RIMQ and City of Toronto Receive Top Honours from GTEC
November 5, 2013
Posted by: Alison Hermansen
were the exceptional performers in managing municipal IT projects in 2013? They were large municipalities from Central Canada, as selected by judges of the GTEC
group of large municipalities from Quebec
received top honours at GTEC’s 21st annual Distinction Awards Gala
on Monday, October 7, together with the City of Toronto and its chief
information officer, Rob Meikle.
largest government technology event, presents its Distinction Awards to organizations that
have excelled at managing information and communications technology at
municipal, federal and provincial levels.
A record number of municipal award submissions were received this year,
reports Kathryn Bulko, president of MISA/ASIM Canada and manager of client
relationships for the I&T Division of the City of Toronto.
to all the municipal medalists and honourees for their well-deserved
recognition,” Bulko said after the Distinction Awards Gala at the Ottawa
"It is important to see municipalities, provinces
and the federal government recognizing each other’s work. We all have the same goals and can build on
our combined successes.”
In the Excellence in Collaboration category, the
medal went to Reseau de l'informatique municipale du Quebec (RIMQ),
chapter of MISA/ASIM Canada, together with one of its special-interest groups
GVQ, or Grandes Villes du Quebec.
group comprises Boucherville-Brossard-Saint-Lambert, Gatineau,
Longueuil, Montreal, Quebec,
Terrebonne and Trois-Rivieres. They have
created a collaborative group for the development, acquisition, evolution and
working of computer systems.
group has attained Internet access at reduced cost for its members, and enabled
free web access for citizens at libraries or other local buildings. Since 2009 GVQ has also created and
implemented the Inter Cities Network Quebec project, a high-speed network on
which municipalities can host and maintain applications for each other.
The City of Toronto’s
Employment and Social Services division was the medal winner in the Excellence
in Public Service Delivery category for its City Services Benefit Card
Project. The customized, electronic
benefits card provides
easy accessibility to services, savings and security for residents, while
producing administrative efficiencies, streamlining processes and enhancing program
integrity for the City.
Toronto CIO Rob Meikle received
a personal honour as the recipient of the municipal medal in the category of
Leadership for the Next Generation. The
award was bestowed both for his work at Toronto
and at the City of Brampton,
where he was previously CIO. Meikle was lauded
the need for building a unified citizen-centric culture as a means for better
quality of life.
Four other municipalities were recognized as 2013 Distinction Awards Honourees for their innovative
projects involving information and communications technologies.
County of Grande Prairie, Alberta, was an honouree in the category of Excellence
in Public Service Delivery. Over six
years and through three phases, the County led an Internet tower project to
overcome a lack of broadband connectivity, resulting in improved
economic-development activity and quality of life.
the same category, the Office of the CAO in the City of Waterloo, Ontario, was
recognized for its PingStreet mobile application. Designed to facilitate seamless daily
interactions between citizens and multi-level government, PingStreet provides Waterloo citizens with
real-time access to location-based information highly relevant in their
City of Brampton, Ontario, was a third honouree in the Excellence in Public
Service Delivery category. It created
versatile GIS-based technology to implement a fire pre-incident planning
system, resulting in pre-plans rich in information, in a standardized format and
available to all firefighters at the scene of a fire or other emergency. Brampton Fire and Emergency Services worked
in collaboration with the Information Technology Division.
the Excellence in IT Operations Category, the City of Toronto’s
Social Development Finance & Administration, Social Policy Analysis &
Research Unit was an honouree for developing Wellbeing Toronto, a web mapping
and data visualization tool displaying more than 165 indicators of wellbeing