The seminar provided very useful info to take back to management in order to make better decisions in our use of social media tools. - Web Communications Advisor, Health Canada
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Big Data and Analytics for the Public Sector

Enhancing Data-Driven Decision Making

May 29 - 30, 2018  ·  Toronto, Ontario
Featuring These Industry Experts

Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada

Anil Arora was appointed Chief Statistician of Canada in September 2016. Anil 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, Anil 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, Anil 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, Anil received the prestigious APEX Leadership Award in recognition of his exceptional leadership skills and management excellence. In 2010, Anil 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.

James Capotosto, Chief Economist, Ministry of Corrections and Policing, Government of Saskatchewan

As chief economist with the Ministry of Justice, James Capotosto leads a team to deliver economic counsel to stakeholders and pursues multi-disciplinary partnerships with local, provincial, national and international agencies as well as private enterprises, not-for-profit entities, and philanthropic organizations. In prior roles with the Council of Canadian Academies and Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services, James provided advice to government and industry stakeholders, founded information sharing collaborations to expand knowledge and draw insight from data, and spearheaded the formation of analytics units to advance evidence-informed decision making. He has spent his career developing actionable intel and improving society's capacity to get better value from taxpayer resources. James serves on the board of the Saskatchewan Economic Association and promotes the development of economic talent in Saskatchewan. He has published on several topics including innovation and productivity, water consumption, value for money, measures of economic health, and analytics. He received the 2016 Deputy Minister's One Team award for his work on the Healthy Families Initiative.

Peter Chu, Data Scientist, Data, Analytics and Visualization Services Branch Corporate Services, The Regional Municipality of York

Peter Chu Su is part of the Data Analytics and Visualization group that supports various branches and departments with their data analytic projects. He has a background in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and statistical computing. He started his career in the GIS field back in 2011. He is a data geek, passionate about helping people see and understand their own data, and leverage data to improve their business objectives.

Jesse Coleman, Team Lead, Big Data Innovation, City of Toronto

Jesse Coleman's role has been to build a modern data science team within government from the ground up to be able to conduct practical analyses of transportation data sets that measure the impact and benefits of the City's policies and projects. The team partners actively with Universities, researchers and the Toronto tech community to drive its innovation agenda. Prior to joining the City in August 2015, Jesse worked for 10 years in the private sector as a Transportation Planning consultant with IBI Group where he was involved with a number of long-term transportation planning studies around the GTHA and Canada. Jesse is a Professional Engineer and earned a Masters of Applied Science in Transportation Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Blair Dimock, Vice-President, Partnerships and Knowledge, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Blair Dimock leads the Foundation's strategies for partnerships with other key stakeholders, customized provincial granting programs like the Youth Opportunities Fund and the Local Poverty Reduction Fund, and the procurement and delivery of services to address the capacity building needs of Ontario's public benefit sector. Blair is also responsible for the Foundation's knowledge mobilization strategies. Prior to joining OTF in 2006 as Director of Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Management, Blair was Director of Strategic Planning and Research at TVOntario, served as Research and Partnership Coordinator with the Ontario Premier's Council, and was a Lecturer in International Politics at Trent University, the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo. Blair currently sits on the Not-for-Profit Governance Committee of the Certified Professional Accountants of Canada, the Advisory Committee of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and the Steering Committee on Not-for-Profit Research at the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation. Blair has also served on Ontario's Social Enterprise Strategy Advisory Group, the Toronto Foundation's Vital Signs Advisory Committee, and Community Foundations of Canada's Vital Signs Future Visions Task Force.

Dorothy Eng, Director of Partnerships, Code for Canada

Dorothy Eng is passionate about using technology and design to directly impact everyday people's lives and transform government from the inside out. As Director of Partnerships at Code for Canada, Dorothy helps governments create cultural and structural change via the Code for Canada fellowship program -- which connects governments with Canada's tech talent to build great services for the public and digital capacity within government teams. She also strives to connect government teams with their local civic tech communities and groups of engaged residents to use technology, data and design to better understand and solve civic challenges. Prior to Code for Canada, Dorothy worked in various roles at different tech companies, designing and building enterprise and costumer-facing software. She holds an undergraduate degree in materials engineering from McMaster University and an MBA in social innovation from the Schulich School of Business.

Justin Findlay, Manager, Technology Investment, City of Edmonton

Justin Findlay manages transformational projects for the City by providing leadership to align people, processes and technology. Recently he completed the first Canadian (fifth international) pilot project with What Works Cities, laying the groundwork for strong city-wide data governance practices as well as continuing to increase capacity in data literacy and data-driven decision-making. His day-to-day role is managing technology investments for the City. Prior to the City, he worked in the provincial government and private sector on business intelligence projects, analytical projects and special projects for leadership teams.

David Goodis, Assistant Commissioner, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

David Goodis is a graduate of Western University's law school, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988. David has represented the IPC in hearings before the Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He previously held the positions of Director of Legal Services and Senior Adjudicator with the IPC. He also worked with the Privacy Committee of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. David recently co-authored the 2017 Annotated Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts, and teaches administrative law at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School.

Ben McNamee, Director of Measurement, Evaluation, and Business Intelligence, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Ben McNamee oversees the Foundation's Business Intelligence, Impact Measurement, program evaluation, and Open Data strategies. He was previously an Impact Measurement and Evaluation Analyst, working to evaluate the impact of individual OTF grantees and the organization's whole Investment Strategy. He has played a vital role in the data analytics team at OTF, helping to lead the Balanced Scorecard implementation and the Open Data project. Prior to joining OTF, he worked as an Impact Analyst with Charity Intelligence, undertaking over 50 social impact evaluations of Canadian charities. Ben has lectured on a variety of applied economics topics, with a specific focus on using data to evaluate policy, performance, and organizations. He has an MA in Economics from Simon Fraser University.

Tara Mulrooney, Chief Information Officer, Alberta Energy Regulator

Tara Mulrooney began her career with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) in March 2011. In April 2013, Tara was promoted to chief technology officer of the Information Services Branch. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the branch and for developing the technology strategy and services to support the business strategy to enable the transformation of the AER and the Information Services Branch. Tara is currently leading a transformational program at the AER to rebuild technology capabilities (including Infrastructure renewal, data warehousing, business intelligence, ECM, ESRI, and new information technology services and applications) to support an agile regulatory environment. The AER is moving away from a highly customized .Net development shop to leveraging SOA and core technologies (Tibco, OpenText, Cognos, Informatica, and ESRI) to support the regulatory processes of authorizations, compliance assurance, field surveillance, closure, and reclamation. Before joining the AER, Tara was with the University of Calgary as the executive director of Innovative Support Services, Business Systems Integration. There she led the technology and integration components of the University of Calgary's shared service and ERP programs. She is the proud recipient of the iCMG Canadian Architecture Excellence award for 2017.

Meera Paleja, Behavioural Scientist, Treasury Board of Ontario

Prior to her role at the Government of Ontario, Meera was a Senior Associate at BEworks, a management consulting firm that applies behavioural science to organizational challenges. She completed her PhD in 2012 and her Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University in 2015, where she specialized in Cognitive Neuroscience, studying brain networks involved in human memory.

Christos Sarakinos, Manager, Digital Technologies, National Research Council of Canada

Christos Sarakinos has 20 years of progressive experience in high-tech industry, focused on strategic marketing and sales management of disruptive technologies. He has been with the National Research Council Canada in 2014, where he leads strategic partnerships and planning at the Data Analytics Centre.

David Weinkauf, Senior Policy and Tech Advisor, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

David Weinkauf is the principal author of several IPC publications, including the IPC's Big Data Guidelines, De-identification Guidelines for Structured Data and the Technology Fact Sheet Protecting Against Ransomware. Prior to joining the IPC in 2013, David worked as a Software Engineer at a research centre at the University of Toronto, where he designed and developed software for people with disabilities. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from McGill University. David is the recipient of numerous academic awards and scholarships, including a Canada Graduate Scholarship for his doctoral studies. His IPC publication De-identification Guidelines for Structured Data won the 2017 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners' Global Privacy and Data Protection Award for excellence in research.

Rupen Seoni, Senior Vice President & Practice Leader, Environics Analytics

Rupen Seoni leads the practice at Environics Analytics that includes the public sector, non-profit, energy and consumer goods. He brings over 20 years of experience in market analytics, working with market leaders to unlock the value of information in decision-making and business strategy. His practice area specializes in helping public-sector organizations understand population trends, segmentation and performance benchmarking. Rupen holds a master's degree in urban planning.

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The amount of data that's available for public use is exploding, and as such, implementing big data projects is becoming a major priority across the public sector. Big data, analytics, and business intelligence provide limitless opportunities for improving service delivery, informing policy decision-making, and boosting organizational performance. The public sector is under increasing pressure to ensure ease of use, reliability, speed, and access to their services, for all citizens.

However, there are still numerous hurdles to overcome before you can take advantage of big data's opportunities. These challenges include securing organizational buy-in, complying with privacy and legal regulations, and breaking down silos to effectively collaborate with different departments.

INFONEX's two-day Leveraging Big Data & Analytics for the Public Sector will help you understand the benefits and pitfalls of big data and how it can be used to improve business functions and secure competitive advantage. Our faculty of leading experts will provide you with strategies for overcoming hurdles, securing buy-in, gathering and integrating your data, and leveraging your data to improve services and policy decisions.

Learn how to extract relevant information from data that can be used to make better organizational decisions. Get tips for overcoming challenges of implementing and maintaining a data governance program. Uncover ways to mitigate performance risks with business intelligence. Examine proven techniques for measuring the performance of your analytics and manage legal and privacy issues surrounding business intelligence.

Join us in Toronto to learn the best practices for collecting and leveraging big data and analytics. Register today!

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