Smart City Experience 2020

Meet the knowledge leaders sharing their experience at SCE 2020

Every expert presenting at Smart City Experience has concrete experience in the planning, development and deployment of projects designed to make their cities smarter and more equitable for all citizens. Meet the knowledge sharing community participating in 2020. 

André-Yanne Parent

General Director – Climate Reality Canada

Passionate about environmental justice and dedicated to empowering people to lead change in their communities, André-Yanne joined the Climate Reality Project Canada’s team as Executive Director in March 2019. The Canadian branch of the international organization founded by Al Gore advances solutions to the climate crisis by empowering Canadian citizens from all walks of life to become leaders in their communities. André-Yanne Parent holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Montreal. Elected on several boards, she is also one of the cofounders of DestiNATIONS, a Cultural and Artistic Embassy for First Nations, Inuit and Metis in Montreal and was appointed on the Canadian Commission for UNESCO in Education. André-Yanne was selected in La Presse‘s Top 30 Under 30. She was the Senior Director of Operations and Philanthropy for Inuit & First Nations Communities at Youth Fusion. Under her leadership, Youth Fusion’s Indigenous Programming received the 2017 edition of the Marcel Côté Award from the Public Policy Forum for its leadership in improving public policies.

Annie Cyr

Fondatrice et CEO – Tengiva

Industrial fashion management major Annie Cyr is a reputed textile sourcing expert, author of the Textile Fibers Guide and founder of the textile publishing and education firm CACITH Inc., is a passionate advocate for textile technology advancement, innovation and quality control.

Annie spend the past 15 years across the textile and apparel supply chain. Her latest achievement is Tengiva a digital sourcing platform, available worldwide, that enables a whole new future for the apparel and textile industries.

Benoit Lacroix

ENg. PhD, Co-Founder and VP Business Intelligence – Effenco

Since the inception of Effenco, Benoit always focused on working closely with end users to better understand their needs and identify technical solutions. After having been in charge of sales orientation and marketing strategy as VP sales and marketing for 10 years, Benoit now oversees the product and business development for data valorization and connectivity solutions at Effenco. Previously, Benoit worked as designer and project manager in the aerospace industry as well as in product development of automotive suspension components. Benoit holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from ÉTS university.

Camille Viros

Economist/policy analyst – OECD

Camille Viros is an economist/policy analyst at the OECD in Paris, France. She works in the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities where she is leading the OECD programme of work on Smart Cities and Inclusive Growth. She also has extensive experience as an economist in the private sector in London, UK, where she conducted research projects on a wide range of topics including innovation policies, climate change, infrastructure and population ageing. She graduated from HEC Paris, the Paris School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris.

Campbell Patterson

Project Manager – Utilities Kingston

Campbell Patterson is the founding partner of CP Communications (CPC). From a smart city perspective, in his early career Campbell has developed strategic and marketing plans for such household names as IBM, Hewlett‐Packard, Apple, Sprint, and AT&T. For the past twenty years, CPC has been actively engaged project managing Utilities Kingston’s fibre optic and wireless network for the past 20‐years. Campbell wrote the original business case and business plan for the municipal network. Campbell has also helped regions, counties, municipalities, utilities, school boards, hospitals and user‐ based consortiums in Canada evaluate broadband networking and smart city opportunities, apply for funding assistance, researching and writing business cases, crafting business plans; and designing, procuring, building, deploying, and project managing community broadband networking operations.

Campbell co‐authored a submission to the Intelligent Community Forum that resulted in the City of Kingston receiving a Top7 intelligent community of the year designation in 2014 out of several hundred submissions from around the world. Campbell was project manager for the recently published “Kingston Broadband Gap Analysis.” 

As acutely demonstrated during the COVID‐19 pandemic stay‐at‐home requirements, the accessibility, price and performance of legacy Internet connectivity for rural and low‐income urban residents is limited, expensive and slow, relative to their high‐income urban peers, who enjoy next‐generation fibre‐ to‐the‐premises (FTTP) Internet at 1/1 Gbps for $100 per month or less. 

As the Internet is increasingly a primary means for all citizens to interact with the world around them, the result is, rural and low‐income urban citizens have unequal access to public safety, social services, government, transportation, arts, culture and recreation, healthcare, and education. Campbell is currently a member of the Smart Kingston Working Group and collaborated with the group to co‐author the “Smart Kingston Strategy.”

Cathy Kennedy

Manager of Smart Cities Initiative – City of Guelph

Cathy Kennedy is currently the Manager of Smart Cities Initiative at the City of Guelph, Cathy Kennedy has over 30 years’ experience in public service.  Cathy held increasing leadership roles with the Ontario Provincial Service before transitioning to Municipal Civil Service in 2015.

Her strong interpersonal, organizational and research skills within provincial and municipal government, has resulted in the administration of several high-profile initiatives, including young offender reform, child welfare transformation, expansion of broadband service to under-served areas and most recently, Guelph-Wellington Smart Cities Canada Initiative, a winning collaboration between the City of Guelph and the County of Wellington.

Cathy has extensive experience in policy and program development/delivery, contract governance and administration, project and issues management, budget management and direct client service.

Charles Gosselin

Director, Government Affairs – Bell Canada

Charles has over 25 years of experience in the Canadian telecommunications industry. He was instrumental in helping to build the networks of start-up telecommunications companies before joining Bell in 2005.   At Bell, he was involved at various stages in the construction of major state-of-the-art fibre-optic and wireless networks.  Charles has been actively involved in the design and deployment of these networks, in addition to facilitating their implementation through strategic negotiations and constructive municipal connections.   For the past few years, he has been supporting Bell teams in their relations with communities, governments and other important partners.

Dev Jain

Founder and CEO – RailVision

Dev Jain is the CEO and Founder of RailVision Analytics, a company using AI to save fuel, improve safety and predict maintenance in the rail industry. Dev graduated in Mechanical Engineering from McGill in April 2019, and is also a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces with the Black Watch of Canada.

Dr. Colin Price

Head of the Department of Environmental Studies – Tel Aviv University 

Prof. Colin Price is a Professor in the Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and the Head of the Department of Environmental Studies.  He is a world known Atmospheric Physicist, specializing in the Earth’s weather and climate, with a focus on thunderstorms, climate change and natural hazards.  He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1962.  After starting his university studies in South Africa, he transferred to Tel Aviv University in 1982 where he completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences.  He received his Ph.D. at Columbia University, New York, in 1993, while working at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, he returned to Israel and joined the faculty of Tel Aviv University in 1995.  He has published more than 145 scientific papers, and has a team of 10+ graduate students and researchers working under his guidance on various scientific research projects.  He heads the Institute on Innovation in Transportation and the Center on Nano-satellites, both at Tel Aviv University.

Elsa Bruyère

Co-founder – Fabrique Agile and Katapult

As an entrepreneur and facilitator, Elsa works with companies, NPOs and public actors to create opportunities for innovation, internationalization and growth management.

She has been living in Montreal since 2011 where she created the Agile Factory, a co-creation company that invests in the development of impactful innovations with entrepreneurs. The team also creates training and serious games in creativ common and participates in their implementation.

Elsa has thus been able to engage in the mobilization of NPO governance, business strategy redesign, product development in open innovation or corporate digital transition. 

She mobilizes the techniques of agility, lean startup, business model generation, service design and open innovation in her projects.

In 2015, with 4 partners, she created Katapult-Hub, dedicated to the internationalization of startups, offering crash test programs in several countries, including Canada, France and Brazil.

In France, she worked for 10 years as a human resources consultant for industrial and service groups in France, in the context of mergers and organizational transformation. 

Elsa has been involved with non-profit organizations for 5 years, and is namely the co-founder of Bleu Blanc Tech, the French Tech in Montreal and L’ilot, a complementary exchange currency for Montreal.

Franckie TRICHET

Vice-Président – Nantes Métropole

Franckie TRICHET est Vice-Président de Nantes Métropole, en charge de l’Innovation, du Numérique et de l’International, ainsi que conseiller municipal à la Mairie de Nantes en charge des pratiques sportives libres, de la Francophonie, de l’Innovation et du Numérique. Il est également Maître de Conférence à l’Université de Nantes et chercheur au Laboratoire d’Informatique de Nantes Atlantique (LINA – UMR 6241). Titulaire d’une thèse en Intelligence Artificielle, ses travaux scientifiques s’inscrivent dans le domaine de l’Informatique Décisionnelle, en particulier l’Ingénierie des Connaissances, le Web Sémantique et l’Analyse des Réseaux Sociaux. Depuis avril 2014, il s’attache quotidiennement à faire de la transition numérique un facteur d’innovation inclusive, un levier d’attractivité et de création d’emplois, un accélérateur de développement durable, de cohésion et de progrès social et d’accès à la culture et à la formation pour tous.

Francois Bedard

Empathic Smart Building Experience Think Tank HUMANITEK – Techno Montreal

François is passionate about media, content and sustainable innovation. He owns several hats in the connected content industry and an expert in service customization. President of Plan B Development Inc. He is a senior consultant in application content experience, supervises multidisciplinary teams and is always looking for revenue sources for its client partners. He participated in the first Canadian Smart Home Conference in 2013 in Toronto. He is also a member of Techno Montreal’s Innovation workgroups and is active in the transportation electrification industry in the connected services sector as well as in the intelligent buildings sector.

He is actively involved with clients such as DIACC, CATALLAXY, the Innovation Blockchain division of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, MIPIM Canada, COPRIM Real Estate Developer, The City of Sherbrooke, The City of Montreal, La Grande Roue de Montréal, Montreal Casino, Réseau Environnement, Alphard Group, Local Motors, Institut Énergie Trottier, Bombardier Transport, Morelli Design, Samsung Canada Smart TV and senior VOD service developer for Technicolor Canada with Canadian operators such as Bell, Rogers, Videotron, Telus, Cogeco. Author of a thesis on the Economy of Connected Applications in February 2013 upon request of the Quebec Ministry of Finance. Member of the editorial committee for a professional meeting in audiovisual organized by the Embassy of France and the ICTC of Ottawa in 2012.

François William Croteau

Membre du comité exécutif responsable de la ville intelligente, les technologies de l’information, l’innovation and Mayor of the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie – City of Montreal 

François William Croteau did his undergraduate studies at the Université de Montréal in art history and sociology. He pursued his studies at ESG-UQÀM where he obtained an executive MBA in 2007 and a PhD in Urban Studies in 2017 on the theme of urban governance in Montreal and stakeholder management.

At a very young age, he already stands out for his leadership and sense of entrepreneurship in the field of graphic design. After his undergraduate studies, he worked as a manager for nearly 10 years in the public and private sectors where he piloted flagship projects in change management and client service innovation. He is also a lecturer at ESG-UQÀM in 2009 in the Executive MBA program.

As mayor of the borough of Rosemont La Petite-Patrie since 2009, he is making his mark with his innovative policies on green transition, focusing on innovation, resilient urban planning and sustainable mobility. As a member of the executive committee as head of the Smart City, IT, innovation, organizational performance and higher education since 2017, he has made his mark with his policies on green transition and ethical and responsible governance of digital transformation.

Frantz Saintellemy

Président et chef de l’exploitation – LeddarTech

Ingénieur, innovateur et expert en technologies avancées reconnu mondialement, Frantz a plus de 21 ans d’expérience dans le secteur de l’électronique et de l’automobile, avec des connaissances spécialisées dans les domaines de la conduite autonome, de l’IA, des objets connectés et des applications d’automatisation, en plus du développement d’entreprises et de produits, de l’ingénierie des applications, des ventes et du marketing au niveau mondial. Entrepreneur engagé et philanthrope, il est également co-fondateur du Groupe 3737, un incubateur et centre d’innovation qui abrite plus de 30 entreprises et startups, en offrant  un cadre pour l’idéation à la génération de revenus.

Frantz s’est joint à LeddarTech en septembre 2017, après avoir été vice-président et directeur général de la division automobile et industrielle de Integrated Device Technology (Nasdaq : IDTI), une entreprise californienne spécialisée dans un large éventail de solutions complètes à signaux mixtes. Avant IDT, Frantz était président et vice-président exécutif des ventes et du marketing au niveau mondial chez ZMDI AG, un fournisseur mondial de solutions de capteurs MEMS pour des applications automobiles et industrielles, qui a été racheté par IDT en décembre 2015. Avant ZMDI, Frantz était directeur technique et vice-président du groupe de marketing technique et d’ingénierie avancée chez Future Electronics, un distributeur mondial de semi-conducteurs et de composants passifs, électromécaniques et d’interconnexion, 

Tout au long de sa carrière, Frantz a produit de nombreux brevets et innovations techniques. Il a également fondé et co-fondé de nombreuses startups et sociétés à succès, comme SMGT Inc, Q-Links Home Automation, Groupe Reno-Metrix, Capital Plus et OMNI Global, et siège à plusieurs conseils d’administration et comités aviseurs.

Frantz est titulaire de diplômes en génie électrique, en commerce et en marketing, et est également diplômé du programme Sloan Engineering Fellows du MIT sur les innovations et le leadership mondial.

George Stiff

Officer, Climate and Sustainable Energy – COVENANT OF MAYORS FOR CLIMATE AND ENERGY EUROPE

Prior to joining the European Covenant of Mayors, George worked many years in Bosnia-Herzegovina, first at a local environmental NGO and later at UNDP facilitating cities and towns to develop Local Environmental Action Plans.

Meanwhile, at the European Covenant George primarily works on international (meaning beyond Europe) relations, especially with the Global Covenant of Mayors.

Otherwise, when he’s not trying to decipher the deeper meaning behind his 1 year-old’s babytalk, George supports cities on a variety of energy topics (e.g. district heating, efficiency/savings, renewables, coal-region transitions, smart cities, energy management systems and SECAP action-planning), particularly in non-technological aspects, such as social-acceptance, political frameworks, stakeholder engagement, among others.

James Thurston

Vice President, Global Strategy and Development – G3ict

James Thurston is an international technology policy leader.  As G3ict’s Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, he leads the design and implementation of new worldwide advocacy strategies and programs to scale up G3ict’s global impact. He has experience applying both technology and public policy to important social and economic challenges, ranging from promoting the inclusion and human rights of people with disabilities worldwide to using technology to increase the competitiveness of aging U.S. industrial centers. He has broad policy and management experience in both the private and public sectors and at the federal, state, and international levels of government.

Jean-François Kacou

City Manager – City of Percé

With more than 10 years of experience in strategic and competitive development, Jean-Francois Kacou is the current city manager of Percé.

His atypical career path and the diversity of the mandates he has carried out have enabled him to acquire some skills in economic development, change management, problem solving and diversification of revenue streams for organizations.

His funnel-shaped vision and his professional principles oriented towards continuous improvement have prompted the implementation of innovative, efficient, and sustainable solutions for the account of the organizations for which he has worked. He has been a strategist for Afrique Expansion, the NGO Entreprendre ici, and other organizations working in the field of economic governance.

As Chief administrative officer, Mr. Kacou plans, coordinates, and controls the activities of all the departments of the city, from territorial development to public works. A major challenge, both in managing change in an organization undergoing transformation, and in implementing municipal policies and regulations that will allow an effective urban transition in the economy of tomorrow.

In his first year, Mr. Kacou succeeded in digitizing and automating 60% of internal administration processes and in parallel created digital registers for the management of municipal assets; he has also significantly reduced the time, money and energy costs associated with many non-automated physical processes; and launched, among other things, pilot projects in artificial intelligence for the management and monitoring of municipal infrastructures.

Finally, Mr. Kacou sits on several boards of directors and, through his advice, contributes to the realization of initiatives aimed at the economic and social development of our communities.

Jean-Noé Landry

Executive Director – Open North

Jean-Noé Landry is a social entrepreneur and Executive Director of Open North, Canada’s leading not-for-profit organization specialized in data governance, open smart cities, and applied research. Through its one-to-one advisory service, Open North provides capacity building support to cities and communities of all sizes across Canada to develop their efficient, open, and ethical use of data and technology, including through the Community Solutions Network (CSN). Through its multidisciplinary Applied Research Lab, Open North works with governments at all levels and local stakeholders in Canada and globally in support of their digital transformation and multi-stakeholder data sharing initiatives. Open North is currently the City of Montreal’s lead partner responsible for data governance, as part of the smart city challenge program (Montreal en commun). With more than 20 years of international democratic development experience and a leadership role in the global open data community, Jean-Noé is part of the directing committee of the International observatory on the social impact of AI (OBVIA), a member of the selection committee of the Open Government Partnership’s local governance program, a Fellow at the Center for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, and advises the Montreal University Hospital Center’s (CHUM) Responsible Innovation working group.

Joni Brennan

President – Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC)

Joni Brennan is President of the Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC). Building on 15+ years of experience in Identity Access Management innovation, adoption, and industry standards development, Joni helps the DIACC to fulfill its vision delivering the resources needed to establish a digital identity ecosystem that accelerates the digital economy, grows Canada’s GDP and benefits all Canadians. Joni builds diplomatic and impactful relationships and formalizes strategic partnerships. She has participated in influential committees from organizations including: SCC Data Governance Initiative, OECD ITAC, ISOC, IEEE, OASIS, ISO, and ITU-T.

Before joining DIACC Joni was Kantara Initiative’s Executive Director driving programs for business, legal, and technology interoperability to connect entities and individuals in a more trustworthy environment. Joni led Kantara Initiative as the United States premiere trust framework provider delivering value to multiple industry sectors. Joni helped to ensure that the Kantara Initiative program is aligned with multiple eGovernment strategies from economic regions including: Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Luc Desjardins

Luc Desjardins, Directeur général du Groupe communautaire l’Itinéraire et éditeur du magazine L’Itinéraire

L’Itinéraire est à la fois un bimensuel dont la mission vise la réinsertion sociale des personnes itinérantes, toxicomanes et sans emploi. C’est également, un lieu d’entraide, de soutien alimentaire, de soutien psychosocial, de mentorat, de préemployabilité, de formation, et plus. Un incontournable d’empowerment dans le paysage de Montréal.

Professionnel de la philanthropie depuis plusieurs années, Luc Desjardins œuvre auprès de plusieurs fondations et organismes à vocation sociale depuis une trentaine d’années. Gestionnaire chevronné, il est reconnu pour son style proactif « Troubleshooter » et possède une vaste expérience en développement des affaires, en gestion de ressources humaines, financières et matérielles, et en gouvernance d’entreprise.

En poste depuis 2016, Luc Desjardins compte mener le Groupe communautaire L’Itinéraire à entreprendre de nouveaux défis et à mettre en branle des projets novateurs. Sous sa gouverne, L’Itinéraire entreprend une importante étape de croissance, d’innovation sociale et de diversification en vue de poursuivre sa mission de lutte contre la pauvreté et l’exclusion sociale.

Luc Desjardins a été impliqué à titre de président du Conseil de Surveillance de la Caisse du Quartier latin de Montréal et a siégé sur plusieurs comités du Mouvement Desjardins, notamment sur le comité des présidents régionaux et sur le comité des bourses scolaires de la Fondation Desjardins pendant plus de 10 ans.

Il a été directeur général de Trisomie Québec, directeur du développement régional pour Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Fibrose kystique Québec et Vivre avec la Fibrose kystique,  directeur du développement financier national pour l’Association des scouts du Canada, Il a été président du comité central de parents de la CSDM, vice-président du CABM, de la Fondation du CÉGEP du Vieux-Montréal.  Il connaît bien le milieu cinématographique au Québec ayant travaillé plus de 18 ans comme directeur des opérations.

La motivation de Luc Desjardins n’a d’égal que sa passion à aider les groupes à travailler plus efficacement ensemble pour qu’ils puissent réaliser leurs objectifs individuels et collectifs.

Mai Lan Nguyen Duy

Program manager for the Food equipement Mutualization project – La Cantine pour Tous

With her experience in digital marketing, business strategy and project management, Mai Lan Nguyen Duy wanted to work in the social economy in order to support causes that matters to her.

She joined La Cantine pour tous team in june 2020 with a lot of enthusiasm for taking part in Food security challenges, the vision and mission of the organisation, and the opportunity to focus on social innovation led by technology.

At La Cantine, she’s managing the Food equipement Mutualization project – a digital platform that will connect organisations and encourage equipment sharing in the Food sector.

Marie-Claude Larin

Ingénieure – Circulation et Transport, Division Planification, gestion des actifs et ville intelligente, Service de l’ingénierie – Ville de Laval

Détentrice d’une technique en Génie civil du Cégep André-Laurendeau en 1996 et d’un baccalauréat en Génie de la construction de l’École de technologie supérieure en 2001, elle a œuvré en génie conseil pendant de nombreuses années avant de travailler pour la Ville de Laval.

Elle a développé une grande expertise dans la réalisation de projets, particulièrement dans le domaine des feux de circulation (études, conception de plans et devis, préparation d’appel d’offres et d’estimations des coûts, surveillance des travaux et gestion des actifs).

Elle a su gérer des projets innovants comportant de nouvelles technologies comme l’implantation d’un système de priorité pour autobus (TSP) à 232 intersections et travaille actuellement à l’implantation d’un logiciel de gestion centralisé des feux de circulation pour la Ville de Laval.

Michel Morin

Chargé de projets et chercheur – Living Lab en innovation ouverte (LLio) du Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup

Michel Morin works, as a project manager and researcher since 2019, at the Living Lab en innovation ouverte (LLio) du Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup (RDL), a college transfer center.

He specializes in developing the open innovation capacity of SMEs

He has worked in different sectors : education and research (20 years); manufacturing companies (6 years); municipal politics, as city councilor and mayor at the Ville de Rivière-du-Loup (12 years).

Over those years, he has acquired several competencies in strategic planning, continuous improvement, product quality, human resources management, training, environment and innovation.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a Doctorate in education.

Namir Anani

President & CEO – Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Namir Anani, President and CEO of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ictc-ctic.ca), is the chief strategist and driving force in bringing ICTC’s world-class centre of expertise and services to industry, education and government; enabling Canada’s advancement as a leader in innovation, productivity in the global economy. Before joining ICTC, Namir previously led Policy Development & Research at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

He has also held several executive leadership roles in both the private and public sectors including the Department of Canadian Heritage (Director General & CEO), CGI consulting, Nortel, and Novartis (Switzerland). Mr. Anani’s experience extends to; strategic policy development and implementation, learning and capacity building, business transformation, national/international strategic alliances, economic and market research, and technology innovation.

Namir holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Salford (UK) and holds Professional Engineer designation in Ontario (P. Eng.). He is also a board member of the Women in Communications and Technology.

Natalie Frank

Director of Policy and Innovation – Infrastructure Canada

Natalie Frank is Director of Policy and Innovation at Infrastructure Canada. She leads a team whose mission is to harness the practical experiences and lessons drawn from new types of community-based infrastructure programs – including the Smart Cities Challenge – and to help shape transformational infrastructure policies for the future. Prior to taking this role at Infrastructure Canada in spring 2019, she led initiatives at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat to advance experimentation methods and approaches across the Government of Canada. She also served from 2016 to 2018 as the first Manager of the Innovation Lab at Employment and Social Development Canada. There she had the unique opportunity to work with teams across one of the largest organizations in the country, with over 25,000 employees, tackling challenges and developing solutions to some of the stickiest social and organizational issues.

Natalie has more than 20 years of experience developing policies and programs in the Government of Canada in areas about which she has been passionate since high school: culture and the arts, skills and education, media and technology, identity and diversity, social resilience, and community development. Originally from Montreal, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a M.A in Mass Communication from Carleton University.

Ngouda Sall

IT Advisor to the Mayor – City of Dakar

IT Advisor to the Mayor of the City of Dakar, Khalifa Ababacar Sall from December 2009 to August 2018 and Soham El Wardini from September 2018 to today.

Ngouda Sall is a computer engineer with a master’s degree in data transmission and IT security from the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar.

As the IT Advisor, Mr. Ngouda Sall participated in the implementation of the IT master plan of the City of Dakar, the deployment of the test phase of the free wifi project in Dakar, the implementation of a web application for the management of the Health at School project and the installation of 44 computer labs in schools of the City of Dakar.

Prior to his role at the City of Dakar, Mr. Ngouda SALL worked in the private sector, notably at ETAIRUS International LLC (US) as Director for West Africa and at SENEDOMAINE as a Technical Manager.


Noah Campbell

Tech Community Program Manager – WEtech Alliance and the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation

As Tech Community Program Manager for WEtech Alliance and the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, Noah is passionate about building the digital marketplace of the future, connecting tech talent with opportunities, supporting entrepreneurship, attracting innovation, and creating synergies between key stakeholders in the community as WindsorEssex transforms from the Automotive to the Automobility Capital of Canada with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, cybersecurity, and smart city infrastructure. In his spare time, Noah works as a Researcher at the University of Windsor on an Artificial Intelligence project in coordination with the Canadian Department of National Defence.

Noah is also a University of Windsor Gold LEAD Medallion Scholar in the Faculty of Science. As a recent graduate of UWindsor, Noah holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Applied Computing with Distinction. He also founded WinHacks, the region’s first ever post-secondary hackathon, and BorderHacks, a cross-border hackathon funded by the US State Department. Beyond this, Noah also has held several positions within BlackBerry while championing a variety of tech-powered initiatives in the community.


Olivier Twagirayezu

Project Manager for Smart Cities and Smart Villages Initiatives – Smart Africa

Olivier Twagirayezu is an experienced project leader with over 10 years of engineering and technology projects experience. He has worked with telecom operators, High-tech systems manufacturers and engineering consulting companies. He’s worked on mission critical communications systems, public transportation systems, E-commerce, 5G pilot and FTTx engineering design and implementation projects.

Olivier Joined Smart Africa after more than a decade of living in North America and working on Smart Cities Initiatives delivered in different countries around the world

He is the founding Vice President (Membership & Professional Development) of the PMI Rwanda Chapter.

He is passionate about entrepreneurship, motivation speaking and projects that bring positive impact on communities.

He’s been a strong believer into Smart Africa mission of creating a single digital market for Africa as one way of creating sustainable socio-economic development across the continent.

He believes that smart cities initiatives are more successful when they focus on the people.

Olivier is the Project Manager for Smart Cities and Smart Villages Initiatives and he works closely with stakeholders from all member states of the Smart Africa Alliance.

Patrick Lauzière

Fondateur et chef de la direction – Niosense

Ingénieur électrique spécialisé en logiciels et systèmes embarqués, Patrick a commencé sa carrière chez Honeywell en systèmes de contrôle industriels.  À ce titre, il a développé et implanté un logiciel innovateur permettant de raccorder des algorithmes d’optimisation sur les contrôles des usines de polyéthylène. Il a procédé avec l’implantation de ce logiciel et plusieurs autres solutions industrielles dans plusieurs pays incluant le Canada, Angleterre, États-Unis, Arabie Saoudite, Chine et République Tchèque.  

Il a par la suite lancé puis vendu une entreprise de suivi de véhicules par GPS, puis dirigé les groupes d’ingénierie et de services industriels pour Honeywell avant de faire le saut à titre de Vice-Président Technologie et Développement dans une entreprise d’équipements de contrôle de la circulation. Dans ce rôle, il a pu mettre en place de nombreux projets innovateurs notamment des coffrets de circulation améliorés, des implantations de capteurs routiers, et de nombreux projets de génération, collecte et intégration de données de mobilité.  Il se consacre maintenant à la mission de niosense qui est de démocratiser l’accès aux infrastructures technologiques de mobilité urbaine, avec comme but avoué de changer la façon dont l’humanité se déplace dans les villes pour le bien commun.

Pierre-Luc Lachance

City Councillor for Saint-Roch – Saint-Sauveur and innovation advisor to the Mayor – Ville de Québec

Pierre-Luc Lachance est détenteur d’un diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées en gestion des organisations et d’un baccalauréat multidisciplinaire de l’Université Laval.

Passionné par tout ce qui contribue à faire rayonner la ville de Québec, monsieur Lachance œuvre depuis près de 15 ans dans le domaine événementiel. Entre 2014 et 2017, il a été directeur général et créateur de contextes pour Québec Numérique, organisme voué à la démocratisation des usages du numérique et l’animation de sa communauté.

Il a de multiples réalisations à son actif, notamment comme chargé de projets pour 3E Événements, membre du conseil d’administration de l’Université Laval et directeur général du Festival celtique de Québec.

Élu conseiller municipal en novembre 2017, il est adjoint au maire pour le volet Entrepreneuriat et responsable du dossier de Ville Intelligente.

Ravy Por

SCE Host – Smart City Experience 2020

Holding a degree in mathematics from the Université de Montréal, and a data scientist by profession, Ravy Por holds the position of Practice Leader for Partnerships and Advanced Analytics at the Desjardins Group. She has over 10 years of experience in finance, data science and innovation. 

Ravy founded the non-profit organization Héros de chez nous, with a focus on school perseverance and social inclusion. This organization’s mission is to democratize digital education by demystifying the concepts and professions of the STEM field (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Through the offer of workshops and conferences, as well as the creation of online capsules, she has reached 4,000 young people in Quebec’s regions and metropolitan areas over the past year and a half. 

Her career has been recognized by several awards, including the “Leadership au féminin” award from the Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec (RJCCQ) as well as the “Jeune femme en Technologie” award from the Generation W committee of the Women’s Y Foundation. In 2019, she also received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, an official honorary distinction recognizing her dedication to demystifying digital literacy and the inclusion of women and diversity. Finally, Ravy sits on a number of boards and committees in Quebec.

Richard Chénier

Directeur général – Centech

Richard Chénier agit à titre de directeur général du Centech, un incubateur d’entreprises classé parmi les 20 incubateurs universitaires les plus performants au monde, selon UBI-Global. Organisme à but non-lucratif et ouvert à tous, le Centech est dédié aux entreprises de haute technologie (deeptech) à fort potentiel de croissance.

Richard Chénier agit également à titre d’intervenant à l’Institut de leadership de gestion. Par le passé, il a été formateur auprès de plus de 10 000 gestionnaires dans plus d’une centaine d’organisations d’industries diverses.

Il est également reconnu comme un acteur clé en matière d’innovation et d’entrepreneuriat technologique au sein des milieux technologiques du Québec. En 2018, Richard Chénier a été reconnu comme l’un des 50 Québécois.ses qui font l’extraordinaire par le magazine « Urbania ».

Sarah Gagnon-Turcotte

Director of Applied Research Lab – Open North

Sarah Gagnon-Turcotte is the Director of Applied Research Lab at Open North, a non-profit organization specialized in the management and governance of data and technologies, particularly in the context of smart cities. 

She leads a team of interdisciplinary researchers dedicated to developing the knowledge and solutions in order to empower communities to reimagine how to use and manage the digital realm. 

Prior to joining Open North’s team, Sarah held several senior policy positions with the City of Montreal as well as various management and research positions in academia and international organizations. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Université de Montréal and a master’s degree in international law from UQAM. She can be found on Twitter at @sarahgagnont.

Sophie Aladas

Co-Founder and CEO – Key2Access

Sophie Aladas is an entrepreneur with a creative spirit. She is Co-Founder and CEO of Key2Access, a tech start-up that provides smart city solutions to improve accessibility for the visually and mobility impaired. Key2Access’ flagship product tackled the many difficulties faced at intersections by removing the physical obstacle of having to press the pedestrian pushbutton and placing it on your smartphone. Since the pandemic has begun, Key2Access has shifted its focus to another challenge in the built environment : opening doors, which has now taken on a whole new meaning with the reality of disease spreading on common surfaces. With the newly launched SmartDoor product anyone can open a door from their smartphone in an accessible and safe way. In this new venture, Key2Access has established a business strategy of collaboration which translates to the Key2Access technology working with other key mobile apps in the accessibility space. Sophie firmly believes that collaboration is paramount to growth and Key2Access is positioned to be an important thread in a larger tapestry of smart and accessible solutions.

Stéphane Guidoin

Director of the Montreal urban innovation lab – Ville de Montréal

Stéphane Guidoin is Director of the Montreal urban innovation lab (MUIL); Since June 2017, he has been working on the transformation of the smart and digital city office into the urban innovation lab. 

He has piloted major projects, including the candidacy of the City of Montréal to the Smart Cities Challenge of Canada, which the city of Montreal won the first of Prize $50M.  Previously, he was responsible for the open data file for the city of Montreal. It has defined and adopted new guidelines for open data and data governance leading to a default opening policy. 

Vincent Dionne

Chef exploitation des données massives – Société de Transport de Laval (STL)

Vincent Dionne is a software engineer with a master’s degree in transportation planning. He shared his activities as a research associate within the MADITUC group at the Polytechnique de Montréal and as a planning and development advisor at the Société de Transport de Laval for 12 years.  He is now responsible for the big data team whose mission is to enhance data for more efficient and competitive public transport.

Virginie Zingraff

Conseillère principale Transferts des compétences, design et innovation – Maison de l’innovation sociale

Trained in land-use planning and environmental sciences, Virginie worked for 10 years in regional consultation in sustainable development, design and economy, innovation, and knowledge. After experimenting with different collaborative and change management approaches, she joined Umvelt Service Design, a company specializing in service design and open innovation strategy, to support the transformation of communities through co-design projects with citizens. In 2014, she co-founded a social innovation laboratory in agroecosystem rehabilitation linking public and private partners, citizens and research. Today within the MIS, she supports strategic planning, R&D, skills transfer and evaluation, and the implementation of innovative projects to address the challenges of socio-ecological transition.

Vivianne Gravel

Présidente et fondatrice – bciti

Véritable pionnière et leader dans son domaine, Vivianne Gravel est reconnue pour activer et concevoir des innovations mobiles, numériques et en intelligence artificielle qui génèrent des impacts positifs, tout en améliorant le rendement des organisations et la vie des gens. 

Après des années d’expérience à des postes de direction de portée internationale, elle a cofondé, puis vendu avec succès LIPSO, première entreprise de plateformes mobiles intégrées au Québec. Vivianne Gravel a par la suite lancé et propulsé METIX, Chronometriq, METO, METIX Capital et, en 2016, Solutions B-CITI, une plateforme villes intelligentes qui rapproche les résidants de leurs villes et communautés. La plateforme bciti permet un dialogue en temps réel, l’accès à une multitude de services urbains via UNE SEULE application et favorise le développement économique et le commerce de proximité.

Yann Benoit

Territory Manager, Eastern Canada, Wireless Access Network Operations – Bell Canada

Passionate by nature for telecommunications, Mr. Yann Benoit holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and telecommunications from the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in Montréal. Mr. Benoit joined the Bell family in 2004. Since then, he has held various engineering and management positions and now acts as Regional Director of Wireless Network, Eastern Canada. It is with his multifunctional and agile teams that he plans, designs, builds and optimizes Bell’s wireless services throughout Eastern Canada.

Zachary Markovits

Vice President of Local Government and Managing Director – What Works Cities

Zachary Markovits is the Vice President of Local Government and Managing Director for the What Works Cities initiative. He previously served as the Manager of Election Initiatives at The Pew Charitable Trusts where he led Pew’s elections performance portfolio–working with states, counties, and municipalities to use data to drive better decision-making and policy—as well as the Voting Information Project–an open government project partnering Google, the states, and municipalities across the U.S. to ensure that all Americans have the ability to find official voting information wherever they look. Previously, Zach worked out of the University of California’s Survey Research Center and served as a community organizer in the south side of Providence, Rhode Island.