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Nicholas Day, Metrolinx
Nick is the Senior Manager of Network Planning at Metrolinx. His team is responsible for the development of the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan's transit network through project evaluations, plans, studies, and guidelines. He is currently leading the work to evaluate the transit projects that are identified in the Regional Transportation Plan’s Frequent Rapid Transit Network. This includes over 70 rapid transit projects across a range of transit technologies, including priority bus, BRT, LRT, subway, and regional rail.
Prior to joining the Regional Planning team, Nick was the manager of the Modelling & Geomatics at Metrolinx, which provides long-term ridership forecasting and geospatial analysis services across the organization. In that role, he led Metrolinx’s operationalization of the Greater Golden Horseshoe forecasting model to support the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan and many ridership forecasts, data analyses, and maps for transit business cases and planning studies.
Nick also has over 10 years of experience as a project manager and discipline lead in the transportation consulting sector, spanning multi-modal transportation master plans, major highway and transit corridor studies, ridership forecasting, and intelligent transportation systems. This includes experience leading the development of high traffic operations systems in the United States, container terminal systems in the Middle East, and travel demand models in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. He holds a Bachelors of Applied Science Degree in Engineering Science and a Masters of Applied Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Through his current and past experience, Nick is familiar with the power of geospatial analysis and the clarity that a well-defined and visually pleasing map can provide. He believes that GIS tools and analysis are a key element of most transportation planning studies, visually bringing concepts and plans to life.
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Dan Mathieson, Mayor, City of Stratford
Insight: The City of Stratford has made significant investments in digital infrastructure. Stratford offers a citywide wireless network that includes 60 kilometers of buried fiber optic high speed internet cable and 400 communications towers. The presence of digital infrastructure has made Stratford the ideal real-life location to test new technology in a “living lab” environment. For example, Stratford has partnered with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) to position itself as Ontario’s first real life testing ground for autonomous vehicles. Stratford has also attracted a data center for one of Canada’s largest financial institutions, and has partnered with the University of Waterloo to open a satellite campus that offers a renowned digital media program. Stratford’s success demonstrates the importance of local innovation, and illustrates the economic development opportunities available to municipalities that invest in digital infrastructure.
Dan Mathieson is in his fifth term as Mayor of the City of Stratford and during his tenure, he has been a member of numerous boards and committees. He is currently the Chair of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), Past Chair of Kings University College at Western University, Chair of the Stratford Police Services Board, Board Member of Hampton Financial Corporation and serves on many local boards and organizations. Dan was awarded the Alumni Award of Excellence from the Master of Public Administration at Western University and he was the 2016 Western University, Public Administration Distinguished Lecturer in Residence. He has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Public Administration Degree from the University of Western Ontario. He is a graduate of the ICD.D Certification Program from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019
Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1
1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions
6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future
Day 2 Executive Forum is the second of Two full days of sessions planned to address the importance of geospatial and information to the successful realization of Smart initiatives. Topics will cover geospatial, privacy, data essentials, challenges, opportunities, and much more…
Select: May 2, Day 2.
BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Opening Insights re Smart
Jan Kestle, President, Environics Analytics
Insight: We live in an era of evidence-based decision-making. Businesses and governments alike are expected to use data and technology to make better and smarter decisions. But how well analysts use the wide variety of available data is the single biggest contributor to the outcome. Normalizing, weighting, standardizing, anonymizing and integrating all types of data to transform them into insights—that’s the challenge. Data scientists require in-depth knowledge of how the data were assembled, what is allowed under both the law and “good ethics” and what methods are best suited to which business problems.
In our view at Environics Analytics, GIS and spatial analysis experts have demonstrated over the past three decades that geography is the secret sauce in making big data usable. The popular tagline from Esri in the ’90s—“everything happens somewhere”—has never been more timely. Whether analysts are looking at overtly spatial problems or just trying to get an integrated view of citizens and patrons, spatial analysis is an underused “best practice” in privacy-compliant and accurate data transformation. And when we are looking at the development of SMART cities, the data sources and technology can be the foundation of transformative thinking.
At BeSpatial 2019 the world of public policy, technology, methodology, ethics and program delivery will come together in a single event with people and topics crossing the “silos”. The data are there. The tech is there. The question is whether the will is there to change the culture and move us forward to SMART? Join the dialogue—help make it happen.
Jan Kestle has been a leader in the marketing information industry for more than forty years. An expert in using statistics and mathematics to help solve business challenges, she directed the initiatives that led to the creation of EA’s PRIZM5 segmentation system, WealthScapes financial database and ENVISION5 business intelligence platform, among other data-based products.
Over the years, Jan has helped hundreds of customers—in industries ranging from finance and retail to the not-for-profit sector—turn data and analytics into insight, strategy and engagement. Prior to founding EA in 2003, Jan was president of Compusearch and spent 19 years at the Ontario Statistical Centre. Active in the marketing community, she is a member of the National Statistics Council, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Marketing Association and the Advisory Board of Ryerson University School of Geography. A frequent conference speaker, she is the recipient of a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Western Ontario.
Catherine Fitzgerald, President, BeSpatial and Manager, Information Services, Municipality of Chatham-Kent;
Lou Milrad, Public-Private Tech Alliances, former Chair and CEO of the GTMA (Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance) and a former President of BeSpatial / urisa ontario;
Roy Wiseman, former Executive Director, MISA/ASIM Canada and former CIO, Region of Peel;
Andrew Lyszkiewicz, Director, Strategy & Outreach, BeSpatial and former Head, Geospatial Centre, City of Toronto and
Sandra Crutcher, Executive Director, BeSpatial / urisa ontario
Join us on May 2, 2019 to learn some of the answers.
Select: Early Bird May 2, Day 2.
President, BeSpatial and Manager, Information Services, Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Insight from our President: GeoSpatial and Information Management professionals are critical partners in the development of Smart Cities. The expert members of BeSpatial connect patterns with place and develop data into insights. The BeSpatial Geospatial professional community has a leadership role to play in protecting private information while developing partnerships for data sharing and supporting information rich communities.
Director, Strategy & Outreach, BeSpatial and, former Head, Geospatial Centre, City of Toronto.
Insight: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact - Geospatial is about geography and spatial relationships. Geography provides the location to connect otherwise disconnected data. Spatial relationships provide location-based intelligence. Therefore, geospatial creates business value and social impact.
former Executive Director, MISA/ASIM, Canada, former CIO, Region of Peel
Insight: Fundamental to the notion of a smart city is the idea of using technology to improve services provided by the city to its residents and visitors. Increasingly, this has meant using smart devices to gather data, much/most of it location-based, on both the state of the city’s infrastructure, as well as the needs and activities of its people, as they navigate through our community. This new smart city paradigm provides both major opportunities and major challenges: the opportunities relate to how we can gather, analyze and make the best use of these mountains of data; the challenges are about taking advantage of these opportunities, while respecting fundamental rights to privacy. Our BeSpatial/BeSmart 2019 Executive Forum will explore both the challenges and the opportunities – and finding the right balance.
Public-Private Tech Alliances, former Chair and CEO of the GTMA (Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance) and a former president of BeSpatial / urisa ontario
Insight: What are the fundamentals of a Smart City? ...
According to the Smart Cities Council, ubiquitous broadband telecommunications is a prerequisite for a Smart City” while it must also be livable, sustainable and competitive. Global competitiveness, coupled with both domestic and foreign investment attraction and the potential for new job creation coupled with enhanced tax revenues have been significant driving factors in larger cities. While larger communities are typically better able to organize for the implementation of high-speed Internet availability throughout their respective business and neighbourhoods, thereby enabling transition to a smart city, implementation of “reliable and affordable high-speed” community broadband in rural and northern communities traditionally has been most challenging. What are the fundamentals of a Smart City and how do they apply to the community in which I live, and the one in which I work? What are some of the associated political, legal and business challenges?
Where to start and how to transform into a smart community; of what value is previously digitized land-related data? For example, will it create foundations for roadway and transportation-related sensor locations. Similarly, the ability to utilize enhanced business and location data as a tool for attracting new investment into the community as well as retaining current businesses. What about the fairly recent Canada and Ontario governments broadband funding announcements regarding connectivity in rural and northern communities, do they apply to my community? Will evolving public-private sector collaboration produce funding and construction resources so as to also enable access and implementation of “ reliable and affordable high-speed”community broadband in rural and northern communities?
Join us May 2, 2019 to learn some of the answers.
Select: BeSmart_Executive Forum May 2, Day 2.
Dr. Tracey Lauriault
Assistant Professor of Critical Media and Big Data, Carleton University
Insight: Data and related data technologies are core infrastructure for cities and are more that IT and operations, and I would argue that smart city technologies should be part of urban plans and be discussed with residents...
Director, Environmental Compliance, Risk & Sustainability, University Health Network (UHN)
Insight: The use of “smart building” technologies and analytics holds a lot of promise for both optimizing building operations and managing energy use. However, implementation of smart building technologies can be challenging for older and complex buildings such as hospitals. There is a great potential for smart buildings in healthcare and some good results to date.
Manager, Analytics & Innovation, Toronto Police
Insight: The Toronto Police Service innovation and analytics approach has found success in integrating it’s Enterprise GIS system to deliver solutions within the organization.
President, Environics Analytics
Insight: We live in an era of evidence-based decision-making. Businesses and governments alike are expected to use data and technology to make better and smarter decisions... stay tuned as more to come from our featured Keynote in next eNews.
Moderator, Jury Konga
Ambassador, Open Knowledge Canada
The Executive Forum will consist of an opening Insights followed by 6 Topic panels using a moderated Q&A format on the topics as listed below.
Dr. Tracey P. Lauriault
Insight: Data and related data technologies are core infrastructure for cities and are more that IT and operations, and I would argue that smart city technologies should be part of urban plans and be discussed with residents. These large technological systems not only manage and monitor infrastructure, they are infrastructure that involve, data, code, algorithms, apps, sensors, and platforms that will manage traffic, utilities, equipment and bridges, but also, they are technologies that observe, survey and nudge social behaviour. It might therefore be time for social and technological impact assessments – social, environment, economic, and public good. We will need to apply systems thinking across all business units, from social services to transit, and integrated across digital strategies, open government and data, and procurement. The ideals of open smart cities are moving us in that direction, and it might be better to start that opening consultative processes now before we get locked into large technological solutions that may not be in the public interest.
Dr. Tracey P. Lauriault is Assistant Professor in Critical Media and Big Data, Communication and Media Studies, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University and Cross Appointed to the MA in Digital Humanities. Her work on open and big data and open smart cities, is international, transdisciplinary and multi-sectoral. She is one of the founders of the new domain of critical data studies and of open data in Canada and has expertise in data infrastructures, spatial media and smart cities. (less than 100 words) (Affiliations, pick the ones you think will resonate with your community) As a board member of the Institute for Data Science she bridges computer science, social theory and public policy. She serves on the multi-stakeholder forum for Canadian Open Government Civil Society Network, is on the Board for Open North Canada, and is a research associate with the Manyooth University Social Science Institute in Ireland, the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University and the Centre for Law Technology and Society at Ottawa University and the Steering Committee for Research Data Canada.
Stay Tuned for more featured panelists coming soon!
Join us on May 2, 2019 to hear insights on a variety of Smart topics at the BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact - Geospatial is about geography and spatial relationships. Geography provides the location to connect otherwise disconnected data. Spatial relationships provide location-based intelligence. Therefore, geospatial creates business value and social impact.
Select: BeSmart Executive Forum May 2, Day 2.
Director of Environmental Compliance, Risk and Sustainability, University Health Network (UHN)
Insight: The use of “smart building” technologies and analytics holds a lot of promise for both optimizing building operations and managing energy use. However, implementation of smart building technologies can be challenging for older and complex buildings such as hospitals. In addition to giving an overview of the potential for smart buildings in healthcare, I will present an overview of the University Health Network’s ongoing investigation into the technology and some of the results to date.
Ed Rubinstein is the University Health Network’s Director of Environmental Compliance, Risk and Sustainability. He’s been leading the hospital’s many environment programs since 1999 and has helped UHN become a leader in environmental sustainability in health care.
Both UHN and Ed’s leadership in the field of “greening health care” have been acknowledged with several awards, including from the Ontario Hospital Association, Canadian College of Health Leaders, Natural Resources Canada, Practice Greenhealth and the Canadian Council of Ministers for the Environment; Ed was recognized as one of “Canada’s Clean 16” in 2018.
Manager, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Toronto Police Intelligence Unit
Insight: The Toronto Police Service innovation and analytics approach has found success in integrating it’s Enterprise GIS system to deliver solutions within the organization.