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We are a non-profit, driven by our values. We work with public, private and research partners as well as community stakeholders to foster effective, responsible, and collaborative use of data and technology and solve complex problems.

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For data and technology that empower transparent, accountable and inclusive communities.


Open North drives research, capacity-building and network collaboration across and within sectors to advance the responsible and effective use of data & technology.

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Our Story

Founded in 2011, Open North started as a small Montreal-based social enterprise with cutting edge expertise in open data and civic technology.

Today, Open North’s interdisciplinary team has developed extensive domain expertise in open smart cities, data governance and management, open government, data-sharing partnerships, digital inclusion, open procurement, and AI ethics.

A brief history of Open North

2020: Increasing the impact of the Applied Research Lab and the Advisory Service

Open North publishes the Data Governance and Digital Infrastructure report and leads all aspects of data governance for the City of Montreal’s smart city challenge program. Open North joins the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI (OBVIA).

2019: Launch of the Applied Research Lab and the Advisory Service
2018: Release of Open North’s flagship Open Smart City Guide v1.0
2017: Empowering cities to release data
2016: Supporting and connecting open cities internationally
2015: The Canadian Open Data Summit in Ottawa
2014: Stepping up internationally
2013: First deployment of Open North’s online Citizen Budget simulator
2012: Improving citizen participation methods
2011: Open North is established

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