Plan for a Smart Future
April 22, 2015 Sheraton Guildford, Surrey


April 22, 2015
$199 for conference and reception


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Opening Remarks delivered by:

  • Linda Hepner, Mayor of Surrey
  • Councillor Bruce Hayne, Co-Chair
  • Bill Tam, President & CEO, BCTIA, Co-Chair


Young Visionaries Presentation


Networking Break


Session 1: Big Solutions with Big Data

Increasing Public Safety in the Digital Age

Cyber-criminal activity costs the global economy more than $400 billion annually. Municipalities and public safety agencies around the world are turning to innovative new technologies and community-based approaches to deal with crimes such as cyber terrorism and cyber security.

To combat these issues, government agencies are increasingly turning to digital tools and crowdsourcing big data to shift from being responders to anticipating and preventing threats where possible. Learn from top public safety and cybercrime experts on what could and is being done to safeguard our communities.



Lunch and Keynote:


Session 2: Strategic Growth

Intelligence Driven Smart Infrastructure

Population growth in urban centres is drastically changing how people use public infrastructure. Learn how cities are using information to make decisions on infrastructure investments, plan for more energy efficient buildings and managing traffic systems intelligently.

  • Paul Godsmark — Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, CAVCOE
  • Perry England — Vice President at Macdonald Miller Facility Solutions
  • Tanya Paz — Sustainable Transportation Expert specializing in Behavioural Change


Networking Break


Session 3: Managing Risk

Being Prepared for the Unpredictable

Natural disasters can happen in any city and country throughout the world as recently seen with Alberta's 2013 floods. While no city is immune to these disasters, cities and officials can, be prepared in their response to them. Join emergency management experts to explore what communities can do to become more resilient to unforeseeable climate change risks and the solutions that will revolutionize this opportunity.

  • Mike Luchia — Business Continuity and Recovery Planner, CEMA


Networking Break


Final Session: Pathway to Action

This session will focus on information gathered throughout the day and identify "how to get going" and formalizing the journey. It will end with a call to action.



Conference Adjourns



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Bruce Hayne

Councillor, City of Surrey

Bruce was elected to Surrey City Council in 2011, and as a resident and business owner since 1993, he brings an entrepreneurial approach to the City of Surrey. He is committed to establishing Surrey as a premier investment location with a vibrant urban economy. Bruce chairs the Investment and Innovation Committee, which oversees the City's Economic Development strategies including Innovation Boulevard (Medical Technologies) and the Clean Tech sector. The committee also spearheads the City's Smart City strategies and Open Data initiatives. He also chairs the Parks Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee, which is responsible for overseeing over two hundred parks and award-winning recreation facilities in the city. Bruce lives in Cloverdale with his wife Joyce and two children.

Bill Tam

President & CEO, BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA)

Bill Tam has been an entrepreneur and advisor to startup companies for over 20 years. In 2010, he joined the BCTIA as a mentor with Centre4Growth, advising a wide-range of technology firms. Prior to BCTIA, Bill was the CEO of EQO Communications and a Partner at SpringBank TechVentures, where he led investments in software and wireless. Bill has held senior executive positions at MetroNet, AT&T Canada, Rogers Communications, and Bell Canada. He is currently Chairman of the Board at Colligo Networks, an advisory council member for UBC's Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and SFU's Applied Sciences, and a board member of BC Bioenergy Network.

Darryl Plecas

MLA for Abbotsford South

Daryl Plecas is Professor Emeritus, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of the Fraser Valley. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 research reports and publications addressing a broad range of criminal justice issues. He holds two degrees in criminology from Simon Fraser University, and a doctorate in Higher Education from the University of British Columbia. He is currently the Member of the Legislative Assembly for British Columbia representing Abbotsford South and Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors to the Minister of Health.

Chief Len Garis

Fire Chief at Surrey Fire Department & Adjunct Professor, University of the Fraser Valley's Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research City of Surrey, British Columbia

Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis joined the Surrey Fire Service in 1998 and has worked in the fire service and related fields since 1980. June 2013 he was appointed as an Affiliated Research Faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice / The Christian Regenhard Centre for Emergency Response Studies in New York.

Chief Garis believes strongly that long-range vision, planning, and innovation can reduce costs, improve efficiency and ultimately enhance services and public safety. Several of these initiatives have garnered awards and recognition for the City of Surrey in the past decade, including the Union of B.C. Municipalities Community Excellence Awards (for four different programs), a Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award for Public Safety, recognition from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and in 2013 a Community Health and Safety Award from the International City / County Management Association (ICMA). In 2013 Chief Garis was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadians.

Richard Frank

SFU Cyber Crime Expert

Richard Frank is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology. He completed a PhD in Computing Science and another PhD in Criminology at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Frank's main research interest is Computational Criminology - the application of computer solutions to model or solve crime problems. Specifically he's interested in hackers and security issues, such as online terrorism and warfare. Dr. Frank has recent publications at top-level data mining outlets such as in Knowledge Discovery in Databases, and security conferences such as Intelligence and Security Informatics.

Dr. Joy Johnson

SFU VP of Research

Joy Johnson is SFU's fifth Vice-President, Research. She joined the university in September 2014 after serving as the Scientific Director for the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) since January of 2008.

She served on the inaugural steering committee for the B.C. Centre of Excellence for Women's Health and was a co-leader on the B.C. Network for Women's Health Research. Dr. Johnson has a highly productive program of research focusing on health promotion and health behaviour change. Dr. Johnson's work has been recognized with numerous awards including the UBC Killam Research Prize. In 2010, she was recognized as one of British Columbia's 100 Women of Influence. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Dr. Paul Terry

CEO at PHEMI Health Systems Inc.

As the President and CEO, Paul provides the vision and technical leadership at PHEMI. He also currently serves on the board of directors for Providence Health Care, advising on its subcommittees for innovation, quality, EMR and big data strategies in healthcare. Paul also serves on the board of directors for Life Sciences BC and Molecular You, and is an advisor to the BC provincial government on next-generation data strategies. He is an adjunct professor in Big Data at Simon Fraser University and is a partner with Magellan Angel Partners.

Paul was awarded Canada's "Top 40 Under 40" award in 2000. He holds an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management, a marketing diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a PhD in Electrical Engineering and an honours Bachelor's degree from the University of Liverpool.

Tanya Paz

Sustainable Transportation Expert specializing in Behavioural Change

Tanya Paz has operated and advised carsharing organizations for sixteen years - which means she's also encouraging people to integrate into their trip plans walking, cycling, skateboarding, taking transit, and ride-sourcing.

Paz has advised carsharing operators on four continents - including Modo in Metro Vancouver - on getting to their next level of operations and negotiating agreements with businesses, developers, and municipalities. She co-founded the international CarSharing Association and the Federation of Canadian CarShare Co-ops. She is currently helping BEST run The Bus Co-op.

In her spare time, when not walking or biking around the seawall, Paz chairs the City of Vancouver's Active Transportation Policy Council, copyedits for Momentum Magazine, and paints oil paintings of bicycles.

Paul Godsmark

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE)

Paul is a Professional Engineer and an internationally recognized thought-leader and specialist on the subject of automated vehicles. He is a tireless advocate of this transformational technology and the need for government and businesses to be more aware of the potentially disruptive impacts on their operational and business models. He intends to retire to a pimped out fully automated RV and follow the good weather around North America.

Mike Luchia

Business Continuity and Recovery Planner, Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)

Mike Luchia is currently a business planner with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) where he utilizes technology and analytics in the development of Calgary's emergency management and business continuity programs. Mike was an emergency planner at the Calgary Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) during the 2013 Calgary Flood where he executed many of the preparedness tactics CEMA had developed in preparation for such an event. Mike is a certified business continuity planner and has developed both the corporate business continuity planning policy for The City of Calgary and resources for small businesses in Calgary to help them prepare for business interruptions.

Dr. Peter Anderson

SFU Emergency Communications Expert

Peter Anderson is Director of the Telematics Research Lab and Associate Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University. During the past twenty-five years he has participated in the design and implementation of electronic communication and information systems for disaster management in collaboration with the United Nations, NATO, scientific, government and non-government disaster management organizations and is frequently called upon to assist during emergency and disaster events. In 2013, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest Preparedness Society Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions.

John Longbottom

Smarter Solutions Executive, IBM Canada Ltd.

John has worked in the Information Systems and Services Industry for over 35 years in a variety of Marketing, Sales, and Technical Executive positions across the Public Sector, Insurance, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Human Services Industries. Over most of his career, John has focused on solutions, integrating diverse areas for maximum value creation. Over the past 4 1/2 years, John led IBM's Smarter City Initiative, through which he was recognized with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for his work with communities. In 2005, John created and led IBM Canada's National Aboriginal Strategy, a multi-pronged approach to enable capacity in Aboriginal communities. His current focus is working with the Public Sector and related agencies in B.C. to enable faster and better government services and to enhance regional economic development by leveraging the new capabilities of Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, and Social technologies. John has been active with Charities such as the United Way, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Habitat for Humanity, and led the creation of the Information and Technology Association of Manitoba.

Cathy Heron

Councillor, City of St. Albert

Cathy Heron has been an active and involved Councillor for the City of St. Albert for the past 4.5 years. Councillor Heron serves on a number of boards for St. Albert that promote collaboration with other municipalities including the Capital Region Board including the Governance, Priorities & Finance and the Growth Plan Update Committee as well as the Joint Opportunities Task Force with our neighbour Sturgeon County. Cathy is an advocate for a greener world and serves on the Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission and the City of St. Albert Smart City Steering Committee. Prior to her service as a Councillor, Cathy served on the Environmental Advisory, Community Services Board, RCMP Community Advisory, and Economic Advisory Committees. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences. Councillor Heron embraces the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child; this belief and her love of St. Albert is the principal driver behind her community and family life. Cathy resides in St. Albert and is a proud parent of three teenage children.

Perry England

Vice President at Macdonald Miller Facility Solutions

Perry England is the Vice President of Building Performance at MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions. Perry has been actively involved in the commercial building industry since 1985 as a building systems commissioning technician while in college at the University of Tennessee. His career has encompassed both industrial and commercial applications from a practicing engineer for the Department of Energy facilities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to managing the construction business in the Pacific Northwest for a leading building technology manufacturer. Perry is also a board member of Seattle 2030 District, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, Emerald Cities Collaborative and serves on the Governor's Carbon Pollution Accountability Taskforce for WA State.

Russ Wyatt

Councillor, City of Winnipeg

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