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Innovation and IT
National Insights – Spring Edition

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 | 12pm – 2pm ET • 9am – 11am PT | Online

Event Overview

Enabling a Technology-Driven Government

Public sector leaders have recognized the value of investing in IT, for many, the adoption remains a challenge based on security, compliance, budgetary realities, and existing roadmaps. As one of the key pillars in economic development, IT can have a significant impact on policy implementation and thereafter realization of the government’s goals and objectives.

Public Sector Network’s Innovation and IT: National Insights – Spring Edition Virtual Event will bring together CIOs, Chief Architects, and other IT leaders to discuss ways that IT systems can be enablers for, as opposed to barriers to, digital service delivery. Increasing data security, developing innovative IT products and services, and stronger orientation towards the needs of citizens should be the priority. We will explore how the public sector can address legacy systems and look to sustainable modernization.

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Benefits of Attending

Explore the emerging technologies that enable faster, safer and more efficient operations across Canada’s public sector

Hear how innovative digital strategies and processes are transforming government services and helping to deliver positive outcomes to citizens

Increase organizational efficiency and facilitate innovation through modern IT frameworks and technologies

Discuss how to integrate existing IT services into well-rounded ecosystems, utilizing a range of applications, hardware, software, and management technologies in IT service delivery

A Sneak Peek Of Your Inspiring Speakers

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Chris Melnick-MacDonald
Enterprise Architect
Natural Resources Canada

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Christopher Clissold
Chief Information Officer, Director General IT/IM Administration, and Privacy
Veterans Affairs Canada

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Jake Van Der Laan
Chief Information Officer, Director, Information Technology and Regulatory Informatics
Financial and Consumer Services Commission

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Mario Tanguay
Senior Director – Project Manager, VaccineConnect, National Digital Transformation Office
Public Health Agency of Canada

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Valerie Lundy
Executive Director, Corporate IT Management
Public Service Commission

MELANIE SERJAK Director General, Information Technology Branch Canada Revenue Agency

Melanie Serjak
Director General, Information Technology Branch
Canada Revenue Agency

Scott McDougall, Director, Digital Strategy, Canadian Police College

Scott McDougall
Director, Digital Strategy
Canadian Police College

Peter Near
National Director of Solution Engineering, Canada

Rodney Helal
National Sales Director, Canadian Public Sector

Ian Taylor
Lead IM Architect

Jason Lally
Deputy Chief Data Officer
State of California

Key Sessions

Chair WelcomeKeynoteCase StudyGold SpotlightPanel Discussion 1Panel Discussion 2

Innovation and Cloud in the Public Sector

Rodney Helal, National Sales Director, Canadian Public Sector, VMware
Peter Near, National Director of Solution Engineering, Canada, VMware

Empowering a Culture of Data Use and Evidence

Jason Lally, Deputy Chief Data Officer, State of California

Addressing Legacy Systems & Looking to Sustainable Modernization 

  • Seizing opportunities to address modernizing legacy systems
  • Creating a modern IT approach and framework for addressing legacy systems leveraging future technologies like cloud and composable application
  • Creating IT infrastructure and processes that will enable IT to deploy business applications and workloads anywhere, anytime

Christopher Clissold, Chief Information Officer, Director General IT/IM Administration and Privacy, Veterans Affairs Canada

Delivering an Integrated Cloud Experience for the Digital Workplace

Ian Taylor, Lead IM Architect, Orangutech (in partnership with

Mastering the Basics Behind Effective Digital Solutions

  • What core technologies are needed to operate your department optimally
  • Enhancing Enterprise Architecture: addressing the necessary infrastructures in the background and how can we ensure these are accessible inter-departmentally
  • Overcoming siloed approaches to managing services/systems/data that limit the ability of governments to adapt
  • What are some of the challenges you have experienced when trying to integrate digital solutions? How have you overcome them?

Reaping the Benefits of Data Driven-Technologies 

  • What are the key considerations to keep in mind when adopting modern service technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced analytics?
  • How to assess and measure key metrics for their success and bring clarity to critical IT initiatives within your organization?
  • How can multi-experience platforms, new screening technology, and modular design principles enable Canada’s public sector?
  • What are some key lessons learned from the past year that you would like to share with those who are looking to implement data-driven technologies?

Your Registration

Virtual Presentations

Hear from public sector leaders about the latest trends and explore how to instantly apply these insights and gaining unique perspectives


An opportunity to engage with the inspiring speaker panel and peers in the live Q&A and polling to discover answers to shared challenges

Leading Technology

Hear  from leading solutions providers in the government space as they explore key technologies to improve citizen services


Receive on-demand access to session content on the complimentary Public Sector Network social learning platform

What Your Peers Had to Say

“Excellent quality, knowledge, and passion from the panelists and presenters.”
Government of Nova Scotia

“I really enjoyed this virtual event… The content was timely and very informative. Knowing that we really are all in this together! The speakers were amazing, the breadth of knowledge that was shared is priceless. Very happy to know this is recorded, will allow me to revisit and share with my colleagues.”
Service Alberta

“Great sessions. New ideas to contemplate. Keep these sessions going to get us fired up with digital transformation.”
Government of Ontario

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