digital strategy advisory panel members
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 regularly appears in the Globe and Mail, is the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and authors 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.
CEO and Co-founder, Miovision Technologies Incorporated
Kurtis McBride is CEO and co-founder of Miovision, a smart city technology company creating powerful tools that help cities to better manage traffic. Using video and machine vision, Miovision's tools have processed more than 23 million hours of traffic video, counting over 9 billion vehicles. Customers in more than 85 countries around the world use what they learn from this data to improve the transportation experience for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike. 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, transforming an old tire warehouse into a dynamic hub for growth-oriented, globally focused, technology manufacturing and IoT companies. Kurtis holds a Masters of Engineering in Systems Design from the University of Waterloo.
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
Dr. Pamela Robinson MCIP RPP is the Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson. Throughout her career as a planner her research and practice have focused on complex, emergent challenges that Canadian communities face. Her current research focuses on the question: “Who is planning the Canadian smart city?” Since 2010, Pamela has written a regular column for Spacing Magazine where she writes about equity, technology and civic engagement in Canadian cities. Pamela was the academic advisor for the Sidewalk Toronto Urban Fellows Program (2018), an Advisor on the Toronto Public Library’s Innovation Council and a member of the Multi-Stakeholder Forum for the Government of Canada’s Open Government Partnership work.
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 Chair of the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council, member of the Digital Strategy Advisory Panel for Waterfront Toronto, and member of the Canadian Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence. 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. Teresa Scassa is also a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.
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Mark J. Wilson
Board Chair, Arraymusic
Board President, Toronto City Opera
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: IXmaps.ca, 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; SurveillanceRights.ca, 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 & General Manager, Privacy Analytics
Dr. Khaled El Emam is the founder, General Manager, and President of Privacy Analytics. As an entrepreneur, Khaled helped found or co-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, Germany, Japan, and Canada.
Head of Risk, SEBx
Diane Reynolds currently works as the Head of Risk for SEBx, a division within SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB). SEBx is the SEB innovation studio set out to drive progress, push boundaries and instigate change.
Once based in Toronto Canada, with IBM, she was previously responsible for a team of data scientists who built, adapted and integrated statistical and machine learning models for the Customer Insights solutions, trained Watson engines on BlueMix for Regulatory Compliance Analytics and work with ICM devops to improve hardware performance and deliver value-added reports for clients.
Prior to its acquisition by IBM, Diane worked with Algorithmics Inc, based out of both Toronto and London. She 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.
Program Manager, Municipal Innovation Exchange (MIX)
Karen Gomez has worked for all three levels of government and some of Canada’s leading non-profit organizations, including Canada’s largest innovation hub. Today, Karen leads the development of 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. MIX cities are developing best practices for how challenge-based procurement can transform innovation capacity, help understand root causes to pervasive problems, and allow cities to explore emerging technology/new models to service delivery within a safe and controlled scope.
- Meeting Book - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel - January 23, 2020
- Video Recording: Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Meeting - November 7, 2019
- Meeting Book - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel - November 7, 2019
- Video Recording: Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Meeting - September 12, 2019
- Blog post by Michael Geist, Chair of the DSAP
- DSAP Preliminary Commentary on Sidewalk Labs' Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) - September 10, 2019
- Meeting Book - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel - September 12, 2019
- Video Recording: Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Meeting - July 22, 2019
- Meeting Book - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel - July 22, 2019
- Video Recording: Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Meeting - April 1, 2019
- Blog - Welcome to our new Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Members
- Meeting Book - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel - April 1, 2019 (Amended)
- Video Recording: Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Meeting - February 14, 2019
- Meeting Book - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel - February 14, 2019
- Video Recording: Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Meeting - January 17, 2019
- Meeting Book - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel - January 17, 2019
- Call for New Panelists 2018 - Waterfront Toronto Digital Strategy Advisory Panel (Closing date extended to January 31, 2019)
- Meeting Book - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Meeting - December 13, 2018
- Agenda - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Meeting - November 15, 2018
- Statement from Waterfront Toronto on the Digital Strategy Advisory Panel (October 4, 2018)
- Presentation - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel - Proposals Regarding Data Governance presented by Sidewalk Labs - October 18, 2018 (AMENDED)
- Presentation - Civic Labs - October 18, 2018 (AMENDED)
- Minutes - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Meeting - August 16, 2018 (DRAFT FOR APPROVAL)
- Agenda - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Meeting - October 18, 2018
- Agenda - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Meeting - August 16, 2018
- Agenda - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Meeting - June 25, 2018
- Presentation - Sidewalk Toronto Responsible Data Use - June 7, 2018
- Minutes - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Meeting - June 7, 2018
- Agenda - Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Meeting - June 7, 2018
- Backgrounder: Waterfront Toronto Digital Strategy Advisory Panel - April 27, 2018
- News Release - Waterfront Toronto forms Digital Strategy Advisory Panel - April 27, 2018
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- June 25, 2018 - View Meeting Details
- August 16, 2018 - View Meeting Details
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- November 15, 2018 - View Meeting Details
- December 13, 2018 - View Meeting Details
- January 17, 2019 - View Meeting Details
- February 14, 2019 - View Meeting Details
- Monday, April 1, 2019 - View Meeting Details
- Thursday, June 6, 2019 (PLEASE NOTE THIS HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JULY 22, 2019) - View Meeting Details
- Monday, July 22, 2019 - View Meeting Details
- Thursday, September 12, 2019 - View Meeting Details
- Thursday, November 7, 2019 - View Meeting Details
- Thursday, January 23, 2020 - View Meeting Details
- Thursday, March 12, 2020 - View Meeting Details