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  • February 24, 2019 1:18 PM | Anonymous

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    Panelists:

     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...

     Ed Rubinstein

    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.

      Ian Williams

    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. 

      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... stay tuned as more to come from our featured Keynote in next eNews.

     Moderator,  Jury Konga

    Ambassador, Open Knowledge Canada


  • February 24, 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    You're Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

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    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.

    Featured Presenter

     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!

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and political challenges in data collection and access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

    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. 

    Register Select: BeSmart Executive Forum May 2, Day 2.

  • February 23, 2019 9:43 AM | Anonymous

     Ed Rubinstein

    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.

    You're Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

    RegisterToday! 

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and political challenges in data collection and access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge

    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future


  • February 22, 2019 3:48 PM | Anonymous

    Ian Williams

    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.

    Ian Williams is currently the Manager of the Business Intelligence and Analytics Unit within the Chief’s Office at the Toronto Police Service. Ian provides leadership and management of information through governance, project management and data analytics initiatives throughout the organization. Ian is also the Service’s lead on innovation and engagement with startups. Ian has spent the past 10 years at the Toronto Police Service where he has been involved in Organized Crime, Terrorism, and Human Trafficking projects leading up to his current role. Ian has Masters Degrees in Public Policy, Administration & Law, as well as in Spatial Analysis. He also holds a BA in Geographic Analysis as well as a Graduate Diploma’s in Justice System Administration and International & Security Studies.

    You're Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

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    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and Political Challenges in Data Collection and Access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge

    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

  • February 20, 2019 12:07 PM | Anonymous

     Video Lead-in to Panel 2: Legal and political challenges in data collection and access

      Dr. Ann Cavoukian

    Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University

    "If you want your business to succeed, lead by gaining the trust of your customers. The best way to do this is by ensuring that their privacy is respected and their data are strongly protected. Embedding privacy, by design, into your operations builds trust and loyalty like no other -- leading to a strong competitive advantage: Win/Win!"

    Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an international standard. Since then, PbD has been translated into 40 languages

    She is presently the Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University. Dr. Cavoukian is also a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and Political Challenges in Data Collection and Access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

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  • February 17, 2019 5:14 PM | Anonymous

    David Fell

    CEO, Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN)

    Insight:  The EORN PPP Model is based on a fundamental principle of market failure in which public demand for high speed internet access is not being sufficiently addressed in rural regions by private sector ISP’s due to the high cost of building broadband infrastructure. Using an evidence-based and data-driven approach to identify market failure in a region, allows governments to invest the minimum amount of public funding necessary to stimulate the maximum amount of private investment that will be required to close the market failure gap.

    David is currently the CEO of the Eastern Ontario Regional Broadband Network (EORN). This Public-Private Partnership (PPP) has invested over $175 million into Eastern Ontario to extend high speed broadband access for rural residents. Prior to his position with EORN, David spent 7 years as Vice President, founder, and co-owner of an eLearning software company called Operitel. Operitel was recognized in 2008 by Profit Magazine as one of Canada’s Top 100 fastest growing profitable companies (on revenues from 2002- 2007). It was also recognized as one of Canada’s Top 50 fastest growing companies in 2006 - PROFIT HOT 50 based on sales growth of 195 percent over two years (2004-2005).

    David is Past Chair of the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation (GPAEDC) and current Chair of the United Way of Peterborough and District. He completed his Executive MBA at Queen’s University in 2010, and co-authored with Dr. Gary Woodill and Ms. Sheryl Herle: The Mobile Learning Edge: Tools & Technology for Developing Your Teams Wherever They Are, published September 2010 by McGraw-Hill.

    You're Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

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    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and Political Challenges in Data Collection and Access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge

    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

  • February 17, 2019 11:33 AM | Anonymous

     John Henry

    Regional Chair and CEO, Regional Municipality of Durham

    Insight: Durham recently approved a Broadband Strategy and Action Plan to guide us toward a digitally-connected Region. Our society and economy increasingly rely on online interactions. The Region must embrace and enable this evolution to attract investment. Fast, effective broadband infrastructure is vital to internet-enabled data-driven technologies that now propel business growth. The Region’s competitiveness and ability to grow and diversify our economy depends on reliable digital connectivity. All levels of government play a role in ensuring investments in connectivity. Partnerships and collaboration will be essential to defining, developing and continuing to grow a broadband network to serve all of Durham.

    Elected as Durham’s Regional Chair and CEO in 2018, John Henry served as the Mayor of Oshawa from 2010-2018, and Regional Councillor for Oshawa’s Ward 5 from 2006-2010. He has previously served as a member of the Regional Planning & Economic Development Committee, as Chair of the Durham Region Local Housing Corporation, member of the Durham Region Transit Executive Committee and the Durham Environmental Advisory Committee. Born and raised in Oshawa and a dedicated volunteer, John has a vested interest in the future development, prosperity and quality of life for Durham residents, while keeping a close eye on fiscal responsibility. John is a graduate of R.S. McLaughlin C.V.I., Durham College, George Brown College and Panasonic’s Corporate School. He is also a trained Industrial Fire Fighter, Ice Rescue Specialist and Dive Rescue Specialist. Regional Chair Henry and his wife Katherine, a retired Pharmacist, have two daughters, Danielle who is a Speech Pathologist and Jessica, who is an Officer for the Royal Canadian Army and working towards a degree in Dentistry at McGill University.

    You're Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

    REGISTER Today! 

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and Political Challenges in Data Collection and Access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge

    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future


  • February 16, 2019 4:54 PM | Anonymous

      Dr. Helen Hambly

    Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development in the Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Guelph.

    Insight:  An infrastructure investment such as a fibre optic network cannot be managed if it can't be measured. Data to inform decision-making for planning and evaluating broadband investment is one of the key constraints affecting investment in digital economies. The social benefit of internet is evidenced with quality and quantity of data, collected over time.  Several key points for accessing and stewarding data for broadband will be highlighted in this discussion.  

    Dr. Helen Hambly is an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development in the Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Guelph.

    Dr. Hambly research crosses information, communication and rural society. Her expertise lies in communication for social and environmental change, innovation research methods and data science. She leads the R2B2project.ca Ontario’s largest public-private partnership (P3) funded research initiative for rural internet. The project conducts geospatial and econometric analysis for evidence-based decision-making for public investment in regional and rural broadband.

    Before joining the University of Guelph, Dr. Hambly worked in international R&D programs. She has professional work experience with The World Bank, United Nations and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Her expertise covers topics such as knowledge mobilization and information and communication technologies for social inclusion and agricultural innovation. Helen grew up on a family farm near Guelph, Ontario.

    You're Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

    REGISTER Today! 

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and Political Challenges in Data Collection and Access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

  • January 30, 2019 4:41 PM | Anonymous


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  • December 15, 2018 12:14 PM | Anonymous


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    The BeSpatial Student Bursary program offers a $500 bursary for the student who wins the Geospatial and information project competition in the current submission year. This is a great opportunity for students to get name recognition and begin participating in the BeSpatial community.

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