Blair Neufeld

Innovation Lead, Digital Innovation Office, Executive Council

Government of Alberta

Bryan Willey

Product Manager, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Canadian Digital Service

David MacDonald

David MacDonald



David is an 18 year veteran of the WCAG authoring team, the longest standing Invited Expert on the working group. He is currently working on WCAG 2.2 and 3.0. He contributed to the WCAG2ICT on document accessibility, the WCAG Evaluation Methodology , and is an editor of Using ARIA. He was consultant to the GC for Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act and the high profile Donna Jodhan case. David taught WCAG to the Prime Minister’s office and was lead accessibility strategist for the House of Commons. He audited websites under the jurisdiction of the CTA (Air Canada, Westjest, ViaRail, etc.) and CRTC (Bell, Telus, Rogers, etc.). He trained 80 web/mobile developers, managers, and designers at the CBC. He has worked with many Fortune 500 companies in the US and Europe including Bayer and Intel. He is on the Certification Committee for the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).

Dugald Topshee

Dugald Topshee

Chief Information Officer

Justice Canada

After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Dugald’s love of programming led him to a career in Information Technology. He worked in the telecommunications space: for British Telecom in Europe and Nortel Networks in Ottawa before founding his own consulting company in 2001. Dugald spent eight years developing solutions for clients in the public and private sector before accepting a job with the Department of Justice Canada, one of his former clients. Dugald has held a variety of positions with the Department of Justice Canada and was appointed to his current position as its Chief Information Officer in 2018.

Levent Ozmutlu

Senior Director

Public Works and Government Services Canada

Madi Murariu

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships

CIO Strategy Council

Melanie Gilbert

Melanie Gilbert

Business Development Executive, Canadian Federal Public Sector

IBM Global Business Services

Mélanie Gilbert is an IBM Associate Partner for the Canadian Federal Public Sector. As a leader she partners with her clients to drive successful projects while providing the strategy to help them better understand and adopt new solutions based on critical business needs.

As the Canadian Public Sector Blockchain lead for IBM Canada, she has assisted Canadian Federal Government departments in better understanding what makes a good Blockchain use case and whether it is the right technology to help them on their transformation journey. More recently, Mélanie has been directly involved in the IBM Maersk Tradelens Canadian pilot. Tradelens is a shipping platform based on Hyperledger Fabric Blockchain technology, processing half a billion shipping transactions a year and which now covers more than 50% of the world’s ocean container cargo.

With over 20 years of IT industry experience, Mélanie has built a reputation for her dedication and commitment to her clients.

Paul Girard

Paul Girard

Executive Director and CIO, Information Management and Technology Directorate, Corporate Services Sector

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Paul is a recognized leader known for his ability to transform IMIT organizations into highly effective and efficient delivery partners. He joined Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat as the Executive Director and Chief Information Officer in 2010. Since then he has built a highly responsive IT IM organization that consistently delivers results by ensuring the strategies of his organization align with those of business. Paul is known for challenging the norm and constantly looking to improve the operations and delivery capabilities of any organization he leads.

Prior to joining Treasury Board, Paul was the CIO at General Dynamics Canada, the largest Defence contractor in Canada where he led a large IT organization. His major contributions included the implementation of an organization wide implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning system that drastically transformed and integrated many of the business processes across the organization.

Paul’s career also included 19 years at Nortel Networks in various capacities, with his final position as the Director of the eSelling organization where he led the implementation of a product ordering system for all of the large Nortel customers that enabled them to configure, price and order complex networking gear over the internet.

Paul has a proven track record that takes any organization and reinvents it into a high performing customer focused delivery business.

Sheri Ostridge

Chief Audit Executive

Employment and Social Development Canada