Civic Innovation Labs

Civic Innovation Labs

Civic labs are trending right now, they can help solve problems and bring great minds together, but does your city really need one? A panel discussion with civic lab leaders from Calgary, Guelph, Kitchener and Vancouver.

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Jonathan Veale is Innovation Lead with Calgary’s Civic Innovation YYC Lab – bringing people and technology together to design the next generation of civic services. He previously led an in-house design, foresight & innovation unit at Alberta’s Ministry of Health specializing in the emerging field of public sector strategic design. Before that, Jonathan co-founded the Alberta CoLAB at Alberta’s Department of Energy and served as in-house design strategist and futurist for Alberta’s Executive Council, advising on key policy matters. Jonathan is an interdisciplinary service-, industrial- and urban- designer.

Sam Laban is in charge of the day-to-day management of the Guelph Lab. He is responsible for developing and managing projects, designing and facilitating workshops, developing partnerships, and brokering research/scholarly work. He works with City of Guelph staff, University staff, faculty and students, as well as with citizens of all stripes (businesses, community organizations and groups, individuals) to develop promising solutions to pressing challenges facing the region.

Karl Allen-Muncey
Lab Director, City of Kitchener’s Civic Innovation Lab
Karl has a huge passion for innovation, vision, big ideas, growth, marketing, team culture, change and development. In September 2017, he was appointed the first ever Lab Director for the City of Kitchener’s Civic innovation Lab, at the heart of the Digital Kitchener Smart City strategy. Prior to the City, he setup and led the Innovation Outpost for Postmedia Network Inc., was Director of Marketing & Digital Products at Cober, and co-founded CuteGecko Inc. CuteGecko was the recipient of multiple nominations & awards including Entrepreneur of the year and The Award for Marketing Agency of the Year.

Lindsay Cole is currently leading the creation of the Solutions Lab at the City of Vancouver – a place where breakthrough, transformative solutions to some of the city’s most complex problems are being sought. She’s worked on a variety of exciting projects with the City, including leading the planning and public engagement process for the award-winning Greenest City Action Plan. Prior to joining the City, Lindsay co-founded and co-directed Sustainability Solutions Group, a workers cooperative consulting company doing climate change and sustainability focused work. She also supported several of the first LEED certified green building projects in Canada through her work with Windmill Development Group, most notably the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Lindsay splits her time between Vancouver and Roberts Creek, and in addition to her work life she’s also an active volunteer in community economic development, a PhD student, and the lucky parent of an incredible 9 year old.

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