TORONTO, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - The world's great cities are unsustainable on their current path. Half the planet's population now lives in cities and that number will quickly hit two-thirds, placing incredible strain on the already-over-burdened systems and aging infrastructures that cities require to function.
On Tuesday, November 10th IBM will join leading experts to discuss urban challenges, helping to define the problem and identify potential solutions.
What: Smarter Cities Forum (part of the Toronto Forum for Global
Cities conference held from November 9-10, 2009)
When: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
8:30 am - noon
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
255 Front St W
Key sessions at the Smarter Cities Forum include:
Keynote Address - 8:35 a.m.
Dan Fortin, President, IBM Canada
Mr. Fortin will highlight what role technology will play in the future
state of our cities and how technology can be used to help build cities and
ensure a viable future.
Innovation Nations Panel - 9:00 a.m.
How do we harness the power of our metropolitan areas to ensure urban
sustainability and healthy economic growth in an increasingly interconnected
Moderator: Courtney Pratt, Chair. & CEO Toronto Region Research Alliance
- Warren Jestin, Chief Economist, Scotia Bank
- Eliot Phillipson, President, Canadian Foundation for
- Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston
- Dan Fortin, President IBM Canada
Smarter Economic Development Roundtable - 10:35 a.m.
Traditional ways of attracting growth have changed. How can companies and
government organizations leverage their knowledge to attract new jobs and
skills to their regions?
Moderator: Chris Gibbon, Vice President, Global Social Services & Social
Security, IBM Global
- Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and
Trade, Government of Ontario
- Jean Lemierre, Advisor to the Chairman, BNP Paribas
- Len Brittain, President Elect, GFOA (Chicago) & Dir.,
Corp. Finance Div. Toronto
Smarter Public Safety Roundtable - 10:35 a.m.
What is the division between public safety and privacy? How can technology
help balance this struggle and what do policy makers need to do to ensure both
needs are met?
Moderator: Paul McCullough, Business Unit Executive, Public Safety and
Defense, IBM Canada
- Vince Gavin, Deputy Chief, Chicago Office of Emergency
Management and Communications
- Darryl Plecas, RCMP Academic Research Chairman,
University of Fraser Valley
- Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of
Smarter Energy Roundtable - 10:35 a.m.
How does intelligence help utilities and citizens make smarter and
responsible choices surrounding energy generation, distribution and usage?
Moderator: Michael Valocchi, Global Industry Leader, Energy and
Utilities, IBM Global
- Carmine Marcello, Vice President, Asset Management,
- Pamela Nowina, Vice-Chair, Ontario Energy Board
- Anthony Haines, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro
- Paul Murphy, President and CEO, Independent Electricity
System Operator (IESO)
All sessions are open to media and media interviews with IBM spokespeople are available upon request.
SOURCE IBM Canada Ltd.
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