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The City of Montreal and the Secretariat of the Quebec Treasury Board are delighted to co-organize the 6th edition of the Canadian Open Data Summit. We want to take advantage of this national meeting to broaden the discussion on open data, promote its reuse, advance open government initiatives and make our community a global model of an open society!



This Summit promises to be rich in content! Discover all of the event’s programming by clicking the button or take a look at the main stage activities using the timeline below.

Opening Ceremony

by Sedalia Fazio

10:15 AM

Opening Address

by Richard Pietro & Canadian Open Data Society

10:25 AM

Open Data and Smart Communities: Montréal’s perspectives

by François William Croteau

10:50 AM

Gwen Phillips

11:10 AM

Open Data Matters (We Promise!)

by Marie-Andrée Rodrigue, Sam Roberts, Alexandre Leroux, Sophie Leblanc, & Naël Shiab

11:40 AM

Responsible data governance for the public interest

by Stéphane Guidoin, Jacques Priol, Jacqueline Lu & Stéphane Roche

1:00 PM

Open data and Creative Commons Licence

by Brigitte Vézina

2:00 PM

Democratizing Open Data & Translating It Into Action

by Bob Lytle, Jan Kestle & Shingai Manjengwa

2:15 PM

The Contribution of Open Data to Digital Transformation

3:15 PM

Canadian Open Data Awards 2021

3:45 PM

Welcome to Day 2!

by Richard Pietro

10:15 AM

The Role of Government in Digital Transformation: municipal, provincial and federal perspectives

by Daniel Caron, Denis Skinner, Pierre Rodrigue & Véronique Dufort

10:30 AM

Equity, Inclusion and Open Data

by Bochra Manaï, Kejo Buchanan, & Tracey Lauriault

11:30 AM

Open Data on the World Stage

by Josianne Marsan, Barbara Ubaldi, Clémence Pène, Arturo Rivera & Olivier Théreaux

1:00 PM

Ethical & Transparent Artificial Intelligence

by Schallum Pierre, Miranda Sculthorp, Naysan Saran, Eleonore Fournier-Tombs & Abhishek Gupta

1:30 PM

No Boarding Pass Required: The Discoverability of Cultural Content

by Josée Plamondon, Jean-François Gauvin, Alexandre Naud, Nathalie Thibault

2:45 PM

The Future of Open Data

by Nora Young, Mélanie Robert, John Weigelt, Stéphanie Jecrois & Jean-Noé Landry

4:00 PM

Closing Ceremony

by Sedalia Fazio

5:15 PM


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General Admission


Registration must be done with an email address from a recognized post-secondary institution.



The Canadian Open Data Summit is not only an opportunity to exchange ideas and expand your network, but it’s also an occasion to get inspired by work being carried out by members of our diverse community. To ensure that everyone walks away from the summit with concrete learnings, the summit will tackle 2 major themes, which bear upon a range of topical issues, including: the ecological transition, diversity and inclusion, innovation and economic development, and democracy and participation.

Responsible Data Governance

Publishing open data is just one step in the lifecycle of data, and in many ways, it’s the tip of the iceberg. This conference theme focuses on looking beneath the waters — getting behind the processes, structures, dynamics, frameworks and actors that create and publish open data, while exploring challenges and solutions to responsible data management and governance. As part of this theme, participants may unpack tricky questions on data ethics, discover new ways of sharing data in pursuit of the common good, and think through the future of digital transformation in government. We invite you to dive in with us!

Engagement and Digital Literacy

The open data by default principle concretized real commitments from governments to actively share their data, opening their doors to the public, so to speak. Today, the open data community calls us to go further — to broaden the entryway, and to create new channels. As we think through how to prioritize publishing data, while making it usable and useful to communities, the theme of engagement and digital literacy becomes essential. A wide range of subjects are envisioned : from understanding open data users needs, to enabling the discoverability of data, to engaging with citizens to create an inclusive and data-informed future.


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