Pandemic Resilient Cities & The Role of Technology

Friday, Oct 16, 2020

The city after COVID-19: How will the pandemic impact the built environment? Will the home office mean the end of city office space? Will less office and retail space mean more residential housing and green spaces? And how can smart technology make a city pandemic resilient, ensure public health in the working and living environment and keep citizens safe in their daily interactions with the city?


Date:  Friday, October 16, 2020

Time: 12PM to 1PM

Platform:  Zoom Meeting


  • Rick Dimino, CEO, A Better City – Moderator
  • Jaime Paris Boisvert, General Manager, Siemens Smart Infrastructure
  • Lars Leitner, SVP, Turner Construction

Register via the Link below. You will receive an Email with the Zoom link before the Event.


Rick Dimino, President & CEO | A Better City (Moderator)

Richard A. Dimino has served as the President and CEO of A Better City since 1995. Under his leadership, A Better City has achieved major organizational accomplishments and influenced a wide range of city and regional infrastructure projects. He significantly impacted the planning, design, and development of a twenty-seven-acre corridor along Boston’s waterfront, and through his advocacy of Massachusetts’ Transportation Reform Legislation, the new Massachusetts Department of Transportation was formed. Within the organization, Mr. Dimino successfully launched the Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative and received numerous awards, including the Move Massachusetts Construction Achievement Award, the Boston Harbor Islands Governor’s Award, and the Environmental Business Council of New England’s Environmental-Energy Merit Award.

Prior to leading A Better City, Mr. Dimino served the City of Boston as Commissioner of Transportation from 1985-1993, where he oversaw a staff of 400, represented the City on MBTA advisory boards and committees, and developed all related infrastructure projects and policies. Mr. Dimino then held a position as Vice President and Deputy Manager of Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation’s Transportation Business Sector. He has also advised transportation projects in St. Louis, New York City, Belfast, and New South Wales.

Throughout his career and tenure as Commissioner, Mr. Dimino published a number of articles detailing the city’s transportation network, including A Successful Traffic Relief Program for the Institute of Transportation Engineers Journal and Transportation for Boston: A Framework for Improved Access. He has lectured on transportation and project management at Harvard University and Boston University, and his accomplishments earned him the 1988 Engineer of the Year Award from the New England Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Mr. Dimino received his Master’s in Business Administration from Boston University in 1994 and is a 1978 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Northeastern University. In 1991, he completed a Loeb Fellowship in urban policy and transportation planning at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Mr. Dimino currently serves as a Board Member of the Boston Society of Architects and Foundation, President Emeritus of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Executive Committee Member of the Freedom Trail Foundation, Chair Person of the Mayor’s Northern Avenue Bridge Advisory Task Force Committee, and Board Member and Facilities Committee Chairman of the Boston Children’s Museum.

Jaime Paris Boisvert, General Manager | Siemens Smart Infrastructure

As General Manager for Siemens Smart Infrastructure in the eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island markets, Jaime Paris Boisvert has P&L responsibility for leading strategy, sales and operational activities. Jaime and her team work closely with clients to deliver solutions that optimize buildings and infrastructure by improving energy efficiency, data collection and analysis, comfort, safety and security. This approach allows clients to realize lower energy costs and increased building values, as well as garner recognition for corporate and social responsibility in the communities in which they operate.

Throughout her 11 years at Siemens, Jaime has delivered strong results while accepting greater responsibilities and leadership roles.  She assumed her current role as General Manager in February of 2017.  Prior to joining Siemens, Jaime’s early career focused on business development, with experience in electronic security, telecommunications and building materials.

In addition to her leadership responsibilities, Jaime sponsors the Boston Women’s Info Network @ Siemens (WIN@S) ERG, a group that helps support fellow women colleagues within the organization as well as contributing to Siemens’ community service efforts.

An active member of the local business community, Jaime is on the Executive Committee for the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and a member of the Boston College Carroll School of Management CEO Club.   In addition, Jaime has served on advisory boards for matters related to technology, energy and workforce development; including sitting on Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg’s “Bringing Diversity on Board” roundtable to help corporate leaders advance diversity in the boardroom, and participating in a panel discussion at the MA Jobs and Workforce Summit hosted by the Workforce Solutions Group, a statewide advocacy coalition of business, labor, and community groups working to increase and improve job training in MA.

Jaime lives in Woodstock, CT, with her husband Jean-Louis and three children, where they are active in their church and other community activities.

Lars Leitner, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer | Turner Construction

Lars Leitner, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of Turner Construction Company oversees Design Build Operations, the Turner Engineering Group, Procurement, Corporate Development and Innovation. From 2013 to 2017 Lars was Chief Financial Officer of Flatiron Construction Corporation, Colorado while simultaneously serving as Chief Strategy Officer of Turner. Prior to joining Turner Lars worked at HOCHTIEF Construction AG in Essen, Germany in numerous capacities – as General Manager, Project Executive, Head of Estimating & Purchasing and Structural Engineer. Mr. Leitner graduated from the Ruhr University Bochum Germany with a Dipl. Ing. degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. He serves on numerous Boards including as Director of the German American Chamber of Commerce and the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship.


Presenting Sponsor of the Smart Cities virtual event series:

Siemens Smart Infrastructure (SI) is shaping the market for intelligent, adaptive infrastructure for today and the future. It addresses the pressing challenges of urbanization and climate change by connecting energy systems, buildings and industries. SI provides customers with a comprehensive end-to-end portfolio from a single source – with products, systems, solutions and services from the point of power generation all the way to consumption. With an increasingly digitalized ecosystem, it helps customers thrive and communities progress while contributing toward protecting the planet. SI creates environments that care. Siemens Smart Infrastructure has its global headquarters in Zug, Switzerland, and has around 72,000 employees worldwide.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. Active around the world, the company focuses on intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems and on automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Siemens brings together the digital and physical worlds to benefit customers and society. Through Mobility, a leading supplier of intelligent mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is helping to shape the world market for passenger and freight services. Via its majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital health services. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation of electrical power that has been listed on the stock exchange since September 28, 2020. In fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, the Siemens Group generated revenue of €58.5 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. As of September 30, 2019, the company had around 295,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations. Further information is available on the Internet at