Smart Thinking: Podcast Series

Go beyond the buzzwords with WSP Smart™ in our new Smart Thinking podcast series. You may know smart technology is the key to keeping a competitive edge, but what does that mean for your business in practical terms? Listen to our short and informative sessions as our world-class experts explain how to benefit from new thinking, innovative technology applications and understand what it takes to adopt smart thinking in sectors like mobility, buildings, infrastructure, energy, industry, environment and more.


As smart technology becomes a near-ubiquitous blanket term, it can be difficult to make sense of how to best apply these emerging trends within your business. What are the practical, cost-effective steps you can take today to extend the life of aging assets, create community wellness, build a more competitive, resilient business for tomorrow?

In our new Smart Thinking podcast series, our global experts share valuable insights for applying smart to your sector. Our highly-specialized professionals at WSP Smart™ are leaders in applying innovative digital solutions.

Discover smart trends, lessons learned and ideas on how to create a smarter environment to offer better productivity, safety, connectivity and workplace optimization. WSP Smart™ can help you build value through insightful strategies, eliminating blind spots, shaping your systems and digital solutions to achieve better results.  We can guide you in applying technologies like sensors, connected technology, machine learning, data analytics, artificial intelligence, digital twins, predictive analytics and simulations to dramatically improve outcomes in a cost-effective way.

Listen to the podcast series by clicking the links below. Don’t forget to share — you can join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #ThatsSmart.


Smart Industry

Smart Manufacturing

The globalization of industry is causing challenges in 2020 that are defining what the future holds for manufacturing. What are some of these challenges, and how does Industry 4.0 look to solve them? Find out more about the disparate trends and solutions and what digitization means for legacy systems, as discussed by Richard Fecteau, a veteran in the manufacturing industry.

Smart Power

Grids are transforming with distributed energy generation and storage solutions. However, long-term success hinges on a keen understanding of data management and integrating multiple inputs such as telecommunications, usage loads, and generation. Listen in as Alexandre Pepin-Ross discusses what to look for when planning energy projects and lessons learned in Africa and Canada.

Smart Environment

Understanding global and regional climate change trends are essential to building a more resilient business or government. How can we make sense of the data and the tools available? Can we prepare for a low-carbon economy? Listen in as Rick Alsop shares some insights on some of the key challenges in this evolving space.

Smart Communities

Smart Mobility

What if we could improve the efficiency of how people and goods move? What if we can optimize the mode of travel based on disparate features such as weather, price and reliability of the trip, and other factors significant to the user? Listen in as Mara Bullock breaks down the complex and exciting world of smart mobility—a utopia that has yet to exist—and how it can change the way we commute.

Smart Infrastructure - Prime for Cities

With the desire for environmental stewardship on the rise, smart city planners are in pursuit of optimizing bike-sharing networks and strategies to render a greener, lighter mode of transportation. Listen in as Shawn Chow shares how PRIME for Cities, WSP's proprietary web GIS platform, can help deliver these goals by leveraging real-time data through spatial analysis, creating healthier communities.

Smart Infrastructure - Water / Wastewater

Constraints involving capital and operating costs continue to stand as an obstacle in delivering our communities the best water quality. What if we can mine the existing library of data, leverage machine learning and AI to deliver the best water quality with the lowest cost? What if we could ensure safety and correct fiscal management in water and wastewater management? Find out how the water and wastewater sector is evolving and adapting to needs and leveraging smart technology with Michelle Albert.

Smart Innovation and Future Ready

Our communities are becoming more vulnerable to changing societal dynamics. Can we design the built environment to improve our society's health—one that is inclusive across all ages and economic groups? Listen in as Dr. Anna Robak discusses how some of her research and digital tools can promote well-being in our built environment.

Smart Rail and Transit

We’re seeing a trend towards connective transit, devices and real-time tracking programs that deliver transit users an enhanced experience throughout their entire journey from point A to point B. But how can we realize these goals without causing major disruptions in cities and being responsible with taxpayer dollars? Listen in as Herman Won discusses the effectiveness of modelling and simulation programs in delivering time- and cost-effective outcomes in the rail and transit sector.

Smart Buildings

Smart Buildings

Whether it's to facilitate a COVID-19 recovery plan, mitigate climate change impacts, or increase buildings' resiliency, Smart plays an integral role in rendering better design decisions and performance outcomes. Listen in as Jack Maynard shares his insights on trends in smart buildings and how smart can be harnessed to meet evolving needs and challenges.

Smart Health Care - Community Wellness

Gaining access to healthcare is an ongoing challenge for Canadians living in rural communities outside megacities. How can we adapt smart technology to ensure Canadians receive the healthcare services they need and bring communities together and foster a healing process? Discover the disparate ways that telehealth, increased connectivity, smart devices and infrastructure can help create healthier environments and deliver healthcare to rural communities.