Session Information

Advancing Intelligent Cities through Smart Partnerships: An International Mayoral Roundtable & Workshop on Smart Cities

Date: Thursday, March 3

Time: 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Format: Workshop

The International Mayoral Roundtable on Smart Cities is designed to enable individual cities and regions to develop a deeper understanding of how to achieve productivity growth and operational performance improvements in their cities and regions, including in the areas of public safety and environmental sustainability, while creating a platform for revenue generation, economic growth, and the scaling of their highest-potential companies.
International delegates and participants from across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia, including Mayors and Council representatives, smart city corporate leaders, and R&D / academic players, will come together to identify key partnership opportunities to enable the development of more vibrant global smart cities. 
Participants will leave with a clear understanding of how they can co-operate and share resources to enable them to find their respective niches in the applications of Smart Cities and all the associated technologies whilst also enabling their respective local companies to participate in the global supply chains that implement these solutions world-wide.
Nature of participants:
1. Local mayors and senior municipal officials;
2. National and international mayors and senior officials;
3. Other government officials (e.g. regional, provincial, federal government);
4. R&D and academic institutions;
5. Investors and financial players active in the smart cities / technology space; and
6. Key corporate actors and global technology leaders.

Topic Speakers

As Managing Director Industry Digitization and Solutions for the Americas and VP Industry Transformation and Innovation in Canada, Dr. Rick Huijbregts is responsible for the industry transformation strategy for the Commercial business segment at Cisco. Dr. Huijbregts manages a team of industry subject matter experts who drive business relevant outcomes for Cisco customers. In this role, Dr. Huijbregts is also responsible for industry solutions acceleration and subsequent salesforce and partner enablement. This is a key priority for the Americas region as Cisco is growing to be increasingly relevant to the business decision makers in its existing and new customer base.

For Cisco’s Canada operations, Dr. Huijbregts also oversees the Internet of Everything business development, city digitization program (Smart + Connected Communities), and innovation platform including leadership of one of eight global IoE Innovation Centers and ten University relationships and Research Chairs.

In previous roles, Dr. Huijbregts was responsible for business development of Cisco’s real estate sector in the United States, Canada, and Emerging Markets regions. He joined Cisco in 2005 as a member of Cisco’s corporate real estate team.

Prior to joining Cisco, Dr. Huijbregts was executive director of the Center for Design Informatics at the Harvard Design School. He was also co-founder and CEO of Edificium Inc. and consulted for international clients AEW Capital, McGraw-Hill Construction, Aukett Architects, and Capital Planning Technologies. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

In addition to his responsibilities at Cisco, Dr. Huijbregts is the Executive-in-Residence at George Brown College in Toronto for the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technology, a faculty member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education and serves on several boards of Canadian academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations. 

Dr. Huijbregts holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the Tilburg Polytechnical University in the Netherlands, a master’s degree in real estate development and project management from Delft University in the Netherlands, and a doctorate from Harvard University with a specialization in real estate technology and investment management.


Pekka Sauri is Deputy Mayor of Helsinki. He was born in Helsinki in 1954.  He graduated from the University of Helsinki in 1977 in psychology, education, psychiatry and philosophy.  He gained his Doctorate of Philosophy in 1990 from Brunel University, London, where he was also a visiting lecturer.

He was editor- in-chief of Suomi magazine in the 1980’s and was a radio journalist at Radio City Station and then Finnish Broadcasting Company until the early 2000’s with Nightline, a live phone-in programme for listeners in distress or mental crises. In total, he talked to over 12 000 people in live broadcast.

He became Party Secretary of the Green League of Finland in 1990, and was Chairman of the party from 1991-93 and President of the Federation of European Green Parties from 1995-97.

In the 1990’s he was consultant in mental health projects in several Finnish universities, including the Sibelius Academy, Academy of Fine Arts, Academy for Drama and University of Helsinki.

Dr. Sauri was President of Helsinki City Council from 2001-2003. He was elected Deputy Mayor of Helsinki in 2003 and re-elected in 2010 for a second seven-year term.

He has also worked as an independent researcher, educator, writer, translator and cartoonist.  He has published a number of books on psychology, communication and education. His first novel “Better Than Sex” (in Finnish) came out in 2014. He gained the degree of Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Aalto University also in 2014.

Dr. Sauri lives in Helsinki with his family.