Billion-Dollar Business Developer Joins Leader of Gigabit Cities Program to Keynote WORLD FUTURE CITIES SUMMIT™

William Wallace, US Ignite, and IBM's Steven Adler to feature among 175 key speakers at Toronto event on October 14-15, 2015 in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - The WORLD FUTURE CITIES SUMMIT, Canada's premier event on Smart Community transformation, opened registration today and announced two pillars of the world Smart Community movement will come to Canada to be the keynote speakers at the conference held in Toronto.

Steve Adler is an expert in data science and an innovator who has developed several billion dollar revenue businesses in the areas of Data Governance, Enterprise Privacy Architectures, and Internet Insurance.  He has been a leader in Information strategy and technology development at IBM for almost 20 years.  He invented Internet Insurance, patented the Enterprise Privacy Architecture, founded IBM's Data Governance Council, and created the Information Governance Community.  He has advised governments, large NGO's on open government data, data standards, privacy, regulation, and systemic risk. Mr. Adler was recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Finance by Treasury and Risk Magazine.

William Wallace, Executive Director of US Ignite, will be the Luncheon Keynote. US Ignite is the public-private nonprofit organization inspired by President Obama and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation to build an ecosystem of smart gigabit cities leveraging software-defined infrastructure to support the Internet of Things and other smart city technologies. "We are working with cities, companies, and academic researchers nation-wide to foster development of next-generation applications that will transform how we receive healthcare, educate our children, keep our communities safe, become more energy efficient, train our employees, and manufacture goods," stated Mr. Wallace.

Registrants to The WORLD FUTURE CITIES SUMMIT can attend six other technology/research conferences at no extra cost with a combined 175 global experts. Running from October 13 - 15 and managed by the SmartCity360◦ Summit they are also located in the Convention Centre.  The Summit and combined events were created to give Canada global recognition for its Smart Community leadership, according to i-CANADA Chair Bill Hutchison: "Other counties are establishing well-recognized events that attract international attention and investment. Canada is the best country in the world for the creation of Smart Communities - we have won more 'Intelligent Community' awards than any other nation - and we need to step forward with our own globally-recognized annual event."

Conference speakers will address a number of topics, including culture, sustainability, and economic development within the context of smart communities. The meeting is capped off by the Community i-Performance Awards™ (CiPA™) that recognize the best of Canadian Smart Community innovation. Nominations for CiPA are open until Monday, September 14 and can be submitted at

"We are driving to move communities of every size into a workable and exciting Smart Community future," said Mr. Hutchison. "We are proud to have William Wallace, Steven Adler, and the rest of our speakers highlighting the first ever WORLD FUTURE CITIES SUMMIT. Never before has such power been presented in one place in Canada.  This is the first of a series of annual events that will become "must-attend" conferences on everyone's agenda."

Those interested in registering or learning more about the event are invited to see: Early bird registration closes on Monday, September 14.


i-CANADA is the pan-Canadian movement dedicated to creating a nation of Intelligent Communities large and small, rural and urban, where all enjoy the economic development, job growth and social prosperity now available in the world's leading communities. The i-Canada Governors Council is comprised of provincial Premiers, Mayors and CEOs of major corporations.  Other non-commercial partners in the SUMMIT include the Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA), the City of Toronto, SAVI (Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructure), and GENIE (Global Environment for Network Applications).

For more on US Ignite see:

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SOURCE World Future Cities Summit

For further information: Andrea Berry, StrategicAmpersand Inc. (for World Futures Cities Summit and CiPA), 416-961-5595 x428,; Barry Gander,

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