Circlesquare

08/11/2018 15.20 - 17.00

CirclesquareCircle StageInteractive session

At FWD50, we know that experimentation is key to growth and innovation. At last year’s conference, attendees told us they wanted a chance to network and discuss hot topics and specific domains. So in partnership with BlackBerry we created an entirely new, participant-driven format called Circlesquare.

We surveyed people to find the critical technologies and departments. And we chose these to create four concurrent half-hour discussions, four times over. It’s a choreographed dance of experts, ideas, and disruption.

Circlesquare

Technology Corners

AI and Data Science

Sponsored by

Training algorithms on data, then using them to make predictions and classifications, sometimes better than humans can—with possible ethical consequences.

Experts
Shiladitya Sircar
Shiladitya Sircar
Vice President, Secure Messaging & Enterprise IdentityBlackBerry
Pavel Abdur-Rahman
Pavel Abdur-Rahman
Data Scientist & Associate Partner, AI and Advanced AnalyticsIBM Canada
Simona Gandrabur
Sr. Director, AI LeadNational Bank of Canada, Wealth Division
Don Klingspon
Industry Solutions Lead, Canadian Public SectorMicrosoft Canada
Ashley Casovan
Ashley Casovan
Director, Data Architecture and InnovationChief Information Officer Branch, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Mobility, IOT, and Sensors

Sponsored by

Using the Internet of Things (or Enterprise of Things) to create a mesh of ubiquitous computing that can assimilate, process, and act on information at scale. Often related to telecommunications advances such as 5G and IPV6.

Experts
Sinisha Patkovic
Sinisha Patkovic
Vice President, Government SolutionsBlackBerry
Steven Woodward
CEOCloud Perspectives
Walter Knitl
Walter Knitl
Owner and principal consultant, Praxiem Chief Business Development Officer, IoT613
Ioana Finichiu
Ioana Finichiu
Policy AnalystCommunity of Federal Regulators, Government of Canada

Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers

Sponsored by

Rather than central records that can be modified and depend on trust, distributed ledgers allow many parties to create immutable records everyone can verify, allowing fundamentally new kinds of arms-length cooperation and service models.

Experts
Melanie Gilbert
Business Development ExecutiveIBM Services
Nadia Diakun-Thibault
Nadia Diakun-Thibault
Senior Aviation Security Policy AdvisorTransport Canada
Chami Akmeemana
Chami Akmeemana
Chief Executive OfficerBlockscale Solutions Inc. & Blockchain Learning Group Inc.
Ed Therriault
Business Transformation Architect and Founding PartnerBecker-Carroll

Digital Identity

Sponsored by

While you can authenticate with Twitter, Facebook, or Google, you can’t authenticate with the Government of Canada. Even Canada Post relies on Equifax to prove someone’s identity. And yet identity is the lynchpin of service delivery. Digital identity means proving you are who you claim to be, and then attaching the right permissions to you as a result.

Experts
Joni Brennan
Joni Brennan
PresidentDigital ID & Authentication Council of Canada
Santiago Paz
Santiago Paz
Information Security DirectorAGESIC Uruguay
David Alston
David Alston
Chief Entrepreneur in ResidenceGovernment of New Brunswick
Scott Ashdown
Scott Ashdown
Director, Product ManagementBlackBerry

Domain Slices

Transportation

Whether by road, air, boat, or even emerging technologies such as Hyperloop or drone, transportation is a critical function of government. But in an era of self-driving cars, electric engines, ridesharing, and more, it’s in upheaval.

Experts
Tracey Lindeman
Tracey Lindeman
Freelance journalist
Mark van der Net
Mark van der Net
Technology leadChief Technology Office, Amsterdam
Ryan Androsoff
Ryan Androsoff
Digital Government Expert and Innovation Consultant

Procurement and service delivery

Governments are massive buyers, and they need to balance fast, simple procurement with protections against corruption and demands for intense scrutiny and transparency. And they have to deliver services they build across all citizens—despite a checkered past with budget overruns and project failures.

Experts
Audrey Tang
Audrey Tang
Digital MinisterTaiwan
Barry Lowry
Barry Lowry
Government CIODepartment of Public Expenditure and Reform, Ireland
Natalie Evans Harris
Natalie Evans Harris
Co-founder and Chief Operating OfficerBrightHive, Inc

Policing, defence, and justice

Managing secure borders while maintaining the rights of citizens is at the forefront of today’s news. And from public surveillance, to digital chain of evidence, to the right to privacy, being truly just is a hotly debated topic.

Experts
Claude Théoret
Claude Théoret
FounderNexalogy
Molly Cain
Director of VentureDepartment of Homeland Security
Adam Goldenberg
AssociateMcCarthy Tétrault LLP
Gino Lechasseur
Director GeneralEnterprise Architecture, Information Management and Common Services

Healthcare and Precision Medicine

Most developed nations run a public healthcare model that has to deal with an aging population, and demands for new treatments spurred by faster, more readily available diagnostic tools. Can technology help?

Experts
Maureen-ONeil
Maureen O'Neil
PresidentCanadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
Jean-Manassé Theagene
Jean-Manassé Theagene
CEO & Founder360Medlink Inc
Amy MacFarlane
Amy MacFarlane
Founder and CEORecreational Respite
Charles-Antoine Drouin
Charles-Antoine Drouin
Business Intelligence Analyst