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Took place in Ottawa, Canada on 5 & 6 October 2022.

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“The government needs to focus on the future of digital in Canada. Canadians place great value on sharing best practices, lessons learned and opportunities for collaboration – and this Summit is the perfect occasion to do just that.”

Mona Fortier MP, President of the Treasury Board, Government of Canada

Held virtually, on 11 March 2021.

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Agenda & Report

Delivering at pace: what we learned in the pandemic

Data protection: how digital tech shielded citizens during the pandemic

Refining the new oil: using data to fuel government and power citizens

Know your knowledge: organising governments’ data asset

Organic intelligence: using AI wisely in the civil service

Making artificial intelligence fit for a life inside government

“Whether it’s technical problems like access to data, or social problems like culture and talent, here in these meetings, not only are we sharing knowledge and collaboratively learning from each other, but somebody can say to me: ‘What have you got to offer on this specific problem?’”

Vik Pant, Chief Scientist and Chief Science Advisor, Natural Resources Canada

Took place in London, United Kingdom on 19 & 20 September 2019.

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“Bringing together such talent from around the world gives us the opportunity to learn from others, who face what are in effect similar challenges and may tackle them in different ways,”

Alison Pritchard, Director General, Government Digital Service (GDS), United Kingdom