A lot of excellent information was presented. Great resource material to follow up on. - Associate Vice-President, Financial Services
University of Saskatchewan
Unlock the Value in Your Data to Enhance Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Your Organization!

Big Data & Analytics for the Public Sector

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

October 1-2, 2019 · Ottawa, Ontario
Day One - Tuesday, October 1, 2019
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Martin McGarry, Partner and Chief Data Scientist, Bronson Analytics
9:10 - 10:10
Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada, Statistics Canada

10:10 - 10:30        Networking and Refreshment Break
10:30 - 11:15
AI, Machine Learning & Bot Technology: Risks, Threats & How to Mitigate Them
Frederic Papillon, Organizational Development Officer & Intellectual Property, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
  • Discuss potential concerns around the road to litigation and loss of privacy
  • Overcome challenges in big data and analytics
  • AI’s biggest risk factor: big data itself
  • Learn how to identify and prevent threats and risks
  • Tools to predicting failures that might occur
11:15 - 12:15
Designing and Delivering a New Data and Analytics Approach for Ontario’s Community and Social Services
Mandeep Flora, Director, Business Intelligence and Practice Division, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Learn about how the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is changing the way data is used to drive client and program insights for social policy, planning and service delivery. A number of strategic data activities, case studies and dashboards will be presented, demonstrating how data and analytics can reveal new insights for the ministry. The presentation will also include information on:

  • Executing a data and analytics strategy across an organization to deliver change and results
  • Designing and implementing new data governance and new infrastructure to improve data quality and access
  • Using collaborative and agile processes to deliver more efficiently and better serve business needs
  • Leveraging the value of strategic data partnerships and integrating data across government and partners to answer large social policy questions
  • Lessons learned to date of executing an enterprise strategy to advance a data and analytics agenda
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:00
Creative IT Auditing in the Age of Uncertainty
Ken Holmes, CPA & Doctoral Student, American Military University
  • Cooperative audits where IT groups and the audit capacities work closely with each other
  • Both would identify innovative observations through joint analysis
  • They would develop creative recommendations that are implementable and have buy-in by all concerned
  • Establish frameworks for management/IT/client monitoring, feedback, and reporting
2:00 - 2:45
Feed Two Birds with One Scone: A Data Management Roadmap that can Make Information Silos Invisible, Solve Business Problems and Enable Better Service to Canadians
Sherin V Emmanuel, Information Architect, Canada Revenue Agency
  • Connect information across the enterprise
  • Solve many common business and data problems
  • Improve data analytics and business intelligence (BI)
  • Establish accountability and stewardship of data
  • Enable service transformation and compliance with GC strategies
2:45 - 3:30
Surprise-Driven Decision Making: Using Data to Actually Change Your Mind
Conor Meade, Senior Policy Analyst, Data & Strategy, Innovation, Science and Economic Development

3:30 - 3:45        Networking and Refreshment Break
3:45 - 4:45
Case Studies in Lifestyle Analytics as the Key Differentiator in B2B Marketing
Nader Shureih, Director, Business Development, Public Sector & Education, Environics
  • Lifestyle data offers a goldmine of insights that is under-utilized in B2B marketing. This session will showcase two unique and effective applications of lifestyle data.
  • Case Study 1: Viewing the B2B market through a B2C lens
  • The Innovation Canada platform drove new and valuable insights through the integration of privacy-friendly Environics Analytics and Statistics Canada data into their CRM and sales funnel
  • Case Study 2: Canada Day on Parliament Hill: Understanding who attended your open event is difficult
  • Integrating privacy-friendly mobile location data into your analysis can add multiple dimensions of understanding about who attends your events. We will show you how to use these insights to power and improve your business cases to vendors, partners and sponsors
Closing Remarks from the Chair




Bronze Sponsor
Environics Analytics


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 Ottawa to learn the best practices for collecting and leveraging big data and analytics. Register today!

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