Agenda

A truly Hybrid event

FWD50 is two simultaneous, interwoven events this year—one in person, and one online. To learn more about our best-of-both-worlds approach, check out this blog post. Switch between physical and virtual agendas using the toggle below and plan your FWD50 experience.

In PersonVirtual

Our in-person event happens November 1-3 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. It includes live talks, networking, workshops, and more. All in-person ticket holders can also attend the online event or watch recorded sessions at any time.

November 01

12:00 PM

Networking

Grab a coffee & join a meetup!

Details coming shortly!

1:00 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Welcome to FWD50 2022!

Welcome back! We've got an amazing few days planned for all attendees, whether you're joining us online or in person. Tune in to find out what's in store!
Co-founder & Chair
FWD50

1:20 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Keynote

Details coming shortly!

1:45 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

The Government of Tomorrow is Designed Today

Gain insight into how we can bring together people, technology and processes to create new ways of working, and create a better future for Canada. This talk is sure to inspire you. Working together, we can make Canada an innovation leader. See More.
President
IBM Canada
Managing Partner
IBM Consulting Canada

2:10 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Constructing trust as a key digital experience for governments

In an age where dis-information is rampant, engagement is low, our decisions are challenged in court, and trust in government is declining...we need to rethink the digital experience we are designing for. See More.
CIO & VP Data & Information Management
Canada Energy Regulator

2:35 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

How to Hack Your Bureaucracy

Details coming shortly!
New Practice Lab Fellow
New America

3:00 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

A conversation with Google Cloud

Details coming shortly!

3:25 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Keynote

Details coming shortly!

3:50 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

That's a wrap for the morning!

Find out what's in store for your afternoon.
Co-founder & Chair
FWD50

4:00 PM

Networking

Lunch time!

It's time for a break! Take this opportunity to grab lunch and catch up with, or meet your fellow attendees!

5:15 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

How Public Trust is Won & Lost Through Service Delivery

This talk is aimed at anyone who is involved in public sector program delivery, information-as-a-service or data-as-a-service. Attendees will hear lessons that are grounded in theory and supported by relevant digital government case studies. See More.
Service Designer
Button Inc.
Learning & Doing

Identifying Digital Government Blockers

In this session, we will use the Pac-Man model as a starting point to unpack what some of the real-world challenges public servants face in applying modern digital ways of working in a government context. See More.
Associate
Think Digital
Executive Director
Code for Canada
CEO & Founder
Think Digital
Communications Strategist

6:15 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Fix the damn websites

In this talk, Emma Gawen, Partner at global digital transformation consultancy Public Digital, will apply lessons from conversations spanning 10 years answering ‘How do I get my site to be like GOV.UK’? See More.
Partner
Public Digital

7:15 PM

Networking

Break time!

It's time for a break! Take this opportunity to catch up with, or meet your fellow attendees!

7:30 PM

Learning & Doing

Want to increase adoption? Try strategic engagement!

Join Roy Nader with ESDC Digital Workplace taskforce (DWT) to learn how to Inspire and Empower employees to Transform. You’ll experience a live engaging session where you’ll take notes of the different strategies you’re experiencing. See More.
Manager, Engagement and Digital Culture, Digital Workplace Taskforce
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

8:00 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Start Where You Are

What makes the difference between teams that fail and succeed? In this workshop, FWD50 alumni Katherine, Katy and Honey return to workshop different scenarios around how to set up digital government teams to do their best work. See More.
Deputy CTO
City of New York
Executive Director, Benefits Delivery Modernization
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Director of Product
Ontario Digital Service

November 02

12:00 PM

Networking

Grab a coffee & join a meetup!

Details coming shortly!

1:00 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Welcome to day 2!

Join Alistair and Rebecca as they kick off the second day of FWD50!
Co-founder & Chair
FWD50

1:20 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Keynote

Details coming shortly!

1:45 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Public / Private Sector Chain Reaction panel

Details coming shortly!

2:10 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Governing the Artificial Intelligence lifecycle, From Data to Deployment

In this session, AI safety and policy expert Irene Solaiman lays out the entire lifecycle of AI, from data to deployment. She will present a taxonomy of AI risks, and suggest what guidance the private sector and industry need from the public sector. See More.
Policy Director
Hugging Face

2:35 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

The digital go bag: essentials for sustainable digital transformation delivery

Digital playbooks and strategic plans such as the GC’s Digital Ambition will tell you the what of the work. In this retrospective session, you’ll learn some of the how of the work; designed to help future-proof digital files for when you get handed the keys to a digital file. See More.
Digital Transformation Leader

3:00 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Digital Citizen Service Delivery

Details coming shortly!

3:25 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

C4C & CfA: A fireside chat

Join Code for America CEO Amanda Renteria and Code for Canada Executive Director Dorothy Eng for a conversation on public interest technology and the work that’s happening - and still needs to happen - from both inside and outside of government. See More.
CEO
Code for America
Executive Director
Code for Canada

3:50 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

That's a wrap for the morning!

Stick with us and find out what's in store for your afternoon!
Co-founder & Chair
FWD50

4:00 PM

Networking

Lunch time!

It's time for a break! Take this opportunity to grab lunch and catch up with, or meet your fellow attendees!

5:15 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

AMA: Open Systems, climate crisis, and averting the Tragedy of the Commons

Collective problems require collective action. Climate change is the most existential of problems, and it needs the most fundamental of solutions: Openness. Join Evan for an interactive conversation about the challenges and promise of open approaches to energy, sustainability, and innovation. See More.
Learning & Doing

Going from 0 to Live Service in 60 Minutes

This interactive session by the Canadian Digital Service will show you how to create bilingual, accessible, secure, policy compliant government services using platform products like GC Notify. You will also get a first look at some of the new products they are developing for government teams. See More.

5:45 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

AMA: How to "Productionize" AI

This discussion is geared towards organizational leaders exploring AI to further their mission. Navdeep will give an overview of basic AI concepts to help decision-makers "talk the talk." She will share examples from her decades-long experience. See More.
Product Management Leader, Machine Learning Strategist

6:15 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

AMA: The State of Government-Vendor Relations

In this Ask Me Anything session, Sean and Amanda will discuss what they learned, and share their perspectives on the things that governments and private sector actors are doing well—and not so well—when they work together in support of digital government reform. See More.
Public Servant-in-Residence
Carleton University
Senior Policy Advisor
Canadian Digital Service
Associate Professor & Public Affairs Research Excellence Chair
Carleton University’s School of Public Policy & Administration

6:45 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

AMA: The human cost of digital transformation

Policies, availability of technology in organization and mode of delivery being relatively the same as before, could rapidity be achieved at the expense of employees’ health? Pierre-Luc Pilon thinks so. Ask him anything. See More.

7:15 PM

Networking

Break time!

It's time for a break! Take this opportunity to catch up with, or meet your fellow attendees!

7:30 PM

Learning & Doing

Workshop

Details coming shortly!

8:00 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

The Beeck Center Takeover

Details coming shortly!
Faculty Fellow
Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation
Acting Executive Director
Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation
Fellow
Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation

November 03

12:00 PM

Networking

Grab a coffee & join a meetup!

Start your day with great conversations! Come and meet Code for Canada, mix and mingle with digital talent strategists and leaders, and more. Click 'See More' to know what's happening on-site this morning. See More.

1:00 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Welcome back!

It's the final day of FWD50! We've got great things planned. Tune in to hear what's in store.
Co-founder & Chair
FWD50

1:10 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Keynote with Pia Andrews

Details coming shortly!
Serial Public Sector Transformer

1:35 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

In conversation with Kyndyl

Details coming shortly!

2:00 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

The tech industry’s ‘seatbelt’ moment

A 360-degree view of online safety from Australia’s trailblazing eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, exploring the tech industry’s ‘seatbelt’ moment and why protections must be embedded in Web 3.0 now, before the potential for harms accelerates. See More.
eSafety Commissioner
Australia

2:25 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Incentivising Good Behaviour

In this session, Maria Patterson draws from her experience building partnerships and collaborations for social good in government, academia, startups, and corporate innovation and walks through ideas for amplifying impact for the greater good by finding and aligning incentives to help one good apple sweeten the bunch. See More.
EIR & Director of New Ventures
LG Nova
Former Fellow
White House Presidential Innovation Fellows

2:50 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Keynote with Vass Bednar

Details coming shortly!
Executive Director, MPP in Digital Society Program and Adjunct Professor
Political Science, McMaster University

3:15 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Is the strategy still delivery?

In this talk, Mike Bracken, former Executive Director of Digital of the UK Government, reflects on his global experience in the 10 years since the launch of GOV.UK and the creation of the UK's Government Digital Service. See More.
Partner
Public Digital

3:40 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

That's a wrap for the morning!

What have we got planned for your afternoon? Tune in and find out!
Co-founder & Chair
FWD50

3:45 PM

Networking

Lunch time!

It's time for a break! Take this opportunity to grab lunch and catch up with, or meet your fellow attendees!

5:00 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Improving the Product of Digital Government

If your new initiatives seem to fizzle out, your workers feel frustrated, and you’re struggling to create a culture of empowerment, then you may actually be focussed on the wrong things. This session looks at how to make course corrections to get back on track. See More.
Co-founder and Principal
Stance Global
Speaker, Consultant, Author
Learning & Doing

Job Jobs

Join us for a chance to sit down with your peers and discuss your issues with people facing the same things! You never know what kind of future collaborations may come out of it! This will be a chance for you to connect with people. See More.

6:00 PM

Learning & Doing

Delivering at the Speed of Trust

In this interactive workshop, be prepared to tackle some of the pre-Internet rules that govern how public servants work. Some of them still apply today, but others require a second look and a different approach. See More.
Chief of Staff, Digital Experience and Client Data Workstream
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Research and Policy Analyst, Benefits Delivery Modernization
Service Canada
Strategy & Policy Lead, Benefit Delivery Modernization
Service Canada
Inspiring & Interacting

Spatial finance: the integration of geospatial data and analysis into financial research

Join us at this session to learn how the Bank of Canada is conducting a joint proof of concept project with Google Cloud and Climate Engine, to explore the potentials of using earth observation data for the research on better understanding the impact of drought on the Canadian economy. See More.
Head of Sustainability Strategy, Global Public Sector
Google Cloud
Director, Data Science
Bank of Canada

7:00 PM

Networking

Break time!

It's time for a break! Take this opportunity to catch up with, or meet your fellow attendees!

7:30 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

Leadership session

Details coming shortly!
Learning & Doing

Mentor Hourglass Pass

We've got questions; you've got answers! In this session, you'll tackle some of digital transformation's toughest challenges at a table of your peers, led by expert mentors. To keep things moving, we'll pass an hourglass among participants. See More.

8:30 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

How to Change Minds about How to Change Minds

Details coming shortly!
Science Journalist
Author

8:55 PM

Inspiring & Interacting

That's a wrap!

We did it, 3 jam-packed days! Thank you so much for joinging us! Don't forget, we want to hear from you, so please make sure you fill out the survey that's coming your way!