2016-2017 Dialogue Series

Framing Innovation: Westminster 2.0 in the Digital Age

In an increasingly digital world, the task ahead for Canada’s public institutions is to evolve the Westminster system, both its political and administrative institutions, in a context of increased public expectations for speed, responsiveness and representativeness, and a renewed demand for improved outcomes that preserve and advance the public good.

The Digital Governance Partnership research and engagement theme for 2016-2017 is Framing Innovation: Westminster 2.0 in a Digital Age.  For more information click here.

November 15, 2016 - Mobilizing Capacity in the Digital Age: Tapping Expertise Within, Across, and Outside Government
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The series complements our annual Digital Governance Forum and is designed to bring together partners, public servants and other stakeholders to help identify key researchable questions, validate frameworks, and contribute to achieving tangible results. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in and contribute to workshops designed to address the key topics of each session and as a result will take away concrete, practical recommendations and strategies.

Fall 2016 Dialogue Series

Framing Innovation: Westminster 2.0 in the Digital Age

Dialogue 1

Westminster 2.0: Mobilizing Capacity in the Digital Age:

Tapping Expertise Within, Across, and Outside Government

 November 15, 2016

 8:30-9:00         Breakfast & Networking

9:00-9:15         Welcome                               

9:15-9:30         Opening Remarks                

9:30-10:30      Session 1: Modernizing Government: Sharing Information, Expertise and

Accountabilities

 Digital culture and technologies challenge both the role of public servants and their traditional place in the policy field. The proliferation of connected devices is generating analysable data at an unprecedented pace, yet governments increasingly do not possess the analytic capacity to make use of the data for policy functions. Outsourced capacities may require reintroduction, and vertical information silos within the public service must be broken down. The sharing of information and expertise between and within departments does not come naturally to government, but must be supported and encouraged. That said, there are legitimate concerns about the extent to which government should be empowered to collect, share and monitor citizens’ data. The debate over the NSA’s bulk data collection demonstrates that citizens are not comfortable with the state having unfettered access to sensitive information. Yet granular data can better inform policymaking, leading to better public outcomes. Where should the line be drawn? In an increasingly chaotic and unpredictable landscape, there is also an understandable inclination to minimize risks and avoid making unsafe decisions, yet the public service cannot modernize without being prepared to take risks and chances. Governments may need to reconsider how they think about risk, and establish a new understanding with citizens about what is an acceptable risk for the public sector to take.

 Moderator:     Kent Aitken, Prime Minister of Canada Fellow, Public Policy Forum

 Discussants: 

  • Justin Longo, Cisco Systems Research Chair in Big Data and Open Government Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina
  • Ryan Androsoff, Senior Advisor, Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada
  • Amanda Clarke, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy & Administration, Carleton University
  • Evert Lindquist, Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria

 Questions: 

  • How are the roles of public servants being challenged by the rise of digital culture and technologies?
  • How can governments best re-integrate outsourced capacities like data and policy analysis? Should they be re-integrated?
  • How can we encourage and support the sharing of information and expertise between and within departments?
  • How can we balance the public policy benefits of big data with public concerns over privacy? Where should the line be drawn between public and private data?
  • How can departments begin to share data and information without compromising security safeguards?
  • How can government best distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable risks?
  • Has the risk landscape changed fundamentally for government in the last ten years?
  • What steps can be taken to combat a culture of risk aversion in the public service, and encourage a willingness to experiment?

 10:30               Break             

10:45               Workshop Session:  Supporting Innovation in a Digital World

Workshop Topic:       Growing Global Companies and Accelerating

Clean Growth

How can the Government of Canada facilitate better sharing of information, expertise and programming among the departments and levels of government? What steps can be taken to promote experimentation and acceptable levels of risk-taking to promote innovation? How can public servants better leverage the expertise of researchers and entrepreneurs, for example, from outside government?  These questions may be discussed in the context of Canada’s Innovation Agenda. For instance, core to that agenda is the desire to develop and scale innovative start-ups into the next generation of job-creating global companies, particularly in emerging economic frontiers such as digital technology and clean energy. Creating the conditions for accelerated business growth, however, will require unprecedented collaboration across departments and levels of government, including those responsible for disparate functions ranging from economic development and business financing to international trade and environmental policy.

 Facilitator:      Anthony Williams, DEEP Centre

 11:30               Quick plenary ‘report-outs’ from each table (8-10 tables).

 Objectives 

  • Identification of researchable themes
  • Recommendations and takeaways for facilitating the sharing of information and expertise across departments and levels of government
  • Recommendations and takeaways for promoting experimentation and for leveraging expertise from outside government

12:00-1:00       Lunch

1:00-2:00         Session 2: Managing and Mobilizing Talent and Resources in the Digital Era

 New skills and competencies, as well as new ways to source and manage these competencies, are increasingly required in our public institutions to address the changes being wrought in the governance landscape by digital culture. As innovation cycles grow shorter, governments are attempting to re-integrate previously outsourced capacities like data and policy analysis. The ability to recognize and interrogate the assumptions inherent in the government’s tool kit will need to be more comprehensive and pervasive. This raises questions concerning how public institutions go about equipping themselves to confront the needs of the digital era, from the need for technical skills in data analytics to ‘softer skills’ in collaboration and partnership building, all in a fast changing environment where long term training and development must be balanced against the need to move quickly while controlling costs. The way the public service acquires, trains, and retains talent may require reconsideration, as will the contracting of services to outside providers in the private sector and civil society. Instances will arise where an outside actor may provide a public service function more efficiently and effectively than government. In such cases, what should the relationship between the state and the outside actor look like?

Moderator:     Justin Longo, Cisco Systems Research Chair in Big Data and Open Government Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina

Discussants:

  • Corinne Charette, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Jonathan Craft, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Toronto
  • Evert Lindquist, Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria
  • Amanda Clarke, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy & Administration, Carleton University
  • Maryantonett Flumian, President, Institute on Governance

Questions: 

  • What new skills and competencies do public servants and institutions require in the digital age?
  • Are public service hiring practices too rigid? How can they be reformed to facilitate the acquisition of relevant talent?
  • How can governments best utilize outside expertise (NGOs, the private sector)? How should such partnerships be governed?
  • Should external service providers be viewed by government as clients, partners, or retail providers? What does this mean?
  • What new analytic, engagement, and leadership skills are required by governments to mobilize talent in the digital age?
  • What are the implications of greater permeability between the public and private sectors?
  • What steps can government take to develop and train internal resources to address issues in a digital context?

2:00-2:15         Break             

2:15-3:15         Workshop Session: Capacity Building in a Digital Context

Workshop Topic:       Building World-Class Clusters in Canada

What role can digital technologies play in helping new networks of expertise emerge, and how can government support this emergence? What new skills and competencies will public servants need to excel in brokering new partnerships and leverage them? What kind of governance models will be needed to ensure long-term success? These questions may be discussed in the context of the Government of Canada’s focus on developing world-leading clusters in areas where Canada has the potential to be, or is already known as, a hotbed of innovation—clusters that will be the destination of choice for ideas, talent and capital. Among other things, this means fostering high-performing partnerships between research institutions, businesses, investors, and all levels of government.

Facilitator:      Anthony Williams, DEEP Centre

3:15-3:45         Plenary ‘report-outs’ from each table (8-10 tables).

Objectives 

  • Identification of researchable themes
  • Recommendations and takeaways for acquiring the skills and competencies needed to broker partnerships
  • Recommendations and takeaways for the role of digital technologies and new governance models in promoting world-class clusters

3:45-4:00         Closing: Final Thoughts, Next Steps, Thank You

Thanks

 Institute on Governance

Digital Governance Partnership

                                         

The Institute on Governance

Second Floor

60 George Street (Byward Market)

Ottawa, Ontario

Facilitator

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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.

Speakers
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Justin Longo

Justin Longo (@whitehallpolicy) is the Cisco Systems Research Chair in Digital Governance and an Assistant Professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina. He has a PhD in public policy and public administration from the University of Victoria (2013) where he researched the use of enterprise social collaboration platforms inside government policy analysis settings. Following postdoctoral work in open governance at Arizona State University, his current research focuses on the social, organizational, and political implications of advancing technology. From the impact of the “sharing economy” on social and governance arrangements, to the unanticipated consequences of policy analytics, new ways of organizing work, and the evolving relationship between citizens and the state, the profound changes of the digital era provide the foundation for considering the trajectory of our shared future.

Justin Longo (@whitehallpolicy) is the Cisco Systems Research Chair in Digital Governance and an Assistant Professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina. He has a PhD in public policy and public administration from the University of Victoria (2013) where he researched the use of enterprise social collaboration platforms inside government policy analysis settings. Following postdoctoral work in open governance at Arizona State University, his current research focuses on the social, organizational, and political implications of advancing technology. From the impact of the “sharing economy” on social and governance arrangements, to the unanticipated consequences of policy analytics, new ways of organizing work, and the evolving relationship between citizens and the state, the profound changes of the digital era provide the foundation for considering the trajectory of our shared future.


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Evert Lindquist

Dr. Evert Lindquist is Professor in the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and Editor of Canadian Public Administration, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada’s flagship journal. He has published on topics relating to public sector reform, governance and decision-making, central agencies and their initiatives, policy capability, think tanks and consultation processes, horizontal management, government-non profit relations, and policy visualization. His most recent publications are: The Global Financial Crisis and its Budget Impacts in OECD Nations: Fiscal Responses and Future Challenges (Edward Elgar, 2015), eds. J. Wanna, E. Lindquist, and J. de Vries; “Visualization Meets Policy Making: Visual Traditions, Policy Complexity, Strategic Investments” in Governance in the Information Era: Theory and Practice of Policy Informatics (Routledge, 2015); and “Deliverology: Lessons and Prospects,Canadian Government Executive (March 2016)). He is principal investigator for a SSHRC partnership development grant with university, non-profit and other partners on ‘Digital Governance: Transforming Government for the Digital Era” (2014-16).


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Jonathan Craft

Jonathan Craft is a jointly appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, and School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. He specializes in comparative public policy and administration, policy analysis, and Canadian politics. He is particularly interested in political-administrative relations, policy advice, and executive policy work and advisory arrangements.

Professor Craft is the author of Backrooms and Beyond: Partisan Advisers and the Politics of Policy Work in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2016), Co-editor of Policy Work in Canada: Professional Practices and Analytical Capacities (University of Toronto Press, 2016) and has published in leading peer-reviewed journals and edited collections. Before joining the University of Toronto, he worked as a public servant for the Government of Canada, and a Legislative Assistant at the Ontario Legislative Assembly.


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Maryantonett Flumian

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.


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Amanda Clarke

Amanda Clarke joined the faculty of the School of Public Policy and Administration in July 2014. Her research explores the intersections of public administration, civic engagement and information technologies. She is particularly interested in the implications of social media and related phenomena, such as crowdsourcing, open data and big data, for governments and civil society.

Amanda is a graduate of Carleton University’s College of the Humanities (Bachelor of Humanities) and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (MA International Affairs). From 2010-2014, Amanda was a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, an Oxford University Press Clarendon Scholar, and a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

In 2014 Amanda completed a DPhil in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. Focusing on the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom, and two sector-specific case studies (foreign policy and social security), Amanda’s doctoral project explored the models of government-citizen relations reflected in government’s engagement with the social web, and identified reforms required for public sector bureaucracies to capitalize on social media, big data and open data as new instruments of policy development and service delivery.


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Ryan Androsoff

Ryan Androsoff is an international expert on digital government and a passionate advocate for the use of social media, collaborative technologies, and open data in the public sector. Since 2010 he has served as a Senior Advisor in the Chief Information Officer Branch of the Government of Canada’s Treasury Board Secretariat, where he is currently working on initiatives to improve digital service delivery capacity across the federal government. In 2015 Ryan took a one-year assignment with the OECD in Paris, France where he was involved in a number of digital government projects including reviews in Northern Ireland, Slovakia, and Morocco as well as open data capacity building in the Latin American and MENA regions. His previous work at Treasury Board Secretariat has included leading the development of the first government-wide social media policies, managing the GC2.0 Tools team responsible for the Government of Canada’s internal on-line collaborative platforms (GCpedia and GCconnex), and advising senior management on policy innovation and the use of digital technologies in government.

Ryan’s career has also included serving as an advisor to Canada’s Minister of International Cooperation at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and working at the World Bank in Washington, DC on initiatives to promote results- based management in international development. Ryan is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he earned a Master in Public Policy degree. Ryan also has an Honours degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University in Ottawa. He was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


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Kent Aitken

Kent Aitken joined the federal public service in 2009 to work in public policy, but keeps getting pulled towards roles that examine the systems in which policy gets made. He’s spent the last few years working on accountability, transparency, and citizen engagement to redefine the relationship between citizens and their government. Kent contributes to the civil society and public administration communities by organizing events, writing about public service renewal, and working with organizations that bridge the gap between government and citizens. He has just finished his dissertation for a Master of Science in Environmental Economics from the University of London, U.K.

The Prime Ministers of Canada Fellowship was established in 2012 to mark the Public Policy Forum’s 25th anniversary, when all living former Prime Ministers were honoured at theTestimonial Dinner and Awards in Toronto. The Fellowship brings prominent Canadian leaders to the Forum to conduct research and convene dialogues about public policy, democratic institutions and good governance. The Fellowship is supported by funding from our presenting partner, the RBC Foundation.


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Senior ADM – Corinne Charette

Corinne Charette was appointed to the position of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of the Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications (SITT) sector on March 16, 2015. The SITT sector is housed within the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED). Whose mission is to foster a growing, competitive knowledge based economy. In her role as Senior ADM, Ms. Charette supports Canada’s transition to a digital economy by promoting the development and use of world class information and communications technologies. Her oversight responsibilities include managing the radio spectrum including spectrum auctions, licensing and compliance, supporting the security and emergency management of Canada’s telecommunications infrastructure, responsibility for Canada’s online privacy and data protection framework (PIPEDA), and research in wireless communications technologies.

In addition to her responsibilities as Senior ADM, Ms. Charette was also named Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for the Department (effective December 2015). As CDO, she will establish a digital roadmap to drive the adoption of the Business Number across ISED and other government departments, ensuring that the various digital transformation initiatives within the portfolio and OGD’s, are aligned.

Before joining ISED, Ms. Charette was the Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), a position she held since May 4, 2009. She came to the TBS from Transat A.T. Inc., where she was Vice-President and Chief Information Officer. She also served as Senior Vice-President, Internet Channel, for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and was a Partner with KPMG Consulting, leading their e-Business practice.

Ms. Charette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Concordia University and is a professional engineer. In June, 2011, she received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Concordia University.

January 31, 2017 - Transforming Service and Regulation in the Digital Age: Impact & Outcomes
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The Institute on Governance is bringing together innovators, trailblazers, public policy creators, implementers and key influencers to look at the impact of digital culture and technologies on public institutions.  The dialogue sessions are a complement to the annual Digital Governance Forum.  You will have the opportunity to engage in and contribute to workshops designed to address the key topics of each session and as a result will take away concrete, practical recommendations and strategies.

Why you should attend?

  • To share and learn from one another
  • To build strategic partnerships
  • To hear about best practices from trailblazers and innovators who are making transformational change within their governments and institutions.
  • To network with other influencers from within and outside government

Framing Innovation: Westminster 2.0 in the Digital Age

2016-2017 Digital Governance Dialogue Series

Dialogue 2

Transforming Service and Regulation in the Digital Age:

Impact & Outcomes

January 31, 2017

Adobe Conference Centre , Ottawa

8:30 Breakfast
Chair Terry Ansari, Member of the Board, Institute on Governance
8:45 Welcome Davide Cargnello, Chief Research Officer, Institute on Governance

Lem White, Strategic Accounts Manager, Adobe Systems Canada

Maryantonett Flumian, President, Institute on Governance

9:00 Opening Remarks: Corinne Charette, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Rodney MacDonald, Senior Manager, Global Public Policy, Intuit

Lena Trudeau, Head of Canada Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

9:30 Panel Discussion Managing and Making Use of Information
We are at the brink of an exciting period of innovation in the way public services are developed and delivered. Governments have traditionally invested billions of dollars in social support systems, sometimes with a tenuous understanding of their actual social impact. For the most part, programs and services have been funded, and their effectiveness measured, on the basis of input or activity based indicators. Now, governments around the world are looking to develop and deliver services through outcome-based metrics; to find evidence that a program is having its desired impact, to identify trade-offs when deciding which programs to fund, and to provide a foundation for evaluation, strategic planning, and good governance. The superabundance of information, digital, mobile, and increasingly open, is posing a challenge to organizations that have traditionally managed it in silos as a reflection of organizational power structures and controls. Changing social patterns of behaviour and attitudes towards information use and sharing demand that we revisit traditional approaches, both within jurisdictions and between them.
Moderator Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada, Statistics Canada
Discussants Derek Armstrong, Senior Director, Results and Expenditure Data, Expenditure Management Sector

Sheryl Groeneweg, Chief Results & Delivery Officer, Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada

Jean-Noé Landry, Executive Director, Open North

Sample questions

  • When measuring for outcomes rather than outputs, how can public servants best determine the right outcomes to seek?
  • What is fundamentally new about the federal government’s new approach to results and delivery?
  • What role has digital culture played in shifting the focus of government from outputs to outcomes?
  • How can outcomes be measured to show that a program has achieved its desired impact?
  • How should government and the public service manage information in the future?
  • What changes to the architecture of government are needed to better manage the flow of information?
  • Should there be a federal department of information management, or should each department manage its own?
  • How can superabundant information help inform decisions and trade-offs around the funding of projects and programs?
  • How can we sort useful information from the trivial, to ensure that spurious correlations don’t mislead policy?
10:30 Break
10:45 Workshop Leveraging Digital Analytics & Facilitating Collaboration
In a digital context, how can better measurement allow public servants to better support government objectives and how can better monitoring support the work of public servants? What governance arrangements are required to realize these possibilities? For example, the Government of Canada provides a wealth of business support services designed to help Canadian entrepreneurs and businesses succeed. These include support to find financing, export abroad, leverage technology, invest in innovation and commercialize university-based research. Businesses across the country depend on these services to make key decisions and access resources that will help them grow and prosper. While Canadian businesses welcome the support they receive, many have noted that the sheer number of services offered by varying levels of government means it takes considerable time and resources to identify the right sources of support and to navigate application processes. How can the improved measurement and monitoring opportunities afforded by digital analytics improve business support services in Canada? How could a stronger focus on the social and economic outcomes created by these services help to reshape the way we collaborate in Canada? How can the federal government encourage both aspiring entrepreneurs and mature business owners to fully engage with and leverage the broad range of services to enable business growth?
Facilitators Anthony Williams, Co-founder & President, Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance (DEEP Centre)
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Panel Discussion Regulation and Service Delivery in the Digital Era
New, digitally enabled service delivery models in the private sector have dramatically increased citizen expectations about the quality and delivery of public services, emphasizing lower costs, higher quality, and customization. This raises fundamental questions about equity, social justice, and the public good. How can the state evenly serve all its citizens, and keep pace with comparable developments in the private sector? Regulators are also being challenged to keep pace with the increased speed of technological, social, and economic change. Public good mandates from the industrial era are increasingly unfit for purpose as technology blurs the lines between sectors and areas of economic activity. The regulatory renewal life cycle no longer keeps adequate pace with the speed of economic change. Regulation will increasingly need to be better informed by developments in the policy sector, and vice versa. Governments face a challenge to their rule-making mission, and must seek to sustain their relevance in a new century. Without the state, who will address and safeguard the public good?
Moderator Marc Miller, MP, Parliamentary Secretary, Infrastructure and Communities
Discussants Timothy Denton, Chairman, Canada Chapter of the Internet Society, Former CRTC Commissioner

Rodney MacDonald, Senior Manager, Global Public Policy, Intuit

Casey Burns, GovTec at Amazon Web Services, San Francisco

Maryantonett Flumian, President, Institute on Governance

Sample questions

  • Are governments making effective use of digital technologies in service delivery?
  • What steps does government need to take to offer comparable digital service to what citizens are receiving in the private sector?
  • Can government make use of private sector digital services for its own ends, rather than building expensive, proprietary systems?
  • Can the regulatory renewal cycle move at the speed of digital?
  • How can regulation be proactive rather than reactive in the face of technological change?
  • Should regulatory mandates be reconsidered in the light of digital change? Are they becoming obsolete?
  • How can regulatory authorities use digital technologies to more effectively monitor their sectors?
  • What new approaches are needed to engaging relevant stakeholders in the regulatory process?
  • How can regulators better engage with the policy sector to inform their mandates?
2:00 Break
2:15 Workshop Building Digital Skills Inside and Outside Government
A digital society requires a digital workforce and a digital public service. Innovations such as cloud computing, digital manufacturing, quantum computing and driverless cars are profoundly transforming the social, cultural and business landscape and reshaping the nature of work. As these technologies continue to evolve at a rapid pace, the Government of Canada is seeking to strengthen digital competencies across sectors to encourage digital adoption and boost Canada’s global competitiveness. Key priorities include developing stronger digital skills among Canadians and building a modern, digital infrastructure to improve digital access and better connect people and institutions across the country. What new and innovative approaches could be utilized to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians? How can public servants and regulators ensure that digital accessibility goals and regulations keep pace with the speed of technological advances? What skills do public servants need to support these objectives?
Facilitators Anthony Williams, Co-founder & President, Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance (DEEP Centre)
3:45 Summation and Closing Remarks Rodney MacDonald, Senior Manager, Global Public Policy, Intuit

Lena Trudeau, Head of Canada Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

Maryantonett Flumian, President, Institute on Governance

 

Adobe Conference Center

343 Preston Street

Ottawa, Ontario

Facilitator

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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.

Discussants
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Derek Armstrong

Derek Armstrong is Senior Director of Results and Expenditure Data in the Expenditure Management Sector at the Treasury Board Secretariat, having joined the department in 2007 after working with Finance Canada and the Privy Council Office. His team works closely with data scientists and economists to provide analysis and advice on government-wide results, financial trends, and emerging issues to support Treasury Board submission and budget development. Since 2016, Derek mandate has been heavily oriented to implementing the government’s new Policy on Results and developing a government-wide data strategy for results. In prior roles, he was headed a team actively involved in open data and information management practices across government, including creation of the TBS InfoBase.


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Anil Arora

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.


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Casey Burns

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.


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Davide Cargnello

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.


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Senior ADM – Corinne Charette

Corinne Charette was appointed to the position of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of the Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications (SITT) sector on March 16, 2015. The SITT sector is housed within the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED). Whose mission is to foster a growing, competitive knowledge based economy. In her role as Senior ADM, Ms. Charette supports Canada’s transition to a digital economy by promoting the development and use of world class information and communications technologies. Her oversight responsibilities include managing the radio spectrum including spectrum auctions, licensing and compliance, supporting the security and emergency management of Canada’s telecommunications infrastructure, responsibility for Canada’s online privacy and data protection framework (PIPEDA), and research in wireless communications technologies.

In addition to her responsibilities as Senior ADM, Ms. Charette was also named Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for the Department (effective December 2015). As CDO, she will establish a digital roadmap to drive the adoption of the Business Number across ISED and other government departments, ensuring that the various digital transformation initiatives within the portfolio and OGD’s, are aligned.

Before joining ISED, Ms. Charette was the Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), a position she held since May 4, 2009. She came to the TBS from Transat A.T. Inc., where she was Vice-President and Chief Information Officer. She also served as Senior Vice-President, Internet Channel, for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and was a Partner with KPMG Consulting, leading their e-Business practice.

Ms. Charette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Concordia University and is a professional engineer. In June, 2011, she received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Concordia University.


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Tim Denton

Mr. Denton is a lawyer by education who practices principally in relation to technology issues: Internet governance, domain names, and 9-1-1 policy matters. He was a member of the CRTC (the Canadian broadcast and telecom regulator) from 2008-2013.

As of January 1st, 2009, he was elected to be a member of the Board of Trustees of ARIN, the American Registry of Internet Numbers, renewed in 2011 and 2014 by the ARIN electorate for three-year terms. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ARIN from January 2011 to August 2013. He also act as the chairman of the Internet Society of Canada. The Internet Society’s Canadian chapter intends to keep the Internet free, as in speech, and cheap, as in price of access.

In his time as Commissioner at the CRTC, his most significant accomplishment was turning down the proposal to regulate the Internet under the Broadcasting Act. He has posted his concurring opinion in new media, the term for the question whether the Broadcasting Act should be applied to the Internet in Canada. The other significant decision in which he participated was the Internet traffic management procedures proceeding, which balanced the rights of network owners to defend their networks with the rights of users to access networks for their own purposes. His concern remains the access of people and business to networks, to use, create and innovate without permission.

Mr. Denton gives talks for Hurricane Electric at peering conferences. He sits on the Board of CANOPS, which concerns itself with public safety infrastructure in Canada.


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Maryantonett Flumian

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.


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Sheryl Groeneweg

Sheryl Groeneweg is the Chief Results and Delivery Officer at Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) Canada, leading the Results Delivery Unit, under the Office of the Deputy Minister.

Sheryl is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the ISED Inclusive Innovation Agenda Results and Delivery Charter, on behalf of the department and the full portfolio of agencies reporting through the department.

Prior to joining Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Sheryl was part of the management team at Natural Resources Canada, serving as the Director of Strategic Energy Policy and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. In these roles, Sheryl worked extensively with provinces and territories on a broad range of policy and program challenges related to the natural resources sectors, including energy efficiency, energy innovation to Canada’s oil sands and energy infrastructure.

In her over fifteen years in the Public Service of Canada, Sheryl has held positions at the Privy Council Office, Transport Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs and Human Resources Development Canada.

Sheryl holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Carleton University.


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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.


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Marc Miller

Marc grew up in Montreal and graduated from McGill University in Common Law and Civil Law. Focusing on international and commercial law Marc worked in both Stockholm and New York City before returning to Montreal. He also holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Université de Montréal. Marc has been involved in several charitable and pro bono legal initiatives and served for four years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an infantry section commander. Marc has also authored articles on constitutional and human rights law.

A lifelong belief in service and a commitment to his community prompted Marc’s entry into politics. Since his election October 19th, 2015 Marc has been elected Quebec Caucus chair and is currently serving as a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.


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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.


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Lem White

Lem White has over twenty-five years delivering citizen centric solutions within the Federal Government. Lem has lead Digital Marketing solutions for Adobe Systems for the past six years enabling departments to deliver exceptional digital services to Canadians. Prior to working with Adobe, Lem has held strategic roles with Computer Associates, Northern Micro and SHL Systemhouse. During his free time Lem volunteers his time coaching youth Rugby for Barrhaven Scottish Rugby Club.

March 9, 2017 - Democracy, Accountability & Citizenship in the Digital Age

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The Institute on Governance is bringing together innovators, trailblazers, public policy creators, implementers and key influencers to look at the impact of digital culture and technologies on public institutions.  The dialogue sessions are a complement to the annual Digital Governance Forum.  You will have the opportunity to engage in and contribute to workshops designed to address the key topics of each session and as a result will take away concrete, practical recommendations and strategies.

Why you should attend?

  • To share and learn from one another
  • To build strategic partnerships
  • To hear about best practices from trailblazers and innovators who are making transformational change within their governments and institutions.
  • To network with other influencers from within and outside government

Framing Innovation: Westminster 2.0 in the Digital Age

2016-2017 Digital Governance Dialogue Series

Dialogue 3

Democracy, Accountability and Citizenship in the Digital Age

March 9, 2017

Adobe Conference Centre , Ottawa

8:30 Breakfast
8:45 Welcome Davide Cargnello, Chief Research Officer, Institute on Governance
9:00 Opening Remarks: Rodney MacDonald, Senior Manager, Global Public Policy, Intuit

Lena Trudeau, Head of Canada Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

Jocelyne Bourgon, President, PGI

Keynote The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions TBC
9:30 Panel Discussion Democracy in the Digital Age: Changes,
Adaptations, Challenges
The rapid proliferation of digital technologies among citizens and civil society organizations is increasingly providing new ways for citizens to engage with each other and with their governments. This is challenging institutions in ways that directly affect the relationships between government and citizens. New technologies offer the possibility of strengthening citizens’ voice in politics and governance, creating political spaces for new forms of citizen participation in a representative democracy. Democratic political institutions conceived in the eighteenth century, such as parliament, may need to be reinvented to meet the demands of the digital era. Political parties are transforming to reflect the society they serve, and are increasingly data-centric and organizationally fluid. The relationship between the state and citizens is transforming, and the public service is at the heart of the change. This raises fundamental questions; what is the right balance between representation and participation in the digital era? What is the proper role of political parties, parliament, and civil society organizations within the democratic process? How is the digital age transforming democratic governance in Canada?
Moderator
Discussants Susan Delacourt, Journalist & Author, Ipolitics

Tim Powers, Vice Chairman, Summa Strategies

Greg Fergus, MP

Seamus O’Regan, MP

Sample questions

  • What is digital democracy? What does it look like? How should it operate?
  • What new ways are citizens engaging with each other and with their governments?
  • In the digital era, what challenges do institutions face in defending the public good?
  • How should parliament change to reflect the changing digital landscape? Should it?
  • How have digital technologies affected the interface between public servants and elected officials? Or between public servants and the public?
  • Where should the balance fall between representation and citizen participation in a digital democracy?
  • Is the traditional political party system strengthened or weakened in the digital era?
  • How has digital culture changed the way political parties operate?
  • Is public service neutrality still possible in an era where opinions are amplified, and where conflicts of interest and loyalties are more obvious?
  • How does digital culture amplify scandals, and how are politicians adapting to mitigate and manage scandal?
10:30 Break
10:45 Workshop Engaging Citizens and Fostering an
Entrepreneurial and Creative Society
Knowing how to engage citizens and stakeholders is a key success factor for governments in the digital age. How do we successfully engage citizens to help ensure that objectives and performance are meeting public expectations? What role should constituents and other stakeholders play in determining Canada’s current and future innovation priorities and what does this mean about how our democratic institutions function or ought to function? These questions may be discussed in the context of the Government of Canada’s aim of fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that will position Canada for social and economic success in the decades ahead, for example. Key goals of the federal government’s innovation agenda include leveraging Canada’s diversity and attracting top global talent, cementing Canada’s place as a leader in social entrepreneurship, and ensuring that our youth are equipped with the right skills for the future economy. How could the Government better leverage digital technologies to achieve these specific objectives? How could Canadians become more engaged in not only deliberating, but also generating the key outcomes aspired to in Canada’s Innovation Agenda?
Facilitators Davide Cargnello, Chief Research Officer, Institute on GovernanceAnthony Williams, Co-founder & President, Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance (DEEP Centre)
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Panel Discussion Accountability in a Networked
Era: Managing Risks & Expectations
Digital technologies challenge both the anonymity of public servants and their traditional place in the policy field. At the same time, they allow the “multiple truths” that demand recognition in the context of complex issues to surface. Failure to incorporate the views of newly empowered stakeholders in and out of government comes with increasing costs and can often reinforce a defensive reliance on rules-based culture, self-censorship and blind implementation on the part of public servants. A narrow, compliance-based culture may prevent government from taking necessary risks by punishing those public servants who, while developing innovative practices, fail to meet strict accountability criteria. The emergence of horizontal governance initiatives and the proliferation of agents of parliament also complicate the traditional accountability landscape, posing new challenges in the proper rendering of account and management of risk. In this landscape, how can public servants best conceive of their duty to account to the public for their actions?
Moderator Joyce Murray, MP, Vancouver Quadra
Discussants John Messina, CIO, Government of Canada

Don Lenihan, Senior Associate Policy and Engagement, Canada2020

Roger Ermuth, Assistant Comptroller, Financial Management, Treasury Board Secretariat

Sample questions

  • What challenges does digital culture pose to traditional accountability frameworks?
  • Are outcomes hampered by a narrow culture of compliance in the public service?
  • Do strict accountability practices stifle innovation and worthwhile risk-taking?
  • Can the public be convinced that outcomes matter more than strict rules or procedures?
  • How should account be rendered in horizontal governance initiatives?
  • Are individual public servants accountable to the public as well as their superiors?
  • Has the proliferation of agents of parliament helped or hindered the cause of greater accountability?
  • How has the 24-hour news cycle’s focus on scandal influenced the accountability regime, how does the media influence processes and agenda, and has it further blurred the boundary between personal and public life?
  • What role could digital technologies play in enhancing accountability regimes?
  • Can public service anonymity be retained? Has ‘the bargain’ been broken? What does the new bargain look like?
2:00 Break
2:15 Workshop Openness and Accountability in a Digital World – Open Science and Evidence-Based Decision-Making
Accountability and openness are cornerstones of modern democratic governance, but the digital world presents both new opportunities and new challenges in this sphere. How can citizens and community-based organizations become more engaged in collecting and assessing evidence and data as part of the public policy process? How can government promote openness in its institutions and processes? What are the potential challenges this presents for public servants? The Government of Canada has made a commitment to support world-class science excellence as part of its innovation agenda, for example. Among other things, the federal government is seeking to ensure that our scientists have the tools, training and support needed to excel globally. However, this is one area where tensions can develop – for example, between the prerogatives of publicly-funded scientists and those of elected officials, public policy makers, or others. What role should publicly-funded science play in promoting accountability and how can we safeguard the integrity of that accountability function? What role could digital technologies (e.g., big data and the Internet of Things) play in collecting, presenting and ensuring the effectiveness and transparency of scientific advice in the process of policy making? What do our answers to these questions mean for public servants working in this area; what do they mean for public servants in other areas?
Facilitators Davide Cargnello, Chief Research Officer, Institute on Governance

Anthony Williams, Co-founder & President, Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance (DEEP Centre)

3:45 Keynote Andy Filmore, MP, Parliamentary Secretary, Democratic Institutions TBC
 4:00  Closing Remarks Maryantonett Flumian, President, Institute on Governance

Rodney MacDonald, Senior Manager, Global Public Policy, Intuit

Lena Trudeau, Head of Canada Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

 

 

 

Adobe Conference Center

343 Preston Street

Ottawa, Ontario

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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.


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Davide Cargnello

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.

Discussants

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Susan Delacourt

Susan Delacourt is a columnist for Ipolitics and the Toronto Star. In three decades of covering Canadian politics, she has also worked at The Globe and Mail, the National Post and the Ottawa Citizen. She is a frequent political panelist on CBC Radio and CTV and is the current host for the Canada2020 podcast, Brief Remarks.  Author of four books, her latest — Shopping For Votes — was a finalist for the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Canadian non-fiction in 2014. She teaches classes in journalism and political communication at Carleton University and is a mentor with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.


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Roger Ermuth

Roger Ermuth, Assistant Comptroller General
Financial Management Sector, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Roger is currently an Assistant Comptroller General with the Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) where he has responsibility government wide for financial management, transfer payments, costing, and community development. Prior to taking on his role at the OCG, Roger held positions at a number of departments, including most recently Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Correctional Services Canada.

Prior to joining the government, Roger worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He was also a Moderator with the CMA program and part time instructor at the University of Ottawa’s MBA program. Roger is a professional accountant (CPA-CMA) having obtained a MBA from the University of Ottawa, a graduate certificate from Harvard University and a BComm from Carleton University.

When not at work, Roger enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, four children and two dogs. He enjoys the outdoors and is an avid masters swimmer who has recently started participating in long distance open water swimming races.


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Greg Fergus, MP

Greg has solid experience in the political field. He has worked as a policy advisor and senior policy advisor in a number of ministerial offices. He has also worked at all levels of the Liberal Party of Canada, including as National Director, where he introduced change and innovation that made the Party more efficient, restoring it to today’s modern appeal.

Greg readily gets involved in his community. He was recently a member of the board for the Aylmer Arms Residence and a member of the parish council for a parish within his riding. In the past, he has been vice president of a neighbourhood association, amongst other contributions. He has also been involved with elementary and secondary school committees and sports teams and with organizations defending regional interests.

Greg holds two bachelor’s degrees – one in social science and one in international relations. He has also undertaken studies at the master’s level in international relations. Over the past 25 years, he has worked in both the private and public sectors, with not for profit organizations and in the academic sector.


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Donald G. Lenihan

Dr. Don Lenihan is Senior Associate, Policy and Engagement, at Canada 2020, Canada’s leading, independent progressive think-tank. He is an internationally recognized expert on public engagement, Open Government and democracy.

In April 2016, Don completed a year-long assignment as Ontario’s principal advisor on the Open Dialogue project, which used four demonstration projects to test and develop a public engagement framework for the Government of Ontario.

In 2014, Don led an Expert Group process for the UN and the OECD on public engagement models to support the post-2015 UN agenda on sustainable development. He also served as Chair of the Open Government Engagement Team for the Government of Ontario in 2014 – 15.

Don has over 25 years of experience as a project leader, writer, speaker, senior government advisor, trainer and facilitator. Throughout his career, he has developed and led many research and consultation projects involving senior public servants, academics, elected officials, journalists and members of the private and third sectors from across the country. He is the author of numerous articles, studies and books, and was a weekly columnist for National Newswatch. He earned his PhD in political theory from the University of Ottawa.


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John Messina

John Messina was appointed to the position of Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada (GC CIO) in August 2015.

Prior to joining the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat as GC CIO, he was Assistant Commissioner and Chief Information Officer of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). He has 30 years of IT-related experience in various management positions within CRA.

Mr. Messina graduated from Laurentian University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Certified Professional Accountant.


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Joyce Murray, MP

Joyce Murray is the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra and Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board. Ms. Murray was first elected to Parliament in 2008.  She has served on Standing Committees on Trade, Health, Fisheries and Oceans, Environment and Sustainable Development, and Defence.
From 2011 to 2015 Ms. Murray chaired the Liberal Northern and Western Caucus, and co-chaired her party’s weekly Policy and Platform Caucus in Ottawa. Her legislative work includes presenting a Bill banning crude oil tanker traffic from BC’s North Coast; and a Bill to ‎increase accountability and transparency of Canada’s Communication Security Establishment (CSE) and other security and intelligence agencies.
Before entering federal politics Ms. Murray was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, serving as a cabinet minister in the BC Liberal government from 2001 to 2005.‎ Her political career followed 25 years spent building an international reforestation company she co-founded that has planted over one billion trees.  Her interest in environmental sustainability was expressed in her thesis on climate change policy, which contributed to the SFU Deans Medal she was awarded for top MBA graduate of 1992.


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Seamus O’Regan, MP

Seamus O’Regan is the Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl. He is best known to Canadians for his ten years as co-host of CTV’s Canada AM and reporter for CTV National News and W5.
From St. John’s, Newfoundland, Seamus was raised in Goose Bay, Labrador. He studied politics at St. Francis Xavier University and University College Dublin, and marketing strategies at INSEAD, near Paris. He received his Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, England.
In the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, he was Executive Assistant to the Minister of Justice, and, later, Senior Policy Advisor to the Premier.
In 2013, Seamus was named Distinguished Media Innovator at Ryerson University. He also served as Executive Vice President, Communications, at The Stronach Group of Companies.
He is proud to have been named Ambassador for @Bell_LetsTalk, working to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Seamus has served on the Boards of @WWFCanada, @Katimavik, @CWJ-JCM, @CompanyTheatre, @SmilingLandFDN, and @TheRooms_NL, where he co-chaired, with General Rick Hillier, the campaign to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Newfoundland Regiment’s Battle at Beaumont Hamel.


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Tim Powers

Tim Powers is Vice-Chairman of Summa Strategies, a leading Canadian public affairs consulting firm, and the Managing Director of Abacus Data, an opinion research company, both headquartered in Ottawa.
Mr. Powers is also a media commentator, appearing frequently on CBC’s “Power and Politics”. He hosts a current affairs program for VOCM in Newfoundland and Labrador called “The Tim Powers Show”. As well, he writes for the Hill Times newspaper in the nation’s capital.
He is the Chairman of Rugby Canada, Lead Director for Park Lawn Corporation and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH).

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