Domestic ICF Canada Speakers Bureau

SPEAKERS BUREAU

Domestic

ICF Canada is offering communities and organizations across Canada and abroad to access qualified speakers who can discuss smart city and Intelligent community issues, share best practices and expertise with case studies of successful communities and how they met challenges head on with ingenuity and innovation, leadership and collaboration; how broadband and smart infrastructure technologies helped transform their communities; and success stories of communities with which your community can become inspired.

ICF Canada offers local, national and international speakers. Many in your area may speak for free or a modest honorarium. Others may require at a minimum travel expenses covered and some may also require a small speakers fee to cover their time away from their normal business. All of the speakers are qualified to speak about the topics that they indicate in their bios.

Campbell Patterson

Founding Partner, CP Communications


Campbell Patterson, founding partner of CP Communications (CPC), is presently the chair of the Technical Committee for ICF-Canada.   The ICF-Canada Technical Committee authored a position paper, titled, “Broadband: the essential utility,” which was submitted to the CRTC in conjunction with CRTC Decision 2016-496 which declared access to broadband Internet to be a basic universal service.

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For the past fifteen years CPC, has been actively engaged helping regions, counties, municipalities, and user-based consortiums in Canada evaluate broadband networking opportunities, apply for funding assistance, researching, and writing business cases, crafting business plans; and designing, procuring, building, deploying, and project managing community broadband networking operations.

Clients have included the City of Kingston where Campbell co-authored the ICF application that lead to an ICF Top7 designation in 2014. CPC is currently engaged by Smart21 2017 contender the City of Pickering on a “Connecting To Innovate” (CTI) funding application to the federal government. CPC is the consultancy that developed the feasibility study, business case, funding application is currently project managing the procurement and construction of the SWIFT network, a $300 million government funded project to connect everyone in Southwestern Ontario to fibre optics. SWIFT network territory includes ICF TOP7 communities Stratford and Windsor as well as Intelligent Community of Year, Waterloo Region in 2007. CPC is working with the City of Niagara Falls and City of Ottawa (Smart21 2017, Top7 2010) to develop an Intelligent Community Plan and with Niagara Region to make a CTI funding application.

As a member of ICF Canada’s Speaker’s Bureau, Campbell can speak knowledgably about:

  • Building an intelligent community plan
  • Developing a broadband strategy
  • Broadband as an essential utility
  • How to write a successful ICF application
  • How to apply for funding of broadband infrastructure

  • John Jung

    Executive Director, ICF Canada


    Speaker on: Intelligent Communities, Smart Cities, Economic Development, FDI (Foreign Direct Investment), Urban Design, Urban Planning, Internet of Things, Intelligent Transportation Systems

    Chairman and Co-Founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, John is a professional, award-winning urban planner, urban designer, economic developer, author and global speaker on planning, development, urban design and economic development related issues, especially related to Intelligent Communities.

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    Former President and CEO of several of Canada’s largest economic development organizations, John is also a former urban planner and developer in many cities and advisor on urban development and economic development to global leaders around the world for over the past three decades. John’s extensive global exposure leading hundreds of international delegations, writing and delivering keynote addresses globally on behalf of ICF have helped to raise awareness of the Intelligent Community movement.

    Travel Requirements:
    Travel Expenses to be covered (except in Greater Toronto Area)
    Speaker’s Fees: Contribution to ICF or ICF Canada (amount to be arranged)
    ICF Canada Administration Fee

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    Rob McCann

    President, Clearcable Networks


    Rob McCann is the founder and President of Clearcable Networks. He has been working with advanced broadband service deployments in mid-market and rural cable and telephone systems since 1998. He is responsible for building and maintaining technical, network, and application intelligence. Rob works closely with several carriers, cable systems, municipalities, and network service providers in Canada, the US, and the Caribbean providing them with the technology, integration, and business practices required to effectively operate voice, video, and data services in the changing broadband service provider industry.

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    Most recently Rob represents Clearcable as an inaugural board member of The Intelligent Community Forum Canada and previously has served as a Director with the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Ontario Chapter, a contributor to the CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee, and a frequent keynote speaker at the Canadian Cable System Alliance, Canadian Independent Telephone Association, and National Cable Telephone Cooperative annual trade shows. He was named the Canadian Independent Telephone Associations 2016 Supplier of the Year and holds degrees in Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and a Economics from McMaster University.

    By combining his practical experience in both traditional information technology and service provider networks with his formal background, Rob provides a unique perspective on matching emerging technology with sound business principles to establish successful strategies for new product and service deployment. Rob has lead the Clearcable since 2004, named three times as one of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies by PROFIT Magazine, as a team that prides itself on providing expert help to enable appropriate technology and services for advanced communications by augmenting the existing or building the internal engineering support for its client base. With proven experience and relevant industry references, Clearcable understands the unique requirements of a truly connected life and building better broadband for communities of all sizes.

    Rob is attending the ICF Canada Business Mission to Taiwan and the Top7 Announcement to support the outstanding efforts of the Smart21 Communities of 2017 on their way toward the Top7, to exchange and learn about the truly global efforts found in Taiwan, to celebrate the success and contributions of Taiwan to the ICF mission, and to meet potential suppliers and partners who can support our efforts in North America.

    Brenda Halloran

    CEO, Brenda Halloran Inc


    Brenda Halloran is known as a global leader with a local conscience.  Often referred to as the people’s Mayor, Halloran held the top job as the Mayor of the City of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from 2006 – 2014.  Responsible for leading the City through one of the most dynamic and innovative periods in its history, Halloran’s global profile took root when the City of Waterloo won the most “Intelligent Community Award” in 2007 from the Intelligent Community Forum and IBM’s Smarter City Challenge in 2012.

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    Halloran was the Chair of the Alumni of Intelligent Communities with ICF from 2010-2012 and has been active in promoting ICF globally. As Mayor, Halloran was responsible for signing friendship agreements between Eindhoven, The Netherlands and Taipei, Taiwan, as well as Chongqing and Xi’an, China. Halloran believes in the importance of global outreach, innovation, collaboration and how smart cities and intelligent communities are critical to the future of global growth and economic prosperity. She has years of experience presenting at international forums and conferences on the importance of smart city growth and the development of intelligent communities. She is the Chair of the Board of Startup Canada, President of the Trillium Innovation Venture Group, and the CEO of her own corporation. She is involved in the local technology sector, mentors and coaches startups and entrepreneurs and is an advisor on smart city growth. She is a known connector. Halloran has received numerous awards; her most recent one was the StartUp Canada Lifetime Achievement Award. She is connected locally, nationally and globally to political and business leaders throughout the world. She is a strong supporter of innovation and technology and building successful opportunities internationally.

    David Hicks

    Pensario Communications


    David Hicks is a freelance writer, branding consultant and researcher-writer-editor. He was the point-person for Stratford Ontario’s six consecutive Smart21 and Top7 designations, editor for Kingston’s successful Top7 submission, and co-wrote smart city / Intelligent Community plans for New Westminster BC and West Parry Sound ON. He also created Stratford’s campaign branding, signage, social media and blog content, presentations and briefs, and agendas for ICF founder site visits. He has presented at various public and municipal forums, town halls and service organization meetings.

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    Harout Chitilian

    Montreal City Councillor


    Harout Chitilian was elected city councillor, for the district of Bordeaux-Cartierville in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, in November 2013, for a second consecutive mandate. He is the vice chairman of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal, and is responsible for administrative reforms, youth programs, digital and smart city strategy and information technology. He is a member of the Executive Committee and of the Environment Committee of the Montreal metropolitan community. During his previous mandate, he held an associate position in the Montreal Executive Committee for files pertaining youth and economic development. In 2011 until November 2013, Harout Chitilian was appointed president of the Montreal Municipal Council where he also presided as Chair for the council chairmanship.

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    In 2011, he was chosen as one of the most prominent young municipal politicians of his generation by the magazine l’Actualité. In spring 2013, he participated in a “Personality of the Year” program in Paris following an invitation from the French Foreign Affairs Department. Finally, he received the award for rising star of the year among young city councillors from the Union des municipalités du Québec. Harout Chitilian received his engineering degree, in 2004, from École Polytechnique de Montreal. Mr. Chitilian represented Montreal during the year that Montreal was the selected as 2017 ICF Intelligent Community of the Year. He can also provide in both English and French, a testimonial about Montreal’s journey to become the Intelligent Community of the Year and what made Montreal the global pick that year from its le Quartier de l'innovation de Montréal to Montreal’s use of technology to promote its cultural and heritage applications.

    Franco Amalfi

    Director, Strategic Government Programs for Oracle Public Sector North America


    Franco Amalfi is Director, Strategic Government Programs for Oracle Public Sector North America.  In this capacity, Franco leads a team of experts responsible for the go to market strategy for healthcare, academic research, revenue management, digital government, intelligent cities and artificial intelligence.  Franco and his team guide government officials at every level – U.S. federal, U.S. state & local, and in Canada – to effectively use modern cloud based technologies to help cities and other government agencies deliver on their mission.

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    In addition to working with customers, Franco authors, publishes white papers and articles on leveraging technology to drive business value for governments. He is also a frequent speaker at government conferences. Franco can cover discussions on citizen engagement, mobility, artificial intelligence, digital government and IoT. He is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal and has completed executive studies at MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge.

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