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ASAC 2017 Conference: Digital Cities Panel session


Tuesday May 30th, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Harout Chitilian

City Councilor and Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee, City of Montreal

For a second consecutive mandate, Harout Chitilian was elected city councilor, in November 2013, for the district of Bordeau-Cartierville in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville. He is the vice chairman of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal, and is responsible for administrative reforms, youth programs, digital and smart city strategy and information technology. During his previous mandate, he held an associate position in the Montreal Executive Committee for files pertaining youth and economic development. In 2011, Harout Chitilian was designated the speaker of the Montreal city council, making him the youngest in the history of the city. Additionally, he served on the executive committee of the Conférence Régionale des élus (CRÉ) de Montréal, the Corporation of Economic and Community Development in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, as well as on the board of directors of the MR3 Relève organization. Finally, since 2012 and until very recently, he has been the vice-chairman of the Comité Consultatif d’urbanisme (CCU) in his borough. A resident of Montreal for more than 25 years, Harout Chitilian received his engineering degree, in 2004, from École Polytechnique de Montréal. 

Meghan Cook

Program Director, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany

As Program Director, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, Meghan leads multi sector and interdisciplinary 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.  Last year Meghan was awarded the University at Albany’s Excellence Award for her work with government and community leaders. Some of her recent projects, among many others, include developing CTG’s Open Government Portfolio Public Value Assessment Tool under a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and leading the US Department of Transportation in an assessment of their agency’s open government portfolio.  Meghan is an Adjunct Professor at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and Affiliate Faculty at Albany Law School. She teaches Urban Innovation and leads masters and law students to work in an interdisciplinary, experiential learning setting in cities that provides city officials with new insights and fresh perspectives and research.

Carlos Moreno

International Expert of Smart Cities

Carlos Moreno is a Senior University Professor specialized in the intelligent control of complex systems. Deeply committed to science, progress and creativity in all its forms, Mr Moreno strives to bring together scientific disciplines and professionals in the innovation ecosystem —from industry to start-ups —with a particular focus on a cross-disciplinary approach. A pioneer in his field, in 2006 he turned his attention to cities – a complex system par excellence – and developed the concept of the ‘sustainable digital city’ as a viable platform from which to provide the services needed to ensure the well-being of a city’s inhabitants. Carlos Moreno became Scientific Adviser to the Chief Executive Officer in charge of strategy for GDF SUEZ’s Smart Cities programme. For five years, he led international efforts to develop the city of the future and created the Live in a Living City forum which brings together experts from around the world to look at how urban environments are changing. Equal to his passion for creating value through business is Professor Moreno’s commitment to France, a country that has welcomed him warmly and to which he remains a faithful servant. He was named Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in April 2010. Since February 2015, Professor Moreno is the Mayor of Paris’ Special Envoy for Smart Cities.

Ryad Titah

Associate Professor of Information Systems, HEC Montréal

Ryad Titah is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at HEC Montréal, and holder of the Professorship in Electronic Government and Digital Cities. His main research interests are in information technology acceptance, use and impact in both public and private organizations. In particular, his research focuses on issues related to e-government, and digital cities. His work has been published in journals such as Computers in Human Behavior, Information Systems Research, Information Technology and People, International Journal of Electronic Government Research, International Journal of Production Economics, the Journal of Management Information Systems, the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, MIS Quarterly and Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy. His research has won several awards including a “Best IS Publication of the Year Award” granted by ICIS 2007 and its Senior Scholars, a “Highly Commended Paper Award” granted by the Emerald Literati Network Awards of Excellence 2007, and the ACM SIGMIS Best dissertation award 2011. He currently serves as a Senior Editor at Organization Studies and an Associate Editor at the European Journal of Information Systems. He is also the President-Elect of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC), and Co-Chair of ASAC 2017.

Sibylle Vincendon

Assistant Editor, Libération

Sibylle Vincendon, assistant editor of Libération; an alternative news outlet based in Paris, France. She began her journalism career at the age of 21, at Libération. At the Society service, the nature of reporting the news was being reinvented. She was closely in touch with people by visiting villages and neighborhoods.  Entered “in the city” with the major projects of the République president François Mitterrand, when the 1980’s were talking architecture at high doses. Urban planning and architecture became her primary fields. In the 2000’s, Libération developed an extra 12 to 20 pages dedicated to France’s cities, for which Sibylle was responsible. She spent 4 years of her life travelling in agglomerations, filling her notebooks with different topics including: politics, society, economics, and culture. Later on, she became head of the Society service, and assistant editor, while still maintaining her column. She was particularly interested with the Paris metropolitan area. Sibylle is currently in charge of all the ancillary and special editions of Libération. She writes, on liberation.fr, a blog entitled “Grand Paris et petits detoursas well as being the author of “Petit traité des villes à l'usage de ceux qui les habitent” (Hachette Littératures, 2008). Today, she is also in charge of the economics department at Libération

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