Smart Cities Challenge Proposal Submitted and Team Contributions Recognized

More than 40 individuals from 20+ organizations were recognized for their contributions as members of the Smart Cities team in developing Fredericton and St. Mary’s First Nation’s final Smart Cities Challenge proposal at City Council tonight.

“We applaud and thank each one of you for your dedication, your insights and your incredible hard work that has been integral to making our Smart Cities Challenge bid a reality,” said City of Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien. “Because of your efforts, we have submitted a truly visionary and compelling proposal and successfully prototyped and tested several of the technologies and approaches in it. We’re very proud of what we think is a winning submission.”

“It only makes sense for us to come together as partners and work to make our communities a better place,” said St. Mary’s First Nation Chief Alan Polchies. “When we collaborate on this kind of visionary effort, it’s a win-win situation. We appreciate the efforts of all involved to help make our communities smarter and better able to meet the needs of all residents.”

Fredericton and St. Mary’s First Nation submitted the final proposal in March for the $10-million category of Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge. The Challenge winners will be announced on May 14.

The central vision for the proposal is as follows: Fredericton & St. Mary’s First Nation are collaborating to create an accessible, welcoming, supportive community, starting with youth, newcomers, older adults, and persons with mobility-related disabilities; recognizing what is important to individuals and connecting them to what matters most, empowering residents with personalized digital tools, data & technology that enable them to create an exceptional quality of life.

The proposal carries forward the main initiatives set out in the original application that involve not only the City of Fredericton and St. Mary’s First Nation, but also non-profit organizations, businesses, and academic partners. The key initiatives include the Digital Fredericton transformation, the Digital Community Hub (formerly Smart City Dashboard/Real-Time Census), as well as three other community initiatives: Doorable, Non-Profit Data Collaboration, and Road Home Digital Platform and Enablement. Each of these initiatives are designed to help identify residents’ unique needs and connect them to personalized services and resources that meet those needs using enhanced data tools.

To read the full proposal, view the video, learn about the main initiatives, see some of the prototypes and pilots, and read the more than 30 letters of support from community stakeholders, visit

Project teams 

  • Melissa Lunney - Appdigenous
  • Eugene Rolfe - Appdigenous
  • Andre Pelletier - RPC
  • Philip Curley - Hotspot 
  • Dr. Bill McIver - NBCC
  • James Blanchard - City of Fredericton
  • Haley Flaro - Ability NB
  • Josh Keyes - formerly of Stan Cassidy Centre, now Brilliant Labs
  • Mark MacLean - RPC 
  • Warren Maddox - Fredericton Homeless Shelters
  • Larry Shaw & Jaime Benoit - Ignite Fredericton
  • John Barrow - John Howard Society 
  • Lisa Edwards - Capital Region Mental Health & Addictions 
  • Julie Gallant Daigle Youth in Transition 
  • Faith McFarland - Community Action Group on Homelessness 
  • Joan Kingston - Downtown Community Health Centre 
  • Dr. Anna Robak - WSP 
  • Rob Lunn - City of Fredericton 
  • Chelsea Wilson - Accreon 
  • Dr. Jeff Rankin - UNB 
  • Sebastian Salazar-Chavez - City of Fredericton 
  • Tina Tapley - City of Fredericton 
  • Sandi MacKinnon - Greater Fredericton Social Innovation 
  • Bill MacKenzie - NB-Social Policy Research Network 
  • Melanie Buyting - NB Institute for Research, Data and Training 
  • Julia Stewart - Fredericton Public Library 
  • Dr. Jules Maitland - Civic Tech 
  • Kate Rogers - Fredericton Community Foundation 
  • Jeff Richardson - formerly of United Way 
  • Ted MacDonald -  NB Institute for Research, Data and Training 
  • Dr. John Coates - STU Professor Emeritus 
  • Valerie Kelly - City of Fredericton 
  • Bobbi Stillwell - Deloitte 
  • Greg MacQuarrie - Deloitte 
  • Bruce MacDonald - Rogers (retired) 

Core team 

  • Adam Bell - Smart Cities Task Force Chair, City of Fredericton 
  • Laurie Guthrie - Smart Cities Challenge Project Manager, City of Fredericton 
  • Meg Cumby - Proposal Writer and Communications 
  • Kim Nash-McKinley - St. Mary's First Nation Liaison, St. Mary's First Nation
  • Janice Legace - Researcher, City of Fredericton 
  • Mike LeBlanc - Innovation Advisor, Blue Spurs