Anthony D. Williams
Co-founder and President
Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance
Anthony D. Williams is co-founder and president of the DEEP Centre and an internationally-recognized authority on the digital revolution, innovation and creativity in business and society. He is co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the groundbreaking bestseller Wikinomics and its follow-up Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet.
Among other current appointments, Anthony is an expert advisor to the Markle Foundation’s Initiative for America’s Economic Future, a senior fellow with the Lisbon Council in Brussels and the Institute on Governance in Ottawa, and chief advisor to Brazil’s Free Education Project, a national strategy to equip 2 million young Brazilians with the skills required for a 21st Century workforce.
Anthony was recently executive editor for the Global Solutions Network at the Martin Prosperity Institute, a committee member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Science for the EPA’s Future, a visiting fellow with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and Program Chair for the 18th World Congress on Information Technology in Montreal. His work on technology and innovation has been featured in publications such as the Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review and the Globe and Mail.
Anil Arora was appointed Chief Statistician of Canada in September 2016.
Mr. Arora has led significant transformational initiatives throughout his career, with experience and partnerships spanning all three levels of government, the private sector and international organizations, including the UN and the OECD. He has led projects on high-profile policy issues, legislative and regulatory reform, and overseen large national programs.
In 1988, Mr. Arora joined Statistics Canada where he served in several positions, including regional operations, corporate services and the redesign of the dissemination function. In 2000, he became Director of Census Management Office and subsequently the Director General responsible for all aspects of the 2006 Census. In this role, Mr. Arora led the most comprehensive redesign of the Program, including the introduction of an online questionnaire. Following the successful delivery of the 2006 Census he became the Assistant Chief Statistician of Social, Health and Labour Statistics from 2008 to 2010.
In 2009, Mr. Arora received the prestigious APEX Leadership Award in recognition of his exceptional leadership skills and management excellence.
In 2010, Mr. Arora joined Natural Resources Canada as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Minerals and Metals Sector, and in 2013 was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Science and Policy Integration. He moved to Health Canada in 2014, becoming Assistant Deputy Minister of Health Products and Food Branch and leading a complex organization overseeing regulation of food, drug and health products for Canada. He also served as chair of the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities.
Mr. Arora attended the University of Alberta, where he earned a Bachelor of Science, followed by further education in computing science and management, including a graduate certificate in Advanced Public Sector Management at the University of Ottawa, and the Advanced Leadership Program at the Canada School of Public Service.
Casey Burns is a Manager of AWS’s Public Sector Healthcare and Government Technology practices. Casey has worked in a number of senior technology and policy roles in government and the private sector and is frequently asked to serve as an expert on digital transformations of government organizations, digital strategy, analytics, healthcare technology, recruiting top technology talent into government, and innovating government operations. Casey joins AWS from Nuna, a cloud based healthcare analytics company, where he led the public sector business. Nuna built CMS’ technical partner in building their Medicaid data warehouse and analytics platform on AWS. Before Nuna, Casey spent four years in the federal government, including a tour at the White House where he worked for U.S. CTO Todd Park. While at the White House, Casey helped lead the effort that created the United States Digital Service (USDS) and 18F. Before joining the CTO’s team, Casey was the Director of Innovation for the GSA and led the development of a new federal procurement model. Before joining the government, Casey was a management consultant focused on strategy, technology, and analytics.
Rémi Massé is the MP for Avignon-La Mitis-Matane-Matapédia and Vice-Chair of the Liberal Caucus of Quebec. With his colleagues Rodger Cuzner and Terry Duguid, he has led a national review on the quality of services provided to employment insurance claimants since May 2016, and has sat on two standing committees.
Before his political career began, Mr. Massé was the Director General of Cégep de Matane and worked for 16 years as a manager and executive at various Canadian government departments in Ottawa and in other regions.
Mr. Massé is very familiar with the workings of the Government of Canada. Over the years, he has developed strong business ties with several provincial, federal and international government representatives. His network of contacts along with his experience, knowledge and skills have helped carry out several initiatives in his region, attract major investments and create many high-quality jobs.
Mr. Massé completed a bachelor’s degree in French Studies and graduate studies in Linguistics at the University of Sherbrooke.
He and his spouse, Helen, are proud of their family values and are parents to four young boys.
Kelly Gillis was appointed Associate Deputy Minister in January 2015. Previously, Kelly served as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications (SITT) Sector.
In her role as Senior ADM of SITT, Kelly supported the development and use of world-class information and communications technologies, including management and oversight of Canada’s radio spectrum frequencies, research at the Communications Research Centre, cyber security and Connecting Canadians. Kelly has also held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister, SITT, where she focused on policies that supported Canada’s ICT industry and advanced the digital economy.
From September 2009 to March 2012, Kelly was Industry Canada’s Chief Financial Officer. In this role, she was responsible for providing financial oversight, advice and corporate services. Prior to joining Industry Canada, Kelly was the Assistant Secretary and CFO, Corporate Services Sector, at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, where she led the creation of the new Corporate Services Sector. Kelly was also the Executive Director and Deputy CFO at the Department of Finance Canada.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting from McGill University and is also a qualified chartered accountant.
Kelly is originally from Montréal. She and her husband have three children
Head of Public Sector – Lena E. Trudeau
Lena Trudeau leads the Public Sector AWS team in Canada. In this capacity, she helps leaders in government, education, health care, and not-for-profit organizations find better, more cost-effective ways to serve their customers and constituencies through innovative Cloud-driven business transformation.
Prior to her current role, Lena led global expansion efforts for the Public Sector division of Amazon Web Services. She also ran programs focused on scientific computing, open data, and educating the next generation of IT professionals.
Previously, Lena served as member of the U.S. Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service. As Associate Commissioner at the U.S. General Services Administration, Lena stood up the Office of Strategic Innovations with a mandate to leverage technology to transform business operations. During her tenure, she spearheaded the creation of 18F, an in-house digital delivery team that builds effective, user-centric digital services. Lena also directed the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, a highly competitive program that pairs government experts with private sector entrepreneurs to tackle the nation’s biggest challenges.
Prior to entering government, Lena served as Vice President, overseeing service delivery at the National Academy of Public Administration, a non-partisan, congressionally chartered organization that assists government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. The Academy’s unique feature is its nearly 800 Fellows—including former cabinet officers, Members of Congress, governors, prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators.
Lena has twice been awarded Federal Computer Week’s prestigious Federal 100 award. She received a Masters in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Ottawa. Lena lives in Annandale, VA with her husband, and enjoys golf and travel.
Head of Public Policy for Intuit Canada – Rodney MacDonald
Rodney MacDonald is the Head of Public Policy for Intuit Canada, maker of Canada’s most widely used tax and bookkeeping software, TurboTax and Quickbooks. He has worked extensively in senior roles in the Government of Canada, serving in the Offices of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Industry. He has previously held public policy roles in the financial services and automotive sectors where he worked on a broad scope of issues including free trade, impacts of preferential tariffs, Canada-USA regulatory harmonization and global pricing strategy in electronic payments.
Rodney lives in the Greater Toronto Area with his wife and three children.
As the President of the Institute On Governance, Maryantonett Flumian is responsible for the development of the Institute’s vision and strategic direction, project and partnership development, and the fostering of programs to promote public discussion of governance issues.
She is a seasoned senior executive at the Deputy Minister level in the Canadian federal Public Service with more than 20 years of large-scale operational experience in the economic, social and federal/provincial domains. She is internationally recognized for her work as a transformational leader across many complex areas of public policy and administration such as labour markets, firearms, fisheries, and environmental issues. She was the first Deputy Minister of Service Canada. Her current research focuses on leadership, collaboration, governance, and the transformational potential of technology primarily in the area of citizen-centered services. Maryantonett spent the last three years at the University of Ottawa initiating programming for the development of senior public service leaders.
Maryantonett received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in history and completed comprehensive exams towards a PhD in the same subject at the University of Ottawa. She sits on the advisory board of the Harvard Policy Group, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the advisory group of nGenera’s Government 2.0: Wikinomics, Government and Democracy research program.
Davide is the Institute’s Chief Research Officer. His research expertise lies in institutional and applied ethics, accountability, governance risk, political theory, theories of public administration and digital era governance.
Before joining the Institute, Davide was a lecturer at the University of Oxford, where he taught ethics and political theory, and a postdoctoral fellow and visiting scholar at McGill University.
He holds a doctorate in ethics from the University of Oxford, a master’s in public administration from Carleton University, a master’s in philosophy from the University of Oxford, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and German from McGill University.