Bryan Paterson

Shifting View

TBOP2017 ⋅ 1:09 ⋅ Filmed May 11, 2017

How does a city like Kingston become a leading hub for innovation and technological development? It starts with a shift in perspective. No longer are these exciting happenings relegated to the likes of London, Silicon Valley, or New York City — with a big vision, any city can make the shift — for the good of its economy, people, and community. Don’t believe it? Just hear from Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson on the vision that has helped shape the City of Kingston.

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City of Kingston


First of all, we've had to shift our view. When we talk about shifting our view, we're talking about going from on the left, would be a regional mindset where we would see Kingston within a region of a few hours drive in Eastern Ontario to continental mindset to a global mindset.

[00:21] And I really believe that one of the most amazing impacts from technology is that it's leveling the playing field. And so, in the 21st century city, you don't need to be a New York, or a London, or a Shanghai to make a global impact. You can be a smaller city. Kingston has a population of about 125,000 people, you add in our post-secondary population, we might get up to 150,000 but with technology we can make a global impact simply by identify what are our key assets and then leveraging and maximizing them to the fullest.

[00:59] So we need to shift our view.

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