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Join Ericsson at the Swedish Embassy and Business Sweden Smarter Citizens seminar

Lessons learned from both sides of the Atlantic. How Citizens, Governments and Corporations are Driving the Smart City ITS Transformation.

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How Citizens, Governments and Corporations are Driving the Smart City ITS Transformation.

Date: November 1
Time : 1 PM
Location: Room 516C, Palais des congrès de Montréal.

12:30 Registration
1:00 Welcome address by H.E. Ambassador of Sweden to Canada and our Moderator, Olle Isaksson- Head of Strategy, Ericsson

1:20 Smart Cities Perspective

› Ericsson ConsumerLab- Rethinking Smart Cities, Head of Research, Michael Björn
› City of Toronto, City Councillor, Jaye Robinson
› City of Montreal, Smart City Lead, Stephane Guidoin
› City of Gothenburg, Senior Advisor, Suzanne Andersson

3:05 Coffee Break

3:20 Organizations and Corporations Driving ITS Transformation

› Drive Sweden, Program Manager, Jan Hellåker
› Volvo Group, Director of Product Planning- Nova Bus, Jean-Yves Vallée
› Institute for Electric and Intelligent Transportation, President and CEO, Jean-François Tremblay

The Swedish Embassy and Business Sweden are proud to present the Connected Transportation for Smarter Citizens seminar taking place on Wednesday November 1st at the 24th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Montreal, Canada.

The transportation industry is undergoing a digital revolution. As citizens become more connected and more determined to drive the pace of this digital transformation, expectations on authorities to adapt to the digital society is increasing. Today, cities can meet some of these expectations thanks to new construction, innovation and investment in technology.

During this transformation to a completely digital society, it is critical for cities and the citizens driving this change to stay connected. Authorities need to continue to invest and provide technological means within the transportation sector to interact with the citizens in a smart way.

Join thought leaders from Sweden and North America to discuss opportunities and learnings from cities, governmental initiatives and private company perspectives on how to close the gap between the smart citizen and smart cities.

The discussion will be moderated by Olle Isaksson Head of Strategy at Ericsson and will center around key questions including:

  • How are cities able to stay ahead of demands and needs of their citizens?
  • How can the vision and cooperation between all deciding levels of government be aligned?
  • How do corporation innovations contribute and impact to Smart City transformation?

Please note that this event is invitation only and seating is limited. Attendance is free of charge but all participants MUST have an ITS World Congress FULL-CONFERENCE pass to attend. For a discounted full-conference rate of $1099, please enter code ERICSSON at registration check out.

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Olle Isaksson

Ericsson moderator: Olle Isaksson, Head of Strategy

Olle Isaksson manages the global strategy development for Internet of things. He has more than 25 years of experience from business development in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry where he has held a number of management positions with the core focus to deploy mobile ICT solutions on needs from enterprises globally. Today´s focus is on defining and deploying strategies for Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in industry solutions.

He is also member of the European Commission’s ITS Advisory Group and member of the boards of: ERTICO, ITS Sweden, RISE Viktoria research institute and The Forum for Transport Innovation.

Mikael Björn

Speaker: Michael Björn, Head of Research, Ericsson ConsumerLab

Michael Björn is Head of Research at Ericsson ConsumerLab. In his role he is studying global consumer trends, as well as the process of assimilation of ICT into everyday consumer life. Professionally, he is most well-known as the author of the Ericsson ConsumerLab 10 Hot Consumer trends report that has been published annually for six years and gained much international media coverage, including appearances at BBC World News and CNN.

He joined Ericsson in 1997 as an analyst, after having completed his PhD in data modeling at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. Michael is also adjunct professor at the Lund University School of Economics and Management, a novelist with two works of fiction, and a journalist regularly contributing to Tokyo-based rock music magazine Strange Days.

Michael will take a bottom-up perspective by talking about smart citizens rather than smart cities. As citizens’ mobile behavior becomes smarter, so will the cities they inhabit.