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Data Driven - Evaluation Panel Members

Bianca Wylie

Co-founder, Tech Reset Canada | Co-founder, Digital Public | Senior fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

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    Bianca is an open government advocate with a dual background in technology and public engagement. She is the co-founder of Tech Reset Canada, the co-founder of Digital Public, and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. She worked for several years in the tech sector in operations, infrastructure, corporate training, and product management. Then, as a professional facilitator, she spent several years designing, delivering and supporting public consultation processes for various governments and government agencies. She founded the Open Data Institute Toronto in 2014 and co-founded Civic Tech Toronto in 2015. She is a writer, guest lecturer, and speaker on open government and public sector technology policy and is on the advisory board of The Computational Democracy Project.

Lynette Keyowski

Managing Partner, REACH Canada

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    Lynette Keyowski is the Managing Partner at REACH Canada, an expansion of the world-leading Lynette Keyowski NAR REACH real estate technology growth program, scaling technology companies into the real estate and ancillary verticals.

    Lynette comes to REACH after more than a decade as a senior executive and CEO in the REALTOR association world in Canada. Her professional focus has been to support the delivery of value-add technology solutions into the real estate sector and streamlining the real estate practitioner and consumer experience.

    Having contributed extensively to real estate initiatives in both the US and Canada, Lynette is passionate about the opportunities REACH will offer to the Canadian real estate vertical, and is excited to continue to expand her extensive network of relationships in the real estate and tech communities into the global sector.

    With a healthy appetite for knowledge and a commitment to continuous personal improvement, Lynette blends an active outdoor lifestyle with the responsibilities of parenting two daughters: one recent University graduate, and one aged ten.

Jean-Noé Landry

Social entrepreneur and Executive Director of Open North

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    Jean-Noé Landry is a social entrepreneur and Executive Director of Open North, Canada's leading not-for-profit organization specialized in data governance, open smart cities, and applied research. Through its one-to-one advisory service, Open North provides capacity building support to cities and communities of all sizes across Canada to develop their efficient, open, and ethical use of data and technology, including through the Community Solutions Network (CSN). Through its multidisciplinary Applied Research Lab, Open North works with governments at all levels and local stakeholders in Canada and globally in support of their digital transformation and multi-stakeholder data sharing initiatives. Open North is currently the City of Montreal's lead partner responsible for data governance, as part of the smart city challenge program (Montreal en commun). With more than 20 years of international democratic development experience and a leadership role in the global open data community, Jean-Noé is part of the directing committee of the International observatory on the social impact of AI (OBVIA), a member of the selection committee of the Open Government Partnership's local governance program, a Fellow at the Center for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, and advises the Montreal University Hospital Center's (CHUM) Responsible Innovation working group.

Rana Sharif

Senior Specialist, Data and Information

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    Rana joins from CMHC’s Innovation team where she is focused on leading digitally enabled concepts and solutions tackling a breadth of challenges within the Canadian housing ecosystem.

    Prior to joining CMHC, Rana brings 18 years of experience in the Financial Services industry in a variety of different roles; most recently in FinTech, serving in a Digital Strategy and Product Management capacity. While having led product design, tech development teams, and deployment of technology solutions, Rana has only strengthened her passion for the role data and technology can play within Canada’s housing ecosystem.

Wojciech Kujawa

Data Governance Manager, City of Edmonton

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    Wojciech brings more than 11 years of experience in Business Intelligence, project management, data analytics, data management and data governance from being the Senior Manager of the Data Governance and Management Manager at the City of Edmonton. As a Data Governance and Management Manager Wojciech priorities focus on standing up the data governance program and the data governance team at the City, establishing the stewardship framework, standardizing data management processes, building data awareness and literacy, and managing data as an asset.

    Wojciech holds a Project Management Professional certification, a Master's degree in International Relations from the Universities in Poland and Germany, as well as a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Alberta.

David Wachsmuth

Canada Research Chair in Urban Governance, McGill University

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    David Wachsmuth is the Canada Research Chair in Urban Governance at McGill University, where he is also an Associate Professor in the School of Urban Planning. He directs UPGo, the Urban Politics and Governance research group at McGill, where he leads a team of researchers investigating pressing urban governance problems related to economic development, environmental sustainability, and housing markets. He is the co-lead of the Adapting Urban Environments for the Future theme of the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative, where he is part of a broad interdisciplinary team developing new ways of conceptualizing, measuring, and improving urban sustainability. A major focus of his work has been explaining a transition in policy and planning from identifying the city as a global sustainability problem to identifying the city as a solution to global sustainability problems. He is one of the world’s leading experts on the impacts of short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb on cities around the world, and consults widely with municipalities and community organizations on designing appropriate regulations. Dr. Wachsmuth has published widely in top journals in urban studies, planning and geography, and his work has been covered extensively in the national and international media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, and the Washington Post. He is the Early Career Editor of the journal Territory, Politics, Governance and serves on the editorial board of the journal Urban Geography.

Marcel Swain

CEO of Lu’ma Native Housing Society

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    Marcel is currently the CEO of Lu’ma Native Housing Society, British Columbia’s largest Aboriginal housing society. He has led Lu’ma for over 30 years, helping to build a current portfolio of 15 housing projects with nearly 300 units and a market value of more than $40 million. During his tenure, Marcel has used innovation and creativity in working with many different public and private partners. He has been instrumental in forging partnerships which have pioneered sustainable ways to build and manage Aboriginal housing projects.

    Previously, he was a Senior Administrator for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Canada’s national housing agency.

    Marcel was a founding member and past president of the National Aboriginal Housing Association (NAHA), an organization which advocates on behalf of non-reserve Aboriginal housing providers.

    Marcel served as Vice President of the Me-Dian Credit Union, an Aboriginal lending institution in Manitoba. He has served as president, vice president and director of several non-profit housing societies and has been a director of the Vancouver Aboriginal Justice Council Society. He was a financial advisor Native Women’s Association of Canada.

Jay Pitter

Author, Placemaker, City-Builder

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    Jay Pitter, MES, is an award-winning placemaker whose practice mitigates growing divides in cities across North America. She spearheads institutional city-building projects specializing in public space design and policy, forgotten densities, mobility equity, gender-responsive design, inclusive public engagement and healing fraught sites. In addition to leading her practice, Ms. Pitter makes significant contributions to urbanism discourse as an author with Penguin Random House and urban planning lecturer for entities such as the United Nations Women, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Maryam Haghighi

Director, Data Science | Data and Statistics Office, Bank of Canada

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    Dr. Maryam Haghighi is the Director of Data Science at the Bank of Canada, where she provides strategic leadership for data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to promote the economic and financial wellbeing of Canada.

    She has successfully led development across diverse teams from academic and research-oriented environments to global enterprises and private partnerships. With over 15 years of experience in a broad range of topics in advanced analytics and AI-driven innovation, she has overseen implementation of sophisticated solutions to complex data problems for multi-billion-dollar projects on the ground and in the skies.

    Prior to joining the Bank, she pioneered the first ever space-based data analytics systems of a new satellite constellation. As Canada’s delegate to international advisory panels, she provided data and modelling expertise for the safety of global aviation and the betterment of lives of millions of Canadians.

    Previously, she successfully applied her expertise to a diverse range of projects within the Government of Canada, in health care and in not-for-profits.

    She holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics- Combinatorial Optimization and Operations Research from the University of Ottawa. She was a professor of mathematics and computer science courses and has been a technical consultant in patent processes. She has a deep passion for interdisciplinary work and building bridges between advanced theories of mathematics and real-world applications as well as supporting women in technology initiatives.

Robynn Sadler

Director of Housing and Infrastructure, The Métis Nation of Ontario

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    Robynn Sadler is Métis with ancestral roots in the Red River. Robynn is passionate about helping communities achieve their housing goals. She has worked in housing for 22 years in the area of non-profit property management, policy and program development. Robynn has extensive experience in Indigenous housing policy, working with both the Ontario Native Women’s Association and the Métis Nation of Ontario. Robynn has recently accepted the role of Director of Housing and Infrastructure with the Métis Nation of Ontario and has launched several new housing and homelessness support programs to support Métis Citizens. Robynn has a background in business and volunteers as director on the board of a non-profit long-term care home in her community.

Round 1: Data Driven

Key Dates

  • Launch: October 23, 2020 
  • Initial Submissions: January 20, 2021
  • Shortlisted Applicants: March 2021
  • Stage 2 Final Submissions: September 29, 2021
  • Funded Solutions Announced: October 2021

Who can apply?

  • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations  
  • Indigenous organizations and groups 
  • Canadian post-secondary institutions  
  • Government (Provincial, territorial, municipal, local, and regional) 
  • Consulting firms
  • Teams composed of a variety of participants 


* All participants must be affiliated with a legally incorporated organization

Funding Allocation

  • Stage 1: Incubation funding for prototyping - 25 shortlisted applicants will receive $100,000 each
  • Stage 2: Implementation Funding - Selected solutions will share a pool of $22.5 million in funding

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