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Evergreen welcomes the Government of Canada’s new Smart Cities Challenge

TORONTO, ONTARIO (November 23, 2017) — Evergreen, a national not-for-profit, applauds the launch of the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, a first-of-its-kind program that encourages communities across the country to develop and implement bold ideas to shape cities for the future. Yesterday, The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, outlined the details of the Canada-wide competition that is positioned to strengthen communities and improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and technology.

“Canadian cities are not only up for the challenge but poised to become global leaders in building resilient cities,” said Geoff Cape, CEO of Evergreen. “This new platform provides Canadians an exciting opportunity to participate in accelerating inclusive, low carbon innovations connecting across sectors to ensure our cities can flourish.”

This investment in cities of all sizes has the potential to create a new framework for a collaborative infrastructure within and across Canada’s cities, build innovation capacity, unlock private investment and demonstrate a more inclusive understanding of what a smart city is – one that reduces carbon emissions, enhances resilience and fosters inclusion.

Since its inception Evergreen has understood the power of bringing together private and not-for-profit sectors, industry experts and the public to accelerate change that will improve the lives of Canadians across the country. 

Put to the task, Canadians can create the best cities in the world to live, work and play.

For media information please contact:

Renee Tratch | PR & Promotions Officer| Evergreen | 416-596-1495 X 273 |

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About Evergreen: Since 1991, Evergreen has been helping cities flourish by working with other city builders to connect, collaborate and catalyze ideas into action. Evergreen’s unique approach integrates people, natural and built worlds to develop award-winning solutions with wide-scale benefits, such as the Evergreen Brick Works demonstration hub and social enterprise. For more information visit

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