Bianca is an open government advocate with a dual background in technology and public engagement. She leads work on public sector technology policy for Canada at Dgen Network and is the co-founder of Tech Reset Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from York University. She worked for several years in the tech sector in operations, infrastructure, corporate training, and product management, most recently at Thomson Reuters. In her tech career she had the opportunity to help create a global support escalation system, to integrate legacy software products into a new platform, and to manage sprints (release cycles) of software.
As a facilitator at Swerhun Inc., she designed, delivered and supported public consultation processes for various governments and government agencies, with a focus on cities. She worked on topics such as transportation, urban planning, parks and public realm, real estate development, and libraries.
In 2014, Bianca founded the Open Data Institute Toronto, a volunteer-run node of the Open Data Institute in the UK. In this capacity, she’s organized civic hackathons with BikeShare Toronto, the Toronto Public Library, and others. She’s given talks and run workshops on open data and civic engagement for a range of partners in Toronto, including the Ontario Non-Profit Network and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. In 2016 she co-founded Civic Tech Toronto.
In 2017, Bianca took part in a City Hall Task Force organized by the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance. She sat on the Ontario International Open Data Charter Advisory Committee, as well as the selection committee for Canada’s first Open Government Civil Society Network, a group tasked with providing oversight to the federal open government program. Since the beginning of her work as an open government advocate, Bianca has helped organize annual community events such as Toronto’s open data day, Go Open Data, and the Canadian Open Data Summit.
Bianca is a civic tech columnist at Torontoist , with recent columns also published in The Globe and Mail and Huffington Post Canada. She is a guest lecturer at Schulich Executive Education Centre, and a frequent speaker on open government and public sector technology policy.
Bianca currently sits on the the Toronto Public Library’s Innovation Council.