Past Webinars

Unlock a wealth of knowledge and expertise with our collection of past webinars!

Funding Opportunities with Mitacs

March 9, 2022

The Canadian Open Data Society hosted its own Open Data Funding Opportunity Webinar on International Open Data Day 2022 with special guest Mel Chaar, Director, Mitacs Strategic Account Management and Business Development.

Mitacs is a not-for-profit, private organization bringing industry partners together with academia to create Canadian value. We empower Canadian innovation through effective partnerships that deliver solutions to our most pressing challenges. Our aim is to continuously strengthen Canadian economic growth and productivity. Founded in 1999, Mitacs supports a wide range of disciplines, from STEM to social innovation, our undertaking includes college and undergraduate students, as well as new graduates and postdocs. Our customers include businesses, hospitals, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations of all sizes and in all sectors. With close to 400 employees and regional hubs in Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver, Mitacs is an integral part of Canada’s innovation ecosystem.

They fund municipalities, non-profits, and small-to-medium-size businesses to take on STEM interns and graduates for innovation projects – a topic surely to be of great interest to all our members and stakeholders!

Lessons from teaching digital to gov't execs & what it means for open data

February 24, 2022

This month we were pleased to welcome Ryan Androsoff, Founder and CEO of Think Digital, a consultancy focused on helping public sector organizations to adapt and thrive in the era of digital disruption. Think Digital advocates for agile, human-centered approaches to solving problems that incorporate innovative uses of digital technology and data to advance the public good.

Ryan is an international expert on digital government with a passion for public sector entrepreneurship and more than two decades of experience working with government and international organizations in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Since 2018 Ryan has partnered with the Institute on Governance to lead their digital leadership programs and to provide advisory services for a variety of government organizations to assist with their digital transformation efforts.

ESRI’s Community Map of Canada

January 27, 2022

The Community Map of Canada is a basemap of Canada built from authoritative data, collected closest to source and updated daily. Seamlessly created to one common specification and compliant with international standards, it provides unrestricted access to community maps and imagery across the country.

Alia will be describing this program and highlighting the value of Open Data in Canada to its successful operation for the benefit of all Canadians.

Entrepreneurship (and Intrapreneurship!) through Open Data

June 24, 2021

This CODS webinar will focus on how Open Data can be a source of perceptions that power your passion, project or business proposition. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a project leader in a larger organization, or simply pursuing your passion of choice, you can learn how to gain fresh and actionable insights from the increasing amounts of Open Data that are released every day.

Introduction to the Beauties of Data Visualization

May 20, 2021

This CODS webinar focused on the topic of Data Visualization. No coding experience required! This is an easy introduction to the beauties and insights that can be generated from data within a few understandable steps using R and ggplot. Learn how to download, clean, and visualize a dataset from Statistics Canada..

A Year of COVID-19 Open Data

April 22, 2021

Join our guest hosts Jean-Paul Soucy and Jens von Bergmann, as we discuss the past year’s explosion of data-driven dashboards, policies and journalism connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, challenges overcome, lessons learnt, and what the future may bring.

Open Data for Social Justice

February 11, 2021

Canada is experiencing an access to justice crisis. Yet we lack the data we need to design empirical solutions. Canada has a legal data deficit: We know more about sports teams than we do about our legal system. This event seeks to address that problem: After briefly discussing these issues, we’ll begin identifying and gathering existing datasets that academics have generated about Canada’s legal system.