Agenda 2017-07-11T14:52:03+00:00
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Introductory & Closing Remarks

Jan De Silva
Jan De SilvaPresident & CEO
Toronto Region Board of Trade

Opening Remarks

His Worship Mayor John Tory
His Worship Mayor John Tory Mayor of Toronto

Panel 1

Next steps on the Smart Cities Working Group Report
to the City of Toronto

Questions explored:

How can Toronto do more with less and deliver services in the smartest and most affordable
way while improving quality of life for all its citizens? What role can the private sector play?

Moderator: Justin Trevan, Associate Principal, Digital Consulting Leader Canada, Arup & Co-Chair, Smart Cities Working Group

Carl Bodimeade

SVP, Business Development, Hatch

Mike Williams

General Manager, Economic Development & Culture Division,
City of Toronto

Rob Meikle

Chief Information Officer, City of Toronto

Dr. Sara Diamond

President & CEO, OCAD University

Morning Keynote

Marc Miller

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure & Communities

Panel 2

The Building Blocks for Participating in Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge Competition

Questions explored:

What are key lessons learned from winning cities in the US and Europe that are applicable to Toronto?
What are the key ingredients for Toronto to position itself to win Smart Cities Challenge competition?

Moderator: Steve Van Binsbergen, Senior Director, Ontario Public Sector, Rogers

Dr. Patricia McCarney

President & CEO, World Council on City Data

Dave Telka

Managing Director, Canada Health & Public Sector Digital and Client Account Lead, Accenture

Birgit Kredel

Corporate Vice President, Siemens AG, Munich

Omar A. Rashid

Lead for City of Toronto, Microsoft Canada Inc.

Interactive Breakout Sessions

How do we deliver smart solutions?

Participants were split into five topics: delivery of inclusive City services; retention of creative and digital talent; procurement-related challenges; harnessing our innovation ecosystem; and regional collaboration.


How can we improve collaboration between government, the private sector,
NGOs and academia to make Toronto a smarter region?

Co-Moderators: Stewart McKendry, PwC & Grant Coffey, Manager, Strategic Planning,
Policy & Standards, City of Toronto


How can we better develop, attract & retain digital talent in the Toronto region?

Co-Moderators: Andrew Do, Policy Advisor, Brookfield Institute & Linda Hazzan, Director, Communications, Programming and Customer Engagement, Toronto Public Library


How can we tackle key policies such as procurement and funding to improve innovation
in Toronto and across all levels of government?

Moderator: Michael Cihra, Vice President, Internet of Things, TELUS


What specific actions can we undertake to better enhance, liaise and showcase Toronto’s innovation ecosystem‎? What measurable outcomes can we hope to achieve?

Co-Moderators: David Kamnitzer, Director & Sr. Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems IBI Group & Susan Viegas, Senior Advisor, Toronto Economic Development and Culture, City of Toronto


How can we develop the Smarter Toronto narrative to raise the profile of
Toronto as a Smart City on the world stage?

Moderator: Michael Sutherland, Director, Urban Solutions

Afternoon Keynote

State of the Art Smart Cities

An internationally recognized civic leader shares experiences and insights on what a sustainable,
innovative, smart city looks like.

David Graham, Deputy Chief Operating Officer – Neighbourhood Services, City of San Diego

Panel 3

Smart Cities Incubator & Innovation Ecosystem

Questions explored:

How can a smart cities ecosystem tackle civic and corporate challenges?

What new ideas and Toronto-based initiatives are already taking place?

Moderator: Tom Rand,  Managing Partner, MaRS and ArcTern Ventures

Bilal Khan

Executive Director, One Eleven

Mike Cotton

Director of Zone Startups Sports & Media, Ryerson Futures

Kristina Verner

Vice President, Innovation, Sustainability & Prosperity, Waterfront Toronto

Gabe Sawhney

Executive Director, Code for Canada