IOG Executive Leadership Program Hosts Siim Sikkut, Estonia's Chief Information Officer

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Estonia's Chief Information Officer, Siim Sikkut, spoke to participants in the IOG Executive Leadership Program on the topic of What's Next for e-Government. His wide-ranging talk drew on his experiences in Estonia's government and his work advising governments around the globe on the implementation of e-government.  Based on these experiences, Siim Sikkut drew a number of observations applicable to the Canadian situation: First, the importance for countries to learn and collaborate with each other to improve e-government in the interest of citizens; second, that the application of technology must be matched by a corresponding willingness to change procedures; and, finally that gaining and keeping citizens trust is crucial for government to remain relevant.

Siim Sikkut was introduced by Olivia Neal, Executive Director, Digital Change, CIO Branch of Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, who noted the great opportunity for countries to learn from each other in the area of e-government implementation.

Now in its 18th cohort, the Institute on Governance Executive Leadership Program is unique in Canada in providing federal, provincial and municipal leaders at the executive level with the insights and tools they need to respond to the drivers of public sector change and to be successful in the transformed public service of the future. To date over 250 participants from 38 federal government departments and agencies, provincial governments and municipalities from across Canada have attended our program. For more information on our ELP, please call 613.562.0090, email us at or visit us at

Siim Sikkut (centre), Estonian Ambassador to Canada, Gita Kalmet (right) and Olivia Neal (left) with IOG staff and associates: Peter Bruce, Matt Jackson, Michelle Lajeunesse, Toby Fyfe, and Michael O'Neill

About the author

Michael O’Neill

Michael O’Neill

Senior Director

Michael A. O’Neill brings a blend of professional experience in the public sector and scholarly experience in post-secondary education to his position of Senior Learning Advisor at the Institute on Governance. In September 2016 Michael returned to Canada following an 18-month mandate with the OECD where he managed and made substantive contributions to public governance and capacity building projects in the Eurasia, European, and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions.  This appointment followed a succession of senior policy positions with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Justice Canada, Health Canada, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade over a 22-year career with Canada’s government.

In these roles Michael provided expert advice to ministers, senior officials, and national and international government representatives on a variety of public policy and public governance issues and developed project-related international and national networks of experts and officials.  Michael’s areas of practice are public sector governance, citizen engagement and democratization, and public sector accountability and transparency.

Michael previously joined the IOG between 2010 and 2012 through Interchange Canada to manage projects on public sector governance, NGO governance, performance measurement and evaluation.

Since 1997 Michael has taught and researched in the fields of Canadian and international politics and public administration at the University of Ottawa and the École nationale d’administration publique.  He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and policy papers on public sector governance, social policy and professional training pedagogy.  Michael has also contributed his expertise to the design and delivery of professional training programmes and capacity building sessions for audiences of national and international public officials.

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