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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.