Urban Development Institute

UDI Seminar: Building Smart Cities
March 12, 2019 - 7:15am - 9:30am
Pacific Ballroom- Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street
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Smart Cities are rapidly evolving from futuristic aspiration to emerging reality. This has not gone unnoticed by local municipalities. Beginning with the City of Vancouver’s four-year digital strategy in 2012, and more recently with the City of Vancouver and City of Surrey’s recent win as a finalist for the top prize ($50 million category) of the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, cities are pivoting towards digital transformation.

As governments and local councils across the world embark on ambitious plans to transform their cities into Smart connected ecosystems, the building blocks required for this transformation are also being developed alongside. There are already a whole host of new technologies with the promise to transform the industry including BIM, various Information and Communication Technologies as well as Construction Technologies.

The success of a Smart City hinges on the combination of Smart policy, Smart infrastructure and Smart technologies. The industry will need to adopt an organic whole-building, whole-city approach to development in order to deliver the conceptual, functional and technological requirements of the Smart City paradigm.

Extensive coordination and collaboration will be key to creating the connected ecosystem of entities and services working towards a smarter future.

Featured panel:

  • Jessie Adcock, Chief Technology Officer, City of Vancouver
  • Brett Emmerton, Industry Solutions Executive, Microsoft
  • Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson, Director of Business Development, EllisDon
  • Sean Simpson, Director, Information Technology, City of Surrey
  • David Thom, President, IBI Group
  • Jon Stovell, President & CEO, Reliance Properties (UDI Chair & Moderator)

PIBC members are eligible for "member" price and PIBC will offer 1.5 CPL credits for its members toward this event.

To register for this event, please contact Yvonne Lo by email: ylo@udi.org or by phone: 604-661-3038.