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Blockchain for the Public Sector

December 3 - 4, 2019  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Day One Agenda | Tuesday, December 3, 2019
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Mark MacDonald, Leader, Government & Public Sector (Ontario), Public Finance Management (Global), Ernst & Young LLP
9:15 - 9:45
The Internet of Value and the Continuum of Blockchain Uses: Blockchain In the Mainstream
Keynote Address: Mark MacDonald, Leader, Government & Public Sector (Ontario), Public Finance Management (Global), Ernst & Young LLP
  • Continuum of blockchain uses - from least to most impactful
  • Proof of identity
  • Sharing of information
  • Creation of permanent and immutable records
  • Supply chain management
  • Fundamental changes in managing financial relationships
  • Comprehensive public budget management
  • Unintended consequences and relevant safeguards
9:45 - 10:30
Application Opportunities, Strategic Approaches: Understanding and Exploiting the Value of Blockchain in Government – Treasury Board Secretariat
Dan Cooper, Senior Director, Enterprise Technology, Treasury Board Secretariat, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Technology Officer
  • What makes this technology different?
  • Features of this very unique shared data base
  • Sharing with trusted strangers and the trust transfer protocol
  • How to use blockchain for interdepartmental sharing of information and the creation of smart contracts
  • Where and how to use smart contracts pre-programmed for action for greater efficiency
10:30 - 10:40        Networking Break
10:45 - 11:30
Criteria for Deciding on Blockchain: Use Case Studies at Innovation, Science and Economic Development:
Vidya Shankarnarayan, Director General, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Use case studies at Innovation, Science and Economic Development including the Intellectual Property Office
  • Questions that require answers
  • What problem are we trying to solve?
  • What is the asset?
  • Usage criteria and pre-conditions for deciding on blockchain
  • Who is using blockchain and how are they using it?
  • How blockchain can enhance transparency, accountability and ongoing disclosure
  • Importance of the agreement to exchange information over a network
11:30 - 12:30
Sign In Canada - Faster Access to Government Services through a Unified Login Authentication Service
Ken McMillan, Product Line Manager, Digital Identity, Treasury Board Of Canada
  • Providing users with a foundational digital credential sufficient to prove their identity so that they can interact with government departments
  • How Sign In Canada will make it easier for people across Canada to log into the roughly 100 federal portals using a range of authentications for a variety of services
  • Working toward allowing access to services to users in all provinces, territories and international organizations based on foundational identification
  • Reducing the time and work involved in obtaining licenses and permits
  • The Pan Canadian Identity Trust Framework - rules to identify, authenticate and authorize users to access resources across public and private organizations – where is the committee in its work?
  • How user can revoke permission and withdraw from the network
  • Cost savings and efficiency
12:30 - 1:30        Luncheon Break
1:30 - 2:15
Regulating More Effectively and Efficiently With Smart Contracts
Usman M. Sheikh, Partner, Gowling WLG, National Head, Blockchain & Smart Contract Group
  • Uses of blockchain and smart contracts in automating, verifying and time stamping completion of contractual steps
  • Legal implications of integrating computer code in a contract to perform a set of instructions
  • Strategies for when a smart contract must be changed due to a logic error or coding bug
  • Benefits of smart contracts including less reliance on intermediaries, reducing costs, rendering transactions traceable, transparent and irreversible
  • What about offer, acceptance, consideration and governing law?
  • Complex jurisdictional issues
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:30
University Health Network: Blockchain and Health Care: Benefits of a Single Shareable and Immutable Source of Truth
Dr. David Wiljer, Executive Director, Education, Technology & Innovation, University Health Network
  • Need for a single repository of patient healthcare history
  • Opportunities for transforming the role of the patient in the complex health care environment
  • Electronic book-keeping through automation and reduction of administration costs by consolidating paper trails and business operations
  • Allows for a simple longitudinal look at an individual’s history, fortifying patient-centred health care
  • Universality of policies and interoperability between parties
  • Linking a long-fragmented system into a system that is immutable, digital and powerful
  • Impact on fraudulent claims
  • Benefits for research and development with a moratorium on silos of information
  • Curbing drug abuse and double-filling of prescriptions
  • Preventing theft of medical data
  • Improving privacy and security of confidential patient information
3:30 - 4:30
Case Study at National Research Council of Canada: Proactive Disclosure and Permanent Records of Government Grants and Contributions
John Shannon, Industrial Technology Advisor, Industrial Research Assistance Programs (IRAP) National Research Council of Canada; Former Acting Director General, Digital Technology Research Centre, National Research Council Canada
  • The use case
  • Posting executed, immutable grant and contribution agreements on blockchain
  • Use of Ethereum blockchain
  • Is execution on the blockchain possible?
  • Payment of transaction fees?
  • The blockchain browser
  • Challenges in implementation
  • Results and continued progress to date
4:30        End of Day One
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