GOOD18 Program

GOOD18 Conference Program

This year’s theme is “Open Data and Smart Communities” – both exciting and topical.  Open data has been acknowledged as a foundational component of Smart Communities/Cities.  But what is a “smart community”?  It has many definitions and many opposing opinions as to what the value is to the community – is it just the tech companies with a profit focus or is the focus on community well-being?  Even the term community provides some diverse perspectives – is community a small village? Is it a province?  Is it the country? Is it a sector like the environmental sector?

This year’s conference will start with a plenary morning of panels – Leaders Keynote Panel, Open Data Charter – Principles, Standards and Impacts and of course – the “Smart Communities” panel.  The afternoon will feature concurrent streams including: Smart Communities, Open Contracting, Open Health and Safety and Open-Closed-Shared Data Realities.  As part of the concurrent sessions, we are providing an open Call for Speakers.   A Closing Keynote will pull together the dialogue of the conference and link to activities happening from a local to a global level and provide some action items for the community to move forward.

Day two continues the tradition of holding a Hackathon that speaks to some community challenges and seeks to the yardsticks forward and establish action plans to continue the work post- conference.

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Go Open Data 2018 Program Outline

Day 1 Morning

Conference Welcome
Leaders Keynote Panel

Dr. Pamela Robinson
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives, Faculty of Community Services, and Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning

Jean-Noe Landry
Executive Director, OpenNorth

Dr. Jonathan Dewar
Executive Director, First Nations Information Governance Centre

Smart Communities Panel

Lynn Dollin
President, Association of Municipalities of Ontario and Deputy Mayor, Town of Innisfil

Bianca Wylie
Head, Open Data Institute Toronto

Geoff Cape
Chief Executive Officer, Evergreen

Open Next Panel

Gabe Sawhney
Executive Director, Code4Canada

Denis Carr
Open Data Supervisor, City of Toronto

Jury Konga
Ambassador, Open Knowledge Canada

Lunch – networking “Birds of a Feather”

Day 1 Afternoon

– Smart Communities
– Open Contracting
– Open Health & Safety
– Open – Closed – Shared Data Realities
– Closing Keynote 
– Closing Remarks
– Pub Social

Interested in sharing your knowledge? Give us your proposal for one of the concurrent sessions here (

This page will be frequently refreshed as speaker information is confirmed.

Conference Partners
City of Barrie Open Knowledge Pathway Communications