Mayor Brenda Halloran
Brenda Halloran was re-elected as mayor of the City of Waterloo in October 2010. She represents the city on Waterloo regional council as well as on a number of boards and committees.
Prior to entering municipal politics, Mayor Halloran began her career as a registered nurse. She moved from the health-services industry to diverse management positions in the business sector. She developed her business acumen by holding executive positions in the transportation and logistics sector as well as the international import/export industry. Her years of working within the Canada Revenue Agency have provided her with skills in accounting, taxation, reviewing and assessing financial documents as well as payroll and customer service. She also honed her mediation and conflict-management skills while working as a dispute resolution advisor with the federal government.
Many honours have been bestowed upon Mayor Halloran. She recently received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award, the Alumni of Distinction Award from Conestoga College’s school of health and life sciences and community services and an honorary professorship from the Yunnan Normal University in China. She received the Wilfrid Laurier University Women of Resistance Award in 2005, was co-valedictorian of the Leadership Waterloo Region class of 2004 and received the Canada Revenue Agency Award of Excellence in 2002. Among other honours, she was nominated in 2006 for a K-W Oktoberfest Women of the Year Award in the community service category and is the current chair of the Intelligent Community Association.
Mayor Halloran is active in the community as a member of the International Women’s Forum of Canada, Zonta International and the Rotary Club of Waterloo. She is passionate about many issues, including health care, inclusion and affordable housing. Mayor Halloran was the driving force behind an advisory committee dedicated to assessing and improving age-friendliness, and Waterloo was named a member of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities in 2012.
Dan Mathieson is in his third term as Mayor of Stratford, Ontario, and sits on numerous Boards and Committees in healthcare, municipal affairs, law enforcement, athletics, not-for-profits, universities and colleges.
He is currently Chair of the Ontario Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and past Chair of the South West Economic Alliance (SWEA). He is a member of the Board of Directors of Festival Hydro and Rhyzome Networks, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Kings University College at the University of Western Ontario, the Advisory Board of the University of Waterloo-Stratford Campus and a founding Director of the Stratford Institute for Digital Media. Dan is also a Governor on the Board of i-Canada and is on the Advisory Board for Walsh University – Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community.
Dan was recently chosen by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, paying tribute to community leaders whose endeavours have set them apart as technology innovators.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Public Administration Degree from the University of Western Ontario.
John G. Jung
John is Chairman and Co-Founder of the global think-tank called the “Intelligent Community Forum” (ICF) (www.intelligentcommunity.org) headquartered in New York City. He is also the first President of the newly formed association of Intelligent Communities known as the Intelligent Community Forum Foundation (ICFF) representing a league of 120 intelligent communities around the world. He has published work on urban development, urban design, planning and economic development and addressed audiences worldwide on the topics of economic development, smart cities and international marketing of cities and urban regions. He is co-author of 3 books: Broadband Economies; Seizing Your Destiny and Brain Gain, as well as a series of books on strategies for creating successful smart cities. John has led city and provincial urban planning departments across Canada; acted as President and CEO of Economic Development Organizations in Toronto (GTMA) and Calgary (CEDA); is currently CEO of Canada’s Technology Triangle in the Waterloo Region; advised several international leaders and heads of government; and led or contributed to several other global initiatives, including work on Cyberport in Hong Kong, Toronto’s Waterfront and the Ontario Tech Corridor. John and his Co-Founders at ICF host an annual Summit in NYC focused on examining the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world for that year and organize conferences, seminars and workshops globally, this year in Taiwan and Ohio.
John has been covered by the international press and various business journals ranging from the BBC to NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CNN, CBS, NBC, CTV and CBC, among others. He is also a regular columnist for a global newsletter and blogs in New York City, San Francisco and Ontario. John sits on several international and local boards and committees such as the University of Waterloo Accelerator, Pragma Council and Prosperity Council in the Waterloo Region and the Canadian Urban Institute in Toronto and the Canadian-Australian Chamber of Commerce.
John is originally from New York, but has lived and worked around the world. He and his family currently reside in Toronto, Waterloo and Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.