The City of New Westminster believes the act of introducing new concepts or ideas to effect positive change and create value is essential to developing an ethos of innovation and to fostering that innovation among residents, businesses, and institutions. Recently recognized globally as a SMART21 community by the Intelligent Community Forum, the City is demonstrating its commitment to pursuing innovation through many means, including evolving its commitment to fostering a culture of continuous innovation through its Intelligent New West initiative.
Intelligent New West: A Smart Cities Dialogue will engage participants in a journey beginning with how New West became a SMART community and what’s next for the Intelligent New West initiative. A panel discussion will follow to discuss how technology, collaboration, and partnerships create robust Smart City strategies for economic growth. A keynote speaker will engage with you about how data and technology can help cities and people where they live, work and play.
PANEL MODERATOR: BELLE PURI
Belle Puri is a seasoned and award winning broadcast journalist. Belle has been with the CBC since 1992. She brings a diverse set of skills and background to her role and has worked as a reporter, producer and host in private radio (CKNW) and, private (BCTV) and public television. Belle was the popular host of CBC Radio One’s afternoon show “On The Coast”. As one of the first female sportscasters on the west coast Belle has covered many milestone events such as the tours of Terry Fox, Steve Fonyo and Rick Hansen.
Winner of the Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism, CAN PRO Gold Award, and several regional and national RTDNA awards, Belle’s work has made lasting impacts. Over the years Belle has been extensively involved in community work covering healthcare, social service agencies and the arts. Most recently, she was Chair of the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.
KEYNOTE: CAROLINE LEWKO
For 20 years Caroline has worked with emerging technologies, as a coder, funder, community builder and entrepreneur. Recognizing the importance of mobile developers in the ecosystem, she started WIP in 2006 to build and grow developer communities and spearheaded the development of Wavefront, a wireless accelerator.
Known as the “connector”, Caroline founded the Wireless Innovation Network of BC, one of the world’s first regional mobile associations, and has advised hundreds of companies starting businesses in software, telecommunications and new media.