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  • 08:00 – 08:40

    Registration & Coffee in the Exhibition Area

  • 8:45 - 9:00
    Tommy Gardner

    Chief Technology Officer

    Tommy Gardner - HP FEDERAL - QLIK

  • 09:00 - 09:30
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    Opening Keynote: Elevating Data Governance: Lessons from Global Federal Governments

    Celio Oliveira - Secretariat of the Executive Data Governance Steering Committee - GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

    • This session explores real-world case studies from Estonia and Brazil, showcasing how these nations transformed data from a mere resource into a strategic asset. 

      Key takeaways: 

      • The impact of data governance on organizational success 
      • The intricate relationship between data quality, security, and compliance 
      • How data governance empowers confident, data-driven decision-making 

      "Elevating Data Governance" provides a compelling analysis for organizations navigating the data-driven world. Learn how meticulous data management fosters not only effective service delivery but also contributes to a fairer society. 

  • 09:30 - 10:00
    Carol Wilson-2

    Presentation: The Evolution of Analytics at Canada Post: Going Beyond Prediction

    Carol Wilson - Director, Advanced Analytics - CANADA POST CORPORATION


    Canada Post is committed to being a data driven business and over the past several years the Advanced Analytics team has focussed on descriptive analytics (what happened) and predictive analytics (what will happen). Recently we have increased our analytics maturity by including prescriptive analytics with scenario planning and simulations. Our next goal is to go beyond even prescriptive analytics into a fourth level called integrated analytics. In this presentation, I will: 

    • Explain the evolution of descriptive, predictive, prescriptive, and integrated analytics 
    • Provide examples of recent projects at each maturity level 
    • Discuss how to provide tools to seamlessly guide business decisions with ML/AI 
  • 10:00 - 10:30
    Kevin Bohan-1

    Presentation: Establishing an Agile Data Ecosystem for Successful Generative AI

    Kevin Bohan - Director of Product Marketing - DENODO


    Join us for an engaging session where we delve into the transformative potential of Generative AI technologies. Learn how Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) can empower your agency to harness the full benefits of Generative AI. Discover strategies for optimizing your agency's data readiness to fuel AI initiatives effectively.  


    In the session, we will explore: 

    • Common hurdles such as data sprawl and distributed data environments 
    • Best practices for safeguarding sensitive data and ensuring compliance with stringent privacy regulations. 
    • The knowledge and tools needed to establish an agile data foundation and drive innovation in your agency with Generative AI. 
  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Mid-Morning Coffee & Networking in the Exhibition Area (Sponsored by HP)

  • 11:00-11:30

    Fireside chat: Prioritizing Data Quality: Building a Foundation for Success Beyond Machine Learning and AI

    • Tired of drowning in data? This talk dives into the secret weapon for data-driven success: data governance. 


      Learn how to: 

      • Turn messy data into actionable insights 
      • Make confident decisions beyond just AI 
      • Navigate the data deluge with proven strategies 
      • Real-world examples and best practices will show you how to harness the power of your data for lasting success. 

      Moderator:  Tommy Gardner, Chief Technology Officer - HP FEDERAL 

      Celio Oliveira, Secretariat of the Executive Data Governance Steering Committee - GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

  • 11:30-12:15
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    Panel Discussion: Government Gets #DataSmart: Upskilling for the Age of Analytic

    • What data skills and competencies are critical for government agencies to thrive in the age of analytics? How can we effectively bridge the data literacy gap within the workforce? 
    • What are the most effective approaches to upskilling government employees in data analysis, visualization, and storytelling? 
    • How can government agencies foster a data-driven culture that encourages evidence-based decision-making across all levels? 
    • How can we measure the return on investment for data upskilling initiatives, demonstrating the value in improved service delivery and resource allocation? 


    Moderator: Darrell Bridge, Senior Data Analytics Strategist  



    Carol Wilson, Director, Advanced Analytics 



    Chris Valiquet, Director, GC Data Community  



    Karem Elsayed, Senior Advisor  



  • 12:15-12:45

    HP Session

  • 12:45 – 13:45

    Lunch & Networking in the Exhibition Area

  • 13:45-14:15
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    Fireside Chat: How Can We Bridge the Data Divide? Overcoming Interoperability Challenges for Effective Data Integration

    • Fireside Chat: How Can We Bridge the Data Divide? Overcoming Interoperability Challenges for Effective Data Integration 


      In 2024, the Canadian public sector faces a pivotal question: How can we bridge the data divide? The key challenge is interoperability - how do different data systems and technologies across government departments integrate seamlessly? This isn't just a tech issue; it's about creating a unified data language. Why is this crucial? Because effective data sharing is vital for informed decisions and better public services. As we navigate these challenges, we must ask: Are we ready to forge a path toward a data-integrated future in Canada's public sector?   


      Moderator: Tommy Gardner, Chief Technology Officer  



      Marc-Antoine Auger, Director, Data Delivery & Enablement  


  • 14:15- 14:45

    Presentation: The AI Mandate: Transformative AND Responsible for Our Citizens

    Mike Potter - Chief Technology Officer - QLIK

    • The citizens we serve are experiencing the transformative effects of Generative AI. Government data leaders are also excited about the use of it within their respective agencies, but many are facing a similar challenge: the insights are only as good as the data that AI models reason over. Without a solid data foundation, governments will struggle to realize the full operational value of Generative AI and will face increased risks of inaccuracies, inefficiencies, biases, and security vulnerabilities. This session will provide an overview of how government data leaders can ensure their agency’s data is ready for Generative AI to help power decision-making and enhance citizen services. 
  • 14:45 - 15:15

    Presentation: AI Empowerment: Infrastructure Canada's Ethical Roadmap

    Kate Burnett-Isaacs - Director of Data Science - INFRASTRUCTURE CANADA


    Infrastructure Canada is implementing an AI Framework to pave the path for ethical and responsible use of AI in practice. With guidelines, tools and project governance designed to address business challenges and opportunities first, AI will be used in a practical, efficient, and sustainable manner to improve the efficiency and accuracy of Infrastructure Canada’s operations. With four use cases from across the product lifecycle - from experimentation, to scaling a pilot project, to testing and finally lessons learned from AI in operation, this presentation can shed light on how to set up projects with implementation in mind, measure success and understand the change management needed to take AI from theory to practice in a government department. 

  • 15:15 - 15:45

    Afternoon Tea & Networking in the Exhibition Area (Sponsored by HP)

  • 15:45 - 16:15

    Presentation: Improving Data and Analytics Maturity Across the Organization

    Guillaume Bedard - Strategic Advisor - Analytic, AI and Data - Canadian Public Sector

      • Why improve data & analytics maturity in the Canadian public sector? 
      • What is data & analytics organizational maturity? 
      • How to achieve data & analytics maturity? 
      • Key success factors and recommended next steps 
  • 16:45 –17:15

    Panel Discussion: Breaking Down Data Silos to Empower Collaboration in the Public Sector

      • How can we cultivate a culture of collaboration and foster open data sharing across government departments in the public sector? 
      • What barriers need to be removed to ensure seamless access to data for efficient decision-making and service delivery? 
      • How can robust data integration practices be implemented to consolidate information from various government agencies into a unified platform? 
      • How can cross-functional teams be empowered with comprehensive data insights to better address public sector challenges and enhance citizen services? 


      Moderator: David Dawod, Manager, Data Analytics  



      Byron O'Byrne, Head of Data, Asia-Pacific Branch 



      Freda Lam, Manager, Safety Programs 



      Darryl Kingston, Executive Director 



      Kevin Bohan, Director of Product Marketing 


  • 17:15 - 17:30

    Chairs Closing Remarks

  • 17:30 - 18:30

    Drinks Reception & Prize Draw Presentation

  • 18:30

    END OF DAY 1