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Walsh ICF Institute Announces International Advisory Board Members

What's New, 2012-06-06

International diplomats, government officials, educational leaders and business executives comprise the first International Advisory Board for the Walsh University ICF Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community. The Board met formally for the first time on June 6 in New York City, during the annual Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) 2012 Summit.

The Institute Advisory Board Members are:

  • Suvi Lindén, Former Finland Minister of Communications
  • Dan Mathieson, Mayor of Stratford, Ontario
  • Kristina Verner, Research & Development Officer, University of Windsor's Centre for Smart Community Innovation
  • Christian Long, Vice President, Cannon Design and Educational Strategist
  • Dr. Mel Horwitch, Dean and University Professor at Central European University Business School, Budapest, Hungary
  • Dr. Norman Jacknis, Director, Cisco's IBSG Public Sector Group
  • Cheol-Soo Park, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of u-City Design and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea
  • Shirley L. Fenton, VP and Director, National Institutes of Health Informatics Research Associate, Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo

Also serving the Institute Advisory Board Members as non-voting members are:

  • Lou Zacharilla, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum
  • Richard Jusseaume, President, Walsh University
  • Alex Fausnight, Student Representative to the Board
  • Jackie DeGarmo, Institute Project Director

In February, Walsh University formally launched the first-of-its-kind institute through a partnership with the Intelligent Community Forum in New York.

The Walsh ICF Institute will:

  • Investigate new models of teacher training to best advance learning for the knowledge economy
  • Support and teach the principles of the ICF movement to communities interested in reinventing themselves using broadband technology
  • Create relationships with communities around the world who are a part of the Intelligent Community movement in support of Walsh University's commitment to global literacy and experiences for its learners

The Walsh Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community will bring world thought leaders such as premiers, mayors, and city managers to North Canton to discuss how their communities were transformed by using broadband and technology to connect their community together and to the world-at-large.

The first Advisory Board Members of Walsh's new Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community will assist in the development plans for hosting thought leaders and generating intellectual product. They will assist in the identification of key thought leaders and provocative new models for training educators from around the world and offer counsel, support and encouragement for Institute initiatives, activities and participants.

The Advisory Board will act as the Institute's ambassadors by sharing the Institute story and promoting its work with national policymakers, interested communities, and potential partner and sponsor organizations. In addition, they will help to connect the work of the Walsh Institute with all other ICF Institutes and the ICF Association in a collision of new relationships and possibilities that will support the ICF mission to equip local leaders with the tools to build stronger communities.

The Walsh Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community will host its first global seminar, "A World Without Schools: New Models for Educating our Communities," at Walsh University on October 25, 2012.

Members of the new International Advisory Board are:

Suvi Lindén, Former Finland Minister of Communications: Suvi Lindén served as Finland's Minister of Communications from 2007-2011. She was previously Minister of Culture, 1999-2002, and a Member of Parliament from 1995-2011. The Intelligent Community Forum named her as its "Visionary of the Year for 2011" for her commitment to ensuring affordable broadband access to every citizen in Finland.

Ms. Lindén has held positions of trust in a number of organizations including Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development and Chair of the Ubiquitous Information Society Advisory Board in Finland. She was also a Founding Member of the World Antidoping Agency and a member of its executive board. Ms. Lindén holds a master of science degree from the University of Oulu.

Dan Mathieson, Mayor of Stratford, Ontario:Dan Mathieson is in his third term as Mayor of his hometown, Stratford, Ontario. He chairs the Southwest Economic Alliance (SWEA) and sits on numerous Boards and Committees in healthcare, municipal affairs, law enforcement, athletics, universities and colleges and not-for-profits including Walsh University for the Study of the Intelligent Community, the University of Waterloo/Stratford Campus, the Stratford Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community and i-Canada.

Stratford was a railway town that became famous for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, auto parts and culinary tourism. Beginning with online innovations in education, healthcare and public services, the city has recently emerged as a technology centre specializing in digital media and a 'living lab' for global technology companies such as Toshiba, RIM and Cisco. The City owns its smart grid electrical system, and a citywide Wi-Fi network built over a 70km loop of optical fiber. Stratford also boasts the new University of Waterloo | Stratford Campus and research relationships with Western University and Clemson University in the USA.

Stratford was designated one of the world's Top Seven Intelligent Community for 2011 and 2012 by the New York-based broadband think tank, the Intelligent Community Forum.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Public Administration Degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Kristina Verner, Research & Development Officer, University of Windsor's Centre for Smart Community Innovation: In addition to her role as Research and Development Officer, Kristina Verner has been instrumental in securing over 8 million dollars in grant funding to support the increase of information and communications technology within Windsor and Essex County. She was also nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of her commitment to working to benefit students with special needs.

Kristina spearheaded Windsor-Essex County's 2010 and 2011 recognition efforts to the Intelligent Community Forum, resulting in the community being recognized twice as one of the Top 21 Smartest Communities in the World. She represents Windsor-Essex as a member of the global Association of Intelligent Communities. In 2011, the ICF named Windsor-Essex as one of the Top 7 Communities. Verner serves on the Board of Advisors for i-Canada, a national organization encouraging the development of Intelligent Communities. As a result of her expertise in the area of intelligent community development, community capacity building and collaboration frameworks, Verner has been invited by to provide thought leadership to support and inform governments in developing countries with regard to the development of successful ecosystems to support the creation of transparent, connected, vibrant communities and economies.

Kristina holds three degrees from the University of Windsor - a bachelor of arts (history), a bachelor of education, and a master's of business administration.

Christian Long, Vice President, Cannon Design and Educational Strategist: A passionate advocate for innovative learning communities, Christian Long joined Cannon Design as a Vice President in 2011. As Vice President, Long helps to lead the firm's educational efforts while promoting "The Third Teacher" (a book and platform that presents Cannon Design's research and findings into the importance of design in education) and pursuing further research on the topic.

Prior to joining Cannon Design, Long was the founder of "Be Playful Design," a collaborative global consulting team focused on the intersection between school design, emerging technology and learning theory. He is recognized as a gifted educator, school planner, speaker and consultant. He also helped found Prototype Design Camp, programs that encourage students to develop real solutions to real problems that impact them and the world around them. Long and his work have been recognized at national and international conferences, and he often speaks on the topic of design in education. He spent more than 10 years teaching high school English, most recently at The Oakridge School in Texas, using a range of classroom experiences as a backdrop for his research and leadership.

Long graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and education from Indiana University and later received his master's degree in school design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Mel Horwitch, Dean and University Professor at Central European University Business School, Budapest, Hungary:Dr. Horwitch is an acknowledged expert on entrepreneurship and innovation management. Prior to Central European University, he served as a Professor of Technology Management at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

He served on the faculties of HBS, MIT's Sloan School, Theseus Institute in Sophia Antipolis, France, and NYU-Poly and on the visiting faculties of London Business School and University of Paris-Dauphine. He was founding Dean of Management at Theseus Institute and was twice Chair of the Department of Technology Management at NYU-Poly, where he also is Director of the Institute for Technology & Enterprise. Dr. Horwitch was also founding Director and Fellow of the Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at NYU-Poly. He previously was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand.

Dr. Horwitch has written and co-edited two books and over fifty articles, cases and teaching notes. He established new MBA programs at Theseus Institute and at NYU-Poly. An overarching theme running through his work is the importance of innovation for business success and societal progress generally. At the MIT Sloan School in the 1980s, he developed a new course on "Technology Strategy." More recently, he has turned his attention to innovation and entrepreneurship in the sustainability arena. At NYU-Poly he created and taught a new course on "Cleantech & Renewable Energy Innovation," and he designed and ran the recently established CleantechExecs Executive Program. Dr. Horwitch received an AB from Princeton University and an MBA and doctorate from Harvard Business School.

Dr. Norman Jacknis, Director, Cisco's IBSG Public Sector Group: Dr. Jacknis is a globally recognized expert in government innovation and transformation. Before joining Cisco in February 2008, Dr. Jacknis served more than 10 years as CIO and commissioner of Westchester County, NY, government, where he was responsible for all of the government's technology, Internet and broadband activities, as well as technology-based economic development. In addition to the County, he provided these services to municipalities and other non-profit community organizations.

Under his leadership, Westchester County won numerous awards, including the Center for Digital Government's top ten digital counties in the country, American City & County's Crown Communities Award for technology and, most recently, one of the global Top Seven Intelligent Communities. Government Technology Magazine selected him as one of the nation's "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers who, using technology ... broke bureaucratic inertia to better serve the public" – a list which included not just technology leaders, but elected officials as well.

At Cisco, he has worked extensively and in-depth with the National Association of Counties and the US Conference of Mayors. For the Mayors, he is developing a strategy for the economic viability of American cities in 2030. In addition to his work on economic development, he has also worked with governments on the creation of collaborative environments for citizens to deliver public services. His recent written work includes a blog for state/local elected executives, a chapter for the book, CIO Leadership for Cities & Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices and an article in Engineering News Record. Dr. Jacknis received his doctorate, master's and bachelor's degrees from Princeton University.

Cheol-Soo Park, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of u-City Design and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea: Suwon was recently recognized as the Intelligent Community of the Year in 2010. Dr. Park served as the official representative of the City of Suwon to ICF and the Intelligent Community Forum Foundation (ICFF).

Dr. Park was appointed Associate Professor, Department of u-City Design and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea in 2011. He previously served as a Research Affiliate, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2011 and as an Assistant Professor at Sungkyunkwan University from 2005-2010. From 1996-2005, Dr. Park served as a research scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Architecture, a research scientist for the Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology in Seoul, Korea, and was an Engineer for POSCO, Korea.

Dr. Cheol-Soo Park has received many generous grants from the Korean government as well as industry sectors. The size of the grants is over 1.5 million US dollars for the last five years in areas of smart building systems, u-City design and engineering, environment controls, building simulation, etc.

In addition, he has received a total of eleven awards from 2005-2012 for his research papers from domestic and academic conferences. Dr. Park has contributed to over 50 peer-reviewed international publications including 11 journal papers and 41 conference papers. In addition, Cheol-Soo Park has published 25 domestic journal papers and 71 domestic conference papers. He has also published 17 patents in areas of smart building control, building energy management, augmented reality and agent simulation.

Dr. Park earned his bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in architecture from Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea, and his Ph.D. in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003.

Shirley Fenton, VP and Director, National Institutes of Health Informatics Research Associate, Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo: Shirley Fenton is VP and Director of the National Institutes of Health Informatics (NIHI), a Canada-wide, virtual institute bringing together experts in Health Informatics. As well, she is a Research Associate of the Computer Systems Group at the University of Waterloo. Her research interests are Communities of Practice, Innovative Intelligent Communities, Community Information Utilities/Portals, Informatics, Health Informatics and eHealth. She is involved in research programs related to technology and its deployment. She is active in building research and technology transfer relationships with government and industry. She is a member of the Intelligent Waterloo Steering Committee, the Centre for Distance Education (CDE) Program Advisory Committee at the Digital Arts Technology Training Institute, the Walsh University Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community Advisory Committee and i-Canada. She received the 2011 International's Women of Achievement Award for being a "Trailblazer." Shirley is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, where she obtained her BES and MA degrees.

About ICF
The Intelligent Community Forum is a think tank that studies the economic and social development of the 21st Century community. Whether in industrial or developing nations, communities are challenged to create prosperity, stability and cultural meaning in a world where jobs, investment and progress increasingly depend on broadband communications. The Intelligent Community Forum seeks to share the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities in adapting to the demands of the Broadband Economy by conducting research, hosting events, publishing newsletters and producing an international awards program. www.intelligentcommunity.org.