Session Information

Evolution of Communities: Unravelling the DNA of the Modern Smart City

Date: Thursday, March 3

Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm

Format: Panel Discussion

Welcome to the future of smart cities and robust, self-healing grids. In this session you’ll hear from government and business leaders who are working to implement information communication technologies. Don’t miss this hands-on experience with emerging information communication technologies and the unparalleled opportunity to learn about smart city business models and how to implement and scale up initiatives that have a positive impact on your urban environment.

Topic Speakers

Bruce was elected to Surrey City Council in 2011 and as a resident and business owner since 1993; he brings an entrepreneurial approach to the City of Surrey and is committed to establishing Surrey as a premier investment location with a vibrant urban economy. 

As a past President of the Surrey Board of Trade, he believes that Surrey’s innovative approaches to job creation are working – Surrey was the first city in BC to establish economic investment zones and the Real Estate Investment Network recently named Surrey the Best Place to Invest in BC and the 4th in Canada. In 2015 Surrey was named within the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world by the independent think tank Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF in New York)

Bruce chairs the Investment and Innovation Committee which oversees the City’s Economic Development strategies including Innovation Boulevard (Medical Technologies) and the Clean Tech sector. The committee also spearheads the City’s Smart City strategies and Open Data initiatives.

Bruce also chairs the Parks Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee which is responsible for overseeing over two hundred parks and award-winning recreation facilities in the city.

  • Committees:  Finance; Development Advisory; Audit; Police; Investment & Innovation (Chair); Parks Committee (Chair); Sustainability - Clean Energy/Technology & Innovation; Surrey Board of Trade (Liaison);Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association
  • Metro Vancouver Committee Appointments: Board of Directors; Regional Parks;  Zero Waste
  • Union of BC Municipalities – Vancouver Metro Area Representative
  • Lower Mainland Local Government Association – Director at Large


His community involvement includes: Board Member Sources Community Resource Society, Board Member Cornerstone Care Society, Director, BC Summer Games Organizing Committee, Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation Patrons Council, Past President of the Surrey Board of Trade, and, Past Chair of the Surrey Meth Amphetamine Regional Taskforce and the Board of Trade’s Education Advisory Committee.

Bruce also is a regular contributing writer to several business and trade publications such as InnFocuss and The Publican.