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Smart and the City


Smart cities strive to meet the needs of their citizens by delivering innovative solutions to complex problems. But they do not operate in a vacuum. In addition to links with neighbouring communities and other levels of government, cities that create international connections can better share experiences and learn from both successes and failures.

At the end of June, the Embassy of Canada in Rome is organizing a one day event to bring together key Canadian and Italian Smart Cities experts to create these connections, share best practices and look to the future of our cities.

This event , the first between Canada and Italy on the theme of Smart Cities, builds on previous successful encounters on Innovation in Policy Making: Open Data & Open Government (2013) and Social Innovation (2014).

It will serve to continue to strengthen links between leading thinkers and practitioners in Canada and Italy, while shining a spotlight on cutting edge cities that use innovative approaches to improving the quality of life of their citizens.

Join the conversation! 
#SmartAndTheCity  | @CanadainItaly

Experts will include:


  • Peter McGovern Ambassador of Canada to Italy @mcgovepc
  • Jennifer Keesmaat Chief Planner, City of Toronto @jen_keesmaat
  • Karen Farbridge Former Mayor, City of Guelph @karenfarbridge
  • John G. Jung Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum @JohnGJung1
  • Michele Morgan Vice President Europe, Bit Stew Systems
  • Martha McLean Deputy Director, Digital Engagement, DFATD @mjmclean


  • Flavia Marzano President, General Status of Innovation @flavia_marzano
  • Nadia Busato Project ManagerBrescia Smart City @smartnessIT
  • Francesco Profumo President, IREN Group
  • Mario Calderini President, Smart Cities & Communities Committee, AGID @mariocalderini
  • Paolo Testa Director, Smart City Observatory, ANCI @paolotesta
  • Mauro Annunziato Coordinator, EU Smart Cities Joint Program, ENEA
  • Paolo Castiglieri ICT Strategy & EU Projects, City of Genova
  • Alessandro Coppola Coordinator, Resilient Rome Project, City of Rome
  • Lorenzo Benussi Advisor, Digital and Innovation Policy, Consorzio Top-ix @lorenzobenussi
  • Alessandro Delli NociCouncillor for Innovation, City of Lecce @ADelliNoci
  • Giacomo Biraghi Senior Advisor City Management, Milan, and Digital PR Expo2015 @secolourbano




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