Speakers

FWD50’s speakers are leaders in digital government, civil society, and emerging technology. We work year-round to find both seasoned experts and new voices. We’ll be adding to this list in the coming months; in the meantime, you can check out speakers from 2019, 2018, and 2017.

DJ Patil

DJ Patil

Chief Technology Officer, Devoted Health
Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

The Honourable Joyce Murray

The Honourable Joyce Murray

Minister of Digital Government
Canada

Tim O’Reilly

Tim O'Reilly

Founder, CEO, & Chairman
O'Reilly Media

Ann-Marie Cavanaugh

Ann-Marie Cavanaugh

Deputy Government Chief Digital Officer
Wellington & Wairarapa, New Zealand

Beth Simone Noveck

Beth Simone Noveck

Director
The GovLab

Garrett Johnson

Garrett Johnson

Co-Founder & Executive Director
Lincoln Network

Gina Lucarelli

Gina Lucarelli

Team Leader
United Nations Development Programme Accelerator Lab Network

Siim Sikkut

Siim Sikkut

Government CIO of Estonia
Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom in Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

Tim Occleshaw

Tim Occleshaw

Digital leader, strategist, builder, thinker

Amanda Renteria

Amanda Renteria

Chief Executive Officer
Code for America

Kristo Vaher

Kristo Vaher

Chief Technology Officer, Republic of Estonia
The Estonian government

Pia (Waugh) Andrews

Pia Andrews

Open and digital government expert

Ronaldo Lemos

Ronaldo Lemos

Lawyer, Chief Scientific Officer, Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro
Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Columbia University

Jazmyn Latimer

Jazmyn Latimer

Design Manager
Code for America

Dipayan Ghosh

Dipayan Ghosh

Co-director, Digital Platforms & Democracy Project
Harvard Kennedy School

Kelly Jin

Kelly Jin

Chief Analytics Officer and Director
Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, City of New York

Sue Gardner

Sue Gardner

Founder & CEO
Tiny Ventures

Richard Gingras

Richard Gingras

VP of News
Google

Cori Zarek

Cori Zarek

Director, Digital Service Collaborative
Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, Georgetown University

Shomik Dutta

Shomik Dutta

Partner & Co-Founder
Higher Ground Labs

Sarah Paquet

Sarah Paquet

Executive Vice-President
Shared Services Canada

Jasmine Shaw

Jasmine Shaw

Release Train Engineer on the Maritime Helicopter Project
General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada

Joanne Stanley

Joanne Stanley

Executive Director, Women in Communications and Technology,
and the organization responsible for the 2020 Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program

Lisa Carroll

Lisa Carroll

Canadian Public Sector Lead
Microsoft Canada

Andrew Greenway

Andrew Greenway

Author
Founding partner, Public Digital

Dr. Yin Yin Lu

Dr. Yin Yin Lu

Rhetoric Doctor • Product Evangelist • Interdisciplinary Researcher, Writer, and Speaker

Dr. Sean Hill

Dr. Sean Hill

Director of the Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation

Dr. Julia Glidden

Dr. Julia Glidden

Corporate Vice President Worldwide Public Sector
Microsoft

Meagan Commonda

Meagan Commonda

Indigenous Community Liaison
Talent Cloud, Treasury Board Secretariat

Jeremy Boy

Jeremy Boy

Network Data Visual Engineer
United Nations Development Programme Accelerator Lab Network

Dr. Vernie Oliveiro

Dr. Vernie Oliveiro

Principal Researcher, Institute of Governance and Policy
Civil Service College, Singapore

Farhad Mohit

Farhad Mohit

Founder
The Good Party

Katherine Benjamin

Katherine Benjamin

Deputy CTO for Digital Services
New York City Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer

Denis Skinner

Denis Skinner

Executive Director, Digital Change Sector, Office of the Chief Information Officer of Canada
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat / Government of Canada

Dr. Anita Finnegan

Dr. Anita Finnegan

CEO & President
Nova Leah

David Eaves

David Eaves

Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

Leigh Tami

Leigh Tami

Director of Data & Analytics
New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation

Nitika Agarwal

Nitika Agarwal

Chief Operating Officer
Apolitical

Keith Jansa

Keith Jansa

Executive Director
CIO Strategy Council

Denise Williams

Denise Williams

CEO
First Nations Technology Council

Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Executive Director
Global Privacy & Security by Design Centre

John C. Havens

John C. Havens

Executive Director
The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems

Tai McLennan

Tai McLennan

Head of Scottish Digital Academy
Scottish Government

Joni Brennan

Joni Brennan

President
Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC)

Michel Girard

Michel Girard

Senior Fellow
CIGI

Annette Hester

Annette Hester

Principal
TheHesterView

Dorothy Eng

Dorothy Eng

Director of Partnerships
Code for Canada

Luke Simcoe

Luke Simcoe

Director of Outreach
Code for Canada

Merlin Chatwin

Merlin Chatwin

Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Code for Canada

Giselle Jean Baptiste

Giselle Jean Baptiste

Senior Director, Digital Services Branch
Public Services and Procurement Canada

Mark Schwartz

Mark Schwartz

Enterprise Strategist
Amazon Web Services

Barbara Gray

Barbara Gray

General Manager Transportation Services
City of Toronto

Eric Ward

Eric Ward

Senior Director
Policy Horizons Canada

Avalyne Diotte

Avalyne Diotte

Foresight Analyst
Policy Horizons Canada

Pierre-Olivier DesMarchais

Pierre-Olivier DesMarchais

Policy Researcher
Policy Horizons Canada

Honey Dacanay

Honey Dacanay

Director, Digital Academy
Canada School of Public Service

Angelica Quirarte

Angelica Quirarte

Assistant Secretary for Digital Engagement, California Government Operations Agency
Product Owner of Alpha.ca.gov + covid19@ca.gov, Office of Digital Innovation

Jacqueline Lu

Jacqueline Lu

Data Strategist

Nick Chedli Carter

Nick Chedli Carter

Managing Director
Resilient Democracy

Liz McKeown

Liz McKeown

Faculty
Digital Academy, Canada School of Public Service

Jeff Jonas

Jeff Jonas

Founder and CEO
Senzing

Lauren Hunter

Lauren Hunter

Director
Talent Cloud, Treasury Board Secretariat

Michael Solomon

Michael Solomon

Co-Founder
10x Management

Kathy Pham

Kathy Pham

Fellow and Faculty, Product and Society
Harvard University

Christina Wodtke

Christina Wodtke

Author
Lecturer, Stanford University

Troy Angrinon

Troy Angrinon

Founder & CEO
Productive AI

Rebecca Kain

Rebecca Kain

Sr. Consultant
Quarry

Ramy Nassar

Ramy Nassar

Founder
1000 Days Out

Katy Lalonde

Katy Lalonde

Director, Digital
Ontario Digital Service

Ryan Hum

Ryan Hum

Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Data and Information Management
Canada Energy Regulator

Melanie Love

Melanie Love

Chief, Strategic Communications and Ministerial Affairs
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Lewis S Eisen

Lewis S. Eisen

Speaker • Consultant • Author

Mandy Hoyt

Mandy Hoyt

Product Owner
Digital Academy, Canada School of Public Service

Amanda Makulec

Amanda Makulec

MPH / Data Visualization Lead
Excella

Daniel Wu

Daniel Wu

Privacy Counsel & Legal Engineer
Immuta

Jacqueline Rigg

Jacqueline Rigg

Chief Executive Officer
Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX)

Alistair Croll

Alistair Croll

Founder
Solve for Interesting

Rebecca Croll

Rebecca Croll

Director of Content
FWD50