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Montreal Smart Cities Engagement Session

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On Thursday, March 31st, from 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM (EDT), the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), in partnership with Recolte, Laboratoire d'innovation urbaine de Montréal, Cité-ID LivingLab and Smart City Experience, will be holding a public engagement session via Zoom to discuss the state of Greater Montreal’s technology ecosystem and Canada's smart cities project.

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In this session, we invite Greater Montreal residents to share and explore issues and opportunities that impact them today, and how smart technologies might contribute to those issues and opportunities. Guest speakers will present in French and there will be breakout rooms for community engagement in both French and English. Montrealers, we want to hear from you! As a thank you, the first 50 people who sign up for the event and participate in the group discussion will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card.

Although 'smart cities' may by be a bit of a buzzword, its impacts can be felt far and wide. The technology of smart cities affects every aspect of the city, from streetlights to sidewalks, to environmental sustainability. But the question is, what other smart city technologies can influence the way we live and work in Montreal? How will new 'smart' developments impact your experience on Island of Montreal? What needs to take place to ensure that Montreal implements smart technologies effectively, but also in a way that is inclusive and accessible?

This event is open to all Montreal residents and those from the outlying region who would like to share their insight, experiences, and engage with others on the issue. Community discussions will happen in French and English.

This community engagement session will provide:

  • A brief update on the state of smart cities in Montreal and across Canada

  • A presentation on smart city transportation

  • Engagement with fellow Montreal residents on the topic of future smart city developments

*Following this event, ICTC will publish an overview article allowing all participants to share insights from this virtual forum.

ICTC is pleased to introduce you to our esteemed subject matter experts who will be joining the discussion on March 31st:

Louis Lafortune, Procurement Solutions Lead, Project Système alimentaire local and Integrated in Montreal (SALIM) - Montréal en commun

With his background studies in economics and strong experience in the community and social enterprise sectors, Louis is driven by the will to contribute to the emergence and consolidation of a sustainable food system in Montreal and beyond. Within the SALIM project, he works to build regional collective infrastructure and logistical solutions in Montreal to increase access to local and healthy food to all Montrealers including the ones experiencing food insecurity.

Marjolaine St-Arnaud, Innovation Advisor at the City of Montreal's Urban Innovation Laboratory

Marjolaine St-Arnaud is an innovation advisor at the City of Montreal's Urban Innovation Laboratory. She has participated in the implementation of several major projects of the Laboratory, including the development of Montreal's application to the Smart Cities Challenge, for which she led certain components. The City of Montreal won the $50 million first prize in this pan-Canadian competition. Marjolaine holds a master's degree in environmental management and is particularly interested in environmental issues, urban innovation and food security. As part of the Laboratory's multidisciplinary team, she aims to participate in the development of a human-scale, sustainable city.

Geneviève Baril, Co-Director of Strategy and Innovation of Cité-ID LivingLab

Geneviève Baril is co-director of strategy and innovation at Cité-ID of the National School of Public Administration (ENAP) since April 2018. In this role, she has collaborated on the design, coordination, facilitation, and documentation of several action-research approaches to complex urban problems identified by pending parties (public, community, philanthropic, and academic organizations) to co¬build innovative governance practices that increase resilience. In the field of digital data governance, she has co-designed and co-facilitated several collective reflection processes on AI and digital for the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital (OBVIA), she collaborates with the Laboratoire d'innovation civique pour l'expérimentation réglementaire (LICER) in the framework of Montréal en commun and she is currently leading a knowledge transfer process aimed at co-constructing the data governance model of an NPO. She completed her doctoral studies at ENAP and is interested in the co-production of public services as part of her thesis work. Previously, she was a founding member of the New World Institute and held various positions (2003-2016), including acting deputy director general. Her fields of expertise and interest are citizen participation, coproduction of public services, collaborative governance and the governance of digital data partnerships.

Gabriela Manrique Rueda, Research Analyst of Cité-ID LivingLab

Gabriela Manrique Rueda is a research analyst at Cité-ID of the École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP). She holds a PhD in Criminology from the University of Montreal. Prior to joining Cité-ID, she was a postdoctoral researcher for the "Art of Resilience" project at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology. Her postdoctoral work focuses on the resilience of critical infrastructures to natural disasters and cyber-attacks. Her research at Cité-ID focuses on the role of digital tools and data on the resilience of socio-technical systems. She is working on the development of information systems and the use of data by public health in Quebec in the context of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the Civic Innovation Laboratory for Regulatory Experimentation (LICER), she is interested in regulatory adaptation in the context of the ecological transition in Montreal and the role of geographic information systems and data in regulatory adaptation and the ecological transition. She is also interested in the governance of data partnerships and smart cities, including citizen issues.

Noah Redler, Founder and President of Arche Innovation and Co-Founder of Smart City Experience

Noah Redler is the founder and President of Arche Innovation and co-founder of Smart City Experience. As an active member of the global innovation community. He is passionate about understanding how organizations and people are evolving in the era of perpetual innovation and a believer that we can ensure the harmonious integration of humanity and technology in society and the workplace.

His unconventional professional background includes a variety of professional experiences, each one another opportunity to learn. Previously, Noah has held the roles of the first Campus Director of Montreal’s Notman House, VP of Communications and Government Relations for Gestion Immobilier Quo Vadis, political attache at the City of Montreal, campaign manager for 5 elections at all levels of government, communications coordinator for Canada World Youth, and logistics and hospitality manager at Just For Laughs, in addition to a variety of other contractual positions.

Always involved in his community and a strong believer in the value of volunteerism, Noah has given his time to support organizations in roles that include, Director for Quebec communities for Startup Canada, member of the Bureau de Direction of the RJCCQ, co-animator of the Dérangeants podcast, a mentor to numerous entrepreneurs, co-founder of La Tournée des Entrepreneurs, co-founder of Hackerfest and Smart City fest events in collaboration with Montreal’s Startupfest and member of the advisory committee for the Africa Web Festival in Abidjan. Noah is also a member of the Board of Directors for Kids Code Jeunesse, and previously Éco-Quartier Peter-McGill, NAHA center, among others.

Since 2010, Noah has been directly involved in the creation, development and implementation of programs designed to support entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems. He is frequently asked to speak on the subjects related to creating innovation cultures within organizations, the future of work and organizational transformation.