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Where you can find us in coming months

Open North is an active leader in helping the advancement of the open data community across Canada. Here’s where you can find us over the next few months!

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March 2: OuiShareQC, Montreal, QC

As part of a monthly discussion series organized by OuiShare, this month’s discussion covered online democracy, participatory budgets and civic tech at large. The event featured François Croteau, the mayor Arrondissement de Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie, city councillor Guillaume Lavoie, and Open North’s Executive Director Jean-Noé Landry.

March 9: University of the Streets, Montreal, QC

University of the Streets Café hosts public, bilingual conversations with community professionals. This session leads with the question: “Do citizens hold the necessary competencies, tools and knowledge to take part in the democratic process and lead our communities?” The event has invited our Executive Director Jean-Noé Landry, to discuss this question alongside Frédéric Lapointe, the president of Ligue d’action civique. The session will be moderated by Noémie Brière-Marquez, the coordinator of the Forum jeunesse de l’île de Montréal.

March 10-12: HackQC, Sherbrooke, QC

HackQC will be an exciting sprint of 48 hours of programming where teams develop an application from open data that is useful for citizens. This year’s theme is “alternative transport.” Open North will be in attendance as a member of the jury.

March 14: Cities in Tech, Montreal, QC

Do you want to harness the power of technology to change the way cities are used and developed and to make them more sustainable and people-friendly? That’s the question for the inaugural event of this new Cities in Tech meetup series. We’ll be sharing our experience alongside Beatrice Couture from InnoCité MTL and Jack Sion, COO at Transit.

March 21-23: Transparency in the 21st Century, Ottawa, ON

This conference on transparency is organized by the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada with the Treasury Board Secretariat, Department of Justice and Library and Archives Canada. Open North’s Executive Director will be speaking on a panel entitled: Transparency: Open Government and the Next Generation, alongside Canada2020’s Dan Lenihan, Laura Tribe from Open Media and Mélanie Robert, Executive Director of Information Management and Open Government at the Treasury Board Secretariat.

March 28-29: Policy Community Conference, Ottawa, ON

We were pleased to accept Natural Resources Canada’s invitation to participate in a workshop on open policy making, as part of the Policy Community Conference. The workshop will focus on how to decide what stage(s) of the policy development process should be open. It will also identify principles for effective open policy making and ways to evaluate the effectiveness, as well as best practices for leveraging digital platforms for open policy making.

March 27-29: What Works Cities Summit 2017 (WCC), New York, USA

Rachel Bloom, Open North’s new Open Smart Cities in Canada project lead, will be presenting on open data standards at this year’s Bloomberg Philanthropies’ WWC Summit 2017. The WWC gathers nearly 300 dedicated city practitioners, experts, and thought leaders from cities across the USA to share experiences, engage in professional development, and celebrate local achievements and the individuals driving change.

March 30-31: Schulich Executive Education Centre Executive Education Centre, Toronto, ON

Open North Expert Associates, Bianca Wylie and Jury Konga, will be teaching a two-course “Achieving Open Government Through Accountability, Transparency, and Open Data” at Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University.

April 12: Armchair discussion on open government, Ottawa ON

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) is organizing and delivering this event in partnership with the Canada School of Public Service in an effort to increase awareness of opportunities to mainstream open government across Canada. The Armchair Discussion will be webcast nationally in real time to internal Government of Canada participants and the public at large. Stay tuned for details!

May 3: Annual URISA Ontario Be Spatial Conference, Markham Ontario

The Be Spatial Conference is is an annual industry training, program and expo showcase that attracts over 250 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Information Technology (IT) managers, analysts, technicians, professors and students from throughout Ontario. Jury Konga, Open Smart Cities Associate will be presenting on Smart Cities and Digital Government.

May 5-6: Annual Go-OpenData Conference, London, ON

GO Open Data is an annual community-driven conference, which brings together civil society, IT professionals, bloggers, community and economic developers, city planners, civil servants and more. Jury Konga, Open North Associate, is the Senior Advisor to the conference and this year’s program coordinator. The 5th annual Go Open Data conference welcomes our Executive Director as the keynote speaker for this important regional event!

May 30-31: Big Data and Analytics for the Public Sector Conference, Toronto, ON

This conference focuses on unlocking the value in your data and enhancing data-driven decision making. Open North Associates, Jury Konga and Bianca Wylie will be participating in the Future of Open Data and Digital Government panel.

June 12: Data 4 Impact Workshop, Edmonton, AB

This pre-event of the Canadian Open Data Summit, marks the second edition of this workshop. Co-organized by OpenNorth, Powered by Data, Data4Good, and Nick Scott from the Government of New Brunswick, Data4Impact will focus on the non-profit’s relationship with data, focusing on issues of capacity, mindset, infrastructure, and collaboration.

June 13: Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS17), Edmonton, AB.

CODS is an annual event where the most pressing challenges facing the open data and open government communities are addressed on a national scale. Our Executive Director will be in attendance, presenting challenges and opportunities in expanding and deepening collaborative partnerships with government across Canada. The conference will be two days full of workshops and seminars with industry leaders, making it an event not to be missed!

June 14-16: GFOABC Annual Conference, Victoria, BC

The GFOABC Annual Conference has been the premier training opportunity for finance officers for over 20 years. 2017 will be no exception with a great program that will fulfill your professional development needs and provide valuable networking opportunities. Open North’s Business Development Manager will be presenting our online CitizenBudget simulator to this great audience of government finance officers.

June 17-20: Building Resilience 2017 Conference, Calgary, AB

The 2017 Canadian Institute of Planners and the Alberta Professional Planners Institute’s Annual Conference aims to support those engaged with building resiliency through an engaging, collaborative, and thought provoking forum to explore this critical aspect of our shared futures. Keira Webster, Open North’s City Resilience Research Intern, will be presenting our recently published discussion paper on city resilience and open data.

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