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CODS18 Day Two – Thursday, November 8th

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)

Opening Plenary Session – Grand Hall B

9am to 9:15am Official Welcome Conference Co-Chairs
9:15am to 9:45am Opening Keynote Speaker Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer & Deputy Minister of Government & Consumer Services, Ontario
Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Minister, Consumer Services, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, appointed in June of 2018. Hillary joined the Ontario government in April of 2017 as Deputy Minister Responsible for Digital Government. She is also Ontario’s Chief Digital Officer, leading the province’s digital transformation efforts. Hillary will focus on the end-to-end customer experience of government, bringing together the collective efforts of Open Government, ServiceOntario, Consumer Protection Ontario, the Ontario Digital Service, and more, to deliver simpler, faster, better government services for the people and businesses of Ontario.
9:45am to 10:15am Keynote Speaker Dr. Jonathan Dewar, Executive Director of First Nations Information Governance Centre.
Jonathan Dewar, PhD, is the Executive Director at the First Nations Information Governance Centre. He has been recognized as a leader in healing and reconciliation and Indigenous health and wellbeing education, policy, and research and has published extensively on these subjects, with a specialization in the role of the arts in healing and reconciliation. Jonathan is of mixed heritage, descended from Huron-Wendat, French-, and Scottish-Canadian grandparents, with an academic background in Indigenous Studies.
10:15am to 10:45am Coffee Break
10:45am to 11:15am Keynote Presentation: State of Open Data – Local to Global Jean-Noé Landry, Executive Director, Open North.
The State of Open Data reviews the open data movement’s development over the past 10 years. A straightforward assessment of successes or failures, it looks back in order to look forward at how best to shape the future of open data worldwide. Presentation is based on a project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) under the Open Data for Development (OD4D) Programme.
11:15am to 12:15pm Expert Panel: Digital Rights – Data Governance, Policy and Ethics Dr. Jonathan Dewar, Executive Director, First Nations Information Governance Centre.
Abby Deshman, Director, Criminal Justice Program, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Dr. Karen Louise Smith, Assistant Professor, Brock University (moderator).
Bianca Wylie, Co-founder, Tech Reset Canada & Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation
Today there is an increasing need to examine our current legislative framework related to our digital society. Changes in policy such as Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), civil society movements such as MyData, and data governance challenges such as Sidewalk Toronto all point to the need for Canada to change its current environment towards a National Data Strategy.
12:15pm to 1:15pm Lunch (Grand Hall C)
Luncheon Keynote
Karen Stewart, Industry Manager, Business Solutions, Esri Canada.
Discover how you can harness the Power of Open Data by focusing on your goals, keeping your data current and increasing access to information. You will also learn how ensuring focus on business values to create internal efficiencies is a key priority. Open Data is an important instrument to help you achieve community goals by enabling your organization to promote collaboration and engagement. This presentation will demonstrate how important it is to build on the technology, data and resources already in-place to address key community initiatives. Innovation doesn’t always require invention; Innovation is often found in the application of our best technologies. Organizations don’t innovate overnight, it starts from laying the foundation and creating an organizational framework that supports innovation all around.
1:15pm to 2:15pm Expert Panel: Surprising Allies: the Open Secret of Big Business & Open Data Joe McCarthy, Leader Data Acquisition Canada, Dun and Bradstreet.
Bala Gopalakrishnan, Managing Director Data Solutions, The Weather Network.
Kan Zhu, Director Data & Analytics, Teranet
Jennifer Beckage, Principal, Beckage PLLC
Bob Lytle, Founder & CEO, – Former CIO TransUnion Canada (Moderator)
Open Data has been used for decades by established businesses – but many use cases go unannounced. Data leaders from large consumers of Open Data share how their products bring community benefit on an enterprise scale and challenge the public sector to open more data assets for business and the public good.

Thursday Breakout Sessions Stream One – Maple Room

2:15pm to 3:15pm Hackathon Blueprint Janusz Gawor, Open Data Strategist, The City of Calgary.

Trevor Twining, Co-Founder, Cowork Niagara

Nour Hage, Thomas Lillo, Conrad Lipiec, co-founders, Brock Datathon

The City of Calgary has held annual Hackathons since 2014. Each one has been managed differently with different results each time. A comparison and pros/cons of each approach as well as a glimpse into the future. Hackathons are useful ways to engage the public and enhance entrepreneurship with the potential for innovative apps and other unique solutions to improve lives for all. They are also great ways to connect with academic, business and non-profit institutions and agencies to better understand their needs.
Will be joined by Datathon Inc who will provide their blueprint for the Brock Datathon event. Facilitated by Trevor Twining.
3:15pm to 3:45pm Break
3:45pm to 4:45pm The Connected Countryside: Imagining Rural Canada 2.0 Ashleigh Weeden, past lead, Grey County’s Connected County Initiative

Gemma Mendez-Smith, Executive Director, Four County Labour Market Planning Board

By discussing three core principles critical to modern rural development in the digital era – place, people, and policy – this session will emphasize the importance of rural communities to Canada’s digital agenda. This session will encourage attendees to rethink what they think they know about rural communities and challenge us all to re-imagine the way we approach rural Canadians when we talk about the future of open government, civic technology, and public sector renewal

Thursday Breakout Sessions Stream Two – Grand Hall A

2:15pm to 3:15pm Visualizations Driving Decisions Philip Chau, Senior Water Quality Data Scientist, Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Eugene Chen, CTO, Darkhorse Analytics & new Co-Lead of BetaCityYEG.
This session is a combination of two presentations:

  • Phil Chau will show environmental water quality monitoring data that is shared through the Government of Canada’s Open Data portal with two or three interesting data visualizations using open government environmental data. Tracking water quality before and after the implementation of a sewage treatment plant, long-term impacts of coal mining, and/or real-time water quality within a sensitive but busy estuary area. Featuring Niagara-specific data!
  • Eugene Chen will be sharing the journey and lessons he learned from a visualization he built using Open Data, one that was picked up by the CBC and Global News because of its significant citizen engagement.  He will tie this into how open data initiatives have and can successfully influence the creation of impactful apps with low/no additional cost and effort, using the world’s most successful open data initiative as an example.  He will talk about how our open data community can band together to increase more engagement from the developers, and show an example of what that increased engagement can produce.
3:15pm to 3:45pm Break
3:45pm to 4:45pm Living with Open Data – what lessons have we learned? Amy Bihari, Open Government Office, Government of Ontario

Anne Hepplewhite, Niagara Parks Commission

Mike Sinclair, Open Gov Gear

Matthew Pietryszyn, City of Brampton

Many organizations have been in open data “operational” (program) mode for years, while others continue as an ‘off the corner of your desk’ endeavor. Even more are beginning their Open Data journey, yet we still need solutions. Join the panel for an interactive session to define key issues and possible solutions based on our lessons learned.

Thursday Breakout Sessions Stream Three – Grand Hall B

2:15pm to 3:15pm Open Data Portals for Community & Ecology: Convening for Common Good Victoria Fast, Assistant Professor , University of Calgary and Smart Cities Partnership YYC.
Lizzy Hoffman, Data Management Specialist at Eclipse Geomatics Ltd
Johanna Pfalz, Owner/Operator, Eclipse Geomatics
Ekaterina Daviel, Data Management Specialist, Eclipse Geomatics
For this special session, we present two portal presentations from Western Canada: the Calgary Data Collective (CDC), a multi-organizational, cross-domain portal for sharing open data in the City of Calgary; and the Skeena Knowledge Trust, a domain-specific pair of portals for sharing information on wild Pacific salmonids in the Skeena River Watershed (northwestern British Columbia).

  • CDC was launched by Engaging Open Data Research in conjunction with the Mellon Foundation, Taylor Family Digital Library, Data for Good Calgary and Smart Cities Partnership YYC and is intended as a one-stop-shop for data sharing among civil society organizations in Calgary.
  • SKT comprises two online, publicly-accessible knowledge portals: the Skeena Salmon Data Centre ( and the Skeena Maps Portal ( The SKT is engaged in community data management projects with multiple community and First Nations groups in the Skeena region, and is seeking to offer services to more groups in the near future.
3:15pm to 3:45pm Break
3:45pm to 4:45pm Building a Pan-Canadian Framework on Open Government through Intergovernmental Collaboration Melanie Robert, Executive Director of Information Management & Open Government at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.
Carol MacKay-Matak, Manager of Strategic Planning & Open Data for the Government of Alberta – Co-Chair of COGWG.
Steve Gauthier, Director, Open Government and Open Source Software, Government of Quebec.
Christine Hagyard, Manager, Open Government Office, Government of Ontario.
Connie Michaelis, Director of Corporate Information Management, Government of Nova Scotia.
The Canada Open Government Working Group (COGWG) provides a forum for multi-jurisdictional information sharing and collaboration on open government initiatives, tools and principles, including those on common open data, open information and public engagement across jurisdictions. The panellists, representing the Working Group, will outline the accomplishments, challenges and lessons learned for projects undertaken over the past year. The session will demonstrate how the projects have helped on our journey towards connecting Open Government initiatives across Canada and ensuring our efforts continue to align with our international counterparts. Panelists will unveil proposed COGWG’s 2018-19 priorities. These priorities will inform COGWG’s new work plan and projects aimed at strengthening and aligning Canadian Open Government efforts. The audience will have an opportunity to provide comments and feedback on the proposed priorities from their own unique perspectives.

Thursday Canadian Open Data Awards Celebration Dinner – Grand Hall C

Reception (cash bar)6:45pm to 9pm
Canadian Open Data Awards Celebration Dinner Moses Iziomon, Senior Project Advisor, Open Government, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat – 2018 Canadian Open Data Awards Committee Member
Don Wininger, Spritz Creative Owner/Partner, Master of Ceremonies