Tuesday June 4th, 2013
George Brown Waterfront Campus, Toronto ON
8:30 AM –
Lac Carling 3.0: Open Data and m-Government Applications for Municipal,
Provincial and Federal Governments
The current challenges have been well documented. From electronic services being vulnerable to
power and service failures to the significant upfront investment required to make this a reality,
make up the current challenges to retain good government and progress. The ubiquitous network
society as seen in Korea and Japan is a road map for Canada.
Explore the benefits and challenges of Open Data and m-government. Such a combination will allow
governments to transform themselves into a connected entity that responds to the citizen for a 21st
A recent study by Dr. Sara Diamond will highlight findings and a public service panel will debate
the issues. An interactive session will help build on a suggested Action Plan that involves the private
sector, academia and government.
Welcome: Anne Sado, President, George Brown College
A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004. Her
impact on the vision, direction and culture of the college has resulted in significant growth and
has activated a critical public discussion on the value of college education in Ontario’s economic
Anne was named Chair of Polytechnics Canada in February 2013. Polytechnics Canada is the voice
of Canada’s leading degree-granting, research-intensive, colleges, institutes of technology and
polytechnics that are dedicated to practical technological education and high-quality job creation.
Opening Remarks: Mayor Brad Woodside, City of Fredericton, New Brunswick
Brad Woodside was first elected to City Council in 1981. After two terms as councillor, he was
elected Mayor in 1986, serving five straight terms before resigning in 1999. He was returned as
Mayor in 2004 and on May 14, 2012, was re-elected for a record eighth term to become the longest
serving Mayor of Fredericton. Mayor Woodside has an Honourary Doctor of Laws from St. Thomas
University and is currently the First Vice-President for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Session & Keynote Introduction: Fawn Annan, President and Group Publisher, IT World Canada
In 2010 Fawn Annan became the President and Group Publisher of IT World Canada, the leading
online information resource for Canadian information and communications technology (ICT)
professionals. IT World Canada is the Canadian affiliate of International Data Group (IDG), the
world’s largest IT provider, located in 97 countries. Ms. Annan is one of three female Presidents
within this global publishing network. Canadian titles include Canadian CIO, Computing Canada,
CDN, Direction informatique, ITWorldcanada.com and ITBusiness.ca.
In 1995 Ms. Annan joined IT World Canada as General Manager, Executive Programs, launching
the publishing enterprise into C-level events and research projects. In 2008 she was promoted to
Chief Strategy Officer, helping IT World navigate the turmoil that was descending upon the print
industry which was a move that allowed her to assume the role of President.
She currently sits on the Ontario ITAC Board, the iCanada Advisory Board, IAB, and CanWIT.
Previously she was on the Athabasca Board for MBA programs and the MISA Board representing
the Vendor community. She received the Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Award along with 36
other leaders in her sector for making a difference to Canada through some of her own initiatives
Keynote Presentation: Dr. Sara Diamond, President, and Vice-Chancellor,
Ord. Ontario; RCA, OCAD University
Dr. Sara Diamond is the President of OCAD University, Canada’s “university of the imagination”.
She holds a PhD in Computing, Information Technology and Engineering from the University of
East London, a Masters in Digital Media theory from the University of Arts London and Honours
Bachelors of Arts in History and Communications from Simon Fraser University. She is an appointee
of the Order of Ontario and the Royal Canadian Society of Artists and a recipient of the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada. She is the winner of the 2013 GRAND NCE Digital
Media Pioneer Award.
While retaining OCAD University’s traditional strengths in art and design, Diamond has guided
the university in becoming a leader in digital media, design research and curriculum through
the Digital Futures Initiative, new research in Inclusive Design, health and design, as well as
in sustainable technologies and design. She also played a leading role in OCAD University’s
establishment of the unique Indigenous Visual Culture Program. These initiatives have built strong
partnerships for OCAD University with science, business and communities, in Ontario and abroad.
Diamond is a data visualization, wearable technology and mobile media researcher, artist and
designer. She developed www.codezebra.net, a social media software and performance and
responsive fashion environment. Diamond is founding Chair of the Mobile Experience Innovation
Centre and current co-chair (with Deloitte). She is co-principal investigator on the Centre for
Information Visualization/Data Driven Design, an OCAD U/York University major initiative
and sits on the board of the National Centre of Excellence GRAND and is the holder of funding
from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, MITACS and the National Sciences
and Engineering Research Council. She is currently collaborating on developing mobile health
technologies and visualization for health care support and resistance to Dengue fever with
researchers in Brazil.
Diamond was the Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art and Director of Research at the Banff
Centre, where she created the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) in 1995 and led it until 2005. In
this role she assisted with the development, incubation and support of many of Canada’s leading
new media companies. Diamond created and was the Editor-in-Chief of www.horizonzero.ca, an
online showcase for new media art and design in collaboration with Heritage Canada and The Banff
Centre. At the Banff Centre she created international think tanks and collaborations in ICT, digital
media and science research with artists, designers and scientists from Latin America, Africa, Asia,
Central and Western Europe and the U.S.A., as well as Canada.
Currently, she serves on the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s Advisory Council on Arts & Culture,
ORION (Ontario’s high-speed network), SHARCNET, IO (Interactive Ontario), Canadian
Women in Communications; i-Canada; is Chair of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto Advisory
Committee. Diamond has served the larger university community through her membership on the
Standing Advisory Committee on University Research (SACUR) and currently is a member of the
Standing Advisory Committee on International Relations (SACIR) of the Association of Universities
and Colleges and as Chair of the Standing Committee on Relationships with Other Postsecondary
Institutions for the Council of Ontario Universities and is a member of the COU executive. Diamond
was a member of the 2011-2012 Council of the Canadian Academies’ expert panel on the State of
Science & Technology in Canada.
Roy Wiseman, Executive Director, MISA/ASIM
(Municipal Information Systems Association)
Patricia D’Sousza, Director, I&IT Strategy, Strategy Planning and Enterprise Architecture I&IT
Innovation, Controllership and Strategy Division, Ontario Ministry of Government Services
Dr. John Semple, Surgeon-in-Chief at Women’s College Hospital
Catherine Middleton, Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor Ted Rogers School
of IT Management, Ryerson University
Claude Martel Ph. D. Pre´sident, EduConsillium
Gary Woodill, CEO, and Senior Analyst, i5 Research
Jury Konga, Principal, eGovFutures Group