Canadian Open Data Summit 2016 Promises Paths to Impact

26 april 2016
Saint John, NB
A prominent feature of the Canadian Open Data Summit 2016 (April 28th at the Delta Brunswick) is its “rubber to the road” philosophy – the emphasis on how to use open data for impact. Audiences from all sectors will experience talks and panels that offer real meat to take away for practical use in their work and in everyday life.

Consumers and innovators alike will appreciate Joe Greenwood’s talk on the MaRS MyHealth and Green Button initiatives. Greenwood will highlight how consumers’ access and control of their data provides a new opportunity for public service transformation and innovation. (10:45 am, Ballroom) 

National Open Data leader Kevin Tuer puts the focus squarely on the private sector with a presentation for business that explains how to take advantage of open data to develop better products and services, market themselves more effectively, and drive better results. (3:15 pm, Trinity Room) 

Educators in particular won’t want to miss Dr Mike Smit of Dalhousie University as he looks at the importance of real-world data to motivate students, and the use of iterative learning, project based learning, and hands-on learning to impart data literacy skills. The results of the workshop will be summarized in a white paper with the aim of informing data education across Canada’s education system. (3:15 pm, McAvity Room) 

Many governments — including the federal government, the Ontario government, and several municipalities — have made commitments to be “open by default.” James McKinney, Founder of Open North, will lead a session with national experts to explore what it means to be “open by default,” of special interest to staff from governments at all levels that are planning to go “open.” (9:15 am, Trinity Room) 

“Enhancing Civic Engagement through the Open Government Partnership” will inform participants about this multilateral initiative to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency and empower citizens. Discussion will include how to broaden public engagement in government. (3:15 pm Ballroom)

André Laperrière, a Canadian at the helm of Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition, will illustrate how the right policies, legal environment, local ingenuity and commitment to data/knowledge sharing can trigger major innovative initiatives across the world, leading both developed and developing countries to new levels of efficiency, effectiveness, food security and social welfare (1:40 pm, Ballroom). Laperrière also sits on a panel on Applying Open Data for Social Impact (2 pm, Ballroom).

The closing keynote of the Summit will look at: where to next? Christian Couturier of Gartner asks, what is replacing the pressures from Cloud, Social, Mobile and Information as we are already busy rethinking business models? The answer lies somewhere between Smart Machines and full Automation. (Ballroom, 4:45 pm)

For the full agenda go to . Registration closes today, Monday 25 April.

The Summit is co-hosted by nb+ and the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network (NB-SPRN). The Summit’s sponsors include the Government of New Brunswick, Bulletproof/Dell, T4G, and Canada’s Open Data Exchange. 

About nb+ 
nb+ is a partnership between the Government of New Brunswick and TechImpact, an organization made up of local technology business leaders that advocates for a greater embrace of IT literacy and innovation as a strategy for economic growth. 


NBSPRN is a partnership between the Government of New Brunswick and the four publicly-funded universities in the province. NBSPRN seeks to advance citizen-engagement and evidence-based policy development through cross-sectoral collaboration.