Canadian government CIO to address AccelerateGov digital transformation conference in Ottawa

By on 21/07/2022 | Updated on 21/07/2022
Picture of Catherine Luelo, the chief information officer in the Government of Canada

Catherine Luelo, the Canadian government’s chief information officer, is to be among the speakers at Global Government Forum’s AccelerateGov conference that will shine a light on how public servants can promote digitalisation and transformation.

The conference, being held in Ottawa, Canada, on 5 October, will bring together public servants to explore how to realise the potential of digital in the public sector.

The event, which will be hosted by the Government of Canada, will explore the keys to successfully transforming public services in a digital age through networking opportunities, panel discussions and question and answer sessions, providing real insight into the process of digital transformation.

Public servants can register free for AccelerateGov 2022 – sign up here

The conference will include exhilarating panel discussions with senior leaders and subject experts on a broad range of topics, including:

  • The role of digital and data in policymaking: Assembling and analysing the evidence to inform decision-making, data professionals can play an important part in policy development. This session will consider how best to integrate digital and data professionals’ work into the policymaking process.
  • Deploying AI in government: Artificial intelligence can strengthen service delivery and cut costs in the public sector, but the emerging technology also presents a unique set of risks and challenges. Serving policy, statistics, legal, commercial, and operational delivery staff as well as digital and data specialists, this session will cover AI topics such as potential applications, development of in-house skills, how to avoid discriminatory outcomes, and the emergence of ethical AI frameworks.
  • Project management and funding in a digital age: In many governments, systems of business planning, spending approval, risk management, procurement and project governance are ill-suited to the needs of digital technologies. Serving commercial and finance staff as well as digital and data professionals, this session will explore ways to promote digital transformation whilst safeguarding prudence and probity in the use of taxpayers’ money.
  • Building trust and engagement in digital ID: To win users, digital ID systems must show clear benefits for public servants across a range of professions as well as citizens, businesses and third sector bodies, while addressing concerns around security, privacy, accessibility and interoperability. This session will focus on how best to meet the competing needs of individuals, disciplines and organisations, unlocking the full potential of digital transformation.
  • Turning data into insights and actions: Governments today can access huge volumes of data that can be used to improve decision-making, service delivery and the tools available to public servants. To fulfil that potential, public service leaders need both advanced data skills and systems, and the ideas and support of staff across the workforce. This session will explore how governments can tap into the expertise and experience of their workforces to realise the opportunities around better use of data.
  • Across the boundaries: building interdisciplinary, cross-departmental teams: Many digital programs require that public bodies manage projects in partnership, building cross-departmental teams involving specialists from a range of disciplines. This session will explore the management skills and techniques required to make a success of cross-departmental projects.

For more information, see the full agenda.

Public servants can register free for AccelerateGov 2022 – sign up here

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About Richard Johnstone

Richard Johnstone is the executive editor of Global Government Forum, where he helps to produce editorial analysis and insight for the title’s audience of public servants around the world. Before joining GGF, he spent nearly five years at UK-based title Civil Service World, latterly as acting editor, and has worked in public policy journalism throughout his career.

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