November 5, 2020  9:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Topic Room

Policy Ignite + FWD50 Topic Rooms

An opportunity for open dialogue around relevant themes. The FWD50 Topic rooms bring the conversation to our attendees. Each room will be hosted by curated experts, promoting open, collaborative and productive conversations around pre-determined themes. Pick the theme that’s of interest to you and start talking!



Policy Ignite

Policy Ignite, a grassroots initiative to highlight innovative new ideas and bring the policy community together, is hosting a special FWD50 Topic Room exploring the intersection of race and technology. Come listen to dynamic and provocative 5-minute Ignite-style presentations on the future of surveillance, data and diversity, social media spaces for organizing and advocacy, and more. Then stick around to engage with our speakers and other participants! SPEAKERS: Leslie Cheung (Senior Advisor, Outreach and Engagement Team for Open Government, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat - Twitter @lesliePhD), Sava Saheli (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa), Erica Ifill (Founder, Not In My Colour / Co-founder, the Bad + Bitchy podcast / Columnist, The Hill Times), Midia Hassan (Award winning social entrepreneur / Co-founder and CEO, Dextra)


CIO Strategy Room

This room will facilitate an open discussion tying together the day's Exective Track sessions, looking at what’s next for public/private co-operation around standards, AI ethics, data protection, IoT, cybersecurity and more.


The Future of Digital Governance

No aspect of what government does has been untouched by the impacts of the digital era. Yet many of our institutions of governance have not kept pace with these changes. Join experts affiliated with the Institute on Governance for conversations that will explore different aspects of the governance challenges that government are facing today, including: Enabling world-class digital services across traditional silos; Governing digital ethics; Trust in government in the digital era, and; Evolving the internal enablers of digital government.


The role of allies in real inclusion

Following their earlier discussion, join Sarah Paquet, Martin Bernier and Luc Villeneuve for an open dialogue on the role of allies in promoting equality and inclusion.

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Shared Services Canada (SSC)
Chief Information Officer
University of Ottawa
Benchmark Corp.
Executive Director
CIO Strategy Council
Vice President, Standards Development and Industry Relations
Chief Executive Officer
Director of Digital Leadership
Institute on Governance (IOG)
Senior Associate for Leadership and Learning
Institute on Governance (IOG)
President and CEO
Institute on Governance (IOG)
Technical Education Specialist
Vector Institute for AI
CEO & Founder
Fireside Analytics
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