Canadian Open Data Summit 2018: Expert Panel: Surprising Allies – The Open Secret of Big Business & Open Data

This resource package includes presentation files and additional resources for the Expert Panel on Surprising Allies at the Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS18) on November 8, 2018 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Sharing of this package is made possible by ODX in partnership with Niagara Connects.

Open Data has been used for decades by established businesses – but many use cases go unannounced. Data leaders from large consumers of Open Data share how their products bring community benefit on an enterprise scale and challenge the public sector to open more data assets for business and the public good.

Moderator: Bob Lytle is Founder and CEO of and former CIO of TransUnion Canada. His Niagara-based data analytics firm combines North America’s broadest repository of Open Data business information with credit industry savvy and a passion for ethical data use. Bob specializes in providing predictive analytics for effective decision-making in the Small/Medium Business (SMB) market, for financial services, insurance and economic development entities.


Joe McCarthy is the Leader of Canadian Trade and Data Acquisition with Dun and Bradstreet. He assists internal and external customers to understand and integrate multiple data sets into one clear view of their markets, to streamline marketing efforts and credit/risk decisions.

Bala Gopalakrishnan is Managing Director of Data Solutions at Pelmorex, the parent company of The Weather Network/MetroMedia brands. He leads business and product strategy around Big Data of Audience (login, behavioural, mobile location) and weather datasets for Pelmorex. Bala also leads partnerships with other data/tech companies and with Canadian universities in Data Science/Analytics.

Kan Zhu is Director, Data & Analytics with Teranet, Canada’s leader in the delivery and transformation of statutory registry services. Founded in 1991, Teranet operates the Electronic Land Registration System for the Province of Ontario, and The Property Registry for the Province of Manitoba. Kan manages a team of data scientists, a data product delivery operation, a national property data asset and a data lake infrastructure that all support real estate, government & utilities, and financial services verticals. His team at Teranet creates new data products and service opportunities through collaboration with customers, products, sales and marketing.

Jennifer Beckage is an attorney and Founder of Beckage PLLC, based in Buffalo, New York. Her practice is focused on the nexus of cybersecurity, data breach litigation, risk management, privacy, regulatory law and law enforcement. As a former tech entrepreneur and executive with a publicly traded company, Jennifer brings a unique perspective to complex commercial litigation and data security matters. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US).

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