Day Three – Program 2018-11-06T10:49:56+00:00

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CODS18 Day Three – Friday, November 9, 2018

All Day Open Data Chill Space in Sunken Lounge Area off Foyer – Keith McDonald
8am to 9am Registration (Grand Hall Foyer A) and Breakfast (Grand Hall C)

Friday Opening Plenary Session – Grand Hall B

9am to 9:15am Welcome Back & Today’s Program Overview Conference Co-Chairs
9:15am to 9:45am Keynote Speaker Patrick Lozeau, Innovation & Open Data Advisor, Montreal Urban Innovation Lab, City of Montreal
The City of Montreal is one of the 5 finalists for Infrastructure Canada’s $50 million prize for the Smart Cities Challenge. This presentation will explore the City of Montreal’s vision of a smart city in 2018 and for coming years. Patrick Lozeau will go over the process towards the first application in April 2018 and how the City of Montreal is working on data commons as a foundation of the final proposal due in March 2019.

Friday Breakout Sessions Stream One – Maple Room

9:45am to 10:45am Beyond Open Data Portals: How to Collaborate with your local Civic Tech Community Kelly Halseth, Education and Community Program Manager, Code for Canada
Code for Canada has been working on a guide for municipal public servants, offering advice on how to engage with their local civic tech community, and illustrative examples of great muni-community collaboration. Being published this autumn, this session is a “sneak preview”.
10:45am to 11:15am Coffee Break
11:15am to 12:15pm Evolving Open Data for Internal Collaboration Karen Parker, Manager of Business Analytics, City of Edmonton
Norman Mendoza, Manager of Business and Technology Innovation, City of Edmonton
Lena Geraghty, Senior Advisor, Centre for Excellence at Johns Hopkins University
Bianca Sayan – Developer for COLBY, the Government of Ontario’s new internal data sharing portal
Christine Hagyard, Manager, Open Government Office, Government of Ontario
The City of Edmonton, Alberta, has been at the forefront of the open data and open government movements. Edmonton’s success in open data highlighted an opportunity to look internally across the organization and elevate data practices holistically. Open data was the catalyst for the City’s now thriving data academy and its data governance movement.

Ontario as well, with its new internal data sharing portal COLBY. Panelists will speak about the evolution of open data in both east and west, and how other organizations can take advantage of their growth and experience.

12:15pm to 1:15pm Lunch (Grand Hall C)
Luncheon Keynote
Dino Miele, Chief Information Officer, District School Board of Niagara
1:15pm to 2:15pm Building an Open Data Movement in Canada Derek Alton, Community Activist
Jury Konga, Open Knowledge Canada
Connie McCutcheon, President, MISA Ontario
There is a conversation building around creating a more open society. It is occurring in different spaces: open science, open data, open government, open platforms. This has lead to all sorts of different gatherings across Canada. What is missing is a concerted effort to weave this movement together, and ask the question, what is the society we are building.
2:15pm to 3:15pm Open Projects at Data Exploration and Integration Lab (DEIL): Exploring the Potential of Open Data Using an “Open Project” Approach Haaris Jafri, Unit Head, Data Exploration and Integration Lab, Centre for Special Business Projects, Statistics Canada
Over the last few years, the Data Exploration and Integration Lab (DEIL) at Statistics Canada has conducted an increasing amount of work using various open source tools, open data, and open code. For instance, since 2016, DEIL has implemented tools and project solutions on its GitHub account, providing and sharing code under an open source license. In January 2018, DEIL began exploring the potential of integrating open data into coherent and standardized datasets. This exploration and experience has given rise to the idea of using an “open project” approach.

Friday Breakout Sessions Stream Two – Grand Hall A

9:45am to 10:45am Open Engagement and Co-Creation: Moving From Talking Together to Working Together Sarah LeBlanc, Lead Public Engagement, Privy Council Office
Moderator: Carol MacKay-Matak, Manager of Strategic Planning & Open Data, Service Alberta
Christine Hagyard, Director Open Government Office, Government of Ontario
Melanie Robert, Executive Director Information Management & Open Government, Treasury Board of Canada
Citizen engagement is not new, but being more open about what we’re talking about, and what we’re hearing is one of many benefits of more transparent, accountable governments. This session will explore deliberative and collaborative instances of engagement between government and its constituents including new ways that the Government of Canada’s Open Government team engaged on the development of the Fourth National Action Plan on Open Government. Panelists will share successes and lessons learned from their attempts to have meaningful engagement translate into collaboration and co-creation.
10:45am to 11:15am Coffee Break
11:15am to 12:15pm Cross-Jurisdictional Open Data Standards: Gaining Momentum Connie McCutcheon, President, MISA Ontario
Ryan Garnett, Manager Geospatial Data Integration & Access, City of Toronto
Alice Born, Head of Standards Division, Statistics Canada
Moderator: Jury Konga, Open Knowledge Canada
Open data standards has been a long standing issue which is now gaining momentum in both development and implementation. The panel will provide examples of current and future data standards projects and experiences in implementing new open data standards.
12:15pm to 1:15pm Lunch (Grand Hall C)
Luncheon Keynote
Dino Miele, Chief Information Officer, District School Board of Niagara
1:15pm to 2:15pm Strengthening Communities Through Open Data Ben McNamee, Director of Measurement, Evaluation & Business Intelligence, Ontario Trillium Foundation
Erik Holmlund, Executive Director, Alberta Data Partnerships Ltd. (ADP)
Mary Wiley, Executive Director, Niagara Connects
If the adage that Data is the new oil is true, then investments in the infrastructure and capacity to turn data from a raw commodity into a powerful tool for change are vital. “Open by Default” only goes so far, community engagement and purposeful publishing can unlock the full potential of Open Data. Hear from panelists from across Canada and sectors as they share lessons learned on how they have used Open Data to enable community. What are the factors needed to ensure an Open Data project is sustainable and gets the right data in the right format to the right people? What are factors that ensure stakeholders will use the data in their work across the business, government and non-profit sectors?
2:15pm to 3:15pm Community Open Data Portals Nathan Childs, Information and Analytics Support Analyst, Niagara Region
Christiane Langlois, Executive Director, Direction générale des orientations gouvernementales en ressources informationnelles
Steve Gauthier, Director of Open Government and Open Source Software, Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor.
Could a collaborative community approach to open data benefit your own program or community? Join two groups that have embraced collaboration and partnership as their primary method for developing open data ecosystems in their communities. Données-Quebec.ca – a partnership between the province of Quebec and multiple cities, and NiagaraOpenData.ca – a partnership of Niagara’s local municipalities, educational institutions, agencies, non-profit and private businesses, have leveraged the expertise and power of their community to build data catalogues designed to meet the specific data needs of their communities. Learn from their stories how collaboration can breed a successful open data program.

In a special bonus presentation from our sponsor, Tableau Software, witness the benefits of a community open data portal as they leverage NiagaraOpenData.ca to analyze multiple datasets and derive insight into Niagara’s weather and water quality.

Friday Breakout Sessions Stream Three – Grand Hall B

9:45am to 10:45am Opening Community Safety: Open Data in Law Enforcement Debbie Verduga, Crime Analyst, Toronto Police Services
Akram Askoul, Director Technology Services, Niagara Regional Police Service
Paul Divers, Ph.D., Corporate Analyst, Niagara Regional Police Service
Law enforcement agencies historically have derived values from sharing information with the general public, be it to encourage participation or to affect behaviors. Mechanism such as the Most Wanted List, Missing Person Reports, and daily crime reports have presented enforcement to the public to spark action public, but does the effectiveness of these mechanism persist while the platform for their delivery becomes antiquated. As the general public transitions to social platform as their primary source for information are these mechanisms keeping pace or may open data be a solution for keeping the public informed and actively participating?
10:45am to 11:15am Coffee Break
11:15am to 12:15pm The Open Data Apps (and Licensing!) Session Maira Bay de Souza, Owner and CEO, Imperial Diamond Consulting
Alex Ritchie, Director, DataBC, British Columbia Ministry of Citizens Services
This session will explore software applications using open data, including an app built using Niagara Open Data on transit and supermarket data to find supermarkets that are not accessible by public transit, which can be helpful to people planning public transit routes and supermarket owners wanting to attract new customers.

The BC Address Geocoder is another open data app that will be profiled in this session. This app can be used to resolve the physical locations (i.e., latitude and longitude) and correct, standardized form of civic and non-civic addresses in British Columbia. The Geocoder was awarded the Open Data Innovation Award at the 2016 Canadian Open Data Summit.

12:15pm to 1:15pm Lunch (Grand Hall C)
Luncheon Keynote: Open Data and Civic Innovation
Dino Miele, Chief Information Officer, District School Board of Niagara
Data fluency, availability, compatibility, analysis and intensification are all essential to building a prosperous future. Dino will speak about the importance of leadership and innovation in civic tech, from his perspective as a school board CIO, a tech entrepreneur and start-up accelerator founder.
1:15pm to 2:15pm Capitalizing on Emerging Open Data Opportunities: Startups & Non-Profits Bob Lytle, President, rel8ed.to Analytics
Ken Ip, Director of Engineering, Hockeystick.co
Sachi Komarasamy, Founder and CEO, Intellizence
Marwan Areibi, CEO, Tabnex
Moderator: Kevin Tuer, Managing Director, Open Data Exchange
Open Data provides the spark that cranks the economic engine of today’s startups and the communities they serve. New Business leaders share observations on the impact of Open Government, how new data release supports their business model, and how they’re giving back to the community with their own Open Data.
2:15pm to 3:15pm One Step Forward, Two Steps Back… Open Data doesn’t mean Open Government or even Open Keith McDonald, Open News Network, with special guests Connie McCutcheon & Siri (yes, that Siri).
This session demonstrates how the semantics of the word “Open” work against civil servants and citizens understanding and supporting the Open Data movement. Plus, we debate how much damage is caused when government actions go against transparency, and determine what actions have to happen to re-boot, re-fresh and re-frame the Open movement going forward.

Friday Closing Panel – Grand Hall B

3:15pm to 3:55pm Open Action Plan: What’s Next for Open Data in Canada Melanie Robert, Executive Director Information Management & Open Government, Treasury Board of Canada
Connie McCutcheon, President, MISA Ontario
Jury Konga, Ambassador, Open Knowledge Canada
Kevin Tuer, Managing Director, Open Data Exchange
Charles Conteh, Director, Niagara Community Observatory, Brock University
Christine Hagyard, Manager, Open Government Office, Government of Ontario
Moderator: Paul Connor, Clean Tech North and Niagara Connects
Taking actions to chart the way forward. Join the closing panel of experts from government, academia, civil society and business to bring focus to the future of Open.
3:55pm to 4:00pm Closing Remarks Conference Co-Chairs