Speakers

Pia Andrews

Special Advisor, Digital & Client Data Workstream Lead

Employment and Social Development Canada

Giselle Jean Baptiste

Giselle Jean Baptiste

Executive Director

Treasury Board of Canada

Giselle Jean Baptiste is an Executive Director at Treasury Board Secretariat. She has over 20 years of experience leading initiatives and projects in various Government of Canada departments such as Public Services and Procurement Canada, Global Affairs Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Giselle holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa.

Courtney Claessens

Senior Product Manager

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Canadian Digital Service

Courtney Claessens is a Senior Product Manager at the Canadian Digital Service (CDS), where she works with teams to build the right thing at the right time and hold people at the centre of our products.  At CDS she has led the delivery of the provincial healthcare integration of COVID Alert and products to help people find relevant benefits (for people financially impacted by COVID-19 and for Veterans), and worked with ESDC to improve the CPP Disability application and adjudication process. Before joining the public service she worked at Esri to build products that enable governments around the world to share data with the public.

Gil Côté

Digital Transformation Architect

Cancentric Solutions

Gil is a digital pioneer with over 25 years of digital transformation experience as a public servant, consultant and business leader. His roles have involved project leadership, product development, business transformation, information and business architecture and application development.

He has a proven track record working with extended project teams, across and between organizations to develop innovative and award winning digital solutions involving content management, search, analytics, and machine learning. His diverse experience includes public and private sector engagements throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.

Melanie Gilbert

Melanie Gilbert

Associate Partner

IBM Services - Canadian Public Sector

Melanie is an Associate Partner focused on the Canadian Federal Public Sector since August 2019. She is responsible for the delivery and growth of some of IBM Canada’s largest services engagements.

She is known for her thought leadership with respect to disruptive technologies. As the IBM Canada Public Sector Blockchain leader, she helps her clients understand what makes a good Blockchain use case and how to deploy projects that deliver real business results.

Melanie is passionate about how disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain can improve citizen centric experiences and change the way governments engage with private industry, other governments, and its citizens. As such, she is a frequent public speaker on these topics.

Melanie is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Emlyon, France where she teaches “AI and Disruptive Technologies Applied to Commerce” within the Masters of Science (MSc) in Digital Marketing and Data Science department.

Syed Hasan

Innovation and Agile Procurement

Public Services and Procurement Canada

Justin Hewitt

A/Senior Director of DevOps Platform Services

BCDevExchange

I’ve been in the BC Public Service for over fifteen years, a bit of a journeyman, going from one sector to the next every few years.  This includes working with Agile teams for over 5 years, both traditional Scrum and Disciplined Agile Delivery.  My experience shows a hybrid work in practise in government.  I’m a fan of young Napoleon’s approach to leadership, which is from the front.  Previous roles include Product Owner, Scrum Master, Developer, DevOps practitioner, and Director of Operations.    DevOps has been in my game plan for the past 3 years in multiple positions, taking a Service Design approach to enablement, always championing the CALMS model (Culture, Automation, Lean, Measurement, and Sharing).  I’m currently a lead champion of Site Reliability Engineering in the BCPS, to compliment high velocity with reliability of the services we build in our digital transformation journey.  My current efforts involve the transition of a successful pathfinder project of the Province’s DevOps Platform to Enterprise in 2020/2021 fiscal year, a Private Cloud solution that’s well on its way to scale to hybrid cloud.  Oh, and always, always, with the developer as the primary persona.

Philippe Johnston

Philippe Johnston

President

CIO Association of Canada

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.

Christopher MacDonald

Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive

Public Service Commission of Canada

Mr. MacDonald was appointed Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive on 8 December 2017. He is responsible for providing the President of the Public Service Commission of Canada with independent, objective, and timely assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve operations. The Internal Audit Function helps the Public Service Commission of Canada accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the adequacy and effectiveness of its risk management, control and governance processes.

His previous position was Director, Audit Operations, at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) from December 2015 to December 2017. As Director, he was responsible for the provision of professional internal audit services. Prior to that, he held the position of Director, Internal Audit at Infrastructure Canada, from January 2014 to December 2015.

Earlier, he worked for the Office of Audit and Inspection at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Casteau, Belguim and held various audit, evaluation and related positions within the Government of Canada at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Finance Canada, Global Affairs Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, IRCC, and Office of the Auditor General of Canada. Mr. MacDonald is a former chair, member services for the Institute of Internal Auditors (Ottawa Chapter).

He served as a member of the board of Le Manege daycare for a number of years and is currently the President of the board at Ecole Elisabeth Bruyère in Kanata, Ontario.
Mr. MacDonald is a certified internal auditor and has a certification in risk management assurance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Saint Francis Xavier University, a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from Dalhousie University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University.

David MacDonald

David MacDonald

President

CanAdapt

David is an 19 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, Westjet, 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).

Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan

Innovation Specialist, Solution Centre

Transport Canada

Andrew is currently an Innovation Specialist working for Transport Canada. In addition to receiving a Master of International Business with a specialization in Disruptive Innovation, he is a certified Blockhain Expert. Over his career he has worked for organizations in both the public and private sectors spanning North America, Europe, and Asia (Middle East) . Prior to his current role at TC, Andrew had the opportunity to present strategic innovation initiatives to IM/IT executives of numerous multi-billion dollar organizations.

Blair Neufeld

Blair Neufeld

Innovation Lead, Digital Innovation Office, Executive Council

Government of Alberta

My career has been divided between Canada’s airline industry and the Public Service. The focus for most of my work has been business transformation to improve service delivery, increase efficiency and create more fulfilling experiences for customers and staff.

Whether it’s justice, social services, finance or transportation, big change usually includes technology, business process and organizational redesign. To get there I’ve used service design, agile, citizen engagement and strategic planning. Plus a bunch of listening, sticky notes and sharpies.

Sheri Ostridge

Sheri Ostridge

Chief Audit Executive

Employment and Social Development Canada

Angela Siegel

Faculty of Computer Science

Dalhousie University

Dr. Angela Siegel is a Senior Instructor in the Faculty of Computer Science and the Program Director of the Bachelor of Applied Computer Science program at Dalhousie University. Additionally, she is the Institutional Co-Lead of the Learning Equity & Access Research Network (LEARN), a member of the larger CIRTL network. In this role, she works towards greater understanding of issues involving equity and inclusion within teaching and learning, while also exploring how we might increase access to university for all.

Bryan Willey

Bryan Willey

Product Manager, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Canadian Digital Service

Bryan is a product manager with the Canadian Digital Service responsible for the GC Notify platform. a fully cloud based notification solution for the Government of Canada developed with the latest digital standards. He brings over 10 years experience from the private tech sector. He came to the Canadian Digital Service after working as an agile product manager for startup companies in Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario. Starting his career in IT management, he transitioned to managing a client support team. This focus on users helped him become an agile user centric product manager.