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Founded in 2011, OpenNorth is Canada’s leading not-for-profit organization specialized in open data, open government, community engagement, open smart cities and civic technology. We work with Canada’s largest, most innovative, and connected cities. Our network extends across Canada and globally through communities of practice and open government partners. As a steward of the International Open Data Charter, we operationalize the Charter’s principles into government strategies and roadmaps. This work promotes the effective use of data as infrastructure facilitating sustained engagement between government, civil society, and the public.

A Step Ahead

  • Local to Global Leadership. OpenNorth has been acknowledged by government and international organizations as a leader.
  • Bridger. We connect the global open data and open government networks to our national contexts and local ecosystems to enhance effective knowledge sharing, collaboration, and interoperability
  • Convener. We work with all stakeholders by design, believing that resolving complex problems and requires an alignment of shared interests and values through collaboration across all (relevant) sectors and jurisdictions
  • Supportive of government. We understand that the opportunities facing cities in our day and age can sometimes entail organizational changes that require careful consideration and tailored approaches.
  • Firmly embedded as a member of the civic tech community - we believe and apply the principles of co-production and co-creation to our work with government.

Our Team

Our dynamic team is comprised of people with experience in all sectors, with specialized expertise in government, strategic and operational planning, access to information, information technology, private sector, data standards creation, applied research international development, policy development, and software development.

Jean-Noé Landry

Executive Director

Suthee Sangiambut

Applied Research Lead

Hannah Ker

Open Data Analyst

Christian Medina

Fulfillment Associate

Citizen Budget

Miranda Sculthorp

Urban Research Analyst

Dione Watts

Operations Manager

Joel Ornoy

Business Development Manager

Citizen Budget

Saad Sabb

Fulfillment Specialist

Citizen Budget

Jaime MacLean


Alyssa Beaton



Jury Konga

Open Cities Strategies | Expert Associate

Dr. Aaron Erlich

Assistant Professor
Department of Polical Science, McGill University

Applied Research Lab Advisor | Research Methods

Board & Founder

Jonathan Brun


Board member

Tracey P. Lauriault

Carleton University

Board member

Henri-François Gautrin

Former Member of National Assembly of Quebec

Board member

Gabe Sawhney

Code for Canada

Board member

Richard Stirling

Oxford Insights

Board member

James McKinney

Founder & Senior Technical Adviser