNV brings together MR and x
ray angiography in

the same suite for stroke management and
neurovascular care. By using MR instead of CT perfusion techniques to assess brain condition, the
patient is not exposed to ionizing radiation. After initial MR scanning, image
guided intervention can
commence imme
diately using the bi
plane angiography system without moving the patient from the table.
Intraprocedural MR images can be used with real
time fluoroscopy to assist catheter navigation.

During and immediately after the procedure, new MR images can be taken
to assess treatment and to
determine if further intervention is required. The single integrated system eliminates patient transport
between imaging modalities and streamlines workflow.

IMRIS' unique technology integrates the operation of the MR scanner an
d the bi
plane angiography
system in one suite. With a large bore 1.5T or 3T MR scanner that enters the room on demand, IMRISNV
provides the clinician with high resolution images and critical information without moving the patient from
the table. With 8
annel RF head coils, IMRISNV delivers intraprocedural image quality equivalent to
diagnostic images. IMRISNV features unique technology that prevents RF interference during MR
imaging without compromising the fluoroscopic and angiographic capabilities of t
he bi
plane system.

Safety and workflow systems, advanced room controls and data management are built into every
IMRISNV suite.

IMRISNV puts control of the system into the hands of the clinical team with touch
screen interfaces and
customized displays. I
MRISNV features unique safety, room control and data management systems that
are designed specifically for a multi
modality interventional environment, including:

Controlled interlocks that govern safe movement of the MR and manage power of the single

An expandable integration platform for future application
based modules

Room lighting, device power and communication

Recording, streaming and archiving of video from multiple feeds

Routing of data, images and video between rooms

ote maintenance and diagnostic capabilities

Customizable workflow features

Monteris Medical Inc.

Monteris Medical Inc. is a medical device venture dedicated to developing new technologies for the
treatment of cancers. Monteris’ proprietary AutoLITT® t
echnology employs MRI
guided, focused laser
induced interstitial thermal therapy ("the AutoLITT System") to coagulate and kill tumors.

induced tumor therapy is effective and common in treatment of extracranial tumors. Monteris’
technology enables i
t to be applied to brain tumors. The first application of AutoLITT technology will be
treatment of malignant brain tumors that are not adequately addressed by current methods.

Increasing the abilty of health care providers to perform intricate diagnostic
s and treatment procedures in
minimally invasive ways is the focus of Dr. Mark Torchia. In partnership with Monteris Medical Inc., Dr.
Torchia’s team is developing a system designed to perform highly precise tumour surgery using
hyperthermia combined with
MRI technology. Using a unique property of MRI to detect temperature
differences between healthy tissue and tumour and a small robotic device to control the laser’s direction,
surgery can be conducted more quickly, less invasively, with reduced risk of ana
related side

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effects and quicker recovery time.

Key Contacts


provide contact information for a

key public
sector, private



involved in your
community's Intelligent Community programs.

Sector Official

Douglas McCartney

Senior Executive Director

Manitoba Innovation, Energy & Mines



Contribution to the Community:

Manitoba Innovation, Energy and Mines' mission is
build the capacity for
Manitobans to prosper
through innovation, by

reating strategic

ncouraging investment,

equitable access to the right tools,

awareness and knowledge, and
critical policy development


Glenn Crook

Vice President, Commercial Financial Services

RBC Royal Bank



Contribution to the Community:

Commercial banking executive responsible for

innovative financing and cash
management solutions for:

Healthcare Professionals

Information Technology, Life Sciences, Clean

Media and Entertainment

Not For Profit

Retail, Franchise and Consumer Services

Business and Professional S


Marina James

President & CEO

Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.



Contribution to the Community:

Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. (EDW) is
focused on being a leader in promoting Winnipeg
as the ideal place to live, work, invest and visit
through ec
onomic development and tourism
related initiatives. EDW embraces a truly
collaborative approach in the organizations day
day activities, aimed at minimizing fragmentation
and garnering the collective wisdom in stakeholder
synergies to produce positive r

Economic Development Winnipeg leads, facilitates
and promotes Winnipeg’s economic development
and tourism development efforts.


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Please provide the name and contact information
for the person to be contacted by ICF in connection with this

Edward Suzuki

Senior Manager, Economic Development

Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.





Please provide from your own press list up to 10 local and regional media (print, broadcast or online), including
the publication's name, the name and title of an editor or reporter, and an email address.



Email Address

Biotech joins forces with life sciences

(Winnipeg Free Press


Martin Cash

City biotech firm scores big time


Murray McNeill

How a robot can terminate medical
errors for kids

(Computer World)

Eric Lai

City biotech firm closer to goal


Martin Cash

Bid in for HIV vaccine centre


Geoff Kirbyson

Medicure to launch trial for new drug


Martin Cash

Tomorrow's health care today


Siemens institute to bring cutting
centred medicine to city


Martin Cash

Life sciences trio make top
10 list


Martin Cash

Manitoba Researchers Take Top
Manning Innovation Award for Tools to
Unlock Molecular Secrets from Barley

Ernest C. Manning Awards

Bruce Fenwick

Intelligent Hospital Systems Receives
International Award for Innovative
Technology Benefiting Society

(Canadian Business Online)

Jane Arnot

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By submitting this information, the above
named community attests and acknowledges that:

All information provided is accurate and fairly represents the past and current

condition of the community to
the best knowledge of the individual submitting the information.

All information submitted to the ICF in connection with its international awards program becomes the
property of the Intelligent Community Forum and will be use
d for the purposes of research, analysis and
publication in pursuit of its global mission.

Intelligent Community Indicators

For a complete description of the Intelligent Community Indicators, visit

and select "Intel
Comm Indicators" on the Intelligent Communities menu.


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Broadband Connectivity.

Broadband is the new essential utility, as vital to economic growth as clean water
and good roads. Intelligent Communities expres
s a clear vision of their broadband future and craft policies to
encourage deployment and adoption.


Knowledge Workforce.

A knowledge workforce is a labor force that creates economic value through the
acquisition, processing and use of informat
ion. Intelligent Communities exhibit the determination and
demonstrated ability to develop a workforce qualified to perform knowledge work from the factory floor to the
research lab, and from the construction site to the call center or Web design studio.


Digital Inclusion.

As broadband deploys widely through a community, there is serious risk that it will worsen the
exclusion of people who already play a peripheral role in the economy and society, whether due to poverty, lack
of skills, prejudice or geography. Intelligent
Communities pro¬mote digital inclusion by creating policies and
funding programs that provide “have
nots” with access to digital technology and broadband, by providing skills
training and by promoting a compelling vision of the benefits that the broadband



For business, broadband has become to innovation what fertilizer is to crops. Intelligent
Communities work to build the local innovation capacity of new companies, because these produce all of the job
growth in modern eco
nomies, and invest in e
government programs that reduce their costs while delivering
services on the anywhere
anytime basis that digitally savvy citizens expect.


Marketing and Advocacy.

Like businesses facing greater global competition, com
munities must work harder
than ever to communicate their advantages and explain how they are maintaining or improving their position as
wonderful places to live, work and build a growth business. Effective marketing shares this story with the world,

advocacy builds a new vision of the community from within.

Success Factors

In evaluating nominations, ICF
looks for
trends that characterize successful Intelligent Communities. We suggest that,
where appropriate, your nomination refer to the following
success factors in describing your strategy and results.


The development of an Intelligent Community typically requires intense collaboration among
government, businesses, universities and institutions. Few organizations have enough
resources, political capital or
public backing to drive a community
wide transformation. But collaboration is challenging. It demands vision,
flexibility, and a high degree of trust among the partners. Intelligent Communities develop the vision, find th
e flexibility
and create trusting relationships among key constituencies. Effective collaboration is typically the result of the
working environment created by effective leaders.


It is fair to say that no Intelligent Community has
succeeded without strong leadership. Effective leaders
identify challenges, set priorities, communicate a compelling vision and foster a sense of urgency in achieving it. They
establish a collaborative environment that encourages risk
taking and creates
win relationships with partners in
government, businesses and institutions. It matters little where leadership comes from. In the Intelligent Communities
that ICF has studied, leadership has emerged from elected officials, government employees, busin
ess executives,
universities and nonprofit organizations. What matters is the character, motivation and talents of the individuals who
commit themselves to improving the economic and social wellbeing of the community.


When Intelligent Co
mmunities invest in broadband, workforce development, digital inclusion,
innovation and marketing, they work to create programs that sustain themselves through local service revenue,
growth of the tax base, and the attraction of long
term investment. They

avoid depending on short
term funding that
fails to lay a foundation for the future, or that is subject to changing political priorities.

They also plan their growth in

maintain quality of life while creating jobs and spurring business growth. T
hey craft policies on land use,
building codes, transportation, rights
way and other infrastructure to ensure the community remains a desirable
place to live and work. They also use technology to reduce dependence on physical infrastructure, allowing m
citizens to share

the same community resources. And

Intelligent Communities
give specific attention to
environmental sustainability. They invest in Intelligent Community programs in order to identify environmental issues,
reduce pollution and cu
rb carbon emissions as well as for economic development and inclusion. This environmental
stewardship contributes to the health of the community and the sustainability of the planet.


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The Education Last Mile.

In addition to provide citizens with a quality education, Intelligent Communities focus on
guiding graduates into employment or entrepreneurship in the community, so that their skills benefit the community
that invested in them
. From employer site visit
s and internship programs to competitions and festivals, Intelligent
Communities ensure that their graduates know about local career opportunities and
have multiple opportunities to
pursue them