Founded in 2011, OpenNorth started as a small Montreal-based nonprofit with expertise in open data and civic technology. Today OpenNorth’s growing interdisciplinary team leads national and international multi-stakeholder partnerships on implementing values-driven approaches and solutions that do more than just utilize data and networked infrastructure to make decisions. We work with a wide diversity of innovative and connected public administrations and community stakeholders to build their efficient, ethical, and collaborative use of data and technology to solve complex problems. We sustain global peer-to-peer networks for knowledge sharing that improves smart and open governance practices for citizens across Canada and the world.

A Step Ahead

Pillar 1: Community Support for Open Smart City Implementation

We work through multi-stakeholder partnerships to offer solutions to smart city challenges as a firmly embedded member of the open data community. Operationalizing our Guide to Open Smart Cities, we have assembled a multi-disciplinary one-to-one advisory service to build capacity in local communities of all sizes on issues of data, technology, and governance through a lens of access, interoperability, and engagement.

Pillar 2: Applied Research to Solve Complex Problems

We bridge geographic and cultural divides by mobilizing and synthesizing knowledge to create practical outcomes for problems institutions and communities face in facilitating data collection, bridging organisational silos, and structuring multi-stakeholder data collaboration - we call this applied research. We implement this approach via the Applied Research Lab, which uses quantitative and qualitative methods to further data strategy, governance, interoperability, and data-based engagement. We draw upon our extensive research partnerships on issues including AI ethics and digital transformation.

Pillar 3: Local-to-Global Scaling Up of Solutions

We partner with international organizations to make our local experience and expertise relevant to others and bring back knowledge to our community. Our scaling up of local work is achieved through support from the Applied Research Lab in tailoring capacity building programs for local and national stakeholders undergoing organizational change. In so doing, we actively contribute to international peer-to-peer knowledge networks.

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

Miranda Sculthorp

Urban Research Analyst

Applied Research Lab

Hannah Ker

Open Data Analyst

Applied Research Lab

Marine Colon de Franciosi

Research Analyst

Applied Research Lab

Christian Medina

Program Manager

Mélina Planchenault

Program Director

One-to-One Advisory Service

Oscar Espinosa

Program Manager

One-to-One Advisory Service

Moana Lebel

Project Lead

One-to-One Advisory Service

Corey Pembleton


One-to-One Advisory Service

Nabeel Ahmed


One-to-One Advisory Service

Dione Watts

Operations Manager

Nancy Lazo

Administrative Assistant

Jaime MacLean


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

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