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

OpenNorth is the lead technical partner of the Community Solutions Network and is responsible for the One-to-One Advisory Service. Available at no-cost to communities of all sizes across Canada, the Advisory Service operationalizes the Open Smart Cities definition developed by OpenNorth in 2018 and offers online basic and advanced courses, guidelines, templates, as well as personalized guidance from leading advisors on open smart cities domains of data, governance, people and engagement, and hardware and software.

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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.

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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

Senior Research Analyst

Applied Research Lab

Steven Coutts

Geographic Research Analyst

Applied Research Lab

Megan Wylie

Geographic Research Analyst

Applied Research Lab

Christian Medina

Program Manager

Mélina Planchenault

Programme Director

One-to-One Advisory Service

Oscar Espinosa

Programme Manager

One-to-One Advisory Service

Michaël Houle

Senior Programme Officer

One-to-One Advisory Service

Corey Pembleton

Programme Officer

One-to-One Advisory Service

Nabeel Ahmed

Programme Officer

One-to-One Advisory Service

Suzanne Labrie

Senior Program Consultant


Johann Kwan

Open Smart Cities Advisor


Dione Watts

Operations Manager

Nancy Lazo

Administrative Technician

Jaime MacLean


Board & Founder

Jonathan Brun

Board member


Tracey P. Lauriault

Board member

Carleton University

Henri-François Gautrin

Board member

Former Member of National Assembly of Quebec

Gabe Sawhney

Board member

Code for Canada

Richard Stirling

Board member

Oxford Insights

James McKinney

Founder & Senior Technical Adviser

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