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Stantec named to Newsweek’s Top 100 Smart Cities Partners

Inaugural Newsweek Momentum Awards recognize people, cities, and organizations pushing the envelope on digital innovation


Leading global design firm Stantec has been recognized by Newsweek as one of the Top 100 Smart City Partners in the publication’s inaugural Momentum Awards, along with others helping to usher in a new era of city building. In describing the firm’s place within the group, Newsweek notes that Stantec “helps build state-of-the-art utilities, public spaces, and buildings.” The honor is the culmination of a growth year for smart city activities at Stantec, which included the release of one of the most high-profile smart city proposals in the world.

“From comprehensive research and groundbreaking project work to our smart cities Idea Hackathon, 2019 has been the year of the smart city for Stantec,” said Nancy MacDonald, Stantec’s Smart Cities Lead. “The work we’ve done this year has moved the needle in our mission to design communities that put people first.”

A Community-First Design for Quayside in Toronto
In June, Sidewalk Labs publicly released its Master Innovation Development Plan (MIDP) for the Quayside District, a proposed 12-acre community in Toronto’s Port Lands. The plan rethinks how infrastructure can be designed in a people-first community, and Stantec’s innovative approach to infrastructure features heavily in the MIDP. Anchored by a strong Toronto team, Stantec engaged top planners, engineers, designers, transportation, freight, power grid, and water infrastructure experts from across North America to develop its design for the plan, which was submitted to Waterfront Toronto, the government agency overseeing the development, and is now under review.

The Stantec Idea Hackathon
On June 25 and 26, more than 50 participants across the public and private sectors and academia participated in the Stantec Idea Hackathon at The Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto. Participants formed teams dedicated to tackling a challenge statement: How can we use technology to ensure Toronto is a thriving, livable, and resilient city for all? Competing teams balanced imagination with practicality to contribute to challenging discussions on the future of city building, which culminated in the publication of a digital Idea Book.

A Global Survey of 100 Cities
In November, ESI ThoughtLab announced the key findings from its Building a Hyperconnected City research, a year-long global study co-sponsored by Stantec and other industry partners. The survey included 100 metro centers using technology to improve, connect, and secure areas of their urban ecosystem. The study reveals smart city best practices and shows how cities can become “hyperconnected” hubs generating economic, social, and environmental benefits by linking key elements of their urban landscape—including transportation, public health, energy, water, security, and sustainability.

Learn more about Stantec’s smart city work across the globe HERE

About Stantec
Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We're designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN.

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