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John Jung

John Jung

John Jung is Executive Director of ICF Canada. John is an award winning registered urban planner, urban designer, economic developer, author and global speaker on planning, development, urban design and economic development issues. He originated the Intelligent Community concept and continues to serve as the Forum's leading visionary. ICF Canada is the first in-country office for the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) that is headquartered in New York City. ICF Canada was established in December of 2015 and works with the current group of 27 Canadian Intelligent Communities as well as other centres that want to learn the concepts of Intelligent Community development. John was the first President of the Intelligent Community Forum Foundation representing a league of 145 Intelligent Communities around the globe. He has addressed audiences worldwide on the topics of economic development, intelligent cities and international marketing of cities and urban regions. In Canada he has held the post of CEO for economic development agencies in Waterloo, Toronto and Calgary. John is author and co-author of several books on the development of communities in a world driven by the broadband economy and has been interviewed by media all over the world. Follow John on Twitter @JohnGJung1 and email him For more information on the Intelligent Community Forum or to make a submission to be recognized as an Intelligent Community, please go to Twitter: @JohnGJung1

Articles Posted by John Jung

Canada’s Intelligent success in economic development

Cities and towns face an onslaught of challenges that can threaten a community’s very survival and determine whether a community is truly liveable. The 18th More...

Be Intelligent about economic development – Attend the 2015 Intelligent Community Summit in Toronto

Why do people go to conferences, summits, seminars and roundtables? Why don’t we just sit in the comfort of our homes, sit back and turn More...

Bridging the digital divide in Rio de Janeiro

Recently I was invited to Pirai, Brazil, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro to participate as a speaker at TEDx Pirai to talk about More...

Smart cities are early adopters

John Jung at the Intelligent Community Forum provides another response to a recent Economist poll on whether smart cities are empty hype. Get the full story

Collaborative Innovation – the New Competitive Edge for Economic Development

Much has been said about innovation as well as collaboration, but when the two mix, they create something entirely new and special. Let’s call it More...