IRIS attends ITACS Smart Cities Summit

Smart Cities Technologies Summit

On February 26, 2019, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), together with the City of Brampton, hosted a full-day event looking at technology for smart cities and will explore ICT applications to help cities and municipalities develop their own innovative applications to best serve their citizens’ needs.

Over the last half century, two trends have re-shaped Canada’s development.  First, there has been an accelerating move of Canadians to big cities.  The second has been the expansion of connected technologies into virtually every area of our lives.   We now use connected devices to work, shop, date, stay connected with family and engage in our communities.

The Smart Cities Technologies Summit was a collaborative discussion engaging government at all levels with a broad section of the technology sector.

Peel’s journey towards Smart Cities inititatives

Peel’s journey towards Smart Cities inititatives

Privacy and our role to protect it.

Ann Cavoukian, Three-term Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and Distinguished Expert-in-Residence at the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University spoke about securing the privacy and security of smart city residents - which is a crucial but often a last priority of commercial tech giants. What is Privacy by Design?

Privacy by Design: The Global Framework explores the challenges inherent in delivering the benefits of digital technologies in tandem with the need to process personal information and protect privacy.

High profile breaches, surveillance initiatives and government secrecy give the impression that privacy and control over one’s personal information are an after-thought, and that privacy measures are introduced only to correct a negative incident, after the fact. Dr. Cavoukian’s Privacy by Design approach counters popular misconceptions that privacy is an obstacle to the efficient and timely delivery of technological services, offering a framework that enables the delivery of both.

Ann Cavoukian, Three-term Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and Distinguished Expert-in-Residence at the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University

Ann Cavoukian, Three-term Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and Distinguished Expert-in-Residence at the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University

Welcome Remarks:  Mayor Patrick Brown, City of Brampton

Keynote Speakers 

  • Joseph Pittari, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton

  • Lawrence Eta, Deputy CIO, City of Toronto

Human Mobility Panel

  • Annalise Czerny, Executive VP, PRESTO

  • Tracey DeLeeuw, Commercial Technology Products Leader, Global Markets, EY

  • Laurens Lapré, CGI’s intelligent transport systems and mobility services, Netherlands

Data Privacy & Security

  • Ann Cavoukian – Three-term Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence, Ryerson University

  • Paul Haynes – President & COO, eSentire

  • Deborah Evans, Chief Privacy Officers, Rogers Communications

  • Franz Gangl, Director, Professional Services and Principal Consultant, Digital Transformation, Ricoh

Modernizing City Based Services & Civic Innovation

  • Salomon Solinas, Global Leader, Accenture Smart Cities Practice

  • Katherine Kulson, CIO, City of Brampton

  • Karthi Bala, Deputy Chief Information Officer

  • Sean Baird, Commissioner of Digital & Information Services at Region of Peel

Digital Transformation Networks

  • Jarnail Chudge, Innovation Architect, Microsoft Research (UK)

  • Geoff Eaton, Senior Solutions Architect,  Ciena (ENCQOR 5G)

  • Alison Brooks, Research Director, Smart Cities Strategies, Public Safety, IDC