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Learn more about the members of the Digital Strategy Advisory Panel.

The Digital Strategy Advisory Panel is an arms-length body intended to help guide Waterfront Toronto on how best to incorporate data privacy, digital systems, and the safe and ethical use of new technologies in the next phase of waterfront revitalization.  The Panel was formed in April 2018 and will initially advise Waterfront Toronto on policies and strategies related to the Quayside project.


The mandate of the Panel is to provide Waterfront Toronto with objective, expert advice to ensure that principles of ethical use of technology, accountability, transparency, protection of personal privacy, data governance and cyber security are upheld. The Panel will further ensure that intellectual property and data are safeguarded while encouraging innovation and economic development. Waterfront Toronto will continue to work closely with governments and policy makers, the public, and industry experts to help coordinate the rules and accountability protocols that will be integral to the success of these initiatives. 


The draft mandate, which will be ratified by the Panel at its first meeting, can be found here.  


The Panel includes the following Canadian and international subject matter specialists from academia, industry, the civic technology community and legal experts: 


Dr. Michael Geist (Chair)

Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa


Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law and is a member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society. He has been a visiting professor at universities around the world including the University of Haifa, Hong Kong University, and Tel Aviv University. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School.


Dr. Geist is the editor of many books including Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era (2015, University of Ottawa Press), The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law (2013, University of Ottawa Press), From "Radical Extremism" to "Balanced Copyright": Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda (2010, Irwin Law) and In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law (2005, Irwin Law). He is a regular columnist in the Globe and Mail, the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues.


Dr. Geist serves on many boards, including Ingenium, CIRA, Internet Archive Canada, and the EFF Advisory Board. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2018 and has received numerous awards for his work including the University of Ottawa Open Access Award in 2016, Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the EFF’s Pioneer Award in 2008, and Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada.

Charles Finley (Vice Chair)

Global Director of Marketing & Communications, IBI Group
Co-Founder and Chair of Code for Canada

Charles is a strategist, designer, entrepreneur and holds corporate executive and community non-profit board roles. He co-founded and is Board Chair of Code for Canada, the country’s leading civic-tech organization that brings design and technology together for the public good. Charles is also Global Director of Marketing and Communications at global architecture, engineering, planning and technology firm IBI Group where he is responsible for the firm’s digital, brand, and communications strategy. He has led transformational digital change through building teams and delivering on strategic initiatives in global roles with MaRS Discovery District, Thomson Reuters, and Critical Mass. He also serves as Steering Committee member of global non-profit Jane’s Walk.

Kurtis McBride

CEO and Co-founder, Miovision Technologies Incorporated
Co-founder, Catalyst137



Kurtis McBride is CEO and co-founder of Miovision, a smart city technology company that focuses on reducing traffic congestion. Under Kurtis' leadership, Miovision has provided the data and insights to improve transportation experience for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in over 13,000 municipalities worldwide. Kurtis is an active member of the startup community in the Waterloo Region. He served on the board of directors for the Accelerator Centre, where Miovision spent its formative years. In 2016, Kurtis co-founded Catalyst137, a converted warehouse that will become the world's largest campus for burgeoning technology manufacturing and IoT companies. Kurtis holds a Masters of Engineering in Systems Design from the University of Waterloo.



Carlo Ratti

Director, MIT Senseable City Lab
Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati


An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Laboratory, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation practice Carlo Ratti Associati. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life, his work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time Magazine as ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization,




Dr. Pamela Robinson MCIP RPP

Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives, Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University


Dr. Pamela Robinson MCIP RPP is an associate professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives in the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University. She is a member of research team where she examines how open government, open data, smart city and civic technology are transforming urban planning practice in Canadian cities. Pamela is the academic advisor for the Sidewalk Toronto Urban Fellows Program (2018) and a member of the Multi Stakeholder Forum advising the Government of Canada on their Open Government Partnership commitments. She serves on the board of directors the Metcalf Foundation and is a columnist for Spacing magazine.


Pamela is an editor of and contributor to Urban Sustainability: Reconnecting Space and Place (University of Toronto Press, 2013), Teaching as Scholarship: Preparing Students for Professional Practice in Community Services (WLU Press, 2016).


Dr. Teresa Scassa

Canada Research Chair in Information Law, University of Ottawa


Dr. Teresa Scassa is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She is the author or co-author of several books, including Canadian Trademark Law (2d edition, LexisNexis 2015), and Electronic Commerce and Internet Law in Canada, (CCH Canadian Ltd. 2012) (winner of the 2013 Walter Owen Book Prize). She is a past member of the External Advisory Committee of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and of the Canadian Government Advisory Committee on Open Government. She is a member of the GEOTHINK research partnership, and has written widely in the areas of intellectual property law, law and technology, and privacy.



Kevin Tuer, PhD Peng

Managing Director, Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX)
Vice President Strategic Initiatives, Communitech



Kevin Tuer is Managing Director of Canada’s Open Data Exchange, a national initiative launched in May 2015 with a mandate to help the private sector adopt and commercialize data from public and private sources for the purpose of enhancing their current products or creating new products. As Vice President Strategic Initiatives for Communitech, Kevin leads data driven innovation cluster building activities including open data, big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT), for the purpose of creating or accelerating new opportunities in emerging fields for the private sector.

Previously, Kevin was the founding Managing Director of the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), a federal Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, which is dedicated to establishing Canada as a world leader in Digital Media by enabling connections and collaboration of people across the country and bringing more digital solutions to market. In addition, he led the design and deployment of the Communitech Hub, a world leading innovation centre located in the Waterloo Region as well as the CDMN’s national network and associated programming strategy.

Kevin holds a BASc (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering, a MASc in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.



Mark J. Wilson

Chair, Array Music
Former Chair, Waterfront Toronto

During his 40+ year career in the IT industry Mark Wilson held senior executive positions in the services, consulting, software, and retail industries.

In his 16-years at IBM, he was an Executive and dealmaker responsible for the development and delivery of strategic partnerships, technology transformations and outsourcing agreements with Canada’s largest global enterprises in the banking, insurance, airline, telecommunications, natural resources and manufacturing industries. These agreements covered Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean. He also served as a Strategic Advisor to IBM China for the development of its managed services business.

Previously he was the Vice President of Corporate Operations for Consumers Distributing with responsibility for information technology and logistics, a Director with DMR Group, a leading Canadian IT consulting firm and Vice President Marketing for Aratek International, a software startup.

For 30 years Mr. Wilson has also been active as a volunteer and board member in the community and the public sector with a special focus on environmental issues and urban development.

In 1999 he was appointed to the Waterfront Task Force whose report led to the creation of Waterfront Toronto. Mr. Wilson was appointed to the Board of Waterfront Toronto in 2001, was elected as Chair in 2006 and served as Chair until 2016. Under his leadership Waterfront Toronto developed and implemented, in collaboration with the 3 orders of government, the community and the private sector, award winning plans for East Bayfront, Wet Don Lands, Central Waterfront, Lower Don Lands, Mimico and Port Union.

He was a founding chair of the Task Force to Bring Back the Don and served as its Chair until 1997 producing its landmark Bringing Back the Don report. For 10 years he also served as Chair of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority's Don Watershed Task Force and Regeneration Council where he led the development of the first strategic regeneration plan for the Don River – 40 Steps to a New Don.

He has received numerous awards for his environmental service including from the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

As a director Mr. Wilson has served on the boards of the Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, the City of Toronto’s Toronto Economic Development Corporation and Evergreen.

Since 2014 he has served as the Chair of the Board of Arraymusic, a leading Canadian contemporary music company.

Mr. Wilson studied Engineering Science at the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Queen’s University Executive Management program.



Dave Dame

Agile Leader, Digital Factory, Scotiabank



Dave is a leadership coach, enterprise agile leader and trainer with over 20 years of management experience and a reputation for facilitating the practical implementation of agile practices in large organizations. Dave has successfully led complex agile transformations that include scaling specialized resources, implementing regulatory compliance, legacy products, and scaling agile practices across large enterprises such as OpenText, PTC, and MCAP. He is well seasoned in coaching executives, managers, and non-technical departments, as well as building up high-performing teams of Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Agile Coaches. He brings his expertise to organizations through teaching and mentoring as well as serving as an agile coach and facilitator. Dave joined Scotiabank in Jul 2016 as Agile Leader, Digital Factory. In this role he is focused on helping our employees and teams become empowered to "be the change" that will bring industry-leading products to market through agile practices.



Jutta Treviranus

Director and Professor at Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University



Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor in the faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto.  Jutta established the IDRC in 1993 (formerly the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre) as the nexus of a growing global community that proactively works to ensure that our digitally transformed and connected society is designed inclusively. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute, a multi-university regional centre of expertise. Jutta founded an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University. Jutta is the co-director of Raising the Floor International. She leads international multi-partner research networks that have created broadly implemented innovations that support inclusion e.g., Fluid Project , FLOE, and many others. Jutta and her team have pioneered network-supported personalization as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally (including W3C WAI ATAG, IMS AccessForAll, ISO 24751, and AODA Information and Communication).


Jutta’s leadership in Inclusive Design has been recognized through awards, such as a Diamond Jubilee Medal and recognition as one of Canada’s top 45 over 45 by Zoomer Magazine. Jutta’s work has been attributed as the impetus for corporate adoption of more inclusive practices in large enterprise companies such as Microsoft.


Alaina Aston

VP, Data Management & Governance, Personal & Commercial Banking, RBC


Alaina has over 22 years of management experience primarily in the Global Banking sector. She has held a variety of roles in London, New York and Toronto. She holds a BA, Honours, in Economics from Carleton University and a Masters Certificate in Risk Management and Business Performance from Schulich School of Business.


Alaina has been in her current role as Vice President, Data Management & Governance in Personal and Commercial Banking since April 2017. She is responsible for leading the Centre of Excellence for Data Governance that delivers trusted data management, proactively, through the protection and organization of the business data assets. Through the strategic evolution of the integrated client data management ecosystem, to enable the organization to achieve infinite data capabilities that aligns with the Business strategic priorities.


Previously at RBC, Alaina served as Head of Data Management and Integrity for P&CB moving from Head of Finance Operational Risk & Initiatives where she provided leadership and strategic oversight to the design, implementation and execution of effective operational risk mitigation for the Finance, Corporate Treasury, Enterprise Services, and General Council business units of the Office of the CAO & CFO. Her prior role was Head of IT Global Business Management for RBC Capital Markets. At Capital Markets, her department was responsible for the management, production, and reporting lifecycles for Operations, Risk, Finance, Compliance, and Shared Services Technology. 


Alaina was born in Canada but has lived in the UK for over half of her career, having the opportunity to work both in London and between New York and Toronto. During these years she held a number of progressive global roles bridging across IT and Finance as a VP Technology, Morgan Stanley; 1998-2005 where she lead and managed IT Finance Operations International, based in London. On returning to Morgan Stanley, 2009-2012 she was part of Global Finance Technology, VP IT, New York & Toronto; where she managed a Strategic Capital/Risk IT Initiative. This global strategic program focused on building Risk management systems supporting the use of Capital and Risk for transactions or business.


Alaina has held a variety of other IT management and banking operations roles as she progressed through her career at various global companies; ABN AMRO Hoare Govett, UK; ING Barings Bank UK; PRG International UK; Cable & Wireless, Mercury Paging Ltd. UK, CHREOD Consultants, Ottawa, Canada.  


Outside of work, Alaina has won gold medals at the National Rowing Championships of Great Britain and representing England. At University she captained the Varsity swim team. For a decade she was a member of and Executive Treasurer for the Canadian Women’s Club based in London, UK.  For the past 5 years has been an active member and former Chair of the Investment Committee for United Way Women Gaining Ground, now Women United; dedicated to supporting women’s philanthropy in the GTA. Recently she joined the Board of the MERIT Award, ‘Inspiring youth to pursue higher education and contribute to the community’.  Alaina lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.



Andrew Clement

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto


Andrew Clement is a professor emeritus of information at the University of Toronto, where he has coordinated the Information Policy Research Program since the 1990s and co-founded the Identity Privacy and Security Institute (IPSI). With a PhD in Computer Science, he has had longstanding research and teaching interests in the social implications of information/communication technologies, community informatics, participatory design and privacy/surveillance. Among his recent research projects are:, an internet mapping tool that helps make more visible NSA mass internet surveillance activities and the routing of Canadian personal data through the U.S. and publishes privacy transparency reports on ISPs serving Canadian internet carriers serving Canadians; Seeing Through the Cloud, which examined extra-national outsourcing of eCommunications services, especially by universities;, which documents (non)compliance of video surveillance installations with privacy regulations and helps citizens understand their related privacy rights; Snowden Surveillance Archives, an online searchable collection of all documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden subsequently published by news media; and Proportionate ID, which demonstrates through overlays for conventional ID cards and a smartphone app privacy protective alternatives to prevailing full disclosure norms.


Clement was the principal investigator of the 4 year Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN) project and lead editor of its collective Connecting Canadians: Investigations in Community Informatics book. Clement was a co-investigator in the seven year major research collaboration, The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting and contributor to its Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada book. Currently he is a collaborator in its successor project, Big Data Surveillance.


Dr. Khaled El-Emam

Founder of Privacy Analytics Inc.

Dr. El-Emam is the founder of Privacy Analytics Inc. As an entrepreneur, he helped found five companies involved with data management and data analytics. He has worked in technical and management positions in academic and business settings in England, Scotland and Japan.

Dr. El-Emam is also a senior scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute and Director of the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory (EHIL) team, conducting academic research on de-identification and re-identification risk. He is a world-renowned expert in statistical de-identification and re-identification risk measurement. He is one of only a handful of individual experts in North America qualified to anonymize Protected Health Information under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Previously, Khaled was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada. He also served as the head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Khaled was one of the first Privacy by Design Ambassadors recognized by the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner. He previously held the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa and is a Professor of the Faculty of Medicine at the University. He has a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King’s College, at the University of London, England.


Diane Reynolds

Head of Engineering & Chief Data Scientist for Customer Insights for Banking, Wealth Management and Insurance within IBM Watson Financial Services

Diane Reynolds currently works as the Head of Engineering & Chief Data Scientist for Customer Insights for Banking, Wealth Management and Insurance within IBM Watson Financial Services.

Based in Toronto Canada, she was previously responsible for a team of data scientists who build, adapt and integrate statistical and machine learning models for the Customer Insights solutions, train Watson engines on BlueMix for Regulatory Compliance Analytics and work with ICM devops to improve hardware performance and deliver value-added reports for clients.

During her 20+ years at IBM, Diane has worked with numerous clients around the world to deliver leading-edge risk measurement and management solutions for credit risk, market risk, portfolio management, asset-liability management, exposure management, regulatory compliance, operational risk and risk monitoring.

Karen Gomez

Municipal Innovation Exchange (MIX)

Karen Gomez has worked for all three levels of government and some of Canada’s leading non-profit organizations, which includes Canada’s largest innovation hub. Today, she is leading the project management for the Municipal Innovation Exchange (MIX). MIX is a multi-city collaboration led by the City of Guelph, with the City of London and the City Barrie, as well as MaRS Discovery District, using procurement as the foundation to build an emerging center of excellence for municipal innovation. Using procurement challenges, they will explore pain points shared across municipalities, navigate emerging technology and the challenges cities face in the adoption.

Prior to this, Karen worked in Employment and Social Development Canada to explore how existing trends could impact service delivery in the next decade and worked with Open North to help the City of Toronto develop their Open Data Master Plan.



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