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Smart City Leadership

SEEC sets municipal leaders on a SMART path to future development and growth

 

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The Smart City concept is both inspiring and daunting for many aspiring municipalities. To realise its promise would-be Smart Cities need tech-savvy leaders  but it’s not all about technology. It’s about strategic thinking, innovation, project management, and leading transformational change.

The idea that advanced digital technologies can transform the quality and performance of urban services and re-invigorate the city’s economy is inspiring. But the radical cultural change implied is more worrying for municipal authorities that are inherently complex, where power is diffused, where strategy is determined by local elections, and where budgets are invariably already stretched.

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REGISTER HERE for a free SMART Cities Leadership – Webinar

Tuesday February 5: 1:00 PM (EST), 5:00 PM (GMT);

OR Friday February 28: 12:00 PM (EST), 4:00 PM (GMT)

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Join SEEC’s SMART Cities Leadership program and lead the successful implementation of SMART in your municipality

Date: 25 March – 20 June, 2019 │ Format: 8 days In-class study + online components │ Location: Toronto

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A Smart City is an urban area that uses digital data collected from citizens and various physical devices connected to the network, and exploits the Internet of Things, to optimize the efficiency of transport systems, energy and water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services.

SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) allows city officials to interact directly with both community and city infrastructure and to monitor what is happening in the city, how resources are being used, and how the city is evolving. For an urban area that may still be struggling to replace early 20th Century infrastructure, although daunting, this is potentially a huge step forward in enhancing its environment and improving its citizens' standard of life.

As with every major change initiative, the first step is to ensure that the project leaders and managers have the necessary skills and tools to succeed. With this in mind, an exciting new program at Schulich SEEC, SMART Cities Leadership, will develop sophisticated leadership skills for municipal managers and leaders engaged in the complex implementation of SMART in their city.

“It’s not just about tech, but a challenge to how we think about change,” says J.P. Gedeon, director of the SEEC program. A key theme of the program  is to look at how, little by little, innovation reveals what he calls “legacy challenges”, the traditional ways of approaching a service issue, and highlights the need to incorporate broader strategies around project planning, leadership and corporate change. “This involves a paradigm shift in how we design cities and services by incorporating a multitude of other considerations at the start of a project.”

SEEC outlines the key take-aways from the program as being to:

  • Learn to comprehensively address the art and science of SMART implementation
  • Deepen your knowledge and insight about what is required to successfully implement SMART initiatives
  • Achieve municipal integration, effectiveness and innovation
  • Enjoy the benefits of learning and working with your peers in-class and the convenience of online webinars
  • Benefit from an outstanding line up of experienced municipal executives and subject matter experts

Participants will be encouraged to apply their new learning and insight to a specific project they are undertaking in their municipality and to present a recommendation for implementing a SMART alteration, improvement or fundamental conceptualization that can increase efficiency, reduce costs, or prime for future development and growth.


Based in Toronto, Canada, the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) is a world-leader in individual learning and corporate learning



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