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Lou Milrad

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Lawyer/Tech Law Editor, Public-Private Tech Alliances, and former Chair and CEO of the GTMA (Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance)
BeSmart Executive Forum - Panels 3 & 4 Moderator
Panel 3 - Community Broadband and Economic Development & Panel 4 - Public Private Partnership (P3) Challenges and OpportunitiesInsight: What are the fundamentals of a Smart City? ... According to the Smart Cities Council, ubiquitous broadband telecommunications is a prerequisite for a Smart City” while it must also be livable, sustainable and competitive. Global competitiveness, coupled with both domestic and foreign investment attraction and the potential for new job creation coupled with enhanced tax revenues have been significant driving factors in larger cities. While larger communities are typically better able to organize for the implementation of high-speed Internet availability throughout their respective business and neighbourhoods, thereby enabling transition to a smart city, implementation of “reliable and affordable high-speed” community broadband in rural and northern communities traditionally has been most challenging. What are the fundamentals of a Smart City and how do they apply to the community in which I live, and the one in which I work? What are some of the associated political, legal and business challenges?Where to start and how to transform into a smart community; of what value is previously digitized land-related data? For example, will it create foundations for roadway and transportation-related sensor locations. Similarly, the ability to utilize enhanced business and location data as a tool for attracting new investment into the community as well as retaining current businesses. What about the fairly recent Canada and Ontario governments broadband funding announcements regarding connectivity in rural and northern communities, do they apply to my community? Will evolving public-private sector collaboration produce funding and construction resources so as to also enable access and implementation of “ reliable and affordable high-speed”community broadband in rural and northern communities? BIO: Recently retired from almost 50 years in the practice of law, Lou continues in his role as Editor of Computers & Information Technology, published by the Canada Law Book division of Thomson Reuters.Lou’s career niche has been working closely with and representing an assortment of Canadian municipalities while also fulfilling the role of external General Counsel to a variety of professional and trade associations. These organizations include ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada), CIPS (Canadian Information Processing Society), KINSA (Kids Internet Safety Alliance), MISA (Municipal Information Systems Society), and BeSpatial (formerly URISA Urban & Regional Information Systems Association, Ontario) of which Lou is also a former President.In parallel with the practice of law, Lou broadened his hands-on experience and relationship building strengths by accepting the dual role of both CEO and Chair (2 terms) of the GTMA-Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance. The GTMA, now succeeded by Toronto Global consisted of a public-private partnership comprised of the GTA’s 29 area municipalities, the provincial and federal governments, and a complement of professional and service firms, energy and transportation alliances, financial services and technology companies. Its function is to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) into the GTA and to create new jobs within the Region. Experience in initiating and launching” common-purpose” public/private ICT alliances, has provided Lou with a unique background.