Speakers

Ekke Kok

Ekke Kok

Manager, Transportation Data and Forecasting

City of Calgary

Emily West

Emily West

Chief Data Steward

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Mélanie Robert

Mélanie Robert

Executive Director - Open Government

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Mélanie Robert is the Executive Director of Open Government at the Treasury Board ofCanada Secretariat (TBS). She leads the Government of Canada’s efforts to open data andinformation and to increase accountability and citizen participation, and manages Canada’sOpen Government and Open Data Portal (open.canada.ca) as well as the Online Access toInformation Request Service.

With over 20 years of experience in the federal public service, Mélanie has lead businessanalysis, regulation and enforcement work and communications and consultations for avariety of technology and innovation files.

You can follow Mélanie on Twitter @MelRobrt

Philippe Johnston

Philippe Johnston

Director General, Digital Services Directorate

Transport Canada

Philippe is currently managing the operational and capital IM/IT portfolio for Transport Canada. Since Jan 2019 he has been digitizing and enhancing the safety, security, and efficiency of Canada’s transportation sector. Prior to this role he held the CIO position at the granting councils, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). He was at the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) from 2011-2016, where he led all parts of the internal IM IT organization, including the Deputy/CIO position for the last two years.  During this time he helped establish the Secret Network for the Government of Canada, as well as developing and implementing a comprehensive Front Office strategy for TBS. Prior to joining TBS, Philippe helped establish the Cyber Defense program at the Communications Security Establishment, while creating partnerships with academia, vendors and with key international organizations in the realm of cyber security. Philippe was a proud member of the Canadian Navy where he obtained his Combat Systems Engineering Head of Department qualification before his retirement.

Sherin Emmanuel

Sherin Emmanuel

Information Architect

Canada Revenue Agency

Sherin Emmanuel is passionate about managing data and Information to meet the needs of the digital workplace.  Sherin works at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as the Information Architect for the Agency and has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors in many diverse domains including engineering, education, Information Management and Information Technology. Developing information architectures that can help automate and transform the management of electronic information through “…by design” concepts is her current focus. Sherin considers the transformation of practices rooted in analog,  to meet the needs of the digital world of today as one of the most interesting challenges in her career. She is proud to be a part of this transformation in the Government of Canada. Prior to joining the CRA Sherin worked at the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Nortel Networks. Sherin is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with a Masters in Information Studies (MIS) from the University of Ottawa.