Program

Day 1 – Monday, May 13, 2019

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

Christopher Egan, CEO, fmi*igf

8:45 - 9:15 AM

Keynote: Workplace of the Future, A Mindset Shift

Colleen McCormick
Director, Connected Communities BC, Ministry of Citizens’ Services

To thrive as a public service of excellence, we can’t continue to place key challenges in the hands of a few – we must put them in the hands of many. Building an inclusive, just and democratic society starts with good government, morale leadership and personal integrity. Responsible leadership begins with finding simple ways to fuel People Power – the wealth of collective intelligence, talent and expertise locked deep within the fabric of our teams, organizations and institutions. In this talk, I’m inviting you to reimagine the next generation of public service – Now is our time to redefine our roles as public servants. Let’s see ourselves as social change catalysts, social impact accelerators, compassionate convenors and relentless solution-seekers. To the hopelessly optimistic public servant who believes in our role as changemakers – always in pursuit of the betterment of all – this talk is dedicated to you.

“We are the ones we have been waiting for.”

– The Hopi Elders

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9:15 - 10:15 AM

Panel: Creating Value for Citizens: The Mandate for Innovation

Urvashi Dhawan-Biswal
Senior Director, Digital Design Branch, Digital Transformation

Guy Gordon
Executive Director, Innovation and Service Delivery, Central Services

Colleen McCormick
Director, Connected Communities BC, Ministry of Citizens’ Services

Ericka Stephens-Rennie
agente libre en affectation à l’Agence du revenu du Canada en tant que chef

We live in what has been described as a time of VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Tackling today’s challenges and galvanizing tomorrow’s opportunities to better meet citizens’ needs requires the public service to work in ways it has never done before. Regardless of level or role, all public servants are architects of our future public service. How will we shape our destiny? Through our panel dialogue, we’ll engage our deep sense of civic responsibility and call upon our moral obligations as professional public servants to tap into our Intrapreneurial spirit as we reimagine and redefine our roles to achieve the greater good through public service excellence.

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10:15 - 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 - 11:30 AM

Taking the Path to Digital Transformation

De’Onn Griffin
Senior Research Director

Our organizations are facing major changes. Our technological infrastructures are often old and poorly adapted to the needs and activities of today and the future. New technologies are emerging that represent a multitude of opportunities: the digital transformation. How do we address it? The session will help identify how this change can help the organization, prepare the workforce and ensure that everyone is committed. What are the best communications practices for driving major change like the digital transformation?

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11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Blockchain and the Public Sector

Othalia Doe-Bruce
Executive Management Team, The Blockchainhub (York University)

In the past few years, governments around the world, big and small, have deployed astronomical amounts of funds and resources toward Blockchain adoption. Countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Malta, Switzerland, Dubai, South Korea and Togo have committed millions of dollars to Blockchain projects, research and plans. What makes Blockchain such a revolutionary and noteworthy technology? How can Blockchain improve processes such as accounting and auditing? How can you leverage it to access new opportunities for yourself? Please join us to find out.

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12:15 - 1:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Panel: AI, Big Data & Automation – Evolving from Legacy Systems

Monia Lahaie
Assistant Chief Statistician, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer

James Moffatt
Director of Sales, Western Region, Audit & Assurance

Chris Moore
Chief Information Officer

Many public sector organizations are developing Digital Transformation Strategies to enhance service to citizens, partners, and customers. AI, Big Data and Automation are playing key roles in these new strategies. Our panel will explore the opportunities and pitfalls of our shared digital future. How will we ensure that the human perspective will not be lost as we move into this brave new world?

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2:30 - 3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Update on BC’s Procurement Transformation

Procurement can be a powerful tool to achieve government priorities. The B.C. Procurement Strategy outlines ways the Province is working to realize best value, make it easier to do business with government and build greater capacity for procurement in the B.C. public service.

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3:30 - 4:00 PM

Open and Objective – Managing Public Sector Procurements

Simon Daley
Senior Manager, Technology Solutions

How can public sector organizations run efficient procurements that result in solutions that provide value and minimize risk? An open and objective procurement can be a critical first step towards success for any technology project. This session will provide a practical approach to planning and managing technology procurements in the public sector, drawing from Elizabeth Vannan’s 20-plus years of technology procurement experience. From defining requirements through to contract negotiations, Elizabeth will share insights and practical tips for conducting procurements that deliver value. Participants will leave with a framework for choosing procurement vehicles, designing evaluations, and managing stakeholders and vendors that will help you conduct your next technology procurement with confidence.

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4:00 - 4:45 PM

Keynote: Is Canada’s Economy Slipping into Recession?

Helmut Pastrick
Chief Economist

Increasing concerns about Canada’s economy falling into a recession have emerged. How well-founded are these concerns? What are current indicators signaling and what are likely recession triggers? These questions will be addressed in this session, along with a forecast of Canada’s economy.

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4:45 - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Christopher Egan, CEO, fmi*igf

4:45 - 5:45 PM

Networking Reception

Day 2 – Tuesday, May 14, 2019

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

Christopher Egan, CEO, fmi*igf

8:45 - 9:15 AM

Keynote: Hong Kong – Starting Your Belt and Road Journey

Sponsored by ACCA Canada

Emily Mo
Director

Andrew Yui
Director, Canada

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council is doing an excellent job in helping Canadian organizations from across the country to succeed in Asia, via Hong Kong. The Belt and Road Initiative is China’s ambition to build infrastructure between 60+ countries in Asia to enhance connectivity and facilitate trade among these countries. To help many of these countries finance their infrastructure projects, China has founded the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which Canada joined in 2017.

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9:15 - 10:30 AM

Panel: Cross Jurisdictional Collaboration

Christian Hansen
Director and Senior Trade Commissioner

Eben Watt
Director, Stakeholder & Intergovernmental Relations

Denise Williams
Chief Executive Officer, First Nations Technology Council

Each panelist will share an initiative that showcases a successful example of cross-jurisdictional collaboration. A moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A session will follow the presentations.

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10:30 - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Panel: Climate Change & the Economy

Karen Tam Wu
Regional Director, British Columbia

Michelle Molnar
Technical Director, Municipal Natural Assets Initiative

Nancy Olewiler
Director and Professor, School of Public Policy

Matt Horne
Climate Policy Manager

This panel will explore climate change and its impact on the economy in British Columbia. Panelists will discuss the introduction of the carbon tax in BC and the impacts it’s had on greenhouse gas emissions, economic growth and its overall effectiveness.

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12:00 - 1:15 PM

Lunch

1:15 - 2:00 PM

Canadian Cannabis – Emergence, Disruption and how Canada took the lead on the global stage

Peter Guo
BC Leader, Enterprise Risk Services BC Leader, Cannabis Industry Services

This session focuses on key elements of this exciting new industry. Touching on supply, demand, capital markets, regulatory change, value-chain and entrepreneurial initiative, Peter Guo, MNP senior partner and leader for MNP’s cannabis industry team, will take us on an overview of this rapidly growing industry.

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2:00 - 2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Panel: Cannabis Legalization Regulation: What’s Next for the Industry

Chuck Rifici
Chairman and CEO

Peter Guo
BC Leader, Enterprise Risk Services BC Leader, Cannabis Industry Services

Rosy Mondin
CEO & Director

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3:30 - 4:15 PM

Keynote: Values Based Leadership - A Call to Action

Shawn Good
President and Chief Executive Officer

Drawing on more than 25 years of training and experience as an executive, board director and strategist, Shawn Good will provide a guided tour of leadership as the secret to success at every level. Using a dynamic mix of stories, examples, and models, the participants will be immersed in the leadership journey, and walk away with some practical tools that they can apply in real time. Come prepared for a fast-paced and engaging presentation on this critical discipline.

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4:15 - 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Christopher Egan, CEO, fmi*igf