TORONTO, ON. The CIO Strategy Council is proud to announce it has joined forces with Innovate Cities, a not-for-profit organization that brings together Canadian thought leaders and innovators to tackle the development of new urban technologies.

As part of this newly announced collaboration, the CIO Strategy Council will help develop national standards around the integration of new urban technologies into working cities . These new Canadian standards, fit for global use, will aim to specify minimum requirements for the acceptable and responsible use of data across the entire data value chain, including in the context of its availability, quality, collection, usability, consistency, integrity and security and focus on ensuring the responsible use of data to protect the interests and privacy of all Canadians. The CIO Strategy Council Executive Director, Keith Jansa also joins the inaugural Innovate Cities Board of Directors.

“I am pleased to join a group of passionate industry leaders and innovators as a board member of Innovate Cities” said Keith Jansa, Executive Director of the CIO Strategy Council. “Standards are and will remain critical for the future development and growth of data-driven cities.”

“We are at the start of an incredible journey that will bring together a coalition of innovators dedicated to creating safer, more accessible, energy-efficient spaces that benefit all of our citizens,” said Mikele Brack, Executive Director of Innovate Cities. “Canadians are thirsty for sustainable, responsible development that ensures the interests of Canadians are well protected and that our innovations meet the highest of standards.”

This new first-of-its-kind collaboration will see the CIO Strategy Council, Innovate Cities and other Canadian organizations join forces in the creation of a fully integrated CommunityHub platform for start-ups, scale-ups and large companies to work collaboratively and develop new solutions that enhance our communities. Together, we will also roll out CommunityWorks, a series of programs aimed at building expertise and capacity for the urban innovation community.

“As a nation of innovators and the home to some of the world’s most liveable cities, Canada is well positioned to be a global leader in the creation of working communities,” concluded Hugh O’Reilly, Chairman of Innovate Cities. “Through the partnerships we build today, we can transform our spaces while growing our economy and creating the jobs of the future.”

About CIO Strategy Council

The Council Strategy Council (CIOSC) provides a forum for Canada’s most forward-thinking chief information officers to focus on collectively transforming, shaping, and influencing the Canadian information and technology ecosystem. Learn more at

About Innovate Cities

Innovate Cities is a not-for-profit, Canadian-led network of innovators.  We bring together Canadian industry leaders and innovators to accelerate new technologies applied to urban environments in a manner that protects data and preserves privacy. Our Mission is to position Canada as the global leader in the development and deployment of responsible, ethical, thoughtful technology for the built environment – buildings, infrastructure, utilities – which we interact with daily, while creating economic opportunities. We accomplish this through a highly collaborative model, led by our innovation cluster, to both inform technology design through setting trusted standards, and accelerate technology scale-up and commercialization.


Read the release from the CIO Strategy Council here.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Mikele Brack
Innovate Cities