City Spotlight

Toronto Opens the Door to Its AI Future

Welcoming immigrants and promoting STEM education are making Canada’s largest city a leader in artificial intelligence. But Toronto needs a strategy for addressing AI disruption more holistically.
Rory Heilakka
Rory Heilakka
Fellow, Oliver Wyman Forum
Rory is a Principal in Oliver Wyman’s Transportation and Services and Pricing, Sales and Marketing practices, based in New York. He has advised clients on issues ranging from business design and go-to-market strategy to accelerating clients’ use of advanced analytics. As a Fellow for the City Readiness team, Rory collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to improve global understanding and responses to the disruption and opportunities emerging from the increased application of artificial intelligence. He has worked around the world and lived in various cities including Philadelphia, New York, and Pune, India. In his free time Rory is a competitive squash player, aspiring cook, and home brewer. Rory holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
rory.heilakka@oliverwyman.com
Davos 2020

City Readiness Starts With Data

Who owns it, who can share it, how can privacy be protected? Those are the big questions policymakers need to address.
Kaijia Gu
Kaijia Gu
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As a leader of the City Readiness team, Kaijia Gu collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to identify ways that cities can transform potential waves of disorder into new opportunities for innovation, in part by tapping into the potential of their diverse networks of people and organizations. She has lived in major cities around the world most of her life including Beijing, Xi’an, Ithaca, Boston, New York, and London, where she currently lives with her family.
Kaijia.Gu@oliverwyman.com
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

How Small Cities are Luring Tech Jobs Away From Metropolises

Tech jobs in mid-sized cities like Orlando, Austin, and Tucson increased by almost 27% in the last decade.
Timocin (Timo) Pervane, Kaijia Gu
Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Former Partner, Oliver Wyman
As the former leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative, Timocin Pervane lead a team focused on enabling cities to prosper in an age of unprecedented urbanization and technological innovation. He currently resides with his family in his hometown of Boston but has also enjoyed being an urban citizen in cities as varied as London, Munich, Brussels, Istanbul, Beijing, and Washington D.C.
Timocin.Pervane@oliverwyman.com
Kaijia Gu
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As a leader of the City Readiness team, Kaijia Gu collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to identify ways that cities can transform potential waves of disorder into new opportunities for innovation, in part by tapping into the potential of their diverse networks of people and organizations. She has lived in major cities around the world most of her life including Beijing, Xi’an, Ithaca, Boston, New York, and London, where she currently lives with her family.
Kaijia.Gu@oliverwyman.com
MIT Sloan Management Review

How Cities Should Prepare For Artificial Intelligence

It’s time for city administrations and local employers to close AI-related skills gaps.
Kaijia Gu, Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Kaijia Gu
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As a leader of the City Readiness team, Kaijia Gu collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to identify ways that cities can transform potential waves of disorder into new opportunities for innovation, in part by tapping into the potential of their diverse networks of people and organizations. She has lived in major cities around the world most of her life including Beijing, Xi’an, Ithaca, Boston, New York, and London, where she currently lives with her family.
Kaijia.Gu@oliverwyman.com
Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Former Partner, Oliver Wyman
As the former leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative, Timocin Pervane lead a team focused on enabling cities to prosper in an age of unprecedented urbanization and technological innovation. He currently resides with his family in his hometown of Boston but has also enjoyed being an urban citizen in cities as varied as London, Munich, Brussels, Istanbul, Beijing, and Washington D.C.
Timocin.Pervane@oliverwyman.com
SKILLS SEARCH

What Cities Can Learn From Companies About Retraining The Workforce

A skills gap is developing, as many workers today don’t yet have what’s needed for the jobs of the future
Timocin (Timo) Pervane, Axel Miller
Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Former Partner, Oliver Wyman
As the former leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative, Timocin Pervane lead a team focused on enabling cities to prosper in an age of unprecedented urbanization and technological innovation. He currently resides with his family in his hometown of Boston but has also enjoyed being an urban citizen in cities as varied as London, Munich, Brussels, Istanbul, Beijing, and Washington D.C.
Timocin.Pervane@oliverwyman.com
Axel Miller
Partner, Oliver Wyman
Axel Miller works at the intersection of Market Infrastructure and Organizational Transformation. Over the past decade he has led many transformation, restructuring, and PMI programs in the Capital Markets, Corporate & Institutional Banking and MI space globally. Furthermore, Axel has led the build out of Oliver Wyman's Transaction Banking business and is taking care of coordinating our work in Securities Services.
axel.miller@oliverwyman.com
AI’S IMPACT

The Impact Of AI On Cities: Poll Results

People Are Split Over If AI Will Make Cities Better Or Worse
Kaijia Gu, Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Kaijia Gu
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As a leader of the City Readiness team, Kaijia Gu collaborates with business leaders, academics, and policymakers to identify ways that cities can transform potential waves of disorder into new opportunities for innovation, in part by tapping into the potential of their diverse networks of people and organizations. She has lived in major cities around the world most of her life including Beijing, Xi’an, Ithaca, Boston, New York, and London, where she currently lives with her family.
Kaijia.Gu@oliverwyman.com
Timocin (Timo) Pervane
Former Partner, Oliver Wyman
As the former leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum’s City Readiness initiative, Timocin Pervane lead a team focused on enabling cities to prosper in an age of unprecedented urbanization and technological innovation. He currently resides with his family in his hometown of Boston but has also enjoyed being an urban citizen in cities as varied as London, Munich, Brussels, Istanbul, Beijing, and Washington D.C.
Timocin.Pervane@oliverwyman.com
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