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digital strategy advisory panel members

Learn more about the members of the Digital Strategy Advisory Panel.

The Digital Strategy Advisory Panel is an arms-length body intended to help guide Waterfront Toronto on how best to incorporate data privacy, digital systems, and the safe and ethical use of new technologies in the next phase of waterfront revitalization.  The Panel was formed in April 2018 and will initially advise Waterfront Toronto on policies and strategies related to the Quayside project.


The mandate of the Panel is to provide Waterfront Toronto with objective, expert advice to ensure that principles of ethical use of technology, accountability, transparency, protection of personal privacy, data governance and cyber security are upheld. The Panel will further ensure that intellectual property and data are safeguarded while encouraging innovation and economic development. Waterfront Toronto will continue to work closely with governments and policy makers, the public, and industry experts to help coordinate the rules and accountability protocols that will be integral to the success of these initiatives. 


The draft mandate, which will be ratified by the Panel at its first meeting, can be found here.  


The Panel includes the following Canadian and international subject matter specialists from academia, industry, the civic technology community and legal experts:


On September 21, 2020, Waterfront Toronto offered sincere thanks to the members of the Digital Strategy Advisory Panel (DSAP) and informed them that the panel is being dissolved. To learn more, please read the statement in our newsroom.



Dr. Michael Geist (Chair)

Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa


Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law and is a member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society. He has been a visiting professor at universities around the world including the University of Haifa, Hong Kong University, and Tel Aviv University. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School.


Dr. Geist is the editor of many books including Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era (2015, University of Ottawa Press), The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law (2013, University of Ottawa Press), From "Radical Extremism" to "Balanced Copyright": Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda (2010, Irwin Law) and In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law (2005, Irwin Law). He regularly appears in the Globe and Mail, is the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and authors a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues.


Dr. Geist serves on many boards, including Ingenium, CIRA, Internet Archive Canada, and the EFF Advisory Board. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2018 and has received numerous awards for his work including the University of Ottawa Open Access Award in 2016, Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the EFF’s Pioneer Award in 2008, and Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada.

Charles Finley (Vice Chair)

Global Director of Marketing & Communications, IBI Group
Co-Founder and Chair of Code for Canada

Charles is a strategist, designer, entrepreneur and holds corporate executive and community non-profit board roles. He co-founded and is Board Chair of Code for Canada, the country’s leading civic-tech organization that brings design and technology together for the public good. Charles is also Global Director of Marketing and Communications at global architecture, engineering, planning and technology firm IBI Group where he is responsible for the firm’s digital, brand, and communications strategy. He has led transformational digital change through building teams and delivering on strategic initiatives in global roles with MaRS Discovery District, Thomson Reuters, and Critical Mass. He also serves as Steering Committee member of global non-profit Jane’s Walk.

Kurtis McBride

CEO and Co-founder, Miovision Technologies Incorporated
Co-founder, Catalyst137



Kurtis McBride is CEO and co-founder of Miovision, a smart city technology company creating powerful tools that help cities to better manage traffic. Using video and machine vision, Miovision's tools have processed more than 23 million hours of traffic video, counting over 9 billion vehicles. Customers in more than 85 countries around the world use what they learn from this data to improve the transportation experience for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike. Kurtis is an active member of the startup community in the Waterloo Region. He served on the board of directors for the Accelerator Centre, where Miovision spent its formative years. In 2016, Kurtis co-founded Catalyst137, transforming an old tire warehouse into a dynamic hub for growth-oriented, globally focused, technology manufacturing and IoT companies. Kurtis holds a Masters of Engineering in Systems Design from the University of Waterloo.


Carlo Ratti

Director, MIT Senseable City Lab
Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati


An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Laboratory, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation practice Carlo Ratti Associati. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life, his work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time Magazine as ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization,




Dr. Pamela Robinson MCIP RPP

Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
Director, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University


Dr. Pamela Robinson MCIP RPP is the Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson. Throughout her career as a planner her research and practice have focused on complex, emergent challenges that Canadian communities face. Her current research focuses on the question: “Who is planning the Canadian smart city?” Since 2010, Pamela has written a regular column for Spacing Magazine where she writes about equity, technology and civic engagement in Canadian cities. Pamela was the academic advisor for the Sidewalk Toronto Urban Fellows Program (2018), an Advisor on the Toronto Public Library’s Innovation Council and a member of the Multi-Stakeholder Forum for the Government of Canada’s Open Government Partnership work.


Dr. Teresa Scassa

Canada Research Chair in Information Law, University of Ottawa


Dr. Teresa Scassa is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She is Chair of the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council, member of the Digital Strategy Advisory Panel for Waterfront Toronto, and member of the Canadian Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence. She is a member of the GEOTHINK research partnership, and has written widely in the areas of intellectual property law, law and technology, and privacy. Teresa Scassa is also a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.



Kevin Tuer, PhD Peng

Vice President, Data and Advanced Technologies 
Communitech Corp. 


Kevin leads the Data and Advanced Technologies team at Communitech Corp, a private-public tech innovation hub that’s supports a community of over 1400 companies including startups, scaleups and large global players.  The team’s mandate is to help its customers do more with data, from the design and development of a data strategy to the integration of advanced technologies including AI/ML, autonomous vehicles, 5G networks and software defined networks.
With over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurial, technical and leadership roles, the past 8 years have focused on developing and deploying data driven innovation supply chains across the public and private sector.  Prior to his current role, Kevin was the Managing Director of Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX), a national initiative launched in May 2015 with a mandate to help the private sector adopt and commercialize data from public and private sources for the purpose of enhancing their current products or creating new products and services. Kevin holds a BASc and MASc in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is also a licensed professional engineer in the Province of Ontario. 



Mark J. Wilson

Board Chair, Arraymusic
Board President, Toronto City Opera
Former Chair, Waterfront Toronto

During his 40+ year career in the IT industry Mark Wilson held senior executive positions in the services, consulting, software, and retail industries.
In his 16-years at IBM, he was an executive deal-maker developing strategic partnerships and outsourcing agreements with Canada’s largest global enterprises in the banking, insurance, airline, telecommunications, natural resources and manufacturing industries. In addition, he served as a Strategic Advisor to IBM China for the development of its managed services business.
Previously he was the Vice President of Corporate Operations for Consumers Distributing with responsibility for information technology and logistics, a Director with DMR Group, a leading Canadian IT consulting firm and Vice President Marketing for Aratek International, a software startup.
For 30 years Mr. Wilson has been active as a volunteer and board member in the community and public sector with a special focus on environment and urban development.
In 1999 he was appointed to the Waterfront Task Force whose report led to the creation of Waterfront Toronto. Mr. Wilson was appointed to the Board of Waterfront Toronto in 2001, elected as Chair in 2006 and served as Chair until 2016. Under his leadership Waterfront Toronto developed and implemented, in collaboration with the 3 orders of government, the community and the private sector, award winning plans for East Bayfront, West Don Lands, Central Waterfront, Lower Don Lands, Mimico and Port Union.
He was a founding chair of the Task Force to Bring Back the Don in 1989 and served as its Chair until 1997. For 10 years he also served as Chair of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority's Don Watershed Task Force and Regeneration Council. 
He has received numerous awards for his environmental service including from the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Since 2014 he has served as the Chair of the Board of Arraymusic, a leading Canadian contemporary music company and since 2019 as the Board President for Toronto City Opera.
Mr. Wilson studied Engineering Science at the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Queen’s University Executive Management program.




Jutta Treviranus

Director and Professor at Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University



Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor in the faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto.  Jutta established the IDRC in 1993 (formerly the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre) as the nexus of a growing global community that proactively works to ensure that our digitally transformed and connected society is designed inclusively. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute, a multi-university regional centre of expertise. Jutta founded an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University. Jutta is the co-director of Raising the Floor International. She leads international multi-partner research networks that have created broadly implemented innovations that support inclusion e.g., Fluid Project , FLOE, and many others. Jutta and her team have pioneered network-supported personalization as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally (including W3C WAI ATAG, IMS AccessForAll, ISO 24751, and AODA Information and Communication).


Jutta’s leadership in Inclusive Design has been recognized through awards, such as a Diamond Jubilee Medal and recognition as one of Canada’s top 45 over 45 by Zoomer Magazine. Jutta’s work has been attributed as the impetus for corporate adoption of more inclusive practices in large enterprise companies such as Microsoft.




Andrew Clement

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto


Andrew Clement is a professor emeritus of information at the University of Toronto, where he has coordinated the Information Policy Research Program since the 1990s and co-founded the Identity Privacy and Security Institute (IPSI). With a PhD in Computer Science, he has had longstanding research and teaching interests in the social implications of information/communication technologies, community informatics, participatory design and privacy/surveillance. Among his recent research projects are: IXmaps.ca, an internet mapping tool that helps make more visible NSA mass internet surveillance activities and the routing of Canadian personal data through the U.S. and publishes privacy transparency reports on ISPs serving Canadian internet carriers serving Canadians; Seeing Through the Cloud, which examined extra-national outsourcing of eCommunications services, especially by universities; SurveillanceRights.ca, which documents (non)compliance of video surveillance installations with privacy regulations and helps citizens understand their related privacy rights; Snowden Surveillance Archives, an online searchable collection of all documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden subsequently published by news media; and Proportionate ID, which demonstrates through overlays for conventional ID cards and a smartphone app privacy protective alternatives to prevailing full disclosure norms.


Clement was the principal investigator of the 4 year Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN) project and lead editor of its collective Connecting Canadians: Investigations in Community Informatics book. Clement was a co-investigator in the seven year major research collaboration, The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting and contributor to its Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada book. Currently he is a collaborator in its successor project, Big Data Surveillance.


Dr. Khaled El-Emam

Founder & General Manager, Privacy Analytics

Dr. Khaled El Emam is the founder, General Manager, and President of Privacy Analytics. As an entrepreneur, Khaled helped found or co-found five companies involved with data management and data analytics. He has worked in technical and management positions in academic and business settings in England, Scotland, Germany, Japan, and Canada.
Khaled is also a senior scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute and Director of the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory, conducting academic research on de-identification and re-identification risk measurement, and also a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine (Pediatrics) at the University of Ottawa. 
In 2003 and 2004, he was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement.
Previously, Khaled was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada. He also served as the head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
He held the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa. He has a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King’s College, at the University of London, England.


Diane Reynolds

Head of Risk, SEBx

Diane Reynolds currently works as the Head of Risk for SEBx, a division within SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB).  SEBx is the SEB innovation studio set out to drive progress, push boundaries and instigate change.

Once based in Toronto Canada, with IBM, she was previously responsible for a team of data scientists who built, adapted and integrated statistical and machine learning models for the Customer Insights solutions, trained Watson engines on BlueMix for Regulatory Compliance Analytics and work with ICM devops to improve hardware performance and deliver value-added reports for clients.

Prior to its acquisition by IBM, Diane worked with Algorithmics Inc, based out of both Toronto and London.  She has worked with numerous clients around the world to deliver leading-edge risk measurement and management solutions for credit risk, market risk, portfolio management, asset-liability management, exposure management, regulatory compliance, operational risk and risk monitoring.

Karen Gomez

Program Manager, Municipal Innovation Exchange (MIX)

Karen Gomez

Karen Gomez has worked for all three levels of government and some of Canada’s leading non-profit organizations, including Canada’s largest innovation hub. Today, Karen leads the development of the Municipal Innovation Exchange (MIX). MIX is a multi-city collaboration, led by the City of Guelph, with the City of London and the City Barrie, as well as MaRS Discovery District. MIX cities are developing best practices for how challenge-based procurement can transform innovation capacity, help understand root causes to pervasive problems, and allow cities to explore emerging technology/new models to service delivery within a safe and controlled scope.



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