Chris Allison

Chief Data Officer

Public Health Agency of Canada

Chris is the Chief Data Officer and leads the Centre for Data Management, Innovation and Analysis at the Public Health Agency of Canada. The team’s role is to ensure PHAC has the talent, partnerships and capacity to generate, use, share and manage data effectively and the acuity to make effective decisions that improve public health in Canada.

Chris has been working in government for 20 years across operations, policing, immigration, national security, policy, major projects, air travel, open source collaboration, learning and leadership.

Chris a self-driven continuous learner, developer, data geek and gamer. He plays with Rust, Python, Golang and GraphQL and his recent projects include APIs on public health data and mapping diversity and inclusivity in organizations and communities. His passions are network analytics and systems – seeing the connections in our environments and between our organizations.


In 2021 the Institute on Governance launched a study in partnership with four Government of Canada departments to examine the role of Departmental Chief Data Officers – a relatively new position within the federal government. Through a series of interviews, surveys, and workshops the study explored how this increasingly critical role has been evolving, and the variety of efforts underway to... read more