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IOG Future Forum - Annual Conference

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University of Ottawa (Telfer School of Management)

55 Laurier Ave E, Camille Villeneuve Room (4101)

Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5


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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 College, IPSOS Canada

- Jamie 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

- Danny Buerkli, The Centre for Public Impact

- 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

- Steve Bennett, SAS​

**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, 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;

The IOG’s Annual Future Forum conference brings 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. While prior IOG conferences have traditionally focused on the impact of digital technologies, the lines between these technologies and other radical advances are becoming less clear, and less meaningful. This new 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 effect a paradigm-shift among participants, but to create an environment where solutions can begin to emerge.

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

12:45 - 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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