IOG's Policy Crunch : Disruption and Convergence in Public Policy and Governance event series:

Policy Crunch - What’s Happening to our Legacy Technologies and Services?

Half day eventIn Ottawa, ON
  • February 2, 20215:30pm - 7:30pm
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Fax machines. Lead pencils. Floppy disks. These are all examples of technologies that were in vogue at one time before being replaced by newer, cheaper, faster solutions.

What about the governance systems and drivers that enabled the ‘rise and fall’ of legacy technologies and services? This panel will discuss the history of technology and the impact that COVID could have on some of our most beloved legacy technologies and services.  

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Moderator & Panel:

Sean Boots - Policy advisor, Canadian Digital Service

Anna Adamek - Director, Curatorial Division, Ingenium: Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

Willem Klumpenhouwer, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, Transit Analytics Lab, Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering | University of Toronto


5:30PM - E-Networking and Engagement

6:00PM - Panel + Q&A

7:00PM - Small group discussions with panelists

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Sean Boots

Sean Boots

Policy advisor, Canadian Digital Service

Sean Boots is a policy advisor with the Canadian Digital Service (CDS). He previously worked as a product designer with VOTO Mobile, a Ghana-based social enterprise focused on empowering under-heard communities, and as a developer at Global Affairs Canada working on the website redesign. He rejoined the federal government in fall 2016 to help launch CDS as a new digital service delivery initiative. Sean studied Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, and enjoys working at the intersection of technology and public policy.

Anna Adamek

Anna Adamek

Director, Curatorial Division, Ingenium: Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

Anna Adamek is the Director of the Curatorial Division at Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation and an Instructor at the Carleton University. As both a historian of technology and a public historian, she believes in the importance of always putting her audience first. Anna specializes in the history of natural resources, with a focus on the history of mining in Canada, the process of electrification of the country, industrial technologies, and the material culture of technology. Over her 28-year career with Ingenium, she curated a number of exhibitions. Anna was a founding member and the Chair of the International Federation for Public History. She sat on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Public History and the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association. Anna earned an MA in History from the University of Ottawa.

Willem Klumpenhouwer

Willem Klumpenhouwer

Postdoctoral Fellow, Transit Analytics Lab, Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering | University of Toronto

Dr. Willem Klumpenhouwer (@wklumpen) is an urban transit and passenger rail researcher, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Transit Analytics Lab. He studies transit reliability, performance analytics, access and equity, and emerging technologies such as modern demand-responsive transit systems and autonomous transit vehicles. He is an advocate for sustainable and equitable transportation systems both in and between cities. He holds a PhD in Transportation Engineering from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Science in Theoretical Physics from the University of Guelph. In addition to academic research, Willem promotes innovation and best-practice in transit data visualization through open-source software and web-based platforms, aiding analysis and advocacy efforts in public transit. In times when gathering is feasible, Willem performs improvisational theatre.