The seminar provided very useful info to take back to management in order to make better decisions in our use of social media tools. - Web Communications Advisor, Health Canada

Big Data and Analytics for the Public Sector

Advance your knowledge in government-utilized predictive analytics, data visualization and artificial intelligence

Seminar: February 20-21, 2019  ·  Vancouver, BC
Day One Program Agenda: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Nicolas Jeffery, Founding Partner, Impresario Consulting
8:40 - 9:40
Top Trends in Data Analytics for the Public Sector
Dan Pollock, Lead Data Scientist, GDX – Government Digital Experience, Government Communications and Public Engagement, Government of British Columbia
  • Existing technological limitations and tools to find improvements
  • Focusing on the experts - tech talent in the public sector
  • Measuring a ’journey‘ through complex systems
  • Determining success factors
  • Standardizing metrics across the public sector for better results
  • Free your systems from built-in biases
  • The latest in privacy protection
9:40 - 10:00        Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00
Underpinning Trust in the Digital Economy - Practical Application the Decentralized Ledger Technology
John Jordan, Executive Director, Services Strategy, Office of the CIO, BC Government
  • Current issues preventing seamless service delivery to citizens and businesses
  • Overcoming barriers in sharing trustworthy government issued data
  • Empowerment of citizens as individuals and business representatives with trustworthy government data
  • Bootstrapping a platform ecosystem with the Verifiable Organizations Network
  • Approaches to using and contributing to global open standards and open source software
11:00 - 12:00
Digital Transformation with the Alberta Energy Regulator
Tara Mulrooney, CIO, Alberta Energy Regulator
Anna Bodio, Director of Applications and Data Services, IT Digital Transformation, AER
  • Digital transformation goes far beyond the IT team
  • Managing technology adoption, processes and integration
  • Evaluate investments, understand the architecture
  • Dig into your core platform strategy and ROI
  • Define a plan for platform adoption
  • Transform customer experience
  • Plan for scalability based on growth analysis
12:00 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Vancouver's Agile Data & Analytics Journey
Arron McCurdy, Senior Manager, Data and Analytics, City of Vancouver
Rene Cravioto, Program Manager, Enterprise Data and Analytics, City of Vancouver
  • Creating Enterprise Agile Data Enablement
  • Meeting the data lineage and ETL challenges
  • Iterative approach to supporting processes and infrastructure
  • Basic data governance via the DELPHI process
  • Building trust in data
  • Challenges of BI Tool Agnostic Approach
  • Addressing the spectrum of data fluency/maturity
  • The power of vague requirements
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:30
Analytics and Big Data in Liquor & Cannabis Industry
Shawn Ling, Director, Business Analytics & Data Services, Information Technology, BC Liquor Distribution Branch
  • New vs Old – Cannabis vs Liquor
  • Social Responsibilities, Compliance & Regulations
  • Critical Privacy Issues
  • Data-driven Culture
  • Opportunities in Analytics
  • Data Monetization
  • Big Data Journey
3:30 - 4:30
Finding Ethical Roadmaps to Mitigate Risk in AI Deployment
Soyean Kim, Leader, Research and Analytics - Technical Safety BC
  • Canada: A possible leader in Ethical AI
  • De-identification of the data is primary to digital ethics
  • Building consensus on clear ethical principles
  • Ethics are not a barrier to innovation
  • AI Governance and joint initiatives in the public sector
  • Educating staff how to assess risks and opportunities
  • Testing and scaling new services
  • Ensuring public engagement is genuine and transparent
4:30        End of Day One



The amount of data that's available for public use is exploding, and as such, implementing big data projects is becoming a major priority across the public sector. Big data, analytics, and business intelligence provide limitless opportunities for improving service delivery, informing policy decision-making, and boosting organizational performance. The public sector is under increasing pressure to ensure ease of use, reliability, speed, and access to their services, for all citizens.

However, there are still numerous hurdles to overcome before you can take advantage of big data's opportunities. These challenges include securing organizational buy-in, complying with privacy and legal regulations, and breaking down silos to effectively collaborate with different departments.

INFONEX's two-day Big Data & Analytics for the Public Sector will help you understand the benefits and pitfalls of big data and how it can be used to improve business functions and secure competitive advantage. Our faculty of leading experts will provide you with strategies for overcoming hurdles, securing buy-in, gathering and integrating your data, and leveraging your data to improve services and policy decisions.

Learn how to extract relevant information from data that can be used to make better organizational decisions. Get tips for overcoming challenges of implementing and maintaining a data governance program. Uncover ways to mitigate performance risks with business intelligence. Examine proven techniques for measuring the performance of your analytics and manage legal and privacy issues surrounding business intelligence.

Join us in Vancouver to learn the best practices for collecting and leveraging big data and analytics. Register today!

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