Civic Innovation Strategist / Smart City Project Manager, City of Fredericton
As a long-serving employee of the City of Fredericton, Laurie Guthrie has worked primarily in the field of economic development – spearheading various strategic initiatives to cultivate economic growth and earn Fredericton’s brand equity as a ‘Smart City’.
As an economic developer, she steered a consultant and 250 community stakeholders in the development of Fredericton’s economic development strategy – resulting in a five-year secondment to the city’s economic development agency. She facilitated strategy implementation, and led the agency’s rebranding, development of a regional investment attraction strategy and creation of task forces to drive priority sector growth.
In 2018, Laurie returned to the City to manage Fredericton’s participation in Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, competing nationally as a top ten finalist among 200 communities.
Supporting Fredericton’s ongoing ‘smart city’ agenda, Laurie’s current work includes the design of a civic innovation living lab, Boost Fredericton, to strengthen Fredericton’s role as an early adopter of new technologies & edge applications, and to solve smart city challenges for the benefit of the municipal corporation and community. Efforts are also focused on furthering Fredericton’s digital evolution as “Atlantic Canada’s 5G Centre of Innovation”.