The Future Forum

2 day eventIn Ottawa, ON
  • May 6, 20197:30am - 6:30pm
  • May 7, 20197:30am - 4:30pm
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An event you won’t want to miss with over forty speakers addressing issues that government departments will be confronting in the near future.

Keynote Speakers

Dr.Teresa Scassa, uOttawa

"Algorithmic Governance: The new machinery of government?" This talk will explore what does the ongoing race towards digitization in government organizations means for governance.

Dr. Scassa holds a Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy and is a Full Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. Dr. Scassa is the author or co-author of several books, including Canadian Trademark Law (2d edition, LexisNexis 2015), and Electronic Commerce and Internet Law in Canada, (CCH Canadian Ltd. 2012) (winner of the 2013 Walter Owen Book Prize). She is a past member of the External Advisory Committee of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and of the Canadian Government Advisory Committee on Open Government. She is a member of the GEOTHINK research partnership, and has written widely in the areas of intellectual property law, law and technology, and privacy. 

Eli Fathi, CEO, Mindbridge.AI

"Responsible AI: What it means for Canada"

Mr. Fathi is a serial entrepreneur who is currently the CEO of AI firm MindBridge Ai. He has founded or co-founded companies that currently employ over 300 people and have generated over $500 million in salaries and other benefits to the economy since their inception. Mr. Fathi recently signed onto the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence. His talk will address the concept of responsible AI and what it means for Canada and its citizens.

Alex Benay, Chief Information Officer, Canada

"Open Government in Canada" 

Mr. Benay will speak to the initiatives being undertaken by the government of Canada to promote open government, including the hosting of the Open Government Partnership summit being undertaken this year in Ottawa. He will also share his vision of open government including its evolution and future direction.

Steve Bennett, Director of Global Governance Practice, SAS

"Cybersecurity in Government"

Mr. Bennett is passionate about helping governments around the world put their data to work for the citizens they serve. Prior to his role at SAS, Steve held a number of leadership positions during his 12 years in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Following the events of September 11th 2001, Steve led the design and application of quantitative analysis to inform some of the United States’ most challenging security decisions, most recently as the Director of the National Biosurveillance Integration Center. Steve will address issues of security related to recent election hacking events.

Speakers and Panelists

- Anil Arora, Statistics Canada
- Sunil Johal, The Mowat Centre, UofT
- Mike Colledge, IPSOS Canada
- Jaimie Boyd, Treasury Board Secretariat
- Katherine Cole, Correctional Services of Canada
- Alain Dudoit, Scale.AI
- Hubert Laferrière, IRCC
- Branka Marijan, Project Ploughshares
- Bryce Mulligan, The Ottawa Hospital
- Sandra Schillo, University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management
- Benjamin Klass, Internet Society of Canada
- Monique Crichlow, Compute Ontario
- Haydr Hamzoz, The Station for Entrepreneurship
- Elizabeth Kingston, Canadian International Council
- (Hon.) John McKay, MP Scarborough-Guildwood and Chair of the Committee for Public Safety and National Security
- Phil Gurski, Author and Commentator, formerly of Canadian Security and Intelligence Service
- Chris Parsons, The Citizen Lab
- Kent Aiken, Canada School of Public Service
- Katie Clancy, IDRC
- Rob Annan, Genome Canada
- Kimberly Girling, Evidence for Democracy
- Eric Ward, Policy Horizons
- Michelle Lajeunesse, IBM
- Dinesh Mohan, Shared Services Canada
- Amanda Clarke, Carleton University
- Alison Bourgon, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
- Ioana Finnichiu, OneTeamGov Canada
- Dan Albas, MP for Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola and Shadow Minister for Innovation
- Jaigris Hodgson, Royal Roads University
- Mike Morden, The Samara Centre for Democracy
- Susan Delacourt, iPolitics
- Vladimir Drkulec, The Chess Federation of Canada
- Lisa Deacon, Impact Hub Ottawa
- Rob Taylor, Oracle
- Rob Davidson, Senior Data Scientist, Information Communications Technology Council (ICTC) 
- Maxim Jean-Louis, President – Chief Executive Officer of Contact North
- Jonathan Craft, University of Toronto
- Olivia Neal, Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada
- Monica Gattinger, University of Ottawa

**More announcements to follow**

The Conference

The art of government has faced few changes so existentially significant as the current wave of technological disruption. While the evolution of the state has been gradual but consistent, the development and implications of new technologies in the digital age have been both abrupt and radical. With declining public trust, changing citizen expectations, rising discontent and new threats to the existing state of affairs, the risk of government complacency is steadily increasing. As disruptive technologies shake up the status quo and for all the risks and rewards that will come with this, these technologies also provide new solutions and novel opportunities for improving and enhancing government.

With technologies advancing more quickly than ever, the future has never been closer. It remains an open question as to whether government will merely survive this period of disruption or has the capacity to thrive in emerging conditions. The IOG’s Future Forum conference continues where our Digital Governance Forum left off, bringing together thought leaders from around the world to discuss how government can mitigate risks and take advantage of the opportunities coming with the new industrial revolution.

The Future Forum will take place on May 6th and May 7th of 2019 in downtown Ottawa. The conference will feature upwards of 50 speakers from the commanding heights of industry, public administration, government and research, both in Canada and internationally. This two-day event will host decision-makers, public intellectuals, academics, and industry leaders to address important policy issues stemming from new technologies. It seeks not only to affect a paradigm-shift among participants, but to create an environment where solutions can begin to emerge. Day 1 will be composed strictly of plenary sessions and a networking event, while Day 2 will be composed on concurrent sessions, capped off by an unconference.

Conference Details 

 - Breakfast, health breaks, and lunch will be served each day. Please contact if you have any dietary restrictions or questions.    
- The conference will be hosted at the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management, the Camille Villeneuve Room (4101).
- Day 2 of the conference will have a 3 sets of concurrent sessions. You will have the opportunity to request your sessions prior to the start of the conference. Your assigned sessions will be given on the first day of the conference and will be listed on your name tag.

Conference Agenda

Day 1

7:30 - Breakfast and Registration

8:30 - Opening Remarks: Alex Benay, CIO of Canada

9:00 - Keynote Speaker: Teresa Scassa - uOttawa

9:30 - Open Government for the Digital Economy: Can Public Administration Fuel Innovation?

11:00 - How Open Can We Go? Accessing Information, Statecraft and New Media

13:15 - Policy Co-Creation and Shared Delivery: Possible or Problematic?

14:45 - Openness in Government AI: Where are the Commanding Heights of AI?

16:00 - Reception and Postering

18:30 - Policy Ignite

Day 2

7:30 - Breakfast and Registration

8:45 - Keynote Speaker: Eli Fathi - Mindbridge

9:00 - Concurrent Session 1
       a) Prohibitions on AI and Data Openness: Where should AI be banned?
       b) Inclusive Innovation and Digital Connectivity: How does limited access impact government     digitization and digital service delivery?
       c) Comparative Practices in Open Government: Who leads, who follows, and where is Canada?

10:30 - Concurrent Session 2
       a) Balancing National Security and Privacy: To what degree might Bill C-65 conflict with the objectives and principles of open government?
       b) How to Harness Open Data in the Public Interest: Is open data a dead end?
       c) The Role of Data in Future Technologies: How technological convergence will change the nature of rule-making

1:00 - Concurrent Session 3
       a) Open Government and Cloud Computing: Can progress and protections be reconciled?
       b) Open Intellectualism: How to leverage open in the ideas industry?
       c) Towards a Global Standard for Government Data: Why is government data broken and how do we fix it?

14:15 - Unconference: hosted by OneTeamGov Canada

16:15 - Closing Remarks

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Dr. Teresa Scassa

Dr. Teresa Scassa

Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

Dr. Teresa Scassa is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She is currently a member of the Digital Strategy Advisory Panel for Waterfront Toronto, and is a past member of both the External Advisory Committee of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and the Canadian Government Advisory Committee on Open Government. She is a member of the GEOTHINK research partnership, and has written widely in the areas of intellectual property law, law and technology, and privacy. Teresa Scassa is also a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.

Kent Aiken

Kent Aiken

Lead for Policy and Partnerships, Canada School of Public Service Digital Academy

Kent Aitken is a participant observer of the changing governance environment in Canada. He has worked with academic institutions, conferences, and think tanks including the Public Policy Forum and the Mowat Centre to research and communicate about digitally-driven trends and challenges. As a public servant, Kent is a specialist in community management and public engagement, working on transformation initiatives such as digital collaboration and open government. In 2016-2017, he was the Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow to research and advise on governance in the digital era.

Anil Arora

Anil Arora

Chief Statistician of Canada

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.

Dr. Rob Annan

Dr. Rob Annan

Vice-President, Public Affairs and Communications, at Genome Canada

Dr. Annan joined Genome Canada in 2017. As a key member of the executive team, Dr. Annan drives an open and collaborative strategy that promotes the value and potential of genomics in Canada to major stakeholders. Working with partners at Genome Centres across Canada, as well as with key stakeholders in the research community, Dr. Annan leads efforts to promote genomics while raising the profile of Genome Canada both nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining Genome Canada, Dr. Annan spent seven years at Mitacs as Chief Research Officer and interim Chief Executive Officer, helping build a Canadian success story in the development and delivery of policy-driven innovation programs.

Dr. Annan is a Fellow of the Public Policy Forum, where he focuses on research and innovation policy. Dr. Annan volunteers on the Board of Directors for Let’s Talk Science, a national charity dedicated to increasing STEM literacy among K-12 students. He has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from McGill University and undergraduate degrees in English from Queen’s University and in Biology from the University of Victoria.

Alison Bourgon

Alison Bourgon

Acting Director General of Science Policy at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Alison is the Acting Director General of Science Policy at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph, and a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. Before joining CIHR, Alison held several research positions at the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Cancer Center, and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, including managing knowledge translation projects related to clinical decision making and patient decision aids. During her eleven years at CIHR, Alison has held various leadership positions, including Deputy Director of investigator-initiated and priority-driven programs, and Manager of Knowledge Translation Strategies. In her current position, Alison oversees the breadth of CIHR’s science policies and strategies, including work in the area of ethics, equity, research capacity, knowledge translation, open science, and health research data.

Jaimie Boyd

Jaimie Boyd

Director of Open Government at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Jaimie is the Director of Open Government at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. She leads the team responsible for coordinating and enabling open government initiatives in the Government of Canada in support of transparency, accountability and citizen participation. Prior to entering the world of open government, Jaimie held a number of positions including at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, several federal departments, a Peruvian business incubator, and the private sector. She has held advisory or board positions with Action Canada, the Government of Canada’s Accelerated Economist Training Program, Policy Ignite and the Youth Network of the Americas. Find her on Twitter at @jaimieboyd.

Amanda Clarke

Amanda Clarke

Assistant Professor and Public Affairs Research Excellence Chair, Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration

Amanda Clarke is Assistant Professor and Public Affairs Research Excellence Chair at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. Her research examines public sector reform, policymaking, and civic engagement, focusing in particular on the impact of digital technologies in these domains. She is published in Canadian Public Administration, Governance and Policy and Internet. Dr. Clarke is co-editor of Issues in Canadian Governance and author of Opening the Government of Canada: The Federal Bureaucracy in the Digital Age.

Katherine Cole

Katherine Cole

Director, Citizen Engagement, Correctional Service of Canada

Katherine Cole recently joined the Correctional Service of Canada as the Director, Citizen Engagement. She comes from the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch at Indigenous Services Canada (previously part of Health Canada) where she designed and led, in collaboration with the Assembly of First Nations, an engagement process to co-development policy options for Jordan’s Principle from 2019 and beyond. Katherine has a Master’s degree in Indigenous Studies and spent many years as a researcher for the federal government on Indian Residential Schools.

Mike Colledge

Mike Colledge

President, Canadian Public Affairs, Ipsos

Mike joined Ipsos in 1997 after more than twelve years of working within both social and economic portfolios of the Government of Canada. With over 20 years in the research and intelligence business, Mike has worked with leading governments and businesses across Canada to use evidence and data to drive change and help organizations succeed.

Mike’s background and expertise covers all facets of public and private sector communications as well as government policy and program development. He has examined issues that range from encouraging people to donate blood, to positioning the Government of Canada’s annual Budget, to measuring the influence of social media during elections. Mike’s focus of late has been on Ipsos CanadaNext a national study that looks at the wave of change about to happen across Canada. Driven by demographic shifts and technology advancement, our economy, our communities, our governments, our businesses, and our lives are about to change drastically. CanadaNext bring the views of Canadians and their expectations into the conversation about the next 10 years and the changes that are occurring across Canada.

Mike currently oversees a cross country team of 45 research professionals whose main goal is to help their clients better understand the world around them. Whether it is through surveys, consultations, engagement exercises, social media listening or other qualitative exercises, the Public Affairs Group provides clients with the evidence, insight and advice they need to make the decisions that move their organizations forward.

Jonathan Craft

Jonathan Craft

Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, at the University of Toronto

Jonathan Craft is a cross appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, at the University of Toronto. He is also the founding director of Policy Ready( a research and teaching platform focused on revitalizing public sector policy-making.

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 Policy Advice and the Westminster Tradition(forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, with John Halligan); Backrooms and Beyond: Partisan Advisers and the Politics of Policy Work in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2016), and Co-editor of Policy Work in Canada: Professional Practices and Analytical Capacities (University of Toronto Press, 2017) and Issues in Canadian Governance(Emond , 2018). His work has appeared 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 Legislative Assembly of Ontario. For a full list of his recent research and publications visit

Monique Crichlow

Monique Crichlow

Director, Strategy & Policy Development, Compute Ontario

Monique Crichlow is Director, Strategy & Policy Development at Compute Ontario, a publicly funded organization that coordinates supercomputing for research. She has extensive experience supporting transformational projects within the public sector and brings with her significant skill in the areas of policy, strategy and planning, government relations and program evaluation. In her role, Monique leads strategic initiatives that leverage policy to demonstrate the benefits of supercomputing and big data for Ontarians. Monique holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science for Glendon College at York University and a master’s degree in Health Administration from Johnson-Shoyoma School of Public Policy at the University of Regina. She also holds professional designations as a Project Management Professional, Certified Healthcare Executive and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Kimberly Girling

Kimberly Girling

Research and Policy Director, Evidence for Democracy

Kimberly Girling started her career as a scientist, earning a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia where she developed novel therapeutics for Huntington's Disease, a neurodegenerative illness. During her work in science, she learned that good science must move beyond the bench, linking evidence to effective policies and accessible products. To this end, Kimberly developed a passion for science policy, leading her to work on a number of initiatives relating to health and drug policy, including work with the UBC Neglected Global Diseases Initiative, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. In 2016, Kimberly was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship. She completed her fellowship with Defence Research and Development Canada, where she developed a new framework to identify ethical and policy barriers to the use of emerging technologies for human enhancement in the military. She has also worked as a policy analyst at Innovation, Science and Economic Development. As of January 2019, Kimberly is the Research and Policy Director at Evidence for Democracy, an Ottawa-based non-profit that promotes the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making.


Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski

President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd.

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. ( In addition he is the Director of Intelligence and Security at the SecDev Group ( He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown extremism and radicalisation. From 1983 to 2001 he was employed as a senior multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment, specialising in the Middle East. He also served as senior special advisor in the National Security Directorate at Public Safety Canada from 2013, focusing on community outreach and training on radicalisation to violence until his retirement from the civil service in May 2015, and as consultant for the Ontario Provincial Police’s Anti-Terrorism Section (PATS) from May to October 2015. Mr. Gurski has presented on violent Islamist-inspired homegrown extremism and radicalisation across Canada and around the world. He is the author of “The Threat from Within: Recognizing Al Qaeda-inspired Radicalization and Terrorism in the West” (Rowman and Littlefield 2015) “Western Foreign Fighters: the threat to homeland and international security” (Rowman and Littlefield 2017), The Lesser Jihads: taking the Islamist fight to the world(Rowman and Littlefield 2017), An end to the ‘war on terrorism ’and the forthcoming When religion kills: how extremist justify violence through faith(Lynne Rienner). He regularly blogs and podcasts (Terrorism in Canada and the West – available on his Web site), and tweets (@borealissaves) on terrorism. He is an associate fellow at the International Centre for Counter Terrorism (ICCT) in the Netherlands, a fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), a digital fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies at Concordia University and an affiliate of the Canadian network for research on Terrorism Security and Society (TSAS). Mr. Gurski is a regular commentator on terrorism and radicalisation for a wide variety of Canadian and international media .

Maxim Jean-Louis

Maxim Jean-Louis

President – Chief Executive Officer, Contact North

Maxim Jean-Louis is President – Chief Executive Officer of Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education and Training Network, headquartered in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Prior to arriving at Contact North | Contact Nord in 1996, Maxim worked in senior management roles for over 15 years at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada’s open university. Maxim’s current board memberships include:

He is also a member of the Comité consultatif en matière d’éducation postsecondaire en langue française dans les régions du Centre et du Sud-ouest.

Maxim is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the World University Service of Canada and of the Optical Regional Advanced Network of Ontario, as well as a past member of Ontario’s Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board, and he served as a member of the Canadian Advisory Mission to support the implementation of the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualifications Authority. He also served as President of Collège des Grands Lacs, one of Ontario’s three French-language community colleges.

In 2011, Maxim was appointed Special Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities for an Ontario Online Institute, producing a 125-page report and recommendations to the Minister on opportunities for online learning in the province.

At Contact North | Contact Nord, Maxim leads a team of 300 staff supporting the delivery of education and training opportunities from the province’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities, 9 Aboriginal institutes, 76 district school boards, 200 literacy and basic skills and training providers, and 50 skills development training providers to Ontarians in 600 small, rural, remote, Aboriginal and Francophone communities through 116 online learning centres covering 1 million square kilometres. These local online learning centres are equipped with web conferencing, videoconferencing and audioconferencing distance delivery platforms, as well as computer workstations and high-speed internet for students to participate in their synchronous and asynchronous courses. Support services are available in English and French.

Maxim is author and/or coordinator of major publications in the area of online learning and distance education and has been a participant / presenter at major conferences on distance education and alternative forms of delivery, such as the International Conference on Distance Education (ICDE) and the conferences led by the Canadian Association of Distance Education (CADE).

He is married with two adult sons and lives in Sudbury, Ontario.

Sunil Johal

Sunil Johal

Policy Director, Mowat Centre

Sunil Johal is Policy Director at the Mowat Centre, an independent public policy think tank at the University of Toronto. He leads the Centre’s research activities, manages the research team and teaches a variety of executive education courses. He is frequently invited to advise governments and international organizations about disruptive technologies and regulatory and policy issues. He has authored numerous influential policy reports on a range of social, economic and regulatory topics.

In February 2019, he was named Chair of the Expert Panel on Modern Labour Standards by the federal Minister of Labour. The panel is mandated to examine and provide advice on five issues related to the changing nature of work, including a federal minimum wage, labour standards protections for non-standard workers and collective voice for non-unionized workers.

Before joining the University of Toronto in 2012, Sunil was a Director with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation where he led the government’s efforts to modernize its regulatory environment. He has also held senior executive and policy roles with the Cabinet Office, Ministries of Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs and federal Treasury Board Secretariat. He joined the federal civil service through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders initiative in 2003.

Sunil is regularly asked to speak about the future of work, technology and social policy at conferences in Canada and abroad. He has contributed expert commentary and advice on policy issues to a range of organizations and media outlets, including the G-20, World Economic Forum, Brookings Institution, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CBC Radio and Television, CTV News, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Maclean’s, Ottawa Citizen, the National Governors Association, Policy Options, TVO, the OECD, senior elected and bureaucratic officials from all three levels of government in Canada and many domestic and international private sector firms from the banking, real estate, oil and gas, technology and retail sectors.

He is a member of Service Canada’s Service Advisory Committee, the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Future of Work in the Global South initiative, the Climate Blueprints Advisory Committee of the Metcalf Foundation; and has also served in an advisory capacity on projects for a range of organizations, including the Brookfield Institute, Employment and Social Development Canada and Public Policy Forum. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council since 2015.

Sunil has been a lecturer with Ryerson University’s Department of Politics and Public Administration since 2009, and has taught executive education courses on change management, public policy and disruptive technologies to senior public sector officials from countries including Canada, Bangladesh, the Ukraine, China and Russia. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics, Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Western Ontario.

Benjamin Klass

Carleton University, School of Journalism and Communication

Benjamin Klass is a PhD student at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. Benjamin’s research focuses on communications policy, industry, history, and economics, with particular regard for telecommunications and broadcasting in Canada. He has lectured on communications policy, regulation, and legislation at York University, Carleton University, the Universities of Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Manitoba. He has authored or co-authored numerous reports on matters including common carriage regulation of telecommunications services, competition policy and telecommunications mergers, and broadcasting regulation and advertising. Benjamin regularly contributes research and analysis to the Canadian Media Concentration Research Project, and sits on the Internet Society of Canada’s policy committee. He has testified before the CRTC on several occasions, and regularly participates in communications regulatory proceedings. Benjamin holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto (2006) and a MA from the University of Manitoba.

 Hubert Laferrière

Hubert Laferrière

Director, Advanced Analytics Laboratory, OPP

During his 30 years in the Federal Government, Hubert has been involved with new technology and innovation ranging from biotechnology and business intelligence to machine learning. Most recently, he has established the Advanced Analytics Laboratory for the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Currently he is leading a major transformative project where advanced analytics and machine learning are used to augment and automate decision-making for key business processes. For this, his team has received the 2018 Chief Information Officer Community Award for the category of Excellence in Innovation as well as the 2018 Assistant Deputy Operations Sector Award also for innovation.

Hubert holds a Masters in Political Science (Political Thought) from the University of Ottawa and has studied at the Paris University (Panthéon-Sorbonne and Jussieu) in political philosophy and sociology. He is always eager and interested to explore, promote and introduce innovative work methods. In 2010, he received a GTEC Gold Medal for his efforts to modernize the demand forecasts method and processes for the Passport Office.

Dr. Bryce Mulligan, CPsych

Dr. Bryce Mulligan, CPsych

Clinical, Rehabilitation, and Neuropsychologist at The Ottawa Hospital

Dr Bryce P Mulligan, CPsych, is a clinical, rehabilitation, and neuropsychologist at The Ottawa Hospital. Bryce works to support the autonomy, resiliency, and quality of life of all persons (regardless of physical, psychological, socioeconomic, or political circumstance). In working to achieve these ends, Bryce has a particular interest in facilitating humanity's exploitation of technology and in mitigating technology's exploitation of humanity.

Olivia Neal

Olivia Neal

Executive Director for Digital Change

Olivia joined the Government of Canada in 2017 as the Executive Director, Digital Change. Since being in Canada she and her team have worked with people from across the Government of Canada, and outside, to support the creation of structure and culture to enable the Government’s drive to be increasingly digital. This has included: developing and launching Canada’s Digital Standards; creating a Digital Government Strategic Plan; launching a Digital Academy; creating international partnerships, including joining the Digital7; rethinking the approach to bringing in talent, and launching a new platform for recruitment (; as well as building approaches to help develop and build the existing community within government.

Olivia was previously with the UK Government, where she played a leading role at the award winning Government Digital Service for three years.

Olivia introduced and embedded the Digital Service Standard in the work of digital delivery teams across UK government. She has overseen the assurance of hundreds of the largest public facing digital services against the Digital Service Standard, helping teams across government meet user needs and transform the way they work.

Her team worked with government departments to save over £300m annually, through assuring that digital and technology spend meets the Technology Code of Practice. She’s worked with countries from around the world to build understanding of delivering high quality digital services and developing digital culture. She has been integral in the development of Digital Service Standards for Australia, UK Local Government and Scotland.

Dr. Christopher Parsons

Dr. Christopher Parsons

Managing Director of the Telecom Transparency Project and a Research Associate at the Citizen Lab

Dr. Christopher Parsons received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Guelph, and his Ph.D from the University of Victoria. He is currently the Managing Director of the Telecom Transparency Project and a Research Associate at the Citizen Lab, in the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy with the University of Toronto. His research focuses on third-party access to telecommunications data,data privacy, data security, and national security. His work has been recognized by information and privacy commissioners, Canadian political parties, and national and international non-profits as advancing the state of privacy discourse.

Christopher has written policy reports for civil advocacy organizations in Canada, submitted evidence to and testified before Parliamentary committees, and is an active member of the Canadian privacy advocacy community. He has been involved in projects examining: lawful access legislation, national security and intelligence legislation and practices, identity management systems, automatic license plate recognition technologies, network management and surveillance practices in Western democratic states, technical and policy issues linked to encryption, privacy issues linked to social media services, policy and privacy challenges associated with IMSI Catchers, the privacy implications of unmanned aerial vehicles, and threats associated with stalkerware. In addition to publishing in academic journals and presses he routinely presents findings to members of government and the media.

Eric Ward

Eric Ward

Senior Director, Policy Horizons

Eric Ward is the Senior Director of Policy Horizons, a federal government organization devoted to strategic and applied foresight. He leads multidisciplinary groups that explore economic, social and governance futures. Eric previously directed legal operations and machinery of government files at the Privy Council Office. He also practiced information and privacy law at the Department of Justice. Before joining the Department of Justice, Eric supported a Canadian Senator’s work on children’s issues, and articled as a judical clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada.

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University of Ottawa
Telfer School of Management
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Ottawa, ON | K1N 6N5

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