Tina Groves has worked in the data and analytics field for over 20 years, from developer to product manager to portfolio strategy. Two years ago, Tina Groves leveraged her network and contributed her expertise to co-chair the Ottawa Chapter of Data for Good, a community of volunteer data professionals who provide pro-bono data analytics services to local non-profits. In this role, Tina has embraced the open data movement and its potential to assist the social sector in improving its services and measuring its impact.
Janusz is passionate about open data and its potential to improve people’s lives. It is a conduit for storytelling and efficiency. It enhances Corporate and citizen engagement, decision making, collaboration, and innovation. With open access to data, you enable business intelligence, advanced analytics, and storytelling. He has worked for the City of Calgary for over 12 years and is currently an Open Data Strategist in the Corporate Analytics and Innovation business unit.
In his spare time, he loves to travel around the world and he has seen a lot of North America, Europe and some of the Middle East. These cultural experiences have enrichened his appreciation for diversity and inclusion. Happily married with two lovely daughters, he enjoys the outdoors immensely and loves to stay active through hiking, volleyball, racket sports, and skiing.
Daniel Haight is an award-winning sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta and the President and co-founder of Darkhorse Analytics. He is a Certified Analytics Professional and has spoken at numerous conferences across North America. These include the keynote at the Rocky Mountain Business Seminar, as well as the 2014 Smart City Symposium, the Western Canada Cyber Summit, and the National Chain of Survival conference in Calgary.
His work has spanned healthcare, energy, professional sports, and transportation. He started his career at Mercer Management Consulting in Toronto advising senior management and jet-setting around the continent. Subsequently, he nearly made millions of dollars in a small Internet start-up. Instead, he enjoyed the magnificent failure of the dotcom bust.
He has been profiled on the Discovery Channel (hockey analytics) and is the founder of the Lunchalytics – a speaker series that aims to grow the analytics community. His current work focuses on predictive analytics and data visualization. His goal is to help managers make better decisions by combining their experience with the power of analytics.
Established in 2011, OpenNorth is Canada’s leading nonprofit organization specialized in open data. Through applied research, infrastructure development, policy analysis, engagement strategies and capacity building, and tech solutions, such as its online CitizenBudget simulator deployed by more than 75 municipalities in North America, OpenNorth enhances transparency, accountability, and civic participation. OpenNorth is actively involved in the OpenGovernmentPartnership, co-organized the first global OpenCitiesSummit, is a Steward of the Open Data Charter, and an anchor of the International Open Data Conference. Open North works with government, media, the social/private sectors, and co-founded the Canadian Open Government Civil Society Network.
Jean-Noé has more than 15 years of international democracy development experience and is a leading open data expert. He also cofounded Connexite-MTL, a data driven social innovation incubator, and citizen-lead MontrealOuvert and QuebecOuvert.
Mark Archibald is the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Manager of Applied Research Operations.
Mark has 37 years of polytechnic and applied research experience in electronics technology. After graduating with an honors diploma in electronics engineering technology from NAIT, Mark worked for a high technology start up in Edmonton before moving to Microtel Pacific Research in Burnaby, BC to work on early high-speed data networks and satellite communication systems. In 1985 he joined NAIT as an electronics instructor.
While at NAIT Mark earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and moved into leadership roles as an assistant program head, then program chair for several electronics programs. In 2007 Mark returned to his roots in applied research by taking the position of chair of applied research within NAIT’s school of engineering technology. Mark is transitioning into the role of Applied Research Operations Manager for School of Applied Sciences and Technology.
Heather Reed-Fenske is the Chief Information Technology Officer of the City of Calgary.
Heather’s role is to enable City business units to use technology to deliver services to citizens. She oversees the investment, delivery, and sustainment of the City’s technology infrastructure and leads planning for the development and growth of City business applications and communication systems. Her 26-year career with the City of Calgary has spanned several other business areas. This included leading the 2009-11 Corporate-wide business planning and budgeting process, managing the move to a Corporate ERP (PeopleSoft), development of the City’s eGov/Digital strategy including the move to Open Data and management of major technology infrastructure projects.
Heather’s high energy, skills, and leadership were tested during Calgary’s 2013 flood where she directed the IT team to successfully respond to and resolve many mission-critical IT business issues. Heather is also a visionary and a strategic thinker. She believes in supporting her teams to be solution-focused in their service to the many business units Information Technology serves every day. Her number one priority is to cultivate Information Technology’s leaders and staff to deliver business results to The City. Heather lives by the credo that “every conversation counts”. She believes this is especially important when engaging with City staff about their contributions to making Calgary a great place to live.
Raquel is the Digital Public Spaces Librarian at the Edmonton Public Library (EPL). In this role, she works on projects such as EPL’s local music label, “Capital City Records”, Canada 150 Digital Storytelling and Open Data initiatives.
Raquel’s background ranges from film-making, community-building and social justice work, communication technologies, mapping, creative writing, environment and forestry to Indigenous relations. She obtained her MLIS from the University of British Columbia’s iSchool@UBC with a First Nations Curriculum Concentration.
Laura has a track record of disrupting the status quo to bring about results. Her knowledge of, and interest in, systems change, service design and human motivation form a lens through which to consider new ways of working together. After more than a decade working in the federal public service, she’s come to believe that working across boundaries – sectors, disciplines, and organizations – results in better outcomes for everyone. In guiding individuals and teams, Laura shows an unwavering commitment to supporting people through change.
When she’s not reading, writing, thinking, mind mapping, or sleeping, she can be found tweeting under the moniker @resultsjunkie.
Titus Ferguson is the co-founder and Executive Director of UnLondon, a grassroots, community led creative incubator/accelerator in London Ontario. Titus is a strategic thinker with a passion for supporting achievable change. Over the past 10 years, Titus has taken unconventional thinking to develop and execute a variety of successful ventures. Titus’ focus is on creating platforms and opportunity for impact through innovation, collaboration and creative exploration.
Joanne is excited to glean all she can from the CODS17. An experienced information professional who has worked as a Children’s Librarian in the Public Library, Joanne is now concentrating on exciting Digital projects in preparation for Calgary Public Library’s New Central Library opening in 2018. Joanne is a strong believer in the library as a place where the dreams of our community members can be met.
Andrés Dorado is the Business Analytics Program Manager for the City of Edmonton’s Analytics Centre of Excellence and is responsible and accountable for setting the vision and strategy for data warehousing and business intelligence in the City as well as the development of data-driven solutions that lead to improved corporate business outcomes.
Edmonton is a leader in the advancement of the principles of open government and open data. Through their Open City Policy, endorsed by City Council in April 2015, they have repeatedly shown that they are a City that believes in the concept that data is ‘Open by Default’. In addition, they have been nationally recognized on three separate occasions for the innovative work that we are doing to enhance the lives of citizens through the operational practices that they are embracing to be transparent, inclusive and collaborative.
The City of Edmonton fully believes in the value of Open Data and the benefits that it can bring to numerous stakeholders including Citizens, Businesses, Academia, Researchers, and Entrepreneurs. Through their Open Lab and Open Science programs as well as through the creation and facilitation of the Metropolitan Edmonton Open Data Committee, they have led the way in Canada in the number of innovative methods that they have released, used, and showcased Open Data.
Rob is a passionate open data advocate, promoting the use of open data for social good and business creation. Rob recently founded the Open Data Institute Ottawa Node to help crystalize the open data movement in Ottawa. Rob is an organizer with Open Data Ottawa, Ottawa Civic Tech, and is a member of the Ontario Open Data Advocacy Coalition and Data for Good Ottawa.
At the Canadian Open Data Summit 2016, he presented a lightning talk on the “Rise of the Citizen Data Scientist”. Rob also presented at the “Open Data In Action” Conference in Seoul in November 2016 and represented Ontario civil society at the Open Government Partnership Summit 2016 in Paris.
Rob is a seasoned technology executive and is the Principal Consultant and Founder of Veracify, a data strategy and storytelling company. Rob has a BSc. in Data Analysis from the University of New Brunswick and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.
Kyle Geske is a teacher, a coder, an artist and a father. He is also the president of Open Democracy Manitoba, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering citizens using education and technology. At Open Democracy Manitoba Kyle creates open source software tools and works in partnership with local government to identify and generate new open-datasets. Separately, as a programming instructor at Red River College, Kyle challenges and inspires the next generation of Manitoba’s web and app innovators.
See OpenDemocracyManitoba.ca for more information.
Ian began his work with Selkirk College as a GIS Instructor in the IEP program in 2002. His background is in conservation geographic information science (GIS) including work for the Long Beach Model Forest on Vancouver Island and for the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program in Nelson as GIS Coordinator. Ian brings an expertise in GIS analysis, data management and cartography as well as an extensive local and regional network of GIS and natural resource professionals to the SGRC team.
As coordinator of the SGRC Ian has been crucial in the development of the centre’s research infrastructure and capacity, as well as the curriculum for Selkirk’s Advanced Diploma in GIS.
Ian recently secured a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant to explore “Open Data for Open Government in Rural BC” in collaboration with Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI), the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), the Open Data Society of BC, Open North, Urban Opus, University of British Columbia- Okanagan (UBC-O), McGill University and Esri Canada. Ian is also an instructor in the Advanced Diploma in GIS and Diploma in Integrated Environmental Planning.
Travis Peter leads the City of St. Albert’s multi-faceted “Smart City” initiative and strategic innovation activities. Travis also directs the activities and outreach efforts of the Alberta Smart City Alliance.
Recently recognized as “Top 40 Under 40” in Alberta, Travis is an active contributor to urban innovation and a collaborator with many leading public and private sector organizations. His previous roles including tenure as a municipal chief administrative officer worked in the financial services sector in a corporate capacity and have held positions in government and external relations, major corporate initiatives, corporate and financial strategy, legislative affairs and governance, public policy development, management consulting, and others.
Travis holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Victoria, an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta, and advanced certificates from Harvard University, the University of Dalhousie, Grant MacEwan University, and others. Travis is also professionally designated as a Certified Local Government Manager (CLGM).
David is the Chief Information Officer for the City of Edmonton, accountable for all aspects of IT operations, planning and delivery for this City of more than 900,000.
A Chief Information Officer for more than 16 years, his previous roles include CIO for North American Construction Group for 5 1⁄2 years where he was responsible not only for IT but facility management, AR/AP and Payroll. David also served as the CIO for the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board for 9 years.
His previous roles include Director of Information Management and Innovation, leading the City of Edmonton’s Open Government Initiative, “Open City”, Director of Business Services for EPCOR Utilities and the Director of Information Technology for the Distribution and Transmission Branch of Edmonton Power.
David currently sits on the Board for the Edmonton section of the Canadian CIO Association of Canada, is a past president of the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and a former member of the CIPS National Executive Board.
Eugene is a Director and the Chief Technical Officer at Darkhorse Analytics, and loves creating “wow” and “aha!” moments for people by deriving insights and visualizing data differently. Involved with Open Data since 2010 as a winner of Edmonton’s Apps4Edmonton app competition, Eugene is a contributor to BetaCity YEG (Edmonton’s Civic Technology Meetup) with projects like a public SMS-based voting app and the creation of award-winning, open-data-driven tools like MapInSeconds.com. He also runs workshops on visualizing data programmatically using open data, including at the recent Alberta Open Data Summit. Some of his other open data projects include the World Chat Clock (www.worldchatclock.com), and a story-driven app for finding interesting baby names from Alberta (babynames.dha.io).
KEVIN TUER is Managing Director of Canada’s Open Data Exchange, a national initiative launched in May 2015 with a mandate to help the private sector adopt and commercialize data from public and private sources for the purpose of enhancing their current products or creating new products. Previously, Kevin was the founding Managing Director of the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), a federal Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, which is dedicated to establishing Canada as a world leader in Digital Media by enabling connections and collaboration of people across the country and bringing more digital solutions to market. He led the design and deployment of the Communitech Hub, a world leading innovation centre located in the Waterloo Region as well as the CDMN’s national network and associated programming strategy. Prior to launching the CDMN, Kevin held several engineering and senior management positions in the high tech industry including Senior Research Engineer with Computing Devices Canada (now General Dynamics Canada), VP Engineering for Control Advancements Inc., as well as co-founder and CTO of Handshake VR. Kevin holds a BASc (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering, a MASc in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Further information can be found at ca.linkedin.com/in/kevintuer/.
Stephane Contre is the City of Edmonton’s Chief Analytics Officer. He leads the City’s Analytics Centre of Excellence whose mission is to assist the Corporation in understanding and leveraging analytics to improve business outcomes.
Stephane has gained international recognition for unique analytics projects such as the innovative development of advanced analytics tools which utilize open data to look at indicators of crime within the City of Edmonton in a more detailed and intentional manner.
Prior to joining the City, Stephane was an Infantry Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces, a Police Officer with the Ottawa Police Service and spent time in Chad, Africa working as a Security Advisor for a gas exploration project. Stephane also served as the Deputy Commanding Officer of 6 Intelligence Company, a reserve military unit in Edmonton. He has an Engineering Degree from the Royal Military College of Canada.
TruHome is an Edmonton based technology company that believes that the Real Estate experience can be better. Agents can be more productive and consumers can get a higher quality experience on demand. We believe in going beyond the MLS. We pull from hundreds of data sources, such as data from the city’s open data collection like crime data, transportation data, demographic data etc. We package this information up in a way that allows customers to make sense of it in order to allow them to make better purchasing decisions.
Our technology also allows us to develop more insightful data about our customers and helps us to understand which areas are underserved so we can maximize our own marketing activities.
Our team comprises of Real Estate experts, developers and data scientists.
Karen Stewart is the Municipal Solutions Industry Manager for Esri Canada. She has a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Geomatics, specializing in GIS, and has over 30 years experience in the Municipal/Utility Mapping, GIS and Public Works fields.
Karen has helped numerous organizations across Canada review and improve their public works strategies, as well as enhance capital and operating planning. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association British Columbia Chapter (URISA BC) and the Secretary/Treasurer Board Member for the Public Works Association of British Columbia (PWABC). Karen can be reached at email@example.com.
Ms. Geneviève Tardif is the Data Management Specialist within the Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance Division (WQMSD) of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). Her responsibilities include to support, strengthen and streamline the data management processes within the division, with a specific goal to provide faster public access to its ever growing water quality monitoring data bank.
Ms. Tardif has been working at ECCC since 2004, and specifically with the WQMSD since 2008, where she has been involved in several national scale science and data analysis projects, making her quite familiar with Open Data challenges, both from a provider’s and from a user’s perspective.
Robin Winsor is President and CEO of Cybera, Alberta’s not for profit technology accelerator.
Robin is a technology leader and entrepreneur who has led several organizations from start-up to international success. Before joining Cybera in 2010, Robin invented and developed the world’s first direct digital x-ray system, and holds multiple patents in the medical, well-logging and seismic industries. He is a past recipient of a Manning Innovation Award, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding service to Canada.
He is a staunch advocate for transparency and lower cost information sharing through advancements in technology.
Cathy Heron is a second term City Councillor for the City of St. Albert, Alberta, and Council’s lead on the topic of Smart Cities.
Cathy is an active, focused official who strives to be a thoughtful leader in the community. She is also a sought-after speaker on Smart Cities and the need for change, advocating for technological advancement, regional collaboration, and a greener world.
Cathy’s commitment to regional collaboration amongst Alberta municipalities was also the driving force in her being elected to the Board of Directors for the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. She also serves on several boards for St. Albert that promotes innovation and collaboration with other municipalities, including Alberta’s Capital Region Board, St. Albert’s Smart City Steering Committee, and various committees with St. Albert’s neighboring municipalities.
Derek leads the Tableau Software organization in Canada and has been in the analytics and reporting software market for over twenty years, with prior roles at IBM, Cognos and SAS Institute. Having marketing, sales, and delivery responsibility across Canada, Derek’s exposure to a diversity of Client issues and challenges provide the basis for his insights on how data and analytics’ capabilities are critical for success in any sector. Derek is a CPA CMA and began his career in finance in the pharmaceutical industry.
Soumya Ghosh is the Director, Smart City with the City of Edmonton’s Open City and Innovation Branch. Soumya leads the Smart City and Open City Initiatives at the City and is responsible for managing the award-winning open data program, developing the smart city strategy and organizing the Canadian Open Data Summit 2017.
Mark Diner was appointed as Chief Advisor and Executive Director, Open Government for the Government of Alberta in November 2012, and the Alberta Queen’s Printer in March of 2014. Mark provides vision and energy to enable the Government of Alberta to be more open, engaged and citizen focused, thus ensuring better outcomes in the delivery of government services for the Province of Alberta.
Mark has been working in the public service since 1999, in evolving positions of responsibility including strategic planning, Enterprise Architecture, Information Management and as a Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Joey Cherdarchuk uses data, analytics, and design to craft intuitive, interactive visualizations. His work has been featured in Fast Company, The Huffington Post, the Washington Post, and was shortlisted for an Information is Beautiful award.
Joey developed his design expertise after a 15-year quantitative analysis and consulting career. This foundation ensures visuals are engaging and beautiful without sacrificing clarity of purpose. He offers training on data visualization and his Data Looks Better Naked series is used in visualization curricula around the world.
Gabe Sawhney is a designer, creative technologist and innovation strategist. Gabe uses design and technology to address civic, creative and business challenges. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Code for Canada, a nonprofit which enables civic tech and digital government.
Geoff Zakaib is an information management consultant and has been involved in a number of initiatives that span the public, private and social sectors. He is a Director of Data for Good and the organizer of the Calgary chapter.
Geoff is active in the Open Data / Open Government movements as the Executive Director of Open Calgary and is a community member of the External Advisory Committee of Civic Innovation YYC. He leads a group working on semantic technology as the national Chair of XBRL Canada. Geoff has also been involved for many years on projects related to social issues such homelessness, poverty reduction and international development.
Peter Guest is a Client Technical Leader with IBM Canada and also teaches a variety of courses at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), primarily on Business Analysis and Project Management.
The Client Technical Leader role is focused on IBM’s largest customers. Peter provides strategic technical leadership and direction to Alberta and British Columbia public sector clients. He designs solution recommendations for his clients by applying his broad technical skills, industry knowledge and business expertise. These recommendations leverage both existing and emerging technologies, architectures and integrated solutions to meet the client’s business needs and solve challenges.
In his spare time, Peter volunteers as an executive member of the Alberta Smart City Alliance, the Chair of the Board for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and is very active with Scouts Canada.
Megan is a youth engagement activist, who has been interested in how youth engage on politics for the last six years. With a strong strand of digital government initiatives spanning her career in public service, not-for-profits, academia and government relations, Megan followed these signs, and helped co-found Ottawa Civic Tech in 2016. She is currently pursuing digital government challenges for the Canadian Government through the lens of engagement and communication. Megan recently graduated from a Joint Honours Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science and Communications at The University of Ottawa. In the fall, she will begin her Masters in the Social Sciences of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute in the UK.
Dr. Chris Baker is a Professor and Chair of Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick with core expertise in Open Data Integration and Interoperability. He serves on the advisory board of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity and was recognized as a finalist for the Canadian Open Data Leader of the Year in 2016. Chris is also co-founder and CEO of IPSNP Computing Inc., an industry leader in semantic data federation with products in healthcare surveillance and agricultural decision support. IPSNP is one of 500+ partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organisations that have committed to support the G8’s Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. GODAN advocates for global efforts to make agricultural and nutritionally relevant data available and accessible for unrestricted use worldwide, towards the creation of high level policy ensuring global food security.