List of Webinars

i-CANADA Global Webinars

International partners whose goal is to advance the public good of Smart Communities, have gathered to offer a global view of issues of heart-burn interest to the development of social and economic growth. Here are some upcoming webinars that are freely offered for the benefit of community development.

To register for any of these webinars please contact:
Barry Gander, Co-Founder, i-CANADA

The Strategic Use of Open Data

November 27, 2014

  • David Gray, Principal, eSolutions Group Limited
  • Max Min, Director of Information Management and Technology Services, City of Waterloo
  • Ryan Mounsey, Manager of Expension and Retention, City of Waterloo
  • Tim Anderson, CAO, City of Waterloo
  • Lan Nguyen, Deputy CIO, City of Toronto
  • Paul Hodgson, GIS & Infrastructure Manager, Greater London Authority, U.K
  • Vernon Everitt, Managing Director of Customer Experience, Marketing & Communications, Transportation for London (TfL)
  • Allan Mayo, Smart Cities Advisor, speaking for Greenwich, U.K.

Strategic Open Data is investment- or job-centric information that is capable of being digitized and made available as a set of shareable economic development tools. It is capable of being accessed by colleague municipalities, senior levels of government, land registry offices as well as the private sector. The goal is to provide a pooled resource to enable investors or potential business partners to digitally access community information vital to their interests.

Examples of key strategic uses would include:

  • Real estate – a wealth of land-related data;
  • Investment Attraction – including impacts such as job creation
  • Transportation – with scheduling and routing information;
  • Innovation – through the promotion of enterprise and local engagement;
  • Municipal services; and
  • Tourism attraction

Contact i-CANADA for presentations.

Smart Energy, Smart Economy

March 19, 2015

  • Daniel Assandri, President and CEO, ABB Canada;
  • Jim Anderson, VP Smart Cities, Schneider Electric;
  • Geoff Riggs, Sustainable Resource Strategy, IBM;
  • Steven Fawkes, Founder, Energypro UK
  • Moderator: Bill Hutchison, Chair, i-CANADA

Smart Energy, Smart Economy is an i-CANADA webinar and presentation event held at the Americana conference in Montreal on March 19 2015. A panel of leaders from some of the world’s largest energy products and services companies, described “smart” energy solutions that are vital to manage energy consumption and to exploit global opportunities.

For presentations and summaries, see:

Innovation in the Integrated Smart City

May 28, 2015

Brian Purcell, Smart Cities Leader, IBM Canada
Chelo Fernandez, Deputy Director of Innovation, Barcelona City Council, Spain
Greg Bloom, Chief Organizing Officer, Open Referral, U.S.A.
Paul Wilson, Managing Director, Bristol is Open, U.K.
Roy Wiseman, Executive Director, Municipal Information Systems Association, Canada

Innovation is the creation of value from services that do not yet exist. Smart cities innovate innovation by pulling groups and tools together in managed ecosystems.

An international panel of leaders from some of the world’s best innovation communities and companies describes “smart” approaches to innovation solutions that are vital to achieving growth, featuring:

  • Best-practice examples from around the world of innovation through integration, from the acknowledged global leader, IBM.
  • EU Capital of Innovation award-winner Barcelona, illustrating how an integrated community ecosystem can plan and deliver its own success.
  • Accelerated innovation in service delivery through Open Referral, where everyone has access to and use of information about community resources such as health, human, and social services.
  • The City as a Test-Bed, in the Bristol is Open joint venture, where high-speed networks allow organizations to test and demonstrate smart city and Internet of Things services in a controlled environment

A Strategically Sustainable Smart City


A Smart City uses technology to transform and unify all sectors of the community. It has the capacity to remake itself in times of crises, and to maintain consistent change in order to ensure prosperity and robust health. A resilient community uses connectivity to spur collaboration within and among local groups involved in knowledge-based services, digital creativity, and social inclusion and business. In doing so, evidence shows above average rates of sustained economic growth, job creation, social diversification, environmental innovation and overall urban resilience.

A Data Driven Smart City


How big data and data visualisation can provide valuable insight, inform policy and engage people in their city.

The Cybersecure City, in an age of ANONYMOUS


A strategic view of a social transformation: the ethical hacker, with a focus on recent hacks in the U.K., Ottawa, Toronto and California hacks by ANONYMOUS.

A Safe Smart City


Smart communities and First Responders, threat environments.

Citizenville: engagement with the public


How to take the Town Square digital.

Aging Demographics and the Smart City Response


Demographics point to a need to enlist older citizens and use their experience in driving economic growth, especially to help digitally include and improve life for the elderly themselves, while trimming the city budget.

Governance: Core of the Smart City’s Success


How do we organize the leaders of the networks that make up our cities?