A lot of excellent information was presented. Great resource material to follow up on. - Associate Vice-President, Financial Services
University of Saskatchewan
Unlock the Value in Your Data to Enhance Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Your Organization!

Big Data and Analytics for the Public Sector

Advance your knowledge in government-utilized predictive analytics, data visualization and artificial intelligence

February 25-26, 2020 · Vancouver, British Columbia
Day Two - Wednesday, February 26, 2020
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Nicholas Jeffery, Impresario Consulting
9:10 - 10:00
Population-level Admin Data vs Province-wide Satellite Imagery: Two Big-data Integration Streams for Decision-making Support
Ashlin Richardson, Senior Data Scientist, Digital Platforms & Data Division, Office of the Chief Information Officer Province of British Columbia
  • Data Integration
  • Data Consistency
  • Trend and Pattern Analysis
  • Resilient, high-performance computing
  • Frameworks for transparent, repeatable, reproducible Science
10:00 - 10:15        Networking and Refreshment Break
10:15 - 11:15
Standards Development in the Big Data and Analytics Space
  • An overview of the Standard Council of Canada initiatives
  • Standards Landscape for Big Data and AI
  • How to Participate in Standards Development
  • How Canadian Innovation in the space is being reflected in Standards;
  • The Canadian Data Governance Standardization Collaborative
11:15 - 12:15
Preparing for Threats to Data Integrity
Dominic Vogel, Founder & Chief Strategist, Cyber SC
  • How do threats change when attackers are not financially motivated?
  • What tools are available to proactively mitigate reputational damage and confusion?
  • Strategies for risk mitigation at collection and storage
  • Internal threats and innovations in access control
  • Case Study/Capability Showcase
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Bridging the Data Literacy and Skills Gap in Canada
Steve Wilson, CEO, The Eciss Group
  • Current state of data literacy and skills gap in Canada.
  • Emerging trends to bridge the data literacy and skills gap.
  • Potential public sector challenges and opportunities for Canada.
  • Innovation leadership and cultural change roadmap
  • Case Study - Interdisciplinary Centre of Competence
2:15 - 3:30
Placing Policy Panel: Utility, Security, Privacy, and Fairness at Key Points in the Data Life Cycle
Laura-Lea Berna, CIO, BC Transit
  • Consent - how does consent given at collection by a data subject interact with changes of ownership or administration at the collecting entity?
  • Collection – can policy on data collection shift us away from the “collect it all” mentality? What are the benefits of that shift?
  • Processing - can policy improve the accuracy and interoperability of the information put in the hands of decision makers?
  • Operationalization – addressing algorithmic bias & exploring explainable AI from a policy viewpoint
  • Retention - How can policy around retention standards improve outcomes?
  • How can practicality and impact be balanced within digital policy?
  • Where is digital policy going?
3:15 - 4:15
From Capacity to Build Statistics to Data Analytics Capacity Building
  • Recognize the types of data available and how they can be harvested
  • The power and limits of data and resulting conclusions
  • The importance of questioning and assessing quality
  • Anchoring the approach in a scientific and transparent framework
4:15        End of Day Two




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 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 Ottawa to learn the best practices for collecting and leveraging big data and analytics. Register today!

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