Executive Director, OpenNorth
Jean-Noé Landry is a social entrepreneur and Executive Director of OpenNorth, Canada’s leading not-for-profit organization specialized in open data and civic technology. As an open data expert, he convenes data stakeholders, promotes data standardization, and connects governments to their data constituents. As a co-founder of Montreal Ouvert (whose mission is now complete), he advocated for Montreal’s adoption of open data as official policy. As an entrepreneur, he scaled CitizenBudget, an online budget simulator designed to engage citizens in budget decision-making, to more than 90 cities across North America. With a background in organizational change and conflict resolution, he spent 15 years in international development and has worked in more than 12 countries, including Serbia, Kenya, Tunisia, and Ukraine providing support to political institutions and civic movements on coalition building, policy development, and electoral processes.
He has led OpenNorth to collaborate with all levels of Canadian government, from Federal institutions to small municipalities, while connecting Canada’s open data community to the global open government movement. With its values-driven mission and applied research approach, OpenNorth develops models and engagement practices for inclusive and open smart cities and shared data governance in an era of open data and government transformation. OpenNorth recently launched a Do-It-Yourself Toolkit for municipalities wanting to initiate an open data program, lead the development of the City of Toronto’s Open Data Master Plan and Roadmap, and is currently working on a pilot project with the Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA). OpenNorth is the city lead for the International Development Research Center’s Open Data 4 Development network, co-organizing the next Open Cities Summit, and is part of the programming committee of the International Open Data Conference, to be held in Argentina in September 2018.