Maurice Gallant Receives 2014 Peter Bennett Award
Maurice Gallant, a quiet revolutionary who has been a leading figure in municipal IT progress in Eastern Canada for many years, has been honoured with the Peter Bennett Award.
Gallant was presented with the coveted award during the Municipal CIO Summit – an event he helped to create – in Banff on April 11.
Gallant is chief information officer and director of information, improvement and innovation for the City of Fredericton. He also heads the City’s municipally owned telecommunications company and has been influential at several levels.
At national and international levels, Gallant has been a leader of initiatives that have brought Fredericton outsized recognition for a city of about 57,000. Most recently Fredericton received a Willis Award for Innovation from the Canadian Association of Municipal Innovators for its telecommunications company, eNovations, which has delivered “intelligent infrastructure” to the community.
Gallant is president and CEO of eNovations. In 2003 he led the implementation of a free WiFi network called Fred-eZone throughout the city, the first of its kind in North America.
Gallant also helped Fredericton become a finalist in the global 2008 Intelligent Communities competition, and the first ISO 9000 registered municipality in Canada.
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