Canadian Open Data Summit 2014

Integrate The Data


Speakers

Andrew Wilkinson

Honourable Andrew Wilkinson
Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services

Andrew Wilkinson was elected MLA in the riding of Vancouver-Quilchena in 2013, and was appointed the Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services June 10, 2013.

He is a former deputy minister of the British Columbia Ministry of Economic Development, where he had responsibility for economic issues, trade and tourism. He also served as deputy minister for Intergovernmental Relations in the Premier's Office for two years.

Prior to his election as MLA, Wilkinson worked as a lawyer in the Vancouver offices of a major national law firm, where he had a special interest in green renewable energy development. Prior to being called to the bar, Wilkinson was educated and licensed as a physician. He lived and worked as a doctor in Campbell River, Lillooet and Dease Lake.

He has also served as president of the BC Civil Liberties Association and president of the BC Mountaineering Club, and president of the BC Liberal Party.


David Hume

David Hume
Executive Director, Citizen Engagement, BC Government

David's small but high impact team is helping ministries across government think through and launch better ways to bring British Columbians into the process of improving policy and services that affect them. A part of that work, he helped establish BC's open data program, DataBC.

David has been full time with the Province of BC since May 2009, and before that has worked in various consulting and project roles with the UN, OECD, the Province of New Brunswick, the Federal Government and the Government of New Zealand. Starting out in 2002 with an organization called the KTA Centre for Collaborative Governance, and continuing as the owner/operator of his own firm, most of his work has been focussed on how and why the web matters to the way we govern.


Adam Naamani

Adam Naamani
Entrepreneur, Resider

Adam is a real estate/tech entrepreneur based in Vancouver, B.C. who is passionate about startups that have the potential to evolve industries. He is the founder and CEO of resider.ca, a residential real estate search engine that provides transparency of information to homeshoppers. He studied the Bachelor of Business in Real Estate at the University of British Columbia.


Chad Skelton

Chad Skelton
Data Journalist, The Vancouver Sun

Chad Skelton is an award-winning data journalist at The Vancouver Sun. Chad has received the Jack Webster Award, B.C.'s top journalism prize, six times. His most recent Webster was in 2013 for a series on political donations and lobbyists in B.C. Chad also teaches journalism part-time at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he developed the popular Citizen Journalism and Data Journalism courses.


Sylvain Latour

Sylvain Latour
Director Open Government, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Sylvain is Director of the Open Government Secretariat within the Chief Information Officer Branch of the Treasury Board Secretariat. Prior to joining the Treasury Board Secretariat, Sylvain was director of the GeoConnections program which coordinated governance, policies and standards for the Canadian Geomatics Community. Throughout his career, he has worked on various operational projects, strategy development and policy development. He has led the establishment of national and international standards as well as some significant federal/provincial collaboration and data sharing partnerships.


James McKinney

James McKinney
Executive Director and Technical Lead, Open North

Open North is a Canadian nonprofit that provides digital tools for citizens and organizations to more easily access and understand government information and to influence and provide input to the government decisions that affect them. It works with governments to design new digital participatory processes, such as its consultation tool to involve residents in the local budget-making process. It designs open government data standards that, in the case of Popolo, have been adopted by major civil society organizations working in the interest of government transparency and accountability, and that, in the case of Open 511, have been co-designed and adopted by governments in the US and Canada. It maintains the largest database of Canadian electoral boundaries and elected officials at all levels of government, used by nonprofits, businesses, journalists and individuals to connect citizens to representatives.


Sue Bigelow

Sue Bigelow
Digital Conservator, City of Vancouver Archives

Sue is the Digital Conservator at the City of Vancouver Archives, preserving both digital and analogue records in many media. She is also responsible for the Archives' digitization program, which is making analogue records more accessible.


Sean Holman

Sean Holman
Assistant Professor, Journalism, Mount Royal University

Sean Holman is an assistant professor of journalism at Mount Royal University, documentary filmmaker and the founding editor of the pioneering online investigative political news service Public Eye. A former syndicated columnist, he also worked as a legislative reporter for 24 hours Vancouver and the Vancouver Sun.

In 2004, Holman won the Jack Webster Award for leading a five month investigation into what became known as the Doug Walls affair. The investigation resulted in the resignation of the minister of children and family development and the firing of his deputy.

He was also recognized in 2012 with a special mention in J-Source's Canadian Newsperson of the Year competition for "using new and emerging media technologies to expand the number of journalistic voices in this country and to redefine the relationship between journalists and citizens."

In addition to his online and print work, Holman hosted and produced Public Eye Radio, a Sunday morning political talk show on Victoria radio station CFAX 1070 that ran for seven years. A former British Columbia government communications advisor, his coverage and commentary have also appeared in the Huffington Post, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Tyee, the Times Colonist and Dow Jones News Service.

He most recently produced and directed the groundbreaking documentary Whipped: the secret world of party discipline, which is airing on the Cable Public Affairs Channel. Holman is also presently the Alberta/Northwest Territories regional director for the Canadian Association of Journalists.


Emma Irwin

Emma Irwin
Mozilla Rep

Emma Irwin is a self-described 'Open' advocate having spent most of her career passionately focused on open source, open education and open data initiatives. As a Mozilla Rep, Emma regularly devotes time to the empowerment of youth on the web through the Mozilla Webmaker project.

She believes Open Data and Webmaker communities are the perfect match to ignite youth activism in their communities through the open web. In 2013, Emma lead the youth-focused hackjam on Open Data Day at City Hall, and runs a regular Webmaker Club in her daughter's school. She was recently nominated for 'A Bold Vision' , a historic conference celebrating women leaders in Canada.

Emma works as a web developer for the Vancouver firm ImageX, and lives in Sooke BC with her husband and three daughters.


JN Landry

Jean-Noé Landry
Co-founder, Montreal Ouvert and Quebec Ouvert

Jean-Noé Landry is a civic and political engagement expert with 12 years of international and local experience. Over the past 5 years, as a co-founder of Montreal Ouvert and Québec Ouvert, he has focused on building and expanding the open data movement. Jean-Noé enjoys working and educating political parties and local governments on open data and supporting civil society become an active stakeholder. He is a member of the city of Montreal's Working Group on Open Data and the Mayor's Task Force on Democracy. Jean-Noé works at the parliamentary office of the federal NDP in Montreal where he is responsible for training and education for Québec province and advises the digital issues and treasury board critics on open governance.


Alex Ritchie

Alex Ritchie
Open Government Lead, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Alex has been with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for 5 years. His background is in spatial analysis and application development, spending time as a business analyst, technical leader, and now leads the ministry's Open Government Initiative. He is interested in integration of spatial data and enabling access to data to enhance decision making across government and the broader public sector.


Catherine Chernoff

Catherine Chernoff
Senior Technical Analyst, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Catherine has been with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for 6 years. Her current portfolio includes DriveBC , and she has been working on the Open511 project for close to two years. She has a Master's degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of Melbourne and has a particular interest in data quality and accessibility as an enabler.


Jeni Tennison

Jeni Tennison
Technical Director, ODI (UK)

Jeni Tennison is the Technical Director of the Open Data Institute. She originally trained as a psychologist and knowledge engineer, gaining a PhD in collaborative ontology development from the University of Nottingham. She went on to work as an independent consultant and practitioner, specialising in open data publishing and consumption, including XML, JSON and linked data APIs.

Before joining the ODI, Jeni was the technical architect and lead developer for legislation.gov.uk, which pioneered the use of open data APIs within the public sector, set a new standard in the publication of legislation on the web, and formed the basis of The National Archives' strategy for bringing the UK's legislation up to date as open, public data.

Within the wider UK public sector, Jeni worked on the early linked data work on data.gov.uk, helping to engineer new standards for the publication of statistics as linked data; building APIs for geographic, transport and education data; and supporting the publication of public sector organograms as open data. She continues her work within the UK's public sector as a member of both the UK Government Linked Data Group and the Open Data User Group.

Jeni has contributed to several international standards through the W3C, working on XSLT and XPath 2.0 within the XSL Working Group and on XProc within the XML Processing Working Group. She was appointed by Tim Berners-Lee to the W3C's Technical Architecture Group in 2011 and has since chaired the W3C's HTML Data Task Force.


Jay Bhalla

Jay Bhalla
Co-Founder of Canadian Open Data Institute & Executive Director, Open Institute

Jay is an innovation strategist, who helped pioneer Kenya's digital revolution. He helped design the Kenyan government's 2006 ICT policy that kick-started the nation's digital start-up culture, and more recently played a leading role in shaping the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI) the first open data initiative in sub-saharan Africa. He continues to advise both the Kenyan government and the World Bank on technologies strategies for civic engagement and appropriate technology. He has also helped build proof-of-concept grass-roots community tools for monitoring government delivery and tracking State expenditure as well as piloting various Demand Driven Open Data initiatives. Jay brings his international experience to the Canadian Open Data Institute (CODI) where he is a Founding member. CODI was founded to support the advancement of Open Data education, access and use in Canada.


Paul Norman

Paul Norman
Paul Norman is a OpenStreetMap editor and developer based in Vancouver. He both uses open data from sources across the world, and OpenStreetMap open data he helps publish is used on major sites such as Foursquare, Craigslist, Pintrest and the Washington Post. He has given talks internationally on open data and OpenStreetMap.


Raj Cheema

Raj Cheema
Raj is an Account Executive for the great cities of Western Canada based in Calgary. He has been with Microsoft for 15 years, spending most of that time as a Business Intelligence and Data Platform lead, working with both private and public sector customers across the Canada. Unlocking the power of data is his passion and he believes whether that data is big or small, structured or unstructured, open or proprietary, it should be harnessed to its full potential and used to drive greater insights and support better decision making for any person or organization. He is pragmatic in his approach, so while he enjoys learning and discussing trends and techniques in data science, he would rather spend his time helping people consume and understand data with simple yet powerful tools they already know, ultimately unlocking the power of the data around them.

Raj has had an interesting journey at Microsoft, holding many different roles in software engineering, consulting, product and solution area specializations, but he is most excited about his current role working exclusively with municipalities and police services in Western Canada. Today, cities account for more than 50 percent of the world's population and produce 80 percent of the global gross domestic product. At the same time, they face extreme pressure to modernize aging infrastructure and provide more services to citizens while coping with economic austerity and dwindling financial resources. More than a series of challenges, cities are also hubs for higher-education, sophisticated cultural centers, and the home of innovators that advance healthcare, energy, and science. While cities drive the global economy and shape the environment, Raj believes they are about more than changing demographics and untapped potential -- they are about people.

Raj holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. Outside of work, he enjoys hitting the pavement on his bike and exploring new places with his wife and three children. He is an avid sports fan as well and enjoys coaching his kids in soccer and basketball.


David Dumaresq

David Dumaresq
Dave Dumaresq, Co-founder and app developer of Vancouver RentalDog at Cloud-Graf.com. Sr. Technical Analyst responsible for web security, usability, and accessibility for ApplyBC.ca at BCcampus.ca. Publisher of CoastalArtBeat.ca and InkcatMedia.com. Playwright of Ask me about the Singularity! Kassai Horseback Archer at HorsebackArchery.ca. Unicycle archery enthusiast. To contact, please visit, daviddumaresq.com.


William Cadell

William Cadell

Will runs a geospatial company called sparkgeo.com, which helps organizations better understand, use, and share location based data using maps and the internet.

He is a Scotsman who is happy to be thoroughly lost in Northern BC. If you work really hard you might find him on some steep powdery mountainside.


Alex Benay

Alex Benay
Alex spent the first 9 years of his career working for the Government of Canada in such departments as Natural Resources Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Canadian International Development Agency, performing program management, executive management and technology related functions. Since joining OpenText, he has led the Canadian Public Sector services team deploying technology solutions across the country, managed the global industry marketing practice and provided executive leadership on several key international public sector projects such as deploying the world's first cloud based G20 collaboration system for all participating countries, deploying a single enterprise portal for all Commonwealth countries as well as deploying Public Service Without Borders, the world's first global collaboration platform for government employees of all jurisdiction. Currently, Alex is VP, Government Relations for OpenText, where he is playing a key role in establishing the National Open Data Institute as well as the National Open Data Leadership Forum, in addition to facilitating the integration of key government export services into OpenText's global sales operations.


Todd Pugh

Todd Pugh
Todd Pugh began his local government career in 1994, as a professional weed-whacker with the Regional District of Fraser-Cheam's Parks Department. While few jobs as exciting weed-whacking, Todd has moved on to other pursuits. Since 2001, he has been the Executive Director of CivicInfo BC, a not-for-profit local government information service based in Victoria.

While at CivicInfo BC, Todd has played a key role in developing a number of innovative and heavily used services, including the country's largest local government job boards, a province-wide municipal election results reporting system (unique in Canada), and a surveys and statistics service that is slowly evolving into an inter-municipal open data resource.

Since 2007, Todd has also been an instructor with Capilano University, teaching in the Local Government Administration program.

When he's not at the office or on the road, Todd enjoys relaxing at home with his wife Flo, daughter Kimberly, and son William. His hobbies include playing recreational hockey, nursing the wounds that recreational hockey inflicts upon him, and firing-up the old weed-whacker on weekends.


Todd Khozein
Bio to come.


Donna Horn
Bio to come.


David Eaves
Bio to come.


Kieran Harrop

Kieran Harrop
Kieran Harrop is a Partner and Executive Consultant at CGI who works with organizations to improve business and IT service delivery strategy. He is interested in how Open Government and Open Data can increase transparency, public engagement and enable better, more efficient service outcomes for citizens. Kieran is a Director for Open Data Society of BC and can be found on Twitter @opportunityknck


Mark Gayler

Mark Gayler
Mark Gayler is a Technology Strategist with Microsoft Canada. Working at Microsoft for ten years, he has been responsible for enabling customers and partners realize the benefits of adoption and deployment of the Microsoft technology platform, particularly in the areas of open source, interoperability, open data, open standards and cloud computing. He has worked with many Governments and enterprise customers on open source and open data initiatives in Canada, USA, Eastern and Western Europe, and Latin America.

Mark is a subject matter expert in the use of information technology for Open Government and Open Data initiatives and is passionate about Governments getting the best out of technology to benefit citizens and public services.

Mark relocated from the UK to Canada in 2007 and currently resides in Vancouver, BC. Prior to his current role, Mark was an Open Technology Evangelist for Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. and previously was Manager of the Technology Specialist team for Microsoft Public Sector in UK.

Before joining Microsoft, Mark spent over 15 years with international Systems Integrators building global IT solutions for enterprise customers including Swissair, European Patent Office, United Nations, and Delta Air Lines.

Mark was educated in Canada and UK and holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University.

Outside of work, Mark enjoys skiing and scuba diving and recently survived hurtling around the Whistler Sliding Centre at 100Km/h on a tea tray...