No Place But Home: The New Abnormal: Ethical Smart Cities

In this episode of The New Abnormal series, ICF Co-Founders Lou Zacharilla and John Jung speak with Cyrus Tehrani of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Paddy Harrington of Frontier Co., and Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College graduate students Hardeep Kaur and Madalynne Lawrence. Their "Transforming into Ethical Smart Cities" playbook, website, and video launches this Friday, May 29 at 4pm EST - more information can be found at


Cyrus Tehrani is the City of Hamilton’s Chief Digital Officer and his portfolio includes Smart City / Intelligent Communities Initiative, Open Data, Digital Transformation and CityLAB programs. Cyrus has over 20 years experience in senior leadership roles in IT, digital solutions and transformation, quality assurance, process improvement and project management in the health care, manufacturing and education sectors. Cyrus has a degree in Engineering and Management from McMaster University, is a Professional Engineer and Certified Project Management Professional with keen interest in digital social equity and all things technology related.

Paddy Harrington is the founder of Frontier, a Design Office focused on collaborations, media, and products with a purpose driven performance philosophy. He has almost 20 years experience in the design field. He has degrees in literature and architecture and has worked in research, architecture, advertising, and design. Among clients he has collaborated with are PepsiCo, MaRS, Unilever, The National Arts Centre, Electronic Arts, the Holy City of Mecca, and the Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland. He is an award winning writer and filmmaker and has spoken at several design conferences as well as at Brown, Harvard, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Paddy is formerly the SVP Design Innovation and Digital Creative Director at Indigo Books and, prior to that, Executive Creative Director at Bruce Mau Design.

Hardeep Kaur has extensive experience in building Content, Communication, and Design strategies for global companies. Using design thinking, research, and storytelling, she has delivered several marquee engagements for capacity building, change management and digital transformation. A life long learner, she is a student in the Institute Without Boundaries' graduating class of 2020.

At the University of Ottawa, Madalynne Lawrence completed an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Social Sciences of Health. One of her most exciting ventures was to coauthor a published, peer-reviewed journal article which identified themes within service-use experienced by individuals who are currently or have previously experienced homelessness. Her main interests include the built environment’s impact on individual and collective wellbeing, the development of community services and the interplay between the two. Madalynne hopes to learn from the expertise of peers and faculty as well as use her skillset to contribute to innovative, equitable, and community-driven solutions.

Louis Zacharilla
Co-Founder of the Intelligent Community Forum. Louis Zacharilla helped found the Intelligent Community movement. He is the developer of the Intelligent Community Awards program. He is a frequent keynote speaker and a moderator at conferences and events.

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