Day One: Tuesday, November 8, 2022

11:45 EST

60 min
Francis Loughheed

An Executive Roadmap for Data Leadership

Francis Loughheed, Senior Policy Advisor Performance Measurement and Data Analytics, Natural Resources Canada; Canadian Forest Service

This presentation will highlight lessons learned from the roll out of Natural Resources Canada’s Data Culture Enablement Project.

  • leveraging impact with data
  • the role and responsibilities of the data leader
  • the role of data culture in leveraging digital transformation
  • 7 steps to building a data culture
  • 5 things you can do in the next 48 hours to become a data leader

12:45 EST

45 min


13:30 EST

60 min

Data Governance in Community and Social Service Delivery

Katie Gibson, Vice President, Strategy Partnerships, CIO Strategy Council

  • Canada’s community and social service providers deliver services and support to vulnerable and at-risk individuals, many with government funding.
  • Most of these organizations collect and use client data, some of which is sensitive – such as participation in addiction treatment, a health diagnosis, or experience of violence
  • As these organizations adopt new technologies for client management, this can multiply the amount of data under control of organizations and their vendors and can pose serious new risks to privacy and security which may not be well understood.
  • Community and social service providers are uniquely vulnerable to these risks materializing
  • The importance of the responsible collection, storage, use, and sharing of client data is therefore increasing to manage the risks and vulnerabilities. In addition, with the appropriate guardrails in place, community and social service providers can better use the data available to them to serve their mission

Day Two: Wednesday, November 9, 2022

10:45 EST

60 min
Steve Gooch

Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Data Stewardship Model

Steve Gooch, Data Governance Strategy Lead, Department of National Defence

Marie-France Guindon, Manager, Data Governance, Department of National Defence

  • The Data Stewardship Model supports the execution of data governance and data management activities.
  • Stewardship exists in multiple tiers from executive-level to working-level stewards.
  • DND/CAF must balance its requirement for data security with its need to share data for operational effectiveness/efficiency
  • Key cultural and organizational priorities must be reflected in the data governance model in order to support the CAF
  • A large change management/culture shift must be undertaken to elevate the importance of data and that data is stewarded and not owned.

12:45 EST

45 min


Big Data Workshop: Monday, November 7, 2022

11:45 EST

60 min
Andy Handouyahia Tristan Rikhi

Machine Learning for Estimating Heterogeneous Treatment Effects in Program Evaluations

Andy Handouyahia, Acting Director, Data, Methodology and Evaluation, Employment and Social Development Canada

Tristan Rikhi, Senior Data Analyst, Employment and Social Development Canada

The study shows how the Evaluation directorate at Employment and Social Development Canada uses rich administrative data and Modified Causal Forests, a causal machine-learning estimator, to inform policy development through impact evaluations. The study also illustrates the implementation of the innovative Modified Causal Forests algorithm to estimate individualized treatment effects, thereby informing what works for whom.  This study lays the foundation for the conduct of evaluation from a Gender-Based Analysis+ perspective with a view to inform differential impacts of policies and programs on people of various socio demographic backgrounds. In particular, it provides a distribution of net impacts for key sub-groups of participants in addition to the average program impact.

12:45 EST

45 min


14:30 EST

60 min
Howard Ramos

Navigating Made, Found and Lost Data

Howard Ramos, Chairperson, Canadian Statistics Advisory Council

  • The federal family has an abundance of made and found data but also loses billions of dollars because of lost data resulting from a lack of coordination
  • Legislation is one tool to promote coordination, however, policy and practice as well as relationships are key to stewardship
  • Statistics Canada is uniquely place to coordinate data and relationships and offer infrastructure to support the digital and data opportunities of the 21st century
  • There is a role for all sectors and jurisdiction to build a robust statistical system
  • Key to a strong statistical system is also access to the information and data in it and forethought on building data literacy of users and the broader public