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

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