City of Toronto director of strategic initiatives Siri Agrell speaks during the inaugural Elevate Toronto conference on Sept. 12, 2017. (Photo courtesy Elevate Toronto)

Published: September 14th, 2017


City of Toronto launches Civic Innovation Office

The city of Toronto is putting its money where Mayor John Tory's mouth is by launching a Civic Innovation Office. Tory himself announced the new division Tuesday during Elevate Toronto, a new conference

Published on: September 12th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Hashtag Trending – IBM funding new AI lab, Toronto wants Amazon’s second headquarters

IBM is committing hundreds of millions to a new AI lab. Jaguar has become the latest car company to abandon the internal combustion engine. And Toronto wants Amazon to build its next headquarters

Published on: September 8th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Toronto, Vancouver to compete for Amazon’s second North American headquarters

The Great White North could soon be a second home to Amazon.com Inc., if the city of Toronto has its way. On Thursday the Seattle-based tech giant announced plans to open a second

Published on: September 7th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

City of Toronto hires its first Chief Resilience Officer

After months of searching, Toronto has finally appointed its first Chief Resilience Officer. The city has tapped Elliott Cappell for the position, which will involve developing and leading a city-wide resilience strategy to

Published on: June 16th, 2017 Mandy Kovacs

City of Toronto enters era of the ‘sharing economy’ with award-winning digital solutions

In winning the Large Public category at IT World Canada's Digital Transformation Awards, The City of Toronto also learned a few lessons along the way about regulating the sharing economy, laying the groundwork

Published on: June 14th, 2017 Brian Jackson

City of Toronto announces first-ever Chief Transformation Officer

Canada's largest city has officially appointed its first-ever CTO - Chief Transformation Officer. After an extensive search, the city of Toronto has announced that veteran digital transformation consultant Michael Kolm will join the

Published on: May 16th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Toronto Public Library forges new space for makers as core to its digital transformation

Picture this: a video studio with a green screen that you can book, an array of Raspberry Pi devices, and 3D printers complete with lessons on how to use them. Am I describing

Published on: April 25th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Backstage with Toronto Mayor John Tory [Technicity]

ITWC partnered with the City of Toronto to co-host Technicity on Dec. 7, 2016. The day brought together leadership within the organization of the city, Toronto’s technology leaders, and influencers from elsewhere to

Published on: December 14th, 2016 Brian Jackson

4 ways cities can avoid potholes and sinkholes on the road to digital transformation

If Canada's urban centres want to become leaders in digital transformation, they need to agree on a set of data standards, according to a leading University of Toronto engineer, while making a concerted

Published on: December 13th, 2016 Eric Emin Wood

Integrating tech into city infrastructure poses challenges, Toronto execs tell Technicity

Technology can offer municipal governments a multitude of opportunities to improve city services, but expectations around integrating it into existing infrastructure on current budgets poses numerous challenges. Speaking at Technicity on Dec. 7

Published on: December 8th, 2016 Mandy Kovacs

Digital transformation vital for the future of Canada’s cities, Toronto mayor tells Technicity

TORONTO - Creating a digital working group was just the beginning. If Toronto - and other Canadian cities, including Calgary and Vancouver, both of which joined Ontario's capital on this year's list of

Published on: December 8th, 2016 Eric Emin Wood

City staff think Toronto can save $1.2B, create 19,000 jobs with tech

Note: An earlier version of this article, referenced in the link, incorrectly stated that digital transformation could save the city of Toronto $1.2 billion annually rather than over 10 years. ITbusiness.ca regrets the

Published on: November 30th, 2016 Eric Emin Wood

Will autonomous vehicles hit the streets in our lifetime?

While driverless vehicles were once a vision that could only exist in science fiction, you’ve likely heard plenty of buzz about this high-tech concept hitting the streets via the Google car and Tesla’s

Published on: November 25th, 2016 Lindsey Peacock

Toronto’s (many) entry-level tech workers aren’t up to snuff: LinkedIn study

Its concentration of technically-skilled workers is among the highest in the world, but only three per cent of LinkedIn members from the Greater Toronto Area possess the skills employers are looking for in

Published on: April 8th, 2016 Eric Emin Wood