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The Future of Cities

March 3, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET
Digital event

The Future of Cities

March 3, 2022

Canada’s innovation ecosystem is ready and able to help overcome our biggest challenges

We all want our cities to be safe, sustainable and livable. Getting there depends on how well we can address the complex social and economic challenges standing in our way.Civic leaders can’t (and shouldn’t) be left to do this on their own.

From clean energy and digital connectivity to data and AI, Canada’s innovation ecosystem is ready and able to help overcome our biggest municipal challenges. But to do it we need clear pathways for collaboration and problem solving between innovators and government leaders.

That’s why CityAge and Communitech brought local government and tech founders and business together. On March 3, we explored how municipal governments and the world’s best innovators can explore, define and solve today's complex challenges, and build the future of cities, together.


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Event Theme Include:

  • What trends and technological developments are shaping the future of cities?
  • How municipalities, tech innovators, and private industry can approach urban problem solving collaboratively
  • The importance of cybersafety as cities digitize
  • What role data governance and privacy plays in unlocking innovation


Dr. Ann Cavoukian
Dr. Ann Cavoukian
Chief Privacy Officer | Founder & CEO
Innovate Cities | Global Privacy & Security by Design | Former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
Larry Smith
Larry Smith
Founder & Senior Researcher, The Problem Lab
University of Waterloo
Adam Straker
Adam Straker
Program Manager, Ecosystem Collaboration
Ben Perry
Ben Perry
Perry Group Consulting Ltd.
Claudia Preciado
Claudia Preciado
Director of Growth,
Dan Mathers
Dan Mathers
Co-Founder, President & CEO
Mary Scott Nabers
Mary Scott Nabers
President & CEO
Strategic Partnerships
Mike Savage
Mike Savage
Halifax, NS
Kimberly J. Williams
Kimberly J. Williams
Chief Innovation Officer,
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
Alison Carden
Alison Carden
Global Practice Director, Products and Platforms
GHD Digital
Catherine McIntyre
Catherine McIntyre
The Logic
Sasha Einwechter
Sasha Einwechter
General Manager, Information Technology (IT)
City of Guelph
Tess Van Thielen
Tess Van Thielen
Vice President, Advanced Services Portfolio
Rogers for Business

Brought to you in collaboration with


Event Partners Include:

City of Kitchner


11:30 am

Anchor Welcome and Introduction, Naomi Parness, Founder, KPW Communications

11:35 am

Opening Comments by: Adam Straker, Program Manager, Ecosystem Collaboration, Communitech

11:40 am

Presentation by: Larry Smith, Founder & Senior Researcher, the Problem Lab, University of Waterloo

How do we really know what the future of cities looks like? What trends we’re seeing, what possibilities cities should prepare for, and how they will shape the solutions they adopt.

12:05 pm

Panel 1: Complex Challenges, Collaborative Solutions

Cities are facing complex challenges. Exciting solutions exist, but they’re not always easy to implement. What challenges do cities face in trying to adopt the latest technologies? What challenges do innovators face in trying to scale their solutions in cities? How do we improve that collaboration to solve problems?

  • Dan Mathers, Co-Founder, President & CEO, eleven-x
  • Claudia Preciado, Director of Engagement, National Association of City Transportation Officials
  • Alison Carden, Global Practice Director, Products and Platforms, GHD Digital
  • Mike Savage, Mayor, Halifax, NS
  • Panel Host: Ben Perry, President, Perry Group Consulting Ltd.

12:30 pm

Presentation by: Tess Van Thielen, Vice President, Advanced Services Portfolio, Rogers for Business

The changing face of digital collaboration. How tech leaders, government and corporations are working together to shape the future of cities.

12:45 pm

Presentation by: Ann Cavoukian, Chief Privacy Officer, Innovate Cities, Founder & CEO, Global Privacy & Security by Design, Former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

1:00 pm

Panel 2: Public-Private Partnerships to build the Future’s Cities: What Works & What Doesn’t?

A look at various public-private partnerships - successful and not. What worked? What didn’t work? What can other innovators and city leaders learn from these examples?

  • Mary Scott Nabers, President & CEO, Strategic Partnerships
  • Kimberly Williams, Chief Innovation Officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Harris County
  • Emily Yates, Smart City Director, City of Philadelphia
  • Sasha Einwechter, General Manager, Information Technology (IT), City of Guelph
  • Panel Host: Catherine McIntyre, Reporter, The Logic
1:30 pm




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