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Sean Boots (he/him)

Public Servant-in-Residence, Carleton University

Senior Policy Advisor, Canadian Digital Service

Sean Boots is a policy advisor with the Canadian Digital Service (CDS). He previously worked as a product designer with VOTO Mobile, a Ghana-based social enterprise focused on empowering under-heard communities, and as a developer at Global Affairs Canada working on the Travel.gc.ca website redesign. He rejoined the federal government in fall 2016 to help launch CDS as a new digital service delivery initiative. Sean has played a core role in building the culture of CDS, equipping colleagues with modern equipment and software, and launching and scaling services including GC Notify and COVID Alert. His work on COVID Alert through 2020 and 2021 included a number of federal government firsts related to security, privacy, and working in the open. He led the development and writing of CDS’s two major strategic publications, Beginning the Conversation and Roadmap 2025. Sean is a co-founder of Ottawa Civic Tech, studied Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, and enjoys working at the intersection of technology and public policy. He writes about government technology efforts at sboots.ca.


AMA: The State of Government-Vendor Relations

November 2, 2022  6:15 PM – 6:45 PM
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.