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online 22.9.2021

Webinar on Smart Mobility: Opportunities with Ottawa and Finland

Webinar is free of charge but requires a registration.




Further information

Jonas Granqvist
Senior Advisor, Business Finland Canada
+1 416 662 3671
jonas.granqvist  (at)

Business Finland and the Embassy of Finland in Canada, in cooperation with the Ottawa-based innovation centre Area X.O and Invest Ottawa, are organizing a Smart Mobility webinar where you can get acquainted with companies and innovation activities within the Canadian Smart Mobility ecosystem. The webinar is organized on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 16:00-17:30 (EEST Helsinki) / 9:00-10:30 (EDT Ottawa).

You will get useful insights into how a Finnish Smart Mobility company can get in on the Canadian market, what are the challenges and benefits of being present in Canada, and how the local ecosystem of Smart Mobility actors can support market entry. 

Area X.O will present their state-of-the-art facility that offers a safe and secure environment to create, test and demonstrate future mobility, autonomy and connected technologies. Nokia is one of the founding partners of Area X.O and will present their activities within smart mobility in Canada and tell how they cooperate with Finnish and Canadian companies in this sector.

Webinar agenda

16:00 – 16:10 Welcome
Kirsten Sardelis, Market Manager Europe, Invest Ottawa
Seppo Rantala, Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Finland

16:10 – 16:25 Overview AreaX.O
Kelly Daize, Director AreaX.O, Invest Ottawa

16:25 – 16:40 Nokia Canada, Innovation at AreaX.O
Shawn Sparling, VP Enterprise and Public Sector, Nokia Canada

16:40 – 16:55 Opportunities with Nokia and AreaX.O
Tenille Houston, CEO, AutoGuardian By SmartCone

16:55 – 17:10 Nokia, Finland, Innovation Strategy in Finland
Stephan Litjens, General Manager Enterprise Solutions, Nokia Finland

17:10 – 17:25 City of Tampere - Finnish Smart City Living Lab
Teppo Rantanen, Executive Director, City of Tampere

17:25 – 17:30 Question & Answers