Data-Driven Insights for City Growth and Prosperity
The World Council on City Data is building ISO standardized, city-level data with cities across Canada and the globe. The WCCD is working with 30 cities across Canada and with 100 cities globally in 35 countries, to support them in ISO certification. This work is translating into a globally standardized municipal data platform with “apples-to-apples” data which equips city leaders and economic development stakeholders with trusted, high calibre and comparative data that informs investment opportunities and measures progress year over year, enabling a more sustainable, and resilient prosperity.
About the Speakers
Patricia McCarney is President and CEO of the World Council on City Data (WCCD) and is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Canada. She has served as Associate Vice President, International Research and Development at the University of Toronto.
Professor Patricia McCarney received her Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1987. Before joining the University of Toronto, between 1983 and 1994, Professor McCarney worked as a professional staff member in a number of international agencies, including the World Bank in Washington, and the United Nations – HABITAT in Nairobi.
Patricia is currently a member of the ISO Technical Committee 268, Sustainable Development in Communities, where she is Convenor of the Working Group on City Indicators. She was integral to the development of the “ISO 37120 Series” – a set of ISO standards designed to support cities in building globally standardized city data. The ISO 37120 Series includes: ISO 37120, the first International Standard on Indicators for Sustainable Cities; ISO 37122, Indicators for Smart Cities; and, ISO 37123, Indicators for Resilient Cities.
Leading the World Council on City Data, Patricia McCarney is building a globally standardized data base for cities worldwide inviting cities to build data in conformity with the ISO 37120 Series of standards and become ISO certified. As host of this new knowledge platform, the WCCD is positioned to be the leading global city data base with standardized, verified, comparable and open city data for a growing network of smart and prosperous cities.
James Patava has worked over a decade in senior leadership positions at progressive NGOs and not-for-profits in North America and Europe. With a decidedly global focus, his current role at the Toronto-based World Council on City Data places him in almost daily contact with some of the most sustainable, smart, resilient, prosperous and inclusive cities from around the world. His work also helps showcase the fundamental and transformative nature of city data in furthering local and global agendas.
James is a passionate public affairs professional and holds an Honours Bachelors Degree in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal.