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Alex Benay (he/him)

Chief Information Officer, Government of Canada

Alex Benay became Associate Deputy Minister of Enterprise Pay Coordination in June 2023.

Prior to this appointment, Alex was a senior partner with Levio Business and Technology and Vice Chair of the National Arts Centre. From 2020 to 2022, he served as the Global Lead of Government Azure Strategy at Microsoft where he helped governments around the world adopt cloud technologies.

From 2019 to 2020, Alex was a partner with KPMG where he led the digital transformation of governments and Fortune 500 companies in the areas of technology, people and strategy.

Alex was a Deputy Minister at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat from 2017 to 2019 where he served as Chief Information Officer. In this role, he oversaw key information technology initiatives in service modernization, legacy system management, good governance, and open and transparent government.

Alex was also the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (Ingenium) where he oversaw the transformation of the country’s national museums. In addition, he is a former Global Affairs Canada executive.

Alex is the author of 2 books: Canadian Failures and Government Digital. He holds a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Ottawa.


Failure and culture

November 3, 2017  5:25 PM – 6:05 PM
Panel moderator Christina Tessier and panelists Alex Benay, Andy Nulman and Nausheen Sadiq will discuss why it is important that Canada, and Canadians, must be willing to learn from failure if we hope to succeed. See more.

Canada's digital future

November 3, 2017  7:25 PM – 7:45 PM
Alex’s keynote address will discuss the ways in which the public sector must strive to engage with citizens in a way that is open and digital by default first. See more.
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