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Intelligent Community of the Year Awards
Phase One: Smart21 Communities of the Year
The Intelligent Community Forum will use the data provided on this form for the first stage of its international
awards program: the selection of the Smart21 Communities of 2011, 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
Korea, the 2010 Intelligent Community of the Year. After the announcement of the Smart21, the Awards
program will proceed as follows:
     October-December 2010
     Each of the Smart21 Communities is required to complete a second, more detailed nomination form in
     order to be considered for ICF’s Intelligent Community of the Year Award. The information in this form will
     be analyzed by an international academic team, which produces numerical scores for each community.
     January 2011
     The seven top-scoring communities are named by ICF as its Top Seven Intelligent Communities (finalists)
     at the annual conference of the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
     Feb-April 2011
     The Top Seven Communities host an ICF executive 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 these numerical scores with the independent votes of the jury.
     May 2011
     ICF invites representatives and citizens from the Top Seven to New York City for its Building the
     Broadband Economy summit. Each of the Top Seven Communities will participate in a half hour
     discussion on stage at BBE about 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 following the award, the Intelligent
     Community of the Year will host the next year's Smart21 announcement. ICF will also 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            Deadline for
room for your complete answer. Save the file to your computer and email to ICF at              Nominations:
awards@intelligentcommunity.org by September 24, 2010. The Selection Committee
for the Smart21 will use only the information on this form in making its evaluation. Do        24 Sept 2010
not send additional information or attachments.

2011 Theme: 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 2011,
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 residents, reduce costs and
create business opportunities for local employers.

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Name of Community
 Winnipeg, 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. Before
answering the questions, review the description of the Intelligent Community Indicators and Success
Factors beginning on page 16 or visit ICF's Web site at www.intelligentcommunity.org. Your nomination will be
more successful if it addresses the topics of the Indicators and Success Factors.

Vital Statistics
Population         Municipality                            Metro Area (if applicable)   742,000

Labor Force        Municipality                            Metro Area (if applicable)   438,200

Area               Municipality                            Metro Area (if applicable)   4,078 sq kms

1.   Background (Maximum: 1 page) Describe the community’s location, features of interest, demographics and
     history that 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 developed 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 companies, 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 engines 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 representing 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 Manitoba 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 and 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 effectively 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
      Winnipeg'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 skilled 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 intelligent 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 enriched
      •    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 capacities – 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 infrastructure through its inter-
      related chronic and wellness research and its technological developments that serve as underpinnings for
      innovation and commercialization.

2.   Challenge (Maximum: 3 pages) Describe the economic, social, political, and technological opportunities, and
     the challenges to the 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 workforce 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, innovation 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 institutions.
      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 government’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.

      Winnipeg, 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 solution 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
      skilled 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
      provides 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 research 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. Advances in research promote progress in
      important areas such as medicine, the environment, agriculture and education. All of these improvements
      directly enhance our well-being.

      Basic research and its infrastructure in Winnipeg are important to the local economy 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 technology 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 knowledge 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 development 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 knowledge-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
      capital 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 building 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 activities.

      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 economy.

      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.

3.   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 strategy. Please organize your
     response by Intelligent Community Indicator:
     a. Broadband
     b. Knowledge Workforce
     c. Digital Inclusion
     d. Innovation
     e. 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 community 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) allocated $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 community 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 healthcare, 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 through 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) – Winnipeg 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 from
      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 population 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 Technologies 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 Information 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 Technologies 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 Opaskwayak 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-and-outs of the business world; how they’d
      pitch and spec their products, project manage 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 initiated 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 companies, 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 Manitoba 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-biotech.


      Established 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 concentrating 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 including as Nortel and the
      Manitoba Telephone System (MTS).This led to a research program for TRLabs Winnipeg - Data
      Networking – 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 sectors 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
      development 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 in
      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 leaders 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 drive 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 G-
      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 (ICID)

      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 to 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 enable
      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 vision 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 and 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-for-profit sectors to address national and international infectious
      disease challenges.

      •    Building Professional and Technical Capacity - delivering specialized training to public health and
      high-containment laboratory personnel throughout the world.

      •    Leading National and International Initiatives - 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 protection and value from public health investment
      and infectious diseases innovation.

4.   Results (Maximum: 3 pages) Describe the results produced to date by the strategy in terms of new
     infrastructure, 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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     (including small and medium-size businesses), and new efficiencies for citizens and organizations. Please
     organize your response by Intelligent Community Indicator:
     a. Broadband
     b. Knowledge Workforce
     c. Digital Inclusion
     d. Innovation
     e. 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 strategic 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 Cereal 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
      and TRLabs.

      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 health 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 organisms. 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 International Centre for Infectious Diseases (ICID)

      ICID is a Canadian not-for-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 health

      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-of-the-art Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and
      Nutraceuticals, located in SMART Park at the University of Manitoba. About 90 researchers 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 and 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.

      NRC-Institute for Biodiagnostics

      The NRC-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, fluorescence 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 both 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 current 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-operative
      system, developed by IMRIS, is the only system of its kind in the world. This patented, intra-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-operative MRI system.

      Biomedical Commercialization Canada

      BCC designs, implements and manages a suite of technology commercialization services and programs
      for Canadian biomedical technology 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 companies.

      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 mobile 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-for-
      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 has 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.

      University 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-for-profit organization at Smartpark, TRLabs,
      brings graduate students in information and communications 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 students 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 Regional 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 qualified 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 enhance 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 opportunity 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, teachers 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-to-work transition in science and technology areas
      •    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-for-profit consortium of organizations dedicated to the
      development and advancement of research and education (R&E) based high-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-speed
      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 research. In particular, MRnet is involved
      with the Mammalian Functional Genomics Centre (MFGC) at the University of Manitoba's Manitoba
      Institute of Cell Biology. They currently operate several large-scale ES cell mutagenesis programs.

      The Centre is working in 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 identified 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
      query. The WestGrid infrastructure in conjunction with MRnet provides researchers with the much needed
      capacity to run the blast search programs.

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5.   Health and the Intelligent Community (Maximum: 2 pages) Provide at least one and no more than three
     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 research 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 Automation 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, RIVA
      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 United 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-chemotherapeutic 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 award 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 over 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 Systems 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, intra-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-operative 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 likely 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. IMRISNV
      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 immediately 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 and 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-channel 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 the 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. IMRISNV 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 plane
      •    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
      •    Remote 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® technology employs MRI-guided, focused laser-
      induced interstitial thermal therapy ("the AutoLITT System") to coagulate and kill tumors.

      Heat-induced tumor therapy is effective and common in treatment of extracranial tumors. Monteris’
      technology enables it 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 diagnostics 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 anaesthetic-related side

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      effects and quicker recovery time.

                                                    Key Contacts
6.   Please provide contact information for a key public-sector, private-sector and nonprofit leader involved in your
     community's Intelligent Community programs.
     Public-Sector Official         Name: Douglas McCartney
                                    Title: Senior Executive Director
                                    Organization: Manitoba Innovation, Energy & Mines
                                    Telephone: 204.945.6298            Email: dmccartney@gov.mb.ca
                                    Contribution to the Community:     Manitoba Innovation, Energy and Mines' mission is
                                                                       to build the capacity for Manitobans to prosper
                                                                       through innovation, by creating strategic
                                                                       partnerships, encouraging investment, enabling
                                                                       equitable access to the right tools, promoting
                                                                       awareness and knowledge, and championing
                                                                       critical policy development.

     Private-Sector Executive       Name: Glenn Crook
                                    Title: Vice President, Commercial Financial Services
                                    Organization: RBC Royal Bank
                                    Telephone: 204.988.4272            Email: glenn.crook@rbc.com
                                    Contribution to the Community:     Commercial banking executive responsible for
                                                                       creating 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 Services

     Nonprofit Executive            Name: Marina James
                                    Title: President & CEO
                                    Organization: Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.
                                    Telephone: 204.954.1988            Email:
                                    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 economic development and tourism-
                                                                       related initiatives. EDW embraces a truly
                                                                       collaborative approach in the organizations day-to-
                                                                       day activities, aimed at minimizing fragmentation
                                                                       and garnering the collective wisdom in stakeholder
                                                                       synergies to produce positive results.

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

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7.   Please provide the name and contact information for the person to be contacted by ICF in connection with this
     Name: Edward Suzuki
     Title: Senior Manager, Economic Development
     Organization: Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.
     Telephone: 204.954.1986                                 Fax: 204.942.4043
     Email: edward@economicdevelopmentwinnipeg.com

8.   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.
     Publication                                  Editor/Reporter          Email Address
     Biotech joins forces with life sciences      Martin Cash              martin.cash@freepress.mb.ca
     (Winnipeg Free Press - WFP)
     City biotech firm scores big time (WFP)      Murray McNeill           murray.mcneill@freepress.mb.ca
     How a robot can terminate medical            Eric Lai                 editor@computerworld.com.au
     errors for kids (Computer World)
     City biotech firm closer to goal (WFP)       Martin Cash              martin.cash@freepress.mb.ca
     Bid in for HIV vaccine centre (WFP)          Geoff Kirbyson           geoff.kirbyson@freepress.mb.ca
     Medicure to launch trial for new drug        Martin Cash              martin.cash@freepress.mb.ca
     Tomorrow's health care today -               Martin Cash              martin.cash@freepress.mb.ca
     Siemens institute to bring cutting-edge,
     patient-centred medicine to city (WFP)
     Life sciences trio make top-10 list          Martin Cash              martin.cash@freepress.mb.ca
     Manitoba Researchers Take Top                Bruce Fenwick            Bruce.Fenwick@encana.com
     Manning Innovation Award for Tools to
     Unlock Molecular Secrets from Barley
     to SARS (Ernest C. Manning Awards
     Intelligent Hospital Systems Receives        Jane Arnot               info@intelligenthospitals.com
     International Award for Innovative
     Technology Benefiting Society
     (Canadian Business Online)

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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 used 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 www.intelligentcommunity.org and select "Intel
Comm Indicators" on the Intelligent Communities menu.

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

2.   Knowledge Workforce. A knowledge workforce is a labor force that creates economic value through the
     acquisition, processing and use of information. 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.

3.   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 economy.

4.   Innovation. 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 economies, and invest in e-government programs that reduce their costs while delivering
     services on the anywhere-anytime basis that digitally savvy citizens expect.

5.   Marketing and Advocacy. Like businesses facing greater global competition, communities 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,
     while 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.

Collaboration. 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 the flexibility
and create trusting relationships among key constituencies. Effective collaboration is typically the result of the
working environment created by effective leaders.

Leadership. 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-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, business 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.

Sustainability. When Intelligent Communities 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
order maintain quality of life while creating jobs and spurring business growth. They craft policies on land use,
building codes, transportation, rights-of-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 more
citizens to share the same community resources. And some Intelligent Communities give specific attention to
environmental sustainability. They invest in Intelligent Community programs in order to identify environmental issues,
reduce pollution and curb 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 visits 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.

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