The Sculpture Garden, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts ©Michel Dubreuil
Even though NewCities Foundation operates across five continents and explores urbanization around the world, it has launched a series of Montréal roundtables with local stakeholders on issues related to the city itself, crowdsourcing ideas that keep the Foundation grounded in the local community. Tourisme Montréal has further encouraged collaboration between local NGOs and design stakeholders — like the innovative annual business event C2 Montréal — which Rossant called a “win-win.”
“We feel very at home in Canada. The diversity of Montréal is stunning,” he said. “Especially in this day and age where you have in the United States barriers starting to be raised and questions asked about immigration and diversity, Canada has a very different feel for us.”
Summer evenings on rue Saint-Paul in Old Montréal ©Stéphan Poulin
As the host city for the NewCities Summit every other year for the foreseeable future, Montréal — which was named the Intelligent Community Forum’s “Intelligent Community of the Year” for 2016 — feels the same way about its newest resident.
“The mission of the NewCities Foundation is to build a better future for cities, in a context where they become engines of sustainable, social economic development for our societies,” Mayor Denis Coderre said in an interview last year. “We are very proud to welcome the NewCities Foundation to Montréal.”
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