Speakers

Chantal Ayotte

Director of Data & Lean Process Management

Transport Canada

Sandra Ferguson

Director of Policy

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Katie Gibson

Vice President, Strategy Partnerships

CIO Strategy Council

Danielle Goldfarb

Vice President, Global Affairs, Economics and Public Policy

Real-Time Interactive Worldwide Intelligence

Danielle is VP, Global Affairs, Economics and Public Policy at RIWI (Real-Time Interactive Worldwide Intelligence), and a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Danielle’s Tedx talk is about who is left out of datasets and the importance of inclusive data for prediction and policy making. She is developing a graduate course at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs on the use of new data tools for global affairs and public policy. Danielle’s research expertise is in real-time economic sentiment and behaviour, global trade, emerging technologies, and the global digital economy. Danielle’s current work at RIWI uses a unique technology to gather citizen intelligence and economic data – including from those that don’t typically share their opinion – during major global events including the COVID-19 pandemic and during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Danielle has also held senior roles at several economic policy think tanks. She directed the Conference Board of Canada’s research centre on global commerce, and led trade and trade policy research at the C.D. Howe Institute. Danielle has an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University and a B.Comm. in Honours Economics from McGill University.

Steve Gooch

Steve Gooch

Data Governance Strategy Lead

Department of National Defense

Andy Handouyahia

Andy Handouyahia

Acting Director, Data, Methodology and Evaluation

Employment and Social Development Canada

Andy Handouyahia is currently Acting Director of the strategic planning and methodology within the evaluation Directorate at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC, GoC).

More than 25 years of experience in the area of data, methodology and evaluation across GoC (Statistics Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat, and recently Employment & Social Development Canada). Andy spent the last 12 years at ESDC as a manager of data and methodology supporting evidence-based evaluations to support decision-making.  Andy is now acting director and he is also leading the strategic planning of the directorate.

For example, Andy led a multidisciplinary team in the implementation of a modern data environment to enable effective evaluations, policy analysis and research in the area of labor market programs. A very successful and innovative project in terms of effective use of administrative data to support policy development. He presented different innovative work in many international conferences and workshops including (Canadian Economic Association, Metropolis, SCSE, ACFAS, UN/UNICEF workshop in Panama, OECD workshop in Brussels).

Andy is also teaching part time at the University of Québec en Outaouais (Québec) for the last 25 years in the area of analysis, data management and data science.

Emily Kozinski

Advisor, Data Governance, Data Governance Office

Canada Post

Patrick Lagioia

Patrick Lagioia

Director, Data Strategy, Policy and Governance

Public Health Agency of Canada

Patrick is a corporate strategist, digital and data specialist, and seasoned policy executive with a track record of delivering public sector reform through multi-sector collaboration. As Director of Data Strategy, Policy and Governance at the Public Health Agency of Canada, Patrick is responsible for execution of the data strategy, advancing solutions to ensure the responsible and strategic use of data to protect the health of Canadians. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Manitoba where he earned a Masters of Public Administration.

Francis Loughheed

Francis Loughheed

Senior Policy Advisor Performance Measurement and Data Analytics

Natural Resources Canada; Canadian Forest Service

Mr. Loughheed is a Senior Policy Advisor Performance Measurement and Data Analytics with the Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada.  Mr. Loughheed specializes in developing unique approaches to leveraging data in supporting decision making.  His recent work has been on designing, developing and implementing an organization wide data culture toolset to promote data culture, data skills and data maturity at the corporate level.  He is currently working with the Office of the Chief Data Officer at Natural Resources leading a corporate Data Skills Challenge to promote and enhance data skills across the department.  He is a curriculum contributor to the Canadian School of Public Service and the tools and strategies being led by NRCan are being adopted by other Government of Canada departments.

Mary Elias

Mary Elias

Acting Manager, Health Data Science

Ontario Ministry of Health

Mary Elias is currently an Acting Manager within the Health Data Science Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Health. She is skilled in the areas of health services research, health analytics, performance measurement, program evaluation and data science. At both the national and jurisdictional levels, she has been responsible for the development and production of several health system performance indicators, automation processes, analytical reports and tools. A few examples of the public-facing work she has been involved in includes the Canadian Institute for Health Information’s Indicator Library, the Ontario Ministry of Health’s OPDP At A Glance Report and Ontario’s public reporting on COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination statuses. Throughout her career, Mary’s ability to think of the big picture, in conjunction with her ability to understand the details of health data, has been instrumental to her leadership roles. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors from York University and a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Toronto.Mary Elias is currently an Acting Manager within the Health Data Science Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Health. She is skilled in the areas of health services research, health analytics, performance measurement, program evaluation and data science. At both the national and jurisdictional levels, she has been responsible for the development and production of several health system performance indicators, automation processes, analytical reports and tools. A few examples of the public-facing work she has been involved in includes the Canadian Institute for Health Information’s Indicator Library, the Ontario Ministry of Health’s OPDP At A Glance Report and Ontario’s public reporting on COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination statuses. Throughout her career, Mary’s ability to think of the big picture, in conjunction with her ability to understand the details of health data, has been instrumental to her leadership roles. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors from York University and a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Toronto.

Howard Ramos

Howard Ramos

Chairperson

Canadian Statistics Advisory Council

Howard Ramos is Chair of the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council. He is also Chair of the Department of Sociology at Western University and is a political sociologist who investigates issues of social justice and equity. He has published on social movements, human rights, Indigenous mobilization, environmental advocacy, ethnicity, race, and immigration. He also investigates issues of social change and perceptions of change. He has published five books and over 75 academic articles and book chapters and is dedicated to knowledge mobilization and translation.

Nader Shureih

Vice President, Business Development, Public Sector

Environics Analytics

Sid Tobias

Director, Digital Services, Environmental Assessment Office

Government of British Columbia

Emily Tregunno

Advisor, Data Governance, Data Governance Office

Canada Post

Jenny Ye

Director, Data Engineering

Canada Energy Regulator

Jenny currently works for the Canada Energy Regulator as the Director, Data Engineering. She is an experienced leader with over 20 years of extensive experience in data, software development, and IT. She is passionate about solving problems with technology and data solutions. Jenny fully understands the many challenges organizations face with data and continuously looks for opportunities to improve data quality through innovation.