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Green Drinks September On Zoom – Spotlight on Smart Cities
September 10 @ 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm ADTFree
Join Tonja, Executive Director at QUEST on Green Drinks September On Zoom for a Spotlight on Smart Cities
About the event:
A Smart City is an urban area that uses different types of electronic IOT (Internet of Things) sensors to collect data. Insights gained from that data are used to manage assets, resources and services to ultimately improve the operations of our cities. Today 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, with this share expected to grow to 68% by 2050. Cities are responsible for the majority of the world’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. How will Smart Cities allow us to be able to combat climate change and what will these cities look like? This month on our virtual Green Drinks we will examine Smart Cities.
Join us on Thursday September 10th at 630 PM EDT as we welcome speakers from across the Smart Cities landscape to discuss what our urban centres will look like in the years to come. First off we have Evelyne Chevry who is Strategist, Futurist and Speaker on Artificial Intelligence and Smart Cities. Following Evelyne, will be Hugh O’Reilly, Executive Director at Innovative Cities. He will be discussing the work that he is doing to accelerate new technologies applied to the urban environment in a manner that protects data privacy and security. After Hugh we will hear from Tonja Leach, Executive Director at Quest Canada. She will speak on the work they are doing to accelerate the adoption of efficient and integrated community-scale energy systems in Canada by informing, inspiring, and connecting decision-makers. Finally, we welcome Alain Miguelez who is the Manager of Planning Policy and Resiliency at the City of Ottawa. Alain will speak to us from the city perspective and detail the work he is doing with the City of Ottawa to ensure that Smart Cities technologies help us speed the adoption of new technologies and curb climate change.
Hugh O’Reilly is the Executive Director at Innovative Cities. Innovate Cities is a not-for-profit, Canadian-led network of innovators. We bring together industry leaders and innovators to accelerate new technologies applied to the urban environment in a manner that protects data privacy and security. They are creating a CommunityHub, a cloud-based platform built on proven capabilities to accelerate the scalability of urban technologies and the creation of new Canadian intellectual property. They are also launching CommunityWorks, a series of programs aimed at building expertise and capacity for the urban innovation community. We are delighted to have Hugh with us to chat about the work that he is doing with Innovative Cities.
Tonja Leach is Executive Director of QUEST. Tonja leads the organization to convene, educate and influence governments, utilities & energy providers, the development community, and solution providers to advance QUEST’s vision of Canada as a Nation of Smart Energy Communities. Having been with QUEST since its inception in 2007, Tonja has played an instrumental role in establishing QUEST’s extensive national network and ensuring QUEST is known in the industry as a leading thinker on the energy transition and implementer of Smart Energy Communities.
Alain Miguelez is the Manager of Planning Policy and Resiliency at the City of Ottawa. He oversees the preparation of the City’s Official Plan and Community plans, the city’s Climate Change Master Plan, and manages the Research & Forecasting and Energy Evolution portfolios. Alain will be taking us through how the City of Ottawa’s plans to move forward in creating a Smart City. He will be discussing changes that are happening at the City level to ensure that Smart Cities help us speed the adoption of new technologies and curb climate change.
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