Smart Cities & Infrastructure: Approaches, Opportunities, and Challenges
Presentation, Wine & Cheese Networking Party


Date: Thursday, Nov 22, 2018 @ 7:00pm

Location: KPMG Tower, 100 New Park Place, #1400, Vaughan, ON L4K 0J3

TTC Access: Vaughan Metropolitan Center Station

Parking: TTC Parking@ New Park Place& Edgeley Blvd (SE) or Apple Mill & Millway (NE Corner), Evening Flat Rate

*Please use the code yorksmartcity to register


Smart Cities Event WIE1The Global Smart Cities Market is expected to be valued at $1.5 trillion in 2020. Over 28 global cities worldwide will likely be Smart Cities by 2025. Infrastructure Canada has issued a Smart Cities Challenge which is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit). The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

Smart Cities will leverage enabling technologies and city assets (road and transit, water, hospitals, grid, etc.) to transform how city services such as mobility, economic development, energy efficiency, and public safety are delivered. As designers, builders and operators of city infrastructure, we believe our engineering community has an important role in contributing to this development. 

Smart Cities Event WIE2Join us over wine & cheese to network and explore what Smart City is about, current stages of its evolution and how you can seize the opportunities early in this exciting new frontier. You will hear also about KPMG’s approach and model in transportation as well as stakeholder engagement, given by Lindsay Wright and Natalie Lye.


Speaker Bio

Smart Cities Event WIE3Lindsay Wright is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory practice. Lindsay provides strategic, financial, process and commercial advice to a diverse mix of public and private sector clients in the UK, Canada and internationally. 
Lindsay has worked across social infrastructure, defense, and energy sectors, but with a particular focus on transit and transportation, with current clients including the City of Calgary, Infrastructure Ontario, LA Metro and the National Centre for Privatization in Saudi Arabia. Her focus is in helping clients make the right decisions with the resources available to them.

Recently Lindsay worked within KPMG’s Global team, providing support and input into global initiatives, including diversity, training, and strategic pursuits, including supporting KPMG’s Global Cities Centre of Excellence. As part of this role. Lindsay was instrumental in the development of the study “Finding the Courage to Improve: Benchmarking City Services". 

Lindsay is on the Steering Committee of the Toronto Chapter of the Women’s Infrastructure Network (WIN) and is the Chair of the Canadian WIN Awards 2018.


Smart Cities Event WIE4Natalie Lye is an asset management professional with extensive experience in infrastructure asset management and operations throughout the asset lifecycle. She has over 10 years’ industry experience working in utilities to develop and lead asset management strategies enabled by data and technology to deliver essential services in urban environments. These projects have consistently required data assessment, improvement and system integration to support effective decision making in dynamic environments.

As a strategy manager for the UK’s largest water and wastewater provider, Natalie was responsible for developing strategies to meet future demand in urban planning. Since joining KPMG she has worked with a range of clients in the utility sector to assess their data and technology capabilities to support decision making and achieve strategic outcomes. She has recently worked with the City of Windsor and Essex County to develop their strategic Smart Cities Vision to develop Smart City solutions to meet the Region’s most pressing social and infrastructure challenges.


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Kim Keoponnreay E.I.T.
WIE Director, PEO York Chapter
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