It is said that all good things must end. So it is for Communities of Tomorrow in its current form.
Since 2003, CT has built a great number of strategic partnerships that helped to bring innovative solutions to municipalities across the province. We are extremely proud of our work. CT has had the opportunity to work with world-class organizations and in the past three years alone has:
- Committed over $2.4 million to 40 projects that helped to maximize the life of municipal infrastructure and reduce costs to government.
- Supported the prove-out and commercialization of private sector solutions that will generate over $14 million in new revenue, create 75 jobs, and result in projected revenues of $75 million over three years.
- Established Canada’s first Municipal Innovation Network with 15 cities participating as “living labs”-testing technologies and processes that will save municipalities time and money.
- Matched municipal investment to create $1 million for the Leveraged Municipal Innovation Fund to generate applied research solutions and best practices specifically for municipal needs.
We are very pleased that through legacy agreements signed with CT, important parts of the work we began will continue, under the auspices of SUMA, Innovation Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Research Council, industry, and many other stakeholders.
The opportunity that we sought to build upon, remains. Countries worldwide are facing the complex and costly task of overhauling and replacing their public infrastructure-roads, bridges, sewer, water, and other essential systems. Everywhere local governments, including right here at home, are looking for new innovative solutions that will make infrastructure systems last longer, cost less to operate, and generate the most value in terms of allowing economies to grow.
With the success and current momentum we have, Saskatchewan is well positioned to emerge as a world leader in developing and commercializing these innovative technologies.
Going forward what is required is farsighted leadership and continuing collaboration between provincial and municipal governments; our infrastructure industry; and our applied research and development organizations to facilitate the process of developing and implementing smart, innovative infrastructure solutions in Saskatchewan to prepare for the new era of sustained economic growth.
We want to thank all the members of the CT team who have worked so hard to achieve our corporate objectives including our strongly committed board members, and hard-working staff. Also, our partners in municipal governments across the province, dynamic companies offering new world-class infrastructure solutions, and to the outstanding group of research institutes at work in this province.
Thank you all, for your support for the Communities of Tomorrow mission. We wish you all the best in the future.
John D. Lee, President