James McKinney is Open North's Executive Director. Prior to assuming leadership of Open North, he was an early contributor to Montréal Ouvert – a citizen initiative to promote open access to civic information. He is an active voice in the Canadian open government and open data communities.
James uses technology to promote open government, online citizenship and participatory democracy. He is a frequent contributor to government and corporate transparency projects, like OpenCorporates, and to open-source projects, like Drupal. He has presented on open government and technical subjects at GO Open Data, Transparency Camp, Drupalcon and Hacks/Hackers.
Stéphane Guidoin is Open North's Director of Products and Services, joining our team after 12 years of practicing IT in finance and telecommunications. He is one of the leader of the open data movement since 2006 when he cofounded the first Canadian open data initiative, CivicAccess. Within Open North he mainly focuses on open data standardization, tools development and ecosystem building around open data.
Stéphane believes that open data is a major component to improve communities and democratic processes. He hopes to make open data more relevant as a tool for making government open and encouraging fulfilling and sustainable communities.
Jean-Noé Landry is Open North's Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach. He is a democracy development expert with 12 years of international and local experience with a passion for finding innovative ways to overcome barriers to citizen participation. Jean-Noé helped strengthen electoral processes, legislative and political institutions with the National Democratic Institute in Croatia, Serbia, Russia, the West Bank, Kenya, Algeria, and Tunisia. 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 in Canada. He enjoys working and educating governments and legislators on open data and supporting civil society to become an active stakeholder. Jean-Noé is also a civil society representative on the City of Montreal's Task Force on Democracy, a unique working group that reflects on participatory democratic practices.
Joel Ornoy is Open North's Business Development Manager. He has 15 years' experience in innovative outreach, development and advocacy programs for nonprofits in Canada, Latin America and Asia, where he developed a passion for social and environmental issues. Joel has coordinated sales and marketing for green enterprises and campaigns and brings an extensive customer service background. Joel is Open North’s main contact for Citizen Budget – the powerful budget simulator that helps educate and engage residents in budget planning as part of the trend towards greater civic engagement and open government.
Marichelle Leclair is Open North's Communications Coordinator. She recently graduated from McGill University where she completed an honours degree in French Literature with a minor in Society, Law and Politics. She is currently completing qualifying studies for graduate studies in Educational Psychology. Marichelle takes advantage of her years of teaching experience to educate the public and elected officials about open data and civic engagement.
Jonathan Brun is co-founder of Nimonik, an online tool to track environmental, health, and safety laws and to perform audits and verifications on mobile devices. Jonathan co-founded Montréal Ouvert, a citizen's action group that successfully lobbied the city of Montreal for an open data policy and portal.
Jonathan has presented about open data and open government at numerous conferences including Open Government Data Camp 2010 and 2011, TEDx, Pecha Kucha, as well as at the Québec National Assembly. Jonathan is passionate about open data and believes it supports an efficient and open government.
A public policy entrepreneur and negotiation expert, David has become internationally recognized for his work and advocacy on open government. In 2008, David advised the Mayor of Vancouver on open government and open data and helped draft the Open Motion - the world's first municipal motion on open government. Since then he has advised several municipalities and international organizations on their open data and open innovation strategies.
In addition to engaging and pressuring governments, David works with programmers and citizens at the local and national levels to make use of, and advocate for, more open and transparent government. He helped launch the International Open Data Day, which sees thousands of developers in over 60 cities worldwide create applications and analysis from open data, served as a sponsor of the BC government's Apps for Climate Action competition, helps run Recollect.net - a low cost garbage information management system for local government - and worked with a developer team to create the pollution monitoring website Emitter.ca.
Emily manages the policy and intergovernmental relations department of the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario (MFOA), a professional association for municipal treasury staff. She is excited about the prospects of citizen engagement to modernize municipal-provincial relations.
Emily believes that public engagement is critical to a municipality’s financial sustainability. She is an active member of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association and CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network. The youngest person in every meeting, she co-founded MFOA’s Young Professionals Network – YPN@MFOA – to attract and anchor under 35s in the municipal finance sector.
Kent Mewhort is the CTO of Ethelo Decisions, a social enterprise focused on fair and social online decision making. He is passionate about applying technologies to improve democracy, government transparency, the legal system, education, and other social issues. To this end, he has developed many open source software applications such as CLIPol, an open licensing information tool, and CoursePacker.org, a platform for creating open education coursepacks.
Bernard Rudny believes that non-profits do good, and he helps them do it better. He is part of the Pembina Institute's communications team and previously managed elections campaigns and research initiatives for Apathy is Boring. He is an advocate for open data and open government as a way to improve policy, politics and journalism.
Bernard's background in journalism and research makes him passionate about open data. He got his start writing for the McGill Daily and McGill Tribune, and has been principal investigator for a number of research projects, including field studies for Elections Canada and randomized get-out-the-vote experiments.