Data Conference 2020: Unlocking the Power of Data – Agenda

February 13 February 14

February 13

Number Time Event
  7:30 am – 8:30 am ARRIVAL & REGISTRATION
1 8:30 am
Canada Hall 1
Masters of Ceremony Welcome
Christiana Cavazzoni, Director General, Data Strategy and Innovation, Department of National Defence
CSPS Master of Ceremony [forthcoming]
2 8:35 am
Canada Hall 1
Indigenous Welcome
Rachèle Prud-homme
3 8:50 am
Canada Hall 1
Departmental Co-Hosts Welcome
Taki Sarantakis, President, Canada School of Public Service
Gordon Venner – Associate Deputy Minister, National Defence
4 9:05 am
Canada Hall 1
Opening Remarks
Ian Shugart, Clerk of the Privy Council
5 9:35 am – 10:35 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS
5A 9:35 am – 10:35 am
Canada Hall 1
PANEL [DS04]
Digital Nations – Estonia, the United Kingdom and Uruguay Talk Data

Canada is proud to be chairing the Digital Nations for 2020. The organization is a network of 10 of the leading digital countries around the world. At the recent meetings in Uruguay in November 2019, the organization endorsed the Data 360° Declaration. In this session, moderated by Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, we will hear more about some of the leading data approaches from around the world, including Estonia, Uruguay and the United Kingdom.

  • Laura Rodriguez,Deputy Chief Technology Officer and IT Chief Architect, AGESIC, Oriental Republic of Uruguay
  • Ott Velsberg, Chief Data Officer, Government of Estonia
  • Sam Roberts, Senior Policy Adviser, Open Government, Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport, United Kingdom
  • Moderated by Olivia Neal, Executive Director, Digital Change, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
5B 9:35 am – 10:35 am
Room 215
PANEL [F07]
Data Strategies: Data Strategies: How are they being rolled out? What are we learning?

A panel of select federal departments sharing how they are rolling-out of their respective Data Strategies, what they are learning, and their data journeys.

  • Sheriff Abdou, Chief Data Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Kara Beckles, Director General, Research and Analysis, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Nicole Frenette, Director, Policy Research Group, Canadian Heritage
  • Gillian Dawson, Director, Business Renewal and Enterprise Architecture Directorate, Health Canada
  • Tom Dufour, Director, Strategic Data Management Branch, Statistics Canada
  • Moderated by Alain Beaudoin, Assistant Secretary to the Cabine, Privy Council Office
5C 9:35 am – 10:35 am
Room 210
PRESENTATIONS [F05]
AI Governance and Ethics in Practice

There are a number of policies and frameworks providing guidance on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) should be deployed responsibly. But what does this look like in practice? In this session, four departments will provide concrete examples of how they use real AI applications responsibly, and the checks they have put into place to ensure that their systems are being operated for the benefit of Canadians.

  • Data Governance for AI: The Future is Now [Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada]
  • Solutions Fund Project: Systematic Review Approaches and the Use of AI in Human Health Risk Assessment [Health Canada]
  • Solid Governance Enables both Data Benefits and Preservation of Human Rights [Statistics Canada]
5D 9:35 am – 10:35 am
Room 213
SPEAKER [DS05]
Understanding Citizen in the Digital Ecosystem: What digital data we have and
how we might use it

Dr. Elizabeth Dubois, Centre of Law Technology and Society, University of Ottawa

Building from the Connected Canada conference and the Digital Ecosystems Research Challenge, this session will discuss the impacts of digital technologies on political and civic life of citizens. The work aims to establish a research and policy agenda which responds to ethical, technical, and legal constraints related to digital trace data.

5E 9:35 am – 10:35 am
Room 214
SHOWCASE [A11]
Data Science Accelerators & Digital Innovation

Visit demonstrations from across government designed to accelerate data science with different levels of maturity applying Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and other digital innovations to enable real decision-making.

  • Connecting Canada's Business Registries [Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada]
  • Multi-Stakeholder Data Program Building [Statistics Canada]
  • Artificial Intelligence Projects in ESDC [Employment and Social Development Canada]
  • Solutions Fund Project: Systematic Review Approaches and the Use of Artificial Intelligence in Human Health Risk Assessment [Health Canada]
  • Algorithmic Impact Assessment [Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat]
  • Agro-Climate, Geomatics and Earth Observation [Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada]
  • In-Season Crop Estimation from Satellite Imagery Using Statistical Methods [Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada]
  • Cloud Based Enterprise BI & Data, and Analytics (eBIDA) [Transport Canada]
  • Unleashing the research value of IRCC Data [Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada]
6 10:50 am – 11:50 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS
6A 10:50 am – 11:50 pm
Canada Hall 1
PANEL [A04]
International Perspective on AI: Human Rights and Security

A discussion on the international context of AI in formal (United Nations) and informal (Global Partnership on AI) multilateral forums including human rights and how these may impact domestic responsibilities.

  • Samuel Marleau-Ouellet, Director, Artificial Intelligence Hub, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Ashely Casovan, Executive Director, AI Global
  • Vik Plant, Chief Scientist and Chief Science Advisor, Natural Resources Canada
  • Moderated by Philippe-André Rodriguez, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Affairs Canada
6B 10:50 am – 11:50 pm
Room 215
PANEL [A09]
Accelerating Data Science in the Government of Canada

Government of Canada Departments and Agencies are increasingly leveraging data science as part of their operations and to support decision-making. But even departments with long traditions of data analysis are facing multiple challenges in establishing modern data science capabilities that use the latest tools/techniques available for data science and have an impact on the government business and policies. Some departments, having established data science accelerators/teams in the last few years, have been invited to share their experiences and lessons learned with the rest of the community.

  • Yvan Gauthier, A/Director General, Analytics Support Centre, Department of National Defence
  • Jeff Carr, Director of Data Science, Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Christie Sambell, Unit Head, Enterprise Statistics, Statistics Canada
  • Moderated by Monica Pickard, Section Chief, Statistics Canada
6C 10:50 am – 11:50 pm
Room 210
SPEAKER [S02]
Governing Cyberspace During a Crisis in Trust

Aaron Shull, Managing Director and General Counsel, Centre for International Governance Innovation

This presentation will delve into the economic potential — and vulnerability — of transformative technologies and cyber security; and how the government of Canada can be strategic in managing its data during this era of technological disruption.

6D 10:50 am – 11:50 pm
Room 213
SPEAKER [F02]
Reference Data Management – Improving the Value of Data

Jack McKittrick, Employment and Social Development Canada

The capability to share and integrate data from many sources across Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and its partners, is a foundational objective of the ESDC Data Strategy created by the Chief Data Office (CDO). This capability requires consistent use of standardized code sets (reference data) to ensure that data from different systems can be joined on common code values that have the same business meaning. The process of defining, maintaining and implementing such a standard is Reference Data Management (RDM).

6E 10:50 am – 11:50 pm
Room 214
SHOWCASE [A10]
Advanced Analytics, Visualizations & Text as Data Semantic Analysis

Visit demonstrations from across government on how departments are using data to help make decisions to enable transition, address challenges, provide agility to respond and enhance achievability.

  • Geography of the Cadet Program - Using GIS to increase recruitment and retention [Canadian Armed Forces]
  • Applying NLP to Draw Insights from Text Data at Health Canada [Health Canada]
  • Open GIS for Decision Making at ESDC [Employment and Social Development Canada]
  • Statistics Canada’s Innovation Radar [Statistics Canada]
  • Marine Transportation Data – Innovative projects for better decision making [Transport Canada]
  • Justice’s Business Analytics System – Integrated corporate data to resolve long-standing and complex business issues [Justice Canada]
  • A Stock Take Meeting with the Prime Minister – Using dynamic and interactive digital dashboards in Tableau to outline progress and performance on Prime Minister’s key priorities [Privy Council Office]
  • Measuring Progress - Public Service Renewal (Beyond2020) [Privy Council Office]
  • Data Governance and Data Quality Strategies for Reporting at IRCC: Real world implementation and lessons learned [Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada]
  • Bringing Data to Life through Visualizations and Storytelling [Canadian Heritage]
  11:50 pm 12:40 pm Lunch Break (on-site)
7 12:40 pm – 1:25 pm
Canada Hall 1
KEYNOTE [ DS01]
Enabling Smarter Government with Data

Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital and Data Officer, Province of Ontario

Join Ontario’s first Chief Digital and Data Officer, Hillary Hartley, in a candid conversation about the province’s approach to digital transformation, including how it is leveraging data to deliver simpler, faster, and better public sector programs and services.

8 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS
8A 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Canada Hall 1
PANEL [DS06]
Data Across Governments (Federal, Provincial and Territorial)

A session on the importance of data co-creation and collaboration across all levels of government. This session brings together open government experts from the federal and provincial governments to share their innovative success stories on how they have collaborated to improve open data efforts in Canada. Examples include best practices in data standardization, the benefits of sharing APIs and broader efforts to align provincial data strategies with federal data initiatives.

  • Christine Hagyard, Senior Manager, Ontario Digital Services, Government of Ontario
  • Steve Gauthier, Directeur, Direction responsable du gouvernement ouvert et du logiciel libre, Gouvernement de Québec
  • Mark Burns, Director, E-Services for Citizens, Government of Yukon
  • Moderated by Melanie Robert, Executive Director, Open Government, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
8B 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 215
PANEL [F06]
Data Quality Across the Government: What does it mean?

A discussion of the various considerations of the business side of data quality, from privacy protection to fitness for use assessment, from the data producer, data user and policy maker's perspective.

  • John Walsh, Chief Data Officer, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Martin Beaulieu, Chief of International Cooperation and Methodology Innovation Centre, Statistics Canada
  • Omar Bitar, Advisor, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Moderated by Julie McAuley, Chief Results and Delivery Officer, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
8C 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 210
PRESENTATIONS [S05]
Digital Identity for Individuals & Business

The Government's Digital Standard on 'good data stewards' specifically refers to 'single sign-on'. However, many people are still not sure what it is, what it means for you or a business, and how it impacts data management. To answer these questions, we have brought together experts from two departments to talk about current thinking on Digital Identity for Canadian persons and businesses. We will discuss the Digital Charter, digital IDs, and the opportunity to support better services to Canadians. We anticipate a lively session and our speakers are well prepared for serious debate.

  • Cheryl Ringor, Connecting Canada's Business Registries [ Director,Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada]
  • Tim Bouma, Trusted Digital Identity and the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework [ Senior Analyst, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat]
8D 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 213
SPEAKER [F01]
Critical views on the ethics of Artifical Intelligence

Julie Paquette, Codirector, Research Centre in Public Ethics and Governance, Saint-Paul University

In this presentation, we will first provide an overview of current research on the ethics of AI in order to demonstrate the framework in which they are conducted and the imperatives they address. In a second step, the object of our analysis will be clarified in order to identify how algorithmic governance / governmentality appears as a coherent response to this underlying logic. Finally, we will raise some ethical, economic and political issues of “adaptation” and “accelerated” integration of breakthrough innovations in the public sector.

8E 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 214
SHOWCASE [A11]
Data Science Acceleration & Digital Innovation

Visit demonstrations from across government designed to accelerate data science with different levels of maturity applying AI, machine learning and other digital innovations to enable real decision-making.

  • Automation of Information Extraction from Financial Statements using Graph-Based Techniques [Statistics Canada]
  • Using AI for Risk-based Regulatory Enforcement [Environment, Climate Change Canada]
  • Veterans Affairs Move to Agile Data Delivery [Veterans Affairs Canada]
  • HR GO RH - HR at your fingertips - anytime, anywhere [Department of Defence]
  • Data-enabled HR: Chatbot and PSRS Tool [Employment and Social Development Canada]
8F 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 214
SHOWCASE [A13]
Learning by Doing: Prototyping solutions to real business problems

100 learners from 35 organizations across the public service participated in the Canada School of Public Service, Premium Cohort 2 from October 28 to January 22. They enhanced their knowledge and skills in design, data, AI/ML and DevOps, and explored real business problems in preparation for a 2-week practicum where they worked in multidisciplinary teams, identifying then prototyping solutions. Hear some of our 15 teams pitch you their solution and answer your questions, and let them show you what can be done with the right tools, approach, attitude and support.

  • The CRA-Bot: An easy-to-use, self-serve option for user interaction [Canada School of Public Service, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada]
  • Pensions de vieillesse: accélérer l’accès aux informations sur les entrées au Canada [Canada School of Public Service, Commission de la Fonction Publique]
  • BIRT (Benefit Instant Response Tool) [Employment and Social Development Canada, Canada Food Inspection Agency, Department of National Defence]
  • ATIP Efficiencies for Departments using Natural Language Processing [Shared Services Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission]
  • Vessel Registration Modernization [Transport Canada]
9 2:50 pm – 3:50 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS
9A 2:50 pm – 3:50 pm
Canada Hall 1
SPEAKER [F04]
Data Trusts: A tool for data governance, opportunities & risks

Sean McDonald, Principal, Digital Public and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation

Data trusts can play a role in ensuring governments guarantee that data required for public services isn’t captured by commercial interests or held hostage for shareholder value. When used for governance, data trusts can steward, maintain and manage how data is used and shared — from who is allowed access to it, and under what terms, to who gets to define the terms, and how. They can involve a number of approaches to solving a range of problems, creating different structures to experiment with governance models and solutions in an agile way.

9B 2:50 pm – 3:50 pm
Room 215
PANEL [S03]
Government of Canada Cyber Security Infrastructure

A strategic discussion of the multipronged cyber security threats facing Canada’s critical infrastructure and the cross-cutting efforts towards its defence and resilience.

  • Rajiv Gupta, Director General-Cyber Defence Capabilities, Director General of the Cyber Defence Capabilities, Communications Security Establishment Canada
  • Director General, National Cyber Security, Public Safety Canada
  • Chris Lynam, Director General, National Cybercrime Coordination Unit, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Moderated by Imraan Bashir, Executive Director, Cyber Security, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
9C 2:50 pm – 3:50 pm
Room 210
PRESENTATIONS [A08]
Data-Enabled Human Resources

Hear from four departments on how they are using data to enable recruiting, retention and development of personnel as well as how Data could and can enable a more effective Human Resources product in support of our workforce.

  • The Public Service Commission Macrosimulation: Influencing Policy and Programs Through Data Analytics [Public Service Commission of Canada]
  • Approaching Phoenix as a Data Challenge [Department of Justice Canada]
  • Geography of the Cadet Program - Using GIS to increase recruitment and retention [Canadian Armed Forces]
9D 2:50 pm – 3:50 pm
Room 213
WORKSHOP [F10]
Design Workshop: A Roadmap to Discover Data

An interactive workshop designed to showcase Discover Data, the second course in the Digital Academy’s Discover Series. This session is designed to introduce the course, and prototype course activities to get early participant feedback.

  • Mackenzie Kitchen, Analyst, Canada School of Public Service
  • Laura Sanschagrin, Senior Data Analyst, Service Canada
9E 2:50 pm – 3:50 pm
Room 214
SHOWCASES [A10]
Advanced Analytics, Visualizations & Text as Data Semantic Analysis

Visit with the participants and projects of the Digital Academy and demonstrations from across government on how departments are using data to help make decisions to enable transition, address challenges, provide agility to respond and enhance achievability.

  • Using Text Analytics to Augment Departmental Correspondence Processes [Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada]
  • Leveraging Regulatory Text with RegNav+ [Environment, Climate Change Canada]
  • Towards DND/CAF Energy-Efficiency and GHG Reductions Through Exploitation of Energy Data [Defence Research and Development Canada]
  • A Digital Full Court Press – Digital Transformation at the Tactical, Operational and Strategic Levels [Department of National Defence]
  • Data Science Techniques for Content Mining Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessments (ESAs) [Canada Energy Regulator]
  • Data Visualization of Conditions on CER-Regulated Energy Projects [Canada Energy Regulator]
10 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Canada Hall 1
KEYNOTE [DS02]
Digital Transformation: Implications for Innovation and Prosperity

Jim Balsillie, Co-founder of the Council of Canadian Innovators and CIO Strategy Council

An engaging keynote address on finding the right balance of open government, privacy and protection, data governance, and digital solutions to enhance the public sector’s ability to better serve and connect with Canadians.

11 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Canada Hall 1
EVENING NETWORKING [F14]
CDO Invitational: Community of Practice & Networking Event

Get to know the people in your neighbourhood. After the afternoon keynote, capitalize on the opportunity to meet your fellow peers through a semi-structured networking event. The various working groups under the Enterprise Data Community of Practice will be present. Open to everyone!

Moderated by Stephen Burt, Co-Chair of the Chief Data Officer Council, Department of National Defence

Data Governance Working Group

  • Hélène Bérard, Statistics Canada
  • Gillian Whichelo, Department of National Defence

Data Governance: Data Quality

  • Martin Beaulieu, Statistics Canada
  • Omar Bitar, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Data Architecture Working Group

  • Cory Chobanik, Statistics Canada

Data Architecture: Data Cataloging

  • Cory Chobanik, Statistics Canada

Data Architecture: Reference Data Management:

  • Stéphane Crête, Statistics Canada
  • Jack McKittrick, Employment and Social Development Canada

People and Culture Working Group

  • Julian Kirby, Veterans Affairs Canada
  • Neetika Chopra, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Data Analytics Working Group

  • Drew McKenna, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Metadata Community of Practice

  • Sue-Ann Woo, Canadian Heritage

February 14

Number Time Event
  7:30 am – 8:30 am ARRIVAL & REGISTRATION
12 8:30 am
Canada Hall 1
Masters of Ceremony Welcome
Christiana Cavazzoni, Director General, Data Strategy and Innovation, Department of National Defence
CSPS MC
13 8:45 am – 9:45 am
Canada Hall 1
PANEL [DS03]
Deputy Minister Panel: Compare & Contrast of their Data Journeys

An opportunity for Deputies across government to compare and contrast how their organizations are using data to advance their strategic objectives and share their organization’s data journey.

  • Taki Sarantakis, President, Canada School of Public Service
  • Gordon Venner, Associate Deputy Minister, Department of National Defence
  • Shelly Bruce, Chief, Communications Security Establishment Canada
  • Paul Thompson, Associate Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Moderated by Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada, Statistics Canada
14 10:00 am – 11:00 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS
14A 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Canada Hall 1
PANEL [A02]
Talent Management in a Data World

This panel will explore the current state and future of data talent through themes of identifying, acquiring, developing and leading data talent now and in the future. It will include discussion of recent people management plans, initiatives, pilots and experiments and lessons learned to inform priorities, opportunities for scaling and planning for a digital and data enabled workforce.

  • Ryan Hum, Vice President, Data and Information, Canada Energy Regulator
  • Stacey Money, Director General, Statistics Canada
  • David Cramm, Director, IM/IT Functional Community Management, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Moderated by Jason Fox, Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
14B 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Room 214
PANEL [DS11]
Data integration as a means of improving data available for Indigenous populations

This session will describe the evolution of the relationship through which Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) send data to Statistics Canada, and how the two organizations are working together to advance the use of data integration as a means of improving the quality and quantity of data available for Indigenous populations at relatively low cost, and without increasing respondent burden. The governance structure underpinning the relationship will be highlighted, and the First Nations Information Governance Centre will speak directly to their role observing and studying the progress of this work. Results from the partners’ flagship data integration initiative will be shared publicly for the first time, as an illustration of the power and potential of data integration.

  • Erin O’Sullivan, Senior Research Manager, Indigenous Services Canada
  • Susan Wallace, Analyst, Statistics Canada
  • Simon Landry, Data Dissemination Officer, Statistics Canada
  • Jonathan Dewar, Executive Director, First Nations Information Governance Centre
  • Moderated by Eric Guimond, Senior Director, Indigenous Services Canada
14C 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Room 215
PRESENTATION [F03]
Data Curation - A needed journey from creation to preservation

Addressing the data curation journey through the lenses of Data Policy, Data Governance, Data Stewardship, and Data Preservation.

  • Sylvain Belanger, Director General Digital Operations and Preservation, Library and Archives Canada
  • Alison Rygh, Senior Business Analyst, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
14D 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Room 213
PRESENTATION [S04]
Secure Cloud Enabled by Infrastructure and People

The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) has long played a role in the Government of Canada’s cloud strategy, working in partnership with Treasury Board Secretariat and Shared Services Canada to leverage cloud service offerings while protecting Canada’s data. But how can CSE – an organization that has historically housed all data at the Top Secret level – securely leverage public cloud to conduct its operations? Please join our team to learn how CSE is navigating challenges, both technical and cultural, in its journey to the cloud.

  • Tim Gibel, Executive Director IT Security Systems and Services, Communications Security Establishment Canada
  • Jason Gallant, Manager Culture & Change Management, Communications Security Establishment Canada
  • Tyler Moule, A/Supervisor Cloud Architecture Advice and Guidance, Communications Security Establishment Canada
14E 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Room 206
FISHBOWL [A06]
Policy Makers – How’s Your Data?

This session will explore challenges and opportunities associated with using data to empower policy making. It will identify examples of data use from within GC departments and build awareness of who is active in this developing area. The target audience is policy analysts, advisors and others who have a role to play in ensuring that data and evidence are applied effectively at various stages of the policy making (and policy implementation) process.

  • Paul Guerra, Data Evangelist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Rebecca Barnes, Deputy Director - Parliamentary Affairs Unit (Foreign Affairs), Global Affairs Canada
  • Zoe Tupling, Policy Analyst, Data Innovation Analytics, Department of Defence
  • Cara Williams, Assistant Director, Strategic Data Management Branch, Statistics Canada
14F 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Room 208
FISHBOWL [A12]
AI and Human Rights

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives, conversations for the responsible development of AI should be grounded in a human-centric and ethical approach. Join our AI enthusiasts in an open and engaging discussion on AI and Human Rights.

  • Michael Karlin, Team Lead, Policy and Strategy, Data, Innovation, Analytics, Department of National Defence
  • Laurie Reedman, Section Chief / Assistant Director, Modern Statistical Methods and Data Science Branch, Statistics Canada
  • Benoit Deshaies, Senior Advisor, Artificial Intelligence, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Cassandra Nagy, Senior Advisor, Artificial Intelligence, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Facilitator: Charmaine Kuran, Manager, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Facilitator: Claire Austin, Senior Officer, Physical Science Senior Officer, Environment and Climate Change Canada
15 11:10 am - 12:10 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS
15A 11:10 am - 12:10 pm
Canada Hall 1
PANEL [A05]
C-Suite Transformation of Information Officers, Data Officers and Digital Officers

A panel representing senior Information Officers, Data Officers and Digital Officers to discuss the transformation and transition of these critical roles and how they work together towards common organizational goals.

  • Sandy Kyriakatos, Chief Data Officer, Canada Border Services Agency
  • Annette Butikofer, Chief Information Officer, Canada Revenue Agency
  • Julie Leese, Chief Digital Officer, Transport Canada
  • Moderated by Stephen Burt, Chief Data Officer, Department of National Defence
15B 11:10 am - 12:10 pm
Room 214
PANEL [A15]
How can we use text and semantic analysis in our work?

Don’t forget about text. Often data analysis is synonymous with numerical analysis and we overlook how much of our work day is in words and not numbers! We are surrounded by text, whether its stakeholder documents, online forums, letters or emails that we send/receive, transcripts from court or government commissions, or even regulations and legislation. This session will highlight different opportunities for the government to gain insights and take action on this largely untapped data source. Artificial Intelligence in our phone already suggests different responses to our text messages, how can we use text and semantic analysis in our work?

  • Ryan Hum, Vice President, Data and Information, Canada Energy Regulator
  • Wolfgang Alshner, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa
  • Moderated by Riri Shen, Deputy Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Justice
15C 11:10 am - 12:10 pm
Room 215
SPEAKER [F15]
Canadian Data Governance Standardization Collaborative

Anneke Olvera, A/Director, Policy & Stakeholder Engagement, Standards Council of Canada

The Collaborative was established in the summer of 2019 as a cross-sector coordinating body with the objective to accelerate the development of industry-wide data governance standardization strategies. It is led by co-chairs Anil Arora, Canada’s Chief Statistician, and Philip Dawson, the Public Policy Lead at Element AI. The Collaborative has over 160 members from government, private industry and broader civil society – which includes not-for-profits and non-governmental organizations representing specific, collective interests within society, including those of individual private citizens. It will be presenting its roadmap being published in the Spring/Summer 2020 as an action item of the Government of Canada's Digital Charter.

15D 11:10 am - 12:10 pm
Room 213
PRESENTATION [A07]
Data Disruption & Decision Making

Projects and initiatives from across government on how they are leveraging and adopting techniques for disruption for traditional data management and enabling sound data-enabled decision making.

  • Using Machine Learning for Advanced Data Analysis [Communications Security Establishment Canada]
  • The secrets of Government Data: Three things you wish you had known earlier to be effective at evidence-based decision making [Employment and Social Development Canada]
  • Digital Technologies to Improve the Delivery of Material Sustainability for the Royal Canadian Navy [Canadian Armed Forces/Department of National Defence]
15E 11:10 am - 12:10 pm
Room 206
FISHBOWL [DS08]
Open and Public Engagement: Interactive Discussions of Real Experiences

This fishbowl session will bring together public engagement practitioners and interested federal employees from across departments to share and exchange ideas for best practices in the area of open dialogue tools. The session will emphasize real stories and caste studies, with presenters drawing on lessons learned from their own work files and experiences to stimulate group conversation.

  • Dhurata Ikonomi, Executive Director, Community of Federal Regulators
  • Jacques Fauteux, Assistant Chief Statistician, Strategic Engagement Field, Statistics Canada
  • Jeff Ball, Director, Open Government, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Facilitator: Lauren Howard, Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Open Government, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
15F 11:10 am - 12:10 pm
Room 208
FISHBOWL [F13]
Data: A Cultural Journey

A data-driven organization requires not only the foundational elements of data governance, ethics, master data management, but also the change in organizational culture in order to be effective. Join the conversation with our four subject matter experts as they share their data-culture journey and discuss the challenges and culture change requirements of a future data-enabled and data-responsive federal government.

  • Sam Louden, Programmer, Application Development, Canada School of Public Service
  • Kaveh Afshar-Zanjani, Manager of Data Science and Governance, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Toundjer Erman, Senior Director, Analytics and Systems, Justice Canada
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Erik Liebert, Chief of the Defence Staff Initiatives Group, Canadian Armed Forces
  12:10 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch Break (on-site)
16 1:15 pm – 2:25 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS
16A 1:15 pm – 2:25 pm
Canada Hall 1
WORKSHOP [F09]
The Life-Changing Magic of Implementing the Policy on Service and Digital, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

How will the Policy on Service and Digital change your life? This workshop will introduce you to the new Policy on Service and Digital and hopefully ease anxiety concerning its effective implementation through facilitated discussions grouped by themes from the recently released Guideline on Service and Digital. Participants will join interactive break-out sessions that will cover the following themes: Service, Strategic management of information and data, Release of information and data on the open government portal, Privacy and protection, Data residency, and Automated decision-making.

  • Francis Bilodeau, Chief Information Officer (TBC)
  • Jessica Romkey, Digital Analyst, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Richard Dalpé, Manager, Chief Information Office, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
16B 1:15 pm – 2:25 pm
Room 214
WORKSHOP [A14]
"All things data" From Zero to AI

This interactive session will give attendees an overview of the data science landscape as well as a hands on case study working with data. It will teach essential concepts in data science and demystify aspects of the field of data science that may be holding teams back. At the end of the session, attendees will understand key terms and concepts in data science. Bring your mobile device to participate!

  • Shingai Manjengwa, Chief Executive Officer, Fireside Analytics
16C 1:15 pm – 2:25 pm
Room 215
WORKSHOP [DS10]
Digital Technology, Making the Internet Accessible & Equitable

  • Nasma Ahmed, Director, Digital Justice Lab
16D 1:15 pm – 2:25 pm
Room 213
WORKSHOP [F08]
Explore your Data Potential: A competency framework for the Government of Canada, Canada School of Public Service

An interactive session of the draft data literacy competency framework and personas. Session participants will be asked to do a short self-assessment to identify their individual data personas.

  • Mackenzie Kitchen, Analyst, Canada School of Public Service
  • Claudia Sanmartin, Principal Researcher, Statistics Canada
16E 1:15 pm – 2:25 pm
Room 216
WORKSHOP [DS12]
Data Science Community: Is this for you?

Statistics Canada sees the need for a Data Science Community in the government of Canada to establish the foundations of a public-service-wide data science ecosystem that will allow knowledge and expertise to be shared, best practices and standards to be established, and data science capacity to be built. The workshop is geared towards getting feedback regarding the interest of such a community and identifying services, standards and guidelines that the community members would benefit from. Ideas regarding activities, communication, interaction, learning, knowledge sharing, collaboration, roles, and social structures will be sought.

  • Yanick Beaucage, Acting Assistant-Director, Data Science Division, Statistics Canada
  • Monica Pickard, Section Chief, Statistics Canada
17 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Canada Hall 1

Closing Reflections
Moving Forward... Unlocking the Power of Data

Hear from Shingai Manjengwa, Chief Executive Officer from Fireside Analytics set the stage to unlock the power of Data and send federal employees forward,encouraging them to take and apply the tools and inspiration from the past two days.

18 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Canada Hall 1

Co-Host Closing Remarks

  • Stephen Burt, Chief Data Officer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Data, Innovation, Analytics, Department of National Defence
  • Neil Bouwer, Vice-President, Canada School of Public Service
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