Speakers

Dozens of speakers from dozens of countries—and all levels of government—take the stage to deliver can’t-miss keynotes, share hard-won lessons, and teach essential workshops around the latest technologies and government’s most pressing problems. They’ve been picked from fascinating proposals, global experts, civil society, industry, and beyond. Here’s the 2021 faculty:

Martha Lane Fox

Martha Lane Fox

Chair
Wetransfer

Janet Haven

Janet Haven

Executive Director
Data & Society Research Institute

Danielle Krettek Cobb

Danielle Krettek Cobb

Founder
Google Empathy Lab

Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang

Digital Minister
Taiwan

Sue Gardner

Sue Gardner

Founder & CEO
Tiny Ventures

Michael Nelson

Michael Nelson

Senior Fellow
Technology and International Affairs Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Afua Bruce

Afua Bruce

Chief Program Officer
DataKind

Joy	Bonaguro

Joy Bonaguro

Statewide Chief Data Officer
State of California

Kristo Vaher

Kristo Vaher

Chief Technology Officer
Republic of Estonia

Pooja Munshi

Pooja Munshi

Head of Web
UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Carolyn Porco

Carolyn Porco

Visiting Scholar
UC Berkeley, California

Laure Lucchesi

Laure Lucchesi

Director of Etalab
Direction Interministérielle du Numérique (French Government)

Eyra Abraham

Eyra Abraham

Founder & CEO
Lisnen

Matti Schneider

Matti Schneider

Director of Product and Collaboration
OpenFisca

Susan Etlinger

Susan Etlinger

Director, AI and Innovation
Microsoft

Dr. Clarence Wardell III

Dr. Clarence Wardell III

Chief Data & Equitable Delivery Officer
White House American Rescue Plan Team

RJ Andrews

RJ Andrews

Data Storyteller
Info We Trust

Bolor-Erdene Battsengel

Bolor-Erdene Battsengel

Chairwoman of the Communications and Information Technology Authority
Government of Mongolia’s Communication & Information Technology Authority

Clement Uwajeneza

Clement Uwajeneza

Managing Director
RwandaEQUIP

Catherine Luelo

Catherine Luelo

Deputy Minister, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and CIO
Government of Canada

Paul Glover

Paul Glover

President
Shared Services Canada (SSC)

Katie Pizzolato

Katie Pizzolato

Director, Theory & Applications
IBM Quantum

Gideon Lichfield

Gideon Lichfield

Global editorial director
Wired

Yolanda Martinez Mancilla

Yolanda Martinez Mancilla

International Consultant on Digital Transformation

Kathy Baxter

Kathy Baxter

Principal Architect, Ethical AI Practice
Salesforce

Mark Schwartz

Mark Schwartz

Enterprise Strategist
Amazon Web Services

Angela Mondou

Angela Mondou

President & CEO
TECHNATION Canada

Stéphane Cousineau

Stéphane Cousineau

Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services Branch
Shared Services Canada

Dr. Julia Glidden

Dr. Julia Glidden

Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector
Microsoft Corporation

Dr. Audrey Lobo-Pulo

Dr. Audrey Lobo-Pulo

Senior Public Policy and Economic Graph Manager, Australia and New Zealand
LinkedIn

James Duncan

James Duncan

Co-founder and Principal
Stance Global

Emma Gawen

Emma Gawen

Partner
Public Digital

Joel Minton

Joel Minton

Technical Director, Office of the CTO
Google

Meagan Commonda

Meagan Commonda

Indigenous Community Liaison
Talent Cloud, Treasury Board Secretariat

Asha Meness King

Asha Meness King

Youth Leader

Eric O’Neill

Eric O'Neill

National Security Strategist
VMware

Jamie Joyce

Jamie Joyce

Founder & Executive Director
The Society Library

Yael Berger

Yael Berger

Product Manager, Service Canada Labs
Employment and Social Development Canada

Dr. Elena Berman

Dr. Elena Berman

Chief Science Officer
Kairos Aerospace

Alexa Raad

Alexa Raad

Co-founder, TechSequences Podcast
Chief People, Policy and Purpose Officer, Human Security

Po Tea-Duncan

Po Tea-Duncan

Executive Director - Cyber Security
Government of Canada

Jeremy Wubs

Jeremy Wubs

Senior Vice President, Product, Marketing and Professional Services for Bell Business Markets
Bell Canada

Tamara Srzentić

Tamara Srzentić

Minister of Public Administration, Digital Society and Media
Montenegro

Gerald Mullally

Gerald Mullally

Director
UK Prime Minister's Office & Cabinet Office

Franco Amalfi

Franco Amalfi

Strategic Business Executive
Google Cloud Canada

Kate Thomas

Kate Thomas

Cloud Consultant, Global Public Sector
Google Cloud

Erik Zvaigzne

Erik Zvaigzne

VP, Product Innovation
Convergence.Tech

Hillary Hartley

Hillary Hartley

Chief Digital & Data Officer
Province of Ontario

Pascale	Duguay

Pascale Duguay

Senior Managing Consultant, Talent & Transformation
IBM Canada

Steve Harding

Steve Harding

Partner, IBM Services
IBM Canada

Clara Gonzalez-Sueyro

Clara Gonzalez-Sueyro

UX Researcher Lead
California Office of Digital Innovation

Nicole Foster

Nicole Foster

Director of Global AI/ML & Canada Public Policy
AWS

Dr. Wendy Cukier

Dr. Wendy Cukier

Professor, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and Director, Diversity Institute
Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management

Erica Vezeau

Erica Vezeau

Director General
CSPS Digital Academy

Nikhil Deshpande

Nikhil Deshpande

Chief Digital Officer
State of Georgia

Kathy Pham

Kathy Pham

Founder, Product and Society
Senior Advisor, Mozilla

Jeffrey Allan

Jeffrey Allan

Lead Service Designer
Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom

Isabelle Ohlson

Isabelle Ohlson

Service Designer
Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom

Nick Adams

Nick Adams

Founder & Chief Scientist
Goodly Labs

Bridget	Antwi

Bridget Antwi

Team Lead, Content Design Chapter
Ontario Digital Service

Pia Andrews

Pia Andrews

Serial Public Sector Transformer

Lucie Loignon

Lucie Loignon

Chief Information Officer, Corporate Services and Finance Branch
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Michèle Mullen

Michèle Mullen

Director General, Partnerships and Risk Mitigation (PRM)
Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Lisa Carroll

Lisa Carroll

Public Sector Leader
Microsoft Canada

Christiana Cavazzoni

Christiana Cavazzoni

Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Information Management, and Deputy Chief Information Officer
Department of National Defence

Jonathan Craft

Jonathan Craft

Associate Professor University of Toronto
Founding Director of Policy Ready

Naeha Rashid

Naeha Rashid

Technology Policy Expert

Yonah Welker

Yonah Welker

Explorer, board member
Yonah.ai / . org

Elodie Viau

Elodie Viau

Director of Telecommunications & Integrated Applications
European Space Agency

Cock Overbeek

Cock Overbeek

Vice-President & Global Lead
CGI Space Program

Tara McGeehan

Tara McGeehan

President, UK & Australia
CGI

Lewis S Eisen

Lewis S. Eisen

Speaker • Consultant • Author

Annie Donolo

Annie Donolo

Senior Policy Advisor, Digital First Branch
Ontario Digital Service

Luke Simcoe

Luke Simcoe

Communications Strategist

Honey Dacanay

Honey Dacanay

Executive Director, Benefits Delivery Modernization
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Katherine Benjamin

Katherine Benjamin

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

Katy Lalonde

Katy Lalonde

Director of Product
Ontario Digital Service

Pauline Martin

Pauline Martin

Industry Manager, Government and Healthcare
Microsoft Canada

Dr. Christopher White

Dr. Christopher White

Managing Director
Microsoft Research

Christiane Coda

Christiane Coda

Senior Industry Digital Strategist, Public Sector
Microsoft Canada

Jesse Rosenblit

Jesse Rosenblit

Head of International Relations, Digital Israel National Bureau
Digital Affairs Directorate

Janet Krstevski

Janet Krstevski

Managing Director, Canada Talent & Organization Practice
Accenture

Laura Clements

Laura Clements

Managing Director, Talent & Organization - Canada Federal Public Service
Accenture

Christine Hamilton

Christine Hamilton

Principal Director, Strategy and Consulting
Accenture

Cosanna Preston-Idedia

Cosanna Preston-Idedia

Director of Digital Identity
Government of Saskatchewan

Ola Daniels

Ola Daniels

Snr. Business Analyst, Digital Identity Program
Government of Saskatchewan

Lana Sherman

Lana Sherman

Director
Biasproof.com

Ben Sanders

Ben Sanders

Co-Founder & CEO
Proof

Maleka Momand

Maleka Momand

Co-Founder & CEO
esper.com

Tony Holmes

Tony Holmes

Practice Lead for Solutions Architects Public Sector
Pluralsight

Mélanie Copeland

Mélanie Copeland

Senior Manager, Transformation
ESDC

Sherine Osbourne

Sherine Osbourne

Communications Officer, Transformation
ESDC

Peter Watkins

Peter Watkins

Program Executive for Pan-Canadian Digital Identity
Institute for Citizen Centred Service

Joni Brennan

Joni Brennan

President
Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada

Sime Pavlovic

Sime Pavlovic

Sector Vice President
CGI

Krista Canellakis

Krista Canellakis

Deputy Secretary, General Services, Government Operations Agency
California Government Operations Agency

Christine Holmgreen Mejling

Christine Holmgreen Mejling

Officer
The Agency For Digitisation in Denmark

Julius Lyk-Jensen

Julius Lyk-Jensen

Officer
The Agency For Digitisation in Denmark

Dorothy Eng

Dorothy Eng

Executive Director
Code for Canada

Anna Hirschfeld

Anna Hirschfeld

Director
Public Digital

Sanjeevan Srikrishnan

Sanjeevan Srikrishnan

Principal, Global Solutions Architecture & Strategy
Equinix Canada

Leanne Starace

Leanne Starace

Senior Vice President, Global Solutions Architecture & Strategy
Equinix

KJ Burke

KJ Burke

Principal Technology Strategist
Hybrid Cloud

Ima Okonny

Ima Okonny

Chief Data Officer
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Jennifer Welsh

Jennifer Welsh

Canada 150 Research Chair, Global Governance and Security
McGill University

Vik Pant

Vik Pant

Chief Scientist & Chief Science Advisor
Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN)

Jane Laughton

Jane Laughton

Head of Talent
Ontario Digital Service

Merlin Chatwin

Merlin Chatwin

Executive Director
Open North

Ari Hershberg

Ari Hershberg

Community Practice Lead
The Exchange

Lauren Lombardo

Lauren Lombardo

Graduate Research Assistant
Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

Sean Stricker

Sean Stricker

Director of Digital Transformation
Canada Energy Regulator (CER)

Gillian Wu

Gillian Wu

UX Designer
Canada Energy Regulator

Kent Aitken

Kent Aitken

Manager, Policy and Partnerships
Canada School of Public Service Digital Academy

Sidra Mahmood

Sidra Mahmood

Design Lead
Digital Engagement and Client Data Team in Employment and Social Development Canada

Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn

Digital product consultant
Public Digital

Dena Sotoudeh

Dena Sotoudeh

Product Owner, Policy Difference Engine
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Heshan	Modaragamage

Heshan Modaragamage

Product Manager
Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group

Elodie Bouneau

Elodie Bouneau

Executive Director of Platform
Canadian Digital Service (CDS)

Robert Smallwood

Robert Smallwood

Special Advisor
Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group (CAFTG)

Annette Hester

Annette Hester

Principal
TheHesterView

Korhan	Akcura

Korhan Akcura

Software Development
Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group

Regan Meloche

Regan Meloche

Software Developer for the Policy Difference Engine
Code for Canada

Tanya Coyle

Tanya Coyle

Director of Engagement
Ontario Digital Service

Jean-François Fleury

Jean-François Fleury

Assistant Deputy Minister, Research, Planning and Renewal
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Derek Alton

Derek Alton

Team Lead - International Projects, Communications and Engagement
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

James Stewart

James Stewart

Partner
Public Digital

Ayodele Odubela

Ayodele Odubela

Founder
Ethical AI Champions

Ramy Nassar

Ramy Nassar

Founder
1000 Days Out

Thomas	Hoy

Thomas Hoy

Fellow
Code for Canada

Farwa Farshori

Farwa Farshori

Fellow
Code for Canada

Neil Mispelaar

Neil Mispelaar

Fellow
Code for Canada

Amanda Bernardo

Amanda Bernardo (Host, Executive Track)

Manager, Enterprise Strategy and Engagement
Enterprise Transformation, Shared Services Canada

Angelica Quirarte

Angelica Quirarte (Host, RDGS)

Deputy Director
California Office of Digital Innovation

Robert Butler

Robert Butler (Host, Workshop Track)

Engagement Officer, Enterprise Strategy and Engagement
Enterprise Transformation, Shared Services Canada

Skaidra Puodžiūnas

Skaidra Puodžiūnas (Host, RDGS)

Senior Advisor, Engagement
Ontario Digital Service, Government of Ontario

Ruth Birman

Ruth Birman (Host, Canadian Case Studies)

Director of Delivery
Code for Canada

Jordan Storozuk

Jordan Storozuk (Host, Global Case Studies)

Head
Digital Nations Secretariat

Megan Beretta

Megan Beretta (Host, G-Factor)

Director of Digital Strategy
Nova Scotia Digital Service

Sarah Bezeau Gervais

Sarah Bezeau Gervais (Host, Q&A room)

Senior Advisor, Open Innovation
Startup in Residence, Desjardins

Katherine Johnsen

Katherine Johnsen (Host, Industry Innovations Track)

Director, Strategic Partnerships
FWD50

Rebecca Croll

Rebecca Croll (Co-Host, Keynotes)

Director of Content
FWD50