Introductory & Closing Remarks
Next steps on the Smart Cities Working Group Report
to the City of Toronto
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
SVP, Business Development, Hatch
General Manager, Economic Development & Culture Division,
City of Toronto
Chief Information Officer, City of Toronto
Dr. Sara Diamond
President & CEO, OCAD University
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure & Communities
The Building Blocks for Participating in Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge Competition
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
Managing Director, Canada Health & Public Sector Digital and Client Account Lead, Accenture
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.
BREAKOUT #1: COLLABORATE
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
BREAKOUT #2: CATALYZE
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
BREAKOUT #3: CONNECT
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
BREAKOUT #4: CO-CREATE
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
BREAKOUT #5: COMMUNICATE
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
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
Smart Cities Incubator & Innovation Ecosystem
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
Executive Director, One Eleven
Director of Zone Startups Sports & Media, Ryerson Futures
Vice President, Innovation, Sustainability & Prosperity, Waterfront Toronto
Executive Director, Code for Canada