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Smart City and Infrastructure: National Insights – Winter

February 17, 2022 | 12:00-2:15pm ET & 9:00-11:15am PT | Online

Event Overview

Creating a smart and sustainable landscape

From the cities we live in, to the infrastructure being built around us, the world is constantly changing. Many of these changes focus on building more intelligent and greener cities through the integrating of a digital ecosystem. Embedded technology can increase the efficiency of a Smart City by analyzing and responding to  real-time data. However, though this can be of concern to some citizens, the overall benefits of a Smart City can positively impact the sustainability, livability, and quality of city life.

The winter edition of Public Sector Network Smart City and Infrastructure National Insights Series will provide the latest trends, ideas, and developments as Smart City technologies increasingly integrate and reshape how communities serve their citizens. This virtual event will provide public sector professionals an understanding of the ‘ins and outs’ of a Smart City, how to plan for the future, insights on the lessons learned from COVID-19, and the next generation of technologies.

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Benefits of Attending

Gain insights on the emerging trends and technologies with Smart Cities and the related impacts of COVID-19

Understand and discuss leading concerns with Smart City technologies and how they can be alleviated to protect privacy and security

Explore the beneficial impacts of Smart Cities on the delivery of services and how this can improve engagement with citizens

A Sneak Peek Of Your Inspiring Speakers

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Isaac Seah
Research Associate, Centre for Landscape Research
University of Toronto

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Alison Burgess
Manager Corporate Initiatives
The Regional Municipality of Durham

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Lisa Prime
Chief Planner
City of Cambridge Ontario

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Steve Czajka
Manager, Smart City Information Technology Division
City of Mississauga

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Wendy Dupley
Director, Economic Development and Tourism Economic Development
City of Maple Ridge

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Jazz Pabla
Information Services Director
City of Kelowna

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Andrea Mckinney
General Manager, Corporate Services
Town of Orangeville

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Sergio De Lara
Senior Associate, Smart Cities & Mobility
MaRS Discovery District

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Catherine Sparks
Director of Service Design
City of Edmonton

Adam Duckett
Sr. Director, Global Innovation

Matthew Dietz
Sr. State and Local Government Strategist

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Mississauga’s Smart City of Privacy Policy

This presentation will cover the first Canadian Smart City Policy, leading us towards privacy, freedom, and democracy. This policy stems from the following key pillars:

  • Privacy + Governance
  • Democracy + Trust
  • Citizen Control of Personal Information
  • Data Governance
  • Fairness for Everybody
  • Citizen Engagement + Literacy
  • Connected + Resilient
  • Data for Good

Integrating Smart Planning into Your Economic Development Strategy to Attract Future Growth Opportunities

  • What are some challenges attracting new investment and residents to a Smart City in a post-Covid world? What are the opportunities?
  • How can a Smart City attract new development with improved transportation and quality of life infrastructure?
  • How is urban planning for a Smart City changing compared to the past, and what will incentivize new industries to locate there?
  • How can innovative technologies inspire new development and attract a more diverse population base? How can this help improve equitable outcomes for all citizens and benefit different industries?
  • How can cities improve their transparency and better engage their citizens through their economic development strategies to integrate innovative technologies and infrastructure systems?

A Holistic Approach to Municipal Innovation

As communities learn to live with COVID and recover from its global impacts, smart city initiatives need to be part of a broader framework that takes advantage of all levers available to municipalities to create a more holistic and inclusive impact for citizens. For the City of Edmonton, the umbrella to expand smart cities is our approach to innovation that emphasizes the necessity to be brave, leverage the value of partnerships, incorporate human-centric design and utilize connected networks in order to build an intelligent city that is thriving, inclusive, prosperous.

Smart Cities: Moving Past the Pandemic to Create the City of the Future

  • How has COVID-19 impacted Smart City planning, and how have cities changed their response?
  • What is the government’s role in ensuring a proper governance framework when implementing Smart City and related program planning?
  • What are some lessons learned from COVID-19 that will impact future strategies and infrastructure planning?
  • As the hybrid work model becomes the new norm and greater importance is placed on employees’ wellbeing, how do these changes impact the future of infrastructure planning?
  • What are technological improvements expected to emerge, which will increase connectivity and engagement with citizens in smart cities?

Key Sessions

Your Registration

Virtual Presentations

Hear from public sector leaders about the latest trends and explore how to instantly apply these insights and gaining unique perspectives


An opportunity to engage with the inspiring speaker panel and peers in the live Q&A and polling to discover answers to shared challenges

Leading Technology Solutions

Hear  from leading solutions providers in the government space as they explore key technologies to improve citizen services


Receive on-demand access to session content on the complimentary Public Sector Network social learning platform

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“I was impressed with the cross-section and diversity of participants. Truly a nationwide forum. Well organized and delivered.”
 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA)

“Sharing some of the great work our municipal partners are doing in this space has been eye-opening. It really shows you how important innovative staff is to provide councils with the information they need to make decisions for the future as the decisions made today impact generations to come. The platform of events like SMART Infrastructure enables leaders to learn from one another.”
Township of Cramahe

“I really enjoyed spending time with colleagues from across Canada as we discussed the challenges and value around Smart Infrastructure Planning, the guest speakers were very knowledgeable and provided insights I will take back to my team. Well Done Everyone!”
Office of the City Manager, Richmond Hill

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