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Advisory Services

Our experienced and diverse team of advisors supports municipalities and organizations of all sizes across Canada on a range of data and tech issues. We work alongside our partners’ teams to assess their needs, define problems, mobilize research and knowledge, design solutions and support their implementation.

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The Advisory Service’s approach

The Advisory Service works alongside our partners’ teams to assess your needs, define problems, mobilize research and knowledge, design solutions and support their implementation.

Our expert staff works with a roster of advisors in all our areas of expertise to offer advisory services to municipalities and organizations across Canada. Workshops, webinars, online courses - we’ve created all the capacity-building tools you’ll need in order to help you develop innovative data and tech solutions to benefit your community.

We have a proven track record of delivering the impactful results that you want:

  • - Align vision and principles
  • - Lead strategic planning processes
  • - Design and deliver tactical interventions
  • - Develop and tailor operational roadmaps
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Getting started? Access free capacity development services on Open Smart Cities through the Community Solutions Network. As CSN’s Lead Technical partner, we’ll be there to help you.

Meet our advisors

  • Open Smart Cities
  • Data Governance and Management
  • Data-Sharing and Data Partnerships
  • Data-Driven Public Engagement
  • Digital Inclusion and Data Literacy
  • Open Government and Open Data
  • AI Ethics and Governance

Andrew Salzberg

Open Data & Mobility

Bianca Wylie

Open Government & Engagement

Jacqueline Lu

Data Strategy & Analytics

Jean-Marc LaFlamme

Future Visioning & Rural Innovation

Lex Gill

Technology, Law & Human Rights

Matthew Claudel

Urban Design & Civic Innovation

Pierre-Antoine Ferron

Digital Government & Procurement

Roosevelt Cap

Strategic Planning

Ryan Garnett

Open Data & Data Engineering

Soumya Ghosh

Technology & Digital Transformation

Open Smart Cities

Our Open Smart Cities program is dedicated to helping municipalities implement smart cities projects in a manner that empower their community, create trust and strengthen accountability and transparency. This program offers various entry-points for municipalities : at a strategic level, we offer personalized turnkey processes to guide municipalities through the elaboration of their smart city plan and data governance model, which includes a public consultation process; at the operational level, we offer integrated technical guidance on various processes at the heart of smart cities projects (open contracting, standardization, data ecosystems mapping, etc.)

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Data Governance

As the contemporary global economy increasingly depends on data flows between individuals and organizations, multi-stakeholder data sharing has seen substantial growth in recent years.adv1: Operationalizing the Applied Research Lab’s research on collaborative data governance, the Advisory Service offers support to groups of organizations and partners willing to engage in impactful data sharing initiatives. Providing support to identify standards, develop policies and guidelines.

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Community Solutions Network

Open North’s Advisory Service Team is the Lead Technical Partner of the Community Solutions Network. Led by Evergreen, this program is a community-centric platform, developed as part of Future Cities Canada, with funding provided by the Government of Canada. Open North provides free advisory services and e-learning courses on key open smart city topics and priorities. Our team of experts provides high-value advice to senior municipal managers and IT professionals to inform decision-making on data & tech.

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