Open Smart Communities: Emerging Issues

Join Open North for a series of webinars on emerging open smart community issues.

As Canadian communities across the country explore smart city initiatives, there is a pressing need to better understand the opportunities and risks presented by data and emerging technologies.



We are thrilled to announce the launch of our summer webinar series on Open Smart Communities. These webinars will explore themes that emerged from research briefs to provide insight on local challenges from an open smart city lens, describe their importance and provide key considerations for communities.

Infrastructure & Sustainability – June 16

Food Policy & Data Collaboration – June 30

Technology Procurement & Shared Mobility – July 12

Smart Home Technology- Facilitated Violence – July 28

Open Smart Communities: The Role of Infrastructure and Sustainability

June 16, 12PM ET

This first webinar will focus on the role of infrastructure and sustainability in the open smart city. The panelists will explore the theme of green infrastructure, discussing the role and importance of sustainability data in the open smart city and how the ongoing pandemic has shifted our need and use of this data. As well as the concept of the state of good repair, and how it extends to digital infrastructure.


Dr. Pamela Robinson, Director and Professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University

Jackie Lu, Data Lead at the Mozilla Foundation & co-founder of Helpful Places

Sophie Nitoslawski, PhD Candidate in Urban Forestry and Sustainable Development Fellow at the University of British Columbia

Nourishing Smart City Solutions: Data Collaboration and Food Policy

June 30, 12PM ET

Drawing lessons from efforts to address food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic in Montreal, this webinar will explore the issue of data collaboration among local community partners. The pandemic underlined the critical role of local governments and grassroots organizations in rapidly responding to complex economic and social challenges, which requires collaboration across a wide range of actors with varying degrees of knowledge and capacity to meet local community needs.


Rachel Begg, PhD Candidate at Concordia University and Community Organizer at the NDG Community Council

Anne Marie Aubert, Coordinator at the Conseil du Système Alimentaire Montréalais (Montreal Food System Council)

Karine Saboui, Research Analyst, Open North

The event is finished.


Jul 14 2021


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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