2016 Ottawa, Canada
Ottawa, Canada. Nominated as a Knowledge City-region.
As with other national capitals, the main business of Ottawa has long been government and the cities identity was that of a government town. During the 1990s and into the 21st century this identity began to shift. Ottawa has emerged as a world-class knowledge-based city. It is recognized as such in all research intensive centres in the US and Europe. Ottawa’s identity as a knowledge based city has emerged due to the internationally recognized organizations in all sectors of the economy. The public sector consists of internationally recognized research and educational institutions. Ottawa is home to major government research labs, including the Communications Research Centre (CRC) and the National Research Council (NRC). These labs, often in collaboration with local private firms, have produced many of the city’s key innovations. CRC and NRC have also created incubator facilities to assist in early stage growth and development of startup technology firms. Furthering its knowledge-based identity are the two internationally recognized universities: the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. In the private sector Ottawa-Gatineau is well positioned as a knowledge-based city with over 1,800 high tech companies employing over 79,000 high tech workers. Its international identity is distinctive with the presence of large multinationals, such as: Dell, CISCO, ADOBE, Corel, Mitel, JDS Uniphase, IBM, Alcatel-Lucent, RIM, and Nortel amongst many others.