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Windsor/Essex County in the Smart21

When I heard that Windsor/Essex County was recognized as one of the 21 smartest communities in the world, I have to admit that I felt some pride.

In short, a “smart community” is a community that has made a conscious effort to use information technology to transform life and work within its region in significant and fundamental, rather than incremental ways. 

My family immigrated to Canada in 1976 and although I feel like a citizen of the planet, my most formative years were spent in Ontario, Canada.  I graduated from W.D. Lowe Secondary in Windsor in 1980 and then from the University of Waterloo in 1984 where I studied Math and Computer Science. 

Living in Arizona now with my own family, I still find myself saying “I’m going back home to visit mom” and so somehow the notion of home and Windsor are still strongly connected in my brain. 

On my most recent trip back “home” I attended the Nov 12th 2009 meeting of the Softech Alliance of which InfoSol Canada Inc is a member.  Brian Gregg, the Chief Administrative Officer for the county of Essex shared with us the good news about Windsor/Essex County being recognized as one of the top 21 smartest communities in the world and encouraged businesses to look to the future and participate in helping Windsor/Essex County to make it to the top 7 a stepping stone towards being #1. 

When InfoSol Inc. incorporated InfoSol Canada Inc. back in the last quarter of 2007, we chose Windsor for many reasons.  Our specialty is the deployment of Business Intelligence solutions.  BI solutions start with asking the right questions.  Back at the office in Phoenix this week, I find myself brainstorming with colleagues both in Phoenix and in Windsor, asking questions that will help us find ways in which InfoSol can play a more major part in keeping Windsor on the world map.

About Yolande

Yolande Grill is the COO at InfoSol Inc. "I like to think of myself as the Chief Transformation Officer. My favorite quote to ponder is one from Trina Paulus: 'How Exactly does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so badly, that you are willing to give up being a catterpillar'. I love feeling inspired."

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  1. Surely you will find the Answer to keep Windsor on worlds map. One more of these blog writer that I will like to follow in future.

  2. I recently visited Ontario and enjoyed the blessings of Mother Nature in that state. Never knew, Windsor has this side to it. Thats informative. Intrestingly, I have the same background, Math & CS and studied and worked in Calgary for 5 years. Canada is always close to my heart.

  3. Althought Windsor/Essex County did not make it into the top 7 communities, they still have my vote of confidence… you can read and watch the announcement here. http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=433&category=Partner%20News