Speakers

Jeff Ball

Jeff Ball

Director, Open Government & Data Governance

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Jeff Ball is the Director of Data Governance and Open Government at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  Jeff has spent the last 18 years working in various roles within the Information Management community including as Director of Open Government at the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada and as Director of the Information Management Branch and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  A passionate advocate for the benefits of Open Government and the value of Information Management services, Jeff has been working on creating an open government and data governance branch to help enhance the strategic and responsible collection, use and release of information and data at the RCMP.

Jennifer Bodnarchuk

Jennifer Bodnarchuk

Senior Data Scientist

City of Winnipeg

Jennifer Bodnarchuk is the Senior Data Scientist for the City of Winnipeg and has over 20 years’ experience using data to inform decisions. Jennifer started her career as a researcher and statistician, gaining experience at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries (MBLL). During her time at MBLL, she extended her data knowledge to strategy and planning activities in the business, and is now guiding growth of data-informed decision making at the City. Jennifer is a founding member and vice president of an aspiring DAMA Chapter in Winnipeg. She holds a PhD in Psychology (University of Manitoba, 2005) and an MSc in Data Science (Northwestern University, 2016).

Marc André Boivin

Director General, Data, Analytics Strategy and Innovation

Department of National Defence

Teresa D’Andrea

Teresa D’Andrea

Executive Director, Digital Enablement, Office of the Chief Information Officer of Canada

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

As the Executive Director of Digital Enablement with Canada’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, Teresa leads several of the federal government’s signature initiatives aimed at transforming the Government of Canada to a digital-first organization. Internationally recognized for her leadership in managing digital service solutions at scale, Teresa remains a champion for the average user and is committed to ensuring technology’s evolution is driven by humanity. Find her tweeting @TDAndrea23

Gabrielle FitzGerald

Director, Research & Data

Infrastructure Canada

Gabrielle has been managing data programs for the Government of Canada for over 12 years.  Currently, she is leading the implementation of Infrastructure Canada’s Data Strategy and is responsible for key data programs to help measure and monitor the impacts of infrastructure investments for Canadians, including oversight of Canada’s first ever national survey of public infrastructure.  She has also successfully stood up the department’s Research Agenda and associated research contribution program, which includes knowledge and capacity building at the local level. Prior to joining Infrastructure Canada, she oversaw the delivery of Canada & #39;s mineral statistics program at Natural Resources Canada; and also led the design and implementation of anti-corruption legislation through the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA); Canada’s response to the G8 commitment on global transparency in the extractives sector.  Prior to that, she was a key member of the international Kimberley Process; a regulatory regime put in place to deter the trade of conflict diamonds.  Previously, while working at Environment Canada, Gabrielle was the responsible program lead for an interdepartmental strategy on sustainable development. She holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a specialization in combinatorics and computer science.

Alex Fourie

Data Governance Analyst

DataGovernix Ltd.

Nandini Jolly

Nandini Jolly

Founder & CEO

CryptoMill Cybersecurity Solutions

Nandini Jolly is the Founder, President, and CEO of CryptoMill Cybersecurity Solutions, a proudly Canadian company that provides data-centric encryption to protect sensitive information from external hacks and internal leaks. Receiving her Masters in International Finance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the London Business School, England; Nandini is a passionate advocate for security and privacy in the digital age. Nandini has led CryptoMill Cybersecurity Solutions to powerful partnerships, most notably with HP Worldwide. Alongside her team of engineers, they created an exclusive encryption program that was bundled with 40 million HP devices in 34 languages. Trailblazing her own path, Nandini has made fostering a culture of collaboration and learning a priority at CryptoMill.

She has passionately spearheaded the CryptoMill Co-Op program where students from educational institutions such as the University of Toronto and Waterloo have enabled the opportunity to receive real-world experience working alongside industry veterans and forming valuable connections for their burgeoning careers. Prior to founding CryptoMill, Nandini served as the Senior Vice-President of Global Treasury Services and Financial Risk Management for the Bank of America. Nandini’s career path in the financial sector also included the role of Director at Deloitte and Touche where she was a part of the National Financial Services Industry Group for Risk Management. As a Privacy Design Ambassador, Nandini is a co-author of several white papers including “Embed Privacy & Security by Design to Gain a Competitive Advantage” with Dr. Ann Cavoukian, the former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and current Distinguished Expert-in-Residence at Ryerson University.

In 2013, Nandini was named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2013 by the Women’s Executive Network (WXM) for her business determination, technical innovation, and breaking new ground in a male-dominated industry. Nandini’s accolades also include being featured by the Government of Canada’s Status of Women in Canada, led by the Honourable K. Kellie Leitch as someone whose entrepreneurial spirit has influenced the Canadian business world. Nandini finds her strength to continue on the ‘road less traveled’ by sticking to her mantra, Gandhi’s philosophy of ‘being the change you want to see the world’. Her work as a mentor has inspired women and entrepreneurs throughout Canada.

Francis Loughheed

Francis Loughheed

Senior Policy Advisor Performance Measurement and Data Analytics

Natural Resources Canada

Mr. Loughheed works with the seven programs of the CFS to support sector performance measurement reporting. His work in data analytics includes conception and development of an Executive Portfolio Dashboard and promoting the use of data visualization to inform decision-making and corporate reporting.  He is currently working on corporate applications in the areas of cloud-based data lake systems, machine learning and augmented intelligence systems.

Vik Pant

Vik Pant

Chief Scientist and Chief Science Advisor

Natural Resources Canada

Vik is responsible for providing strategic direction to build capacity within NRCan’s scientific community, promoting a departmental vision for S&T and assessment of future needs. This involves leadership in developing and advancing S&T priorities, providing strategic policy advice on horizontal science issues and opportunities to ensure strong linkages between science and policy communities, and promoting effective engagement of S&T activities.  Vik is responsible for accelerating the creative application of innovative digital technologies including Artificial Intelligence, to enhance NRCan’s ability to conduct research and analysis, as well as provide evidence-based policy advice that is supported by advanced analytical techniques. Vik works with counterparts from other science-based organizations to ensure that the management of federal policy and research activities support and align with Government of Canada priorities.

Vik earned a doctorate from the Faculty of Information (iSchool) in the University of Toronto, a master’s degree in business administration with distinction from the University of London, and a master’s degree in information technology from Harvard University, where he received the Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award. His research, featured in numerous peer-reviewed journals and refereed international conferences, focuses on the conceptual modelling of strategic coopetition in complex multi-agent systems.

Vik joined NRCan from the MaRS Discovery District, a technology start-up accelerator in Toronto, where he was a Senior Technical Advisor of Applied Artificial Intelligence. Prior to that, he held progressively strategic positions in leading software enterprises including Oracle, SAP and Open Text.

Ivan Rincon

Ivan Rincon

Executive Director, Ministry of Citizens' Services

BC Provincial Government

Ivan Rincon, B. Eng., MBA, CISA, PMP, PgMP is a professional project and program manager with 30 years of experience. Mr. Rincon has worked for large organizations like IBM, HP, and EDS, as well as an independent consultant. Recently, Mr. Rincon oversaw initiatives related to telecommunications,  emergency management, public safety and environmental research. Currently, he is Executive Director  for the Ministry of Citizens’ Services in British Columbia, Canada, where oversees projects related to  connectivity and emergency management and public safety communications.

Graham Smith

Sr. Data Management Consultant

DataGovernix Ltd.