Please note that the topics under discussion are intended for mature audiences. Recommended for participants ages 15 and up.
In June 2019, Google’s Sidewalk Labs released a long-awaited development proposal for a Toronto waterfront community, and in doing so created the largest ever smart city experiment in the world. For some, Sidewalk Labs’ proposal promises the key elements of a sustainable and inclusive city. For others, the proposal illustrates the dangers of letting a private corporation invade further into our private lives.
As part of our “Living in the Machine Age” theme, join a lively discussion exploring the future of cities in an increasingly algorithmic world. The session will end with a panel discussion and question-and-answer period.
Join the conversation! Share your thoughts using the hashtag #CuriosityOnStage.
Please note that parking fees will be in effect.
If you require translation, please consider helping the environment by bringing your own Internet-compatible device (phone or tablet) and headphones.
- 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Light refreshments and networking opportunities
- 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Presentations and panel discussion
- 8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Light refreshments and networking opportunities
- Dr Tracey P. Lauriault - Assistant Professor, Carleton University
- Marc René de Cotret - Director, Service Transformation of City of Ottawa
Dr Tracey P. Lauriault - Assistant Professor, Carleton University
Dr Tracey P. Lauriault, Assistant Professor, Critical Media and Big Data, School of Journalism and Communication, and Cross Appointed to the MA in Digital Humanities and Faculty of the Institute for Data Science, Carleton University.
Lauriault’s work on open data, big data, open smart cities, is international, transdisciplinary and multi-sectoral. She is one of the founders of critical data studies and of open data in Canada and founded Open Smart Cities with OpenNorth a data and technology governance approach shaping how Canadian cities roll out their ‘smart’ programs. Her scholarship is critical and engaged, and as a data and technological citizen, she works with the makers, governors and stakeholders of these data, processes and infrastructures, not only to better understand them but also to ensure that these do not cause harm and more so that they are governed in an ethical, accountable and transparent way so as to balance economic development, social progress and environmental responsibility.
Marc René de Cotret - Director, Service Transformation of City of Ottawa
Marc René de Cotret joined the City of Ottawa’s Innovative Client Services Department as the Director of Service Transformation in April 2017.
He leads the Service Transformation team, which is responsible for delivering the City’s strategic planning process, smart city strategy, digital and innovation initiatives, open data program, and organizational effectiveness efforts to cultivate a culture of innovation and client-centric service delivery.
Prior to joining the City, Marc was an Associate Partner with the Digital Operations practice of IBM’s Global Business Services. He has extensive consulting experience in strategy, business operations, and transformation. He has worked for large-scale clients in numerous sectors including all levels of government, public safety, health care, construction and engineering, defense, pulp & paper, industrial shipbuilding, nuclear regulatory, and taxation.
Marc has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.