Summit 17 Speakers


Summit Speakers


Alan Barfoot
AlanBarfoot.jpgWarden, Grey County; Mayor, Georgian Bluffs
Top7 Conversation: Grey County (June 8)

Alan Barfoot was acclaimed the 2016 Grey County Warden by his fellow councillors on December 1 at the annual inaugural session of council. Barfoot has been a Grey County Councillor since 2004. He was Chair of the Transportation and Public Safety Committee from 2010-2012 and again from 2014-2015 and has sat on multiple committees during his term. He entered municipal government as a Councillor for the former Derby Township in 1991 and was elected Mayor of Georgian Bluffs in the fall of 2006. The Warden is the head of Grey County Council and represents Grey County on the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus. The Warden is elected to a one-year term each December.

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 Andrey Belozerov
AndreyBelozerov.jpgDeputy CIO, Moscow City Government
CIO Roundtable (June 6)

Andrey is a lifelong technology executive with deep expertise in delivering innovations in both governmental and commercial sectors. Since 2011, Andrey has served as Deputy CIO of Moscow, after he was engaged by Government of Russia to lead Electronic Government initiative in 2010.

Prior to public services, Andrey was improving Project Management Practices in Russia in multiple executive roles, also as VP, Project Management Institute, Moscow Branch. In his current position, Andrey is responsible for implementing informational systems in all spheres of urban life with special focus on Smart City projects.

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Susan Benton
SusanBenton.jpgPresident and CEO, Urban Libraries Council
The Internet of the People (June 8)

Susan has worked with libraries and local governments for over twenty years. Her professional career has been dedicated to assisting city and county executives initiate and manage change in their organizations so that citizens and businesses are receiving the strongest possible services. She comes to ULC from her position as Research, Development and Strategic Partners Executive at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

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Carolyn Campbell
CarolynCampbell.jpgDeputy City Manager (Communications and Engagement), Edmonton
Top7 Conversation: Edmonton (June 7)

Carolyn Campbell is the Deputy City Manager of Communications and Engagement at the City of Edmonton; formerly serving as Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism with the Government of Alberta from 2015-2016. Preceding this, she was the Associate Dean of the Alberta School of Business, at the University of Alberta, leading the Executive Education department from 2005 - 2015.

She has previously served on several boards and committees including: Travel Alberta, the Premier's Council on Culture, the Mayor's Business Roundtable, the Edmonton Symphony Society and Winspear Centre Board of Directors, the UNICON Research Committee (International Consortium of Universities), the Edmonton Journal Community Advisory Board, the Festival of Ideas Advisory Board, EEDC's Downtown Vibrancy Taskforce, Make Something Edmonton, the Mayor’s Think Tank for Arts and Culture in Edmonton, the Board of Directors of the Brian Webb Dance Company, the Board of Directors of LeaderCity/LeaderCité Canada, the U of A Teaching Awards Committee (vice-chair), the AASUA and VP Department of Finance and Administration Committee on University Planning and Budgets, the 2001 World Championships Protocol/ Honoured Guests Committee, the Alberta Chamber of Commerce Education Policy Committee, and the Member Relations Committee for the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce (vice-chair).

Carolyn is also a frequently reviewed and professionally represented artist and taught Strategic Arts Management in the MBA program and painting in Fine Arts at the University of Alberta. She has been a panelist and guest speaker, including sessions at The Banff Centre, and University of British Columbia, Okanagan.

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 Moez Chaabouni
MoezChaabouni.jpgLocal Government Account Executive, Informatica
CIO Roundtable (Moderator) (June 6)

Moez currently serves as Local Government Account Executive for Informatica, which delivers enterprise data integration and management software powering big data and cloud computing. Before joining the company, he served as Deputy Director, Department of Technology for the City of Columbus, reporting to the CIO, where he oversaw the complete enterprise and agency applications portfolio, database, data analytics and GIS teams. For the past 20 years, he has served on the faculty of Ohio State University, where he teaches database design and information systems capstone classes to senior and graduate students. 

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 Bill Coleman
BillColeman.jpgFounder, Community Technology Advisors
Rural Master Class (June 7)

Bill helps communities make the connection between telecommunications and economic development. As principal in Community Technology Advisors since 2000, he assists clients develop and implement programs of broadband infrastructure investment and technology promotion and training. 

Prior to forming Community Technology Advisors, Bill managed Onvoy’s (now Zayo) Integrated Community Network (ICN) rural market development efforts. Earlier, Bill staffed the MN Department of Trade and Economic Development Star City and Business Retention and Expansion Programs, working with local community teams to vision, strategize and implement local economic development programs.

Bill is a current board member of PCs for People, a non-profit dedicated to getting computers into the hands of those without.  He is a former board member of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota and the Midwest Institute for Telecommuting Education.

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 Meghan Cook
MeghanCook.jpgProgram Director, Center for Technology in Government
Welcome & Challenge Question (June 7)

As Program Director, Meghan leads innovation initiatives that build capability in public sector organizations and agencies throughout the world. Through a unique and collaborative process, Meghan works side by side with international, federal, state and local government leaders to produce new knowledge and actionable results. With over 18 years of experience working on public sector innovation efforts, Meghan is considered an expert in digital government transformation.

Meghan has published numerous research and practice articles detailing how organizational capabilities, information policies, management practices, and technology choices intersect to shape government operations and services. She also serves as a reviewer for journals and conferences and presides in many advisory roles. She is a highly sought speaker and facilitator, having delivered over 200 thought-leadership and strategy development sessions for government leaders all over the world.

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Roberto Gallardo
RobertoGallardo.jpgAssociate Extension Professor, Mississippi State University; Founder, Intelligent Community Institute at Mississippi State
Welcome & Challenge Question (June 7), Rural Master Class (June 7)

Roberto Gallardo is an Associate Extension Professor of the Mississippi State University Extension (MSUE). He holds an engineering degree from the University of the Americas in Mexico, a master's in economic development from Southern Miss University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. Gallardo is interested in local & regional rural community economic development, including use of technology. He spearheads the efforts of the MSUE Intelligent Community Institute that helps rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in the digital age. He lives in Starkville with his wife and two daughters.

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 Andres Henriquez
AndresHenriquez.jpgVice President, STEM Learning in Communities, New York Hall of Science
The Internet of the People (June 8)

Currently leading the Queens 20/20 initiative, a partnership between NYSCI and the local community, Andrés Henríquez brings a broad expertise to this position. Andrés worked previously as a program officer at both the National Science Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where he launched a national program to develop the field of adolescent literacy. He was a key contributor to the National Research Council’s Framework for K–12 Science Education, and the funding of Achieve Inc. to develop the framework-aligned Next Generation Science Standards.
Earlier in his career at the Center for Children and Technology, he was part of the community transformation in Union City, N.J., where he lead a partnership between Bell Atlantic and the Union City Schools, which received national recognition from President Clinton and Vice President Gore.

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 John Horrigan
JohnHorrigan.jpgSenior Researcher, Pew Research Center
The Internet of the People (June 8)

John B. Horrigan is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center, where he focuses on libraries, technology, and communities as well as open data and open government. Prior to rejoining Pew Research Center in 2015, he served as research director for the development of the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications Commission. He is a nationally recognized expert on research into barriers to home broadband adoption and use, expertise cultivated as a consultant and in his first stint at Pew Research Center from 2000-2009. He has a PhD in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in economics and government from the University of Virginia.

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 Norman Jacknis
NormanJacknis.jpgSenior Fellow, Intelligent Community Forum
Rural Master Class (Moderator) (June 7)

Dr. Norman Jacknis is currently Senior Fellow at the Intelligent Community Forum. His responsibilities include leading ICF’s Rural Imperative, building on the ideas he developed for the US Conference of Mayors on a future-oriented economic growth strategy for cities. Before joining ICF, he was Director, Cisco’s IBSG Public Sector Group (the company’s open innovation and pro-bono strategic advisory group), where he worked extensively with states and local government, the National Association of Counties, the US Conference of Mayors and the staff responsible for the Federal government’s website and citizen engagement. In addition to citizen engagement, his focus was on economic growth, innovation, and the future of technology.

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Stu Johnson
StuJohnson.jpgExecutive Director, Connect Ohio
CIO Roundtable (June 6)

Stu Johnson serves as Vice President of Connected Nation and Executive Director of Connected Ohio.  In those roles, he provides comprehensive strategy and management for two Connected Nation programs – Connect Ohio and Digital Works. His management of the programs include implementation and development, identification and achievement of programmatic goals, government relations, and revenue management. Stu also serves as the primary spokesperson to media nationwide about Digital Works and Connect Ohio. Stu has over 25 years of executive level telecommunications experience and holds a bachelor of science in finance from The Ohio State University.

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Mary Lee Kennedy
Intelligent Community Strategist
The Internet of the People (Moderator) (June 8)

Mary Lee Kennedy partners with organizations to empower and inspire local and global communities to create and use the knowledge that enhances lives. While digital technology has opened education and economic development opportunities, there is vast untapped potential in how we connect and use information. In her consulting practice and as the former Chief Library Officer at the New York Public Library, Senior Associate Provost at Harvard, and Director of Knowledge Networks at Microsoft, Mary Lee’s career is focused on innovating the way we share credible knowledge.

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Gary Klassen
GaryKlassen.jpgDeputy City Manager (Sustainable Development), Edmonton
Top7 Conversation: Edmonton (June 7)

Gary Klassen is the Deputy City Manager (Sustainable Development) and Senior Executive Team member for the City of Edmonton. The City is the heart of Metro Edmonton (1.3 million people) as well as the Capital City of Alberta, Canada. The municipality currently operates a $3 Billion Canadian budget with 12,000 employees. Gary oversees all planning, housing, environment, economic sustainability and transformational initiatives. As a planning profession, Gary is the past President of the Canadian Institute of Planners (Ottawa), past President of the Alberta Association, Canadian Institute of Planners (Edmonton) and is a Council member of the International Federation of Housing and Planning (Copenhagen). He was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary in Environmental Design.

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 Chris Lawrence
ChrisLawrence.jpgVice President, Mozilla Leadership Network
The Internet of the People (June 8)

Chris Lawrence is an experienced non-profit executive who has spent the last decade as a dedicated educator and network builder. He joined Mozilla in 2011. As Vice President, Mozilla Leadership Network, Chris oversees the development and expansion of a global network of leaders who will build the values of the open internet into all aspects of human society.

In his time at Mozilla, Chris has been critical in leading the organization's efforts around network building, as well as bringing web literacy to the forefront of Mozilla's issues agenda. He oversaw the development of the Mozilla Clubs initiative, the expansion of Hive Learning Networks, and the Maker Party campaign, which has become Mozilla's largest celebration of making and learning on the web. These efforts have reached hundreds of thousands of people in over 90 cities across the globe. He was also instrumental in developing multi-year relationships with funders including the John D. and Cathering T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation and others.

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Bruce Lincoln
BruceLincoln.jpgCo-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Silicon Harlem
The Internet of the City Panel Discussion (June 6)

Bruce Lincoln is co-founder and chief technology officer of Silicon Harlem, which is developing a comprehensive strategic technology plan for multicultural America. Prior to this, he was the chief design scientist at The Urban Cyberspace Company, which develops broadband networks for underserved urban and rural markets, and has developed the first smart and green building in Harlem, 1400 on 5th.

Bruce is also a Senior Fellow at Columbia University's Institute for Tele-Information at the Graduate School of Business and former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Community Engagement (CTICE), Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. From 1998 through 2001, under the Clinton Administration, he advised the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) on IT Policy.  He has raised more than $13 million to provide a network for a consortium of 30 schools, 20 community-based cultural organizations and for-profit technology service providers - totaling 136 community technology centers - for the NYC CTC (Citywide Training Center) Bank Project.

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Gary McCarthy
BruceLincoln.jpgMayor, City of Schnectady, New York, USA
Internet of Cities & Regions (June 8)

Gary R. McCarthy has served as Mayor since April 2011, bringing with him more than three decades of experience in government and a reputation as a hands-on, accessible, public servant who believes that government can be a force for positive change in the lives of its residents. He was elected to a second four-year term as Mayor in November 2015.

Mayor McCarthy co-chairs the Center for Economic Growth’s Capital Region Local Government Council (LGC), and serves on the New York State Conference of Mayors’ Executive Committee and the iHeart Media Local Advisory Board. He was one of the first mayors in the nation to sign up for the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).

A 1974 graduate of the former Linton High School, Gary went on to earn his Associates Degree from Schenectady County Community College and then continued his studies at the University at Albany.  He began his professional career taking a job in 1981 as an Investigator in the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office. In his 30 years on the job, Gary partnered with his colleagues and helped to convict hundreds of violent predators and career criminals. Gary served on the Schenectady City Council from 1996 through 1999 and then rejoined the City Council in 2005. Gary was elected Council President in January 2010, a position he held until elected Mayor. Gary has also served on community boards including Metroplex, Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority, Schenectady Industrial Development Agency, and Schenectady Access Cable Council (now Open Stage Media).

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DouglasMcCollough.jpgDouglas McCollough
Chief Information Officer, City of Dublin, Ohio, USA
CIO Roundtable (June 6)

Douglas McCollough serves as Dublin’s CIO, where he is responsible for leading the city's IT department that includes network operations, geographic information systems and DubLink, Dublin's 125-mile fiber optic system.

McCollough has previously worked for the Ohio Department of Medicaid/Diversified Systems, Nationwide Insurance and State of Ohio Industrial Commission, boasting 15 years of experience.

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Savanna Myers
SavannaMyers.jpgManager of Economic Development, Grey County
Top7 Conversation: Grey County (June 8)

Savanna Myers joined Grey County as the Manager of Economic Development in October 2016. She brought diverse experience in private and public sector marketing and communication to the role. Myers was raised in Grey County and worked previously for the Town of Hanover as the Economic Development and Communications Coordinator. Over this period she was involved with a variety of initiatives including the launch of an Economic Development Strategy, the award-winning Downtown Revitalization Project and the greatly admired LaunchPad Youth Activity & Technology Centre.

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Mayor Paul Pisasale
PaulPisasale.jpgCity of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Top7 Conversation: Ipswich (June 7)

Mayor Paul Pisasale is celebrating over 25 years in local government, being first elected to Council in March 1991 and appointed Deputy Mayor in April 2000.  He has subsequently been elected four terms as Mayor of the City of Ipswich since 2004 and in the 2012 and 2016 Local Government elections, Paul averaged approximately 85% of the primary vote.

Paul has an active interest in business and youth initiatives, community organisations and employment enterprises and is Patron and Ambassador of over 70 organisations. He strongly believes that caring for the community and working with the youth are vital to a growing community. 

Paul’s leadership and vision for the future have broken down the City’s misconceived perception from both within the city itself and nationally and he continues to create a sense of pride and community involvement.  Under his leadership, Ipswich is the fastest growing region in Queensland and one of the fastest growth regions in the country. At the same time, Paul has made job creation and community care his number one priorities.

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Mayor Tom Roach
TomRoach.jpgCity of White Plains, New York, USA
Internet of Cities & Regions (June 8)

During his time as Mayor, Tom has worked to maintain strong city services under difficult financial conditions by producing budgets compliant with the state mandated tax cap, maintaining the city’s AA1 credit rating, and improving its financial outlook to one that is stable. He has pioneered the use of new communications technologies in an effort to keep residents informed, particularly during severe weather events. In two years he has pushed through the project to finally cap the city’s landfill, which closed more than 30 years ago. He has spearheaded important environmental initiatives including bike lanes, Zip Cars, and electric vehicle charging stations. 

Under his leadership, the city completed a complex transaction to take control of the dilapidated, privately-held garage on Waller Avenue and replace it with a state of the art city-owned garage which will provide needed parking and an economic boost to the city. 

Tom’s long-term vision for the city is to continually enhance the downtown environment for businesses and residents while at the same time maintaining the strong neighborhoods that have long characterized White Plains.  

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Mayor Shiing-Jer Twu
MayorShiing-JerTwu.jpgMayor, Chiayi City
Top7 Conversation: Chiayi City (June 7)

Mayor Shiing-Jer Twu was elected as Mayor of Chiayi City in 2014, after serving as Taiwan’s Minister of the Department of Health from 2002 to 2004 and in the national legislature from 2008 to 2017. He has a bachelor’s degree in medicine and master’s degree in public health from National Taiwan University, and received a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles in the United States.

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Kim Wingrove
KimWingrove.jpgChief Administrative Officer, Grey County
Top7 Conversation: Grey County (June 8)

Kim Wingrove serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the county. In that role, she works closely with the Head of Council and reports to Grey County Council, and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the day-to-day operations of a full service upper-tier municipal organization that includes 10+ departments, a combined budget of approximately $100 million and 800+ employees.

Prior to joining Grey County, Kim served as CAO of the Township of Guelph-Eramosa and will remain with that municipality until Sept. 18. She has over 20 years of experience in public administration at both the provincial and municipal level, including senior leadership roles within the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Economic Development. She has also served as CAO of the Town of Collingwood and has been a part-time resident of Grey County since 2009.

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