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We look forward to welcoming digital leaders from across the world, including from Germany, the USA, Brazil, Azerbaijan, Iceland, and the UK, to speak at AccelerateGOV here in Ottawa.  

I’m so excited to host such an influential group of experts in Ottawa. These digital leaders will be sharing insights at the AccelerateGOV conference, providing a wonderful opportunity for public servants to discover how public service leaders around the world are realizing the potential of digital – and addressing the challenges we face in common. I encourage all public servants to register for this fascinating conference.

Stephen Burt, Chief Data Officer, Government of Canada

Agenda

Bringing together public service leaders from around the world, AccelerateGOV explores how public servants in all relevant disciplines and roles can best promote digitalization and transformation

Agenda 2023

3 October

All times provided are local (Ottawa, EST)

 

 

 09:00 – 09:20

 

Welcome Address

Stephen Burt
Chief Data Officer of Canada

09:20 – 09:50

Keynote Address

Clare Martorana
Federal Chief Information Officer, United States of America

09:50 – 10:00

CHANGEOVER

10:00 – 10:50

Knowledge is power: deploying data

Location: Canada Hall 1

Speakers:

Nadia Ahmad
Chief Data Officer & Head of Evaluation, Global Affairs Canada

Alexandra Dykes
Director of Performance and Oversight, Information and Data Governance, Data and Digital Policy Sector, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Canada

Gayan Peiris
Head of Data and Technology, Chief Digital Office, United Nations Development Programme

Theme: Data technologies and management

Today’s information management technologies offer huge opportunities in government. Data has enormous potential to improve the analysis of social, economic and environmental challenges…

Train and explain: digital skills for everyone

Location: Room 205/207

Speakers:

Kevin Cunnington
Former Director General, Government Digital Service (GDS), United Kingdom, and Expert Advisor, Global Government Forum

Vigdís Jóhannsdóttir
Chief Marketing Officer for Digital Iceland, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Iceland

Theme: Skills for innovation

When in 2013 Kevin Cunnington became Director General of Business Transformation at the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions, he soon realised he’d make slow progress…

Automation for the people: using rPA in public service

Location: Room 206/208

Speakers:

Kathleen Butler
Director General, Digital Services Directorate, Assessment, Benefit, and Service Branch, Canada Revenue Agency

Elise Legendre
Chief Data Officer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Amira Musse
Director, Strategy and Innovation, Finance and Procurement Services, Natural Resources Canada

Barna Gaál
Head of International Relations Office, Digital Hungary Office

Kyle Thomas
Global Industry Leader, Public Sector Regulatory Agencies, Appian

Knowledge Partner

Theme: Artificial Intelligence and automation

While Artificial Intelligence algorithms evolve over time –making their operation unpredictable  and sometimes opaque– robotic process automation is a much more…

10:50 – 11:00

CHANGEOVER

11:00 – 11:50

Impact session: Private Cloud, Multi Cloud and Hybrid Cloud solutions for an agile Digital Government

As the Canadian government shifts from a cloud first policy to cloud smart, public sector organizations need to think about the best approach when transforming to digital solutions. This impact session with Equinix will provide you with the information you need to ensure your organization is using the right mix of technology – whether public cloud, private cloud, on-prem or hybrid.  Join this session to get insight on how these different solutions can be integrated to create the agile and flexible digital platform that is needed for a modern digital government.

If you would like to attend this session please email Brett Alderton-Green at [email protected]

Knowledge Partner

Applying AI intelligently: use cases and risk management

Location: Canada Hall 1

Speakers:

CHANG Sau Sheong
Deputy Chief Executive, Government Technology Agency, Singapore

Benoit Deshaies
Director, Responsible Data and Artificial Intelligence, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Brian Epley
Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of Energy, United States of America

Ima Okonny
Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Data Officer, Employment and Social Development Canada

Trent Gray-Donald
Distinguished Engineer, IBM Data and AI

Knowledge Partner

Theme: Artificial Intelligence and automation

Artificial Intelligence technologies have huge potential to assist public servants – guiding decision-making, supporting analysis and targeting…

Data and you: what Canada’s new Data Strategy means for public servants

Location: Room 205/207

Speakers:

Stephen Burt
Chief Data Officer of Canada

Tom Dufour
Director General, Strategic Data Management, Statistics Canada

Kara Beckles
Chief Data Officer, Privy Council Office, Canada

Michael Langton
Strategy Lead, Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, Converge Technology Solutions

Knowledge Partner

Theme: Data technologies and management

Canada’s data strategy for the federal public service envisages a data-powered future, with implications for most public servants. It explains, for example…

Serving every citizen: adoption and accessibility in online services

Location: Room 206/208

Speakers:

Vigdís Jóhannsdóttir
Chief Marketing Officer for Digital Iceland, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Iceland

Mark Vermeer
Director Digital Government, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Netherlands

Ashley Belanger
Director, Digital Credentials, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Theme: Public adoption of digital services

Digital technologies have the potential to improve service delivery for everyone. But if careful attention is not paid to inclusiveness…

11:50 – 12:00

CHANGEOVER

12:00 – 12:50

Transforming together: managing and commissioning digital projects

Location: Canada Hall 1

Speakers:

Marc Brouillard
Chief Digital Officer, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada

Sylvain Bélanger 
Executive Director and Chief Information Officer, Information Management and Technology Directorate, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Anthony Sheehan
Chief Digital Officer, Courts Administration Service Canada, Canada

Theme: Smarter procurement and project management  

Public servants working in fields such as finance, procurement and project management play as critical a role in transformation programmes as…

Safe investments: cyber-security as a catalyst of business transformation

Location: Room 205/207

Matt Davies
Chief Technology Officer, Shared Services Canada

Ann Dunkin
Chief Information Officer, Department of Energy, United States of America

Karl Hoods
Group Chief Digital and Information Officer, Department for Energy Security & Net Zero and Department for Science, Innovation & Technology, United Kingdom

Matthew Leach
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Knowledge Partner

Theme: Cyber-Security

Public servants often struggle to secure capital investment to improve staff tools, strengthen back office systems and bolster service delivery. Elected leaders and service managers are…

A helping hand: access for all

Location: Room 206/208

Speakers:

Angela Copeland
Chief Information Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care, Canada

Dr Inshan Meahjohn
Chief Executive Officer, National Information and Communication Technology Company Limited (iGovTT), Trinidad and Tobago

Theme: Public adoption of digital services

Many of those most dependent on the public sector face particular barriers to accessing digital services, with older, poorer and more remote communities often lacking the necessary skills confidence or tools…

12:50 – 13:00

CHANGEOVER

13:00 – 13:50

Adapt to serve: supporting public sector innovation

Location: Room Canada Hall 1

Speakers:

Franco Chirichella
President and Chief Executive Officer, Innovapost Inc., and Chief Digital Officer, Canada Post

Brandon Lee
Director General, Grants and Contributions Transformation Bureau, Global Affairs Canada

Innocent Muhizi
Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Information Society Authority, Rwanda

Theme: Skills for innovation

In today’s turbulent, fast-changing world, organisations thrive when they draw on the expertise and enthusiasm of every staff member, empowering people to recreate policies…

Attracting an audience: the power of user-centred design

Location: Room 205/207

Speakers:

Christine Bellamy
Director, GOV.UK, Government Digital Services, United Kingdom

Ryan Hum
Chief Client Experience Officer and Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Citizen Service Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada

Aaron Jaffery
Director General, Service Experience Design and Delivery, Service Canada

Katja Väänänen
Head, Digitalization Unit, Public Sector ICT Department, Ministry of Finance, Finland

Andrew Lewandowski
Digital Experience Advisor to the Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, United States of America

Mark Sullivan
Strategic Lead, Digital Identity, Canadian Bank Note Company

Knowledge partner:

Theme: Public adoption of digital services

Digital services become popular and widely-adopted when they are easy to use, save citizens time, and improve the quality  of service… 

Women’s Network launch event

Established by Global Government Forum, the Global Government Women’s Network is a community of women in civil and public services around the world. The network will bring members together to advise and support each other as they navigate their careers and to help ensure that women in government enjoy the same respect, opportunities and influence afforded their male colleagues and have an equal voice in decision making

Speakers:

Nadia Ahmad
Chief Data Officer & Head of Evaluation, Global Affairs Canada

Vidya Shankarnarayan
Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Information Officer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Mehnaz Tabassum
IT Project Manager, Corporate Services Sector, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Noreen M. Hecmanczuk
Senior Advisor to the Federal Chief Information Officer,
Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, United States of America

13:50 – 14:00

CHANGEOVER

14:00 – 14:50

Across and beyond government: working in partnership for the public

Location: Room Canada Hall 1

Speakers:

Dorothy Eng
Executive Director, Code for Canada

Isabelle Tanguay
Chief Information Officer and Director General, Information Management and Technology Directorate, Department of Finance Canada

Paul N. Wagner
Deputy Chief Information Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Noreen M. Hecmanczuk
Senior Advisor to the Federal Chief Information Officer,
Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, United States of America

Michael Kolm
Partner, Government and Public Sector, EY

Theme: Open policymaking and shared service delivery

The era of stand-alone, ‘vertical’ public services, provided by organisations operating in glorious isolation, is coming to an end. To meet people’s…

Cyber-security: a task for every public servant

Location: Room 205/207

Speakers:

Nadine Boudreau-Brown
Director General, IT Transformation and Modernization Services, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Simon Llewellyn
Director, Security Architecture, Canadian Cyber Security Centre

Owen Lamb
Cybersecurity Specialist & Sales Engineer Leader, Rubrik

Theme: Cyber-Security

Governments are experiencing a rapid rise in cyber attacks, with one report finding a 95% increase during 2022. Many are designed to extract money – either via infesting public systems with…

14:50 – 15:00

CHANGEOVER

15:00 – 15:50

Too clever by half? Deploying AI in the public sector

Location: Canada Hall 1

Speakers:

João Dias
President, Administrative Modernisation Agency, Portugal

Joel Martin
Chief Digital Research Officer, National Research Council Canada

Vidya Shankarnarayan
Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Information Officer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Eric Hysen
Chief Information Officer, Department of Homeland Security, United States of America

Brian Mycroft
Chief Technologist, Federal Government, National Security and Defence, Amazon Web Services Canada

Knowledge partner

Theme: Artificial Intelligence and automation

Over recent years, public service leaders and technologists have been considering whether and how to deploy Artificial Intelligence in…

Planning for uncertainty: a new approach to project management

Location: Room 205/207

Speakers:

Scott McNaughton
Director, Digital Investment Office,  Government of British Columbia

Mehnaz Tabassum
IT Project Manager, Corporate Services Sector, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Len Bastien
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Theme: Smarter procurement and project management  

Traditional public service business planning, spending approval and project management processes typically require planners to define at…

Staying close remotely: how to make hybrid working a success

Location: Room 206/208

Speakers:

Mackenzie Lambe
Chief Information Officer, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Darcy Pierlot
Chief Information Officer, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Theme: Staff tools

The pandemic prompted a wholesale shift to remote working, and the world of work will never be the same again. People now expect to split their time between office and…

15:50 – 16:00

CHANGEOVER

16:00 – 16:50

Equipping public servants to succeed

Location: Canada Hall 1

Speakers:

Meagan Collins
Chief, Enterprise Information Management, Corporate Services Sector, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Canada
 
Karl Hoods
Group Chief Digital and Information Officer, Department for Energy Security & Net Zero and Department for Science, Innovation & Technology, United Kingdom
 
Erica Ren
Chief Data Officer, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
 
COO, CDS, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
 
Director, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Theme: Staff tools

“Public servants face ongoing challenges accessing the tools necessary to do their jobs,” says Canada’s data strategy for the federal public service. While governments have invested in public-facing services…

Incentivising alignment: forging a united leadership team

Location: Room 205/207

Speakers:

Liz McKeown
Executive Director, Digital Talent and Leadership Sector, Treasury Board Canada Secretariat, Canada

Honey Dacanay
Director General, Digital Policy, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Chris Thorn
Chief Digital Officer, Digital, Data & Technology Services, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), United Kingdom

Theme: Open policymaking and shared service delivery

Cross-government initiatives can fall flat when organisational leaders have diverging priorities, so some governments are introducing reforms to align their…

16:50 – 19:00

Networking Reception

19:00

Conference Ends

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