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Unlock the Value in Your Data to Enhance Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Your Organization!

Big Data and Analytics for the Public Sector

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

February 25-26, 2020 · Vancouver, British Columbia
Featuring These Industry Experts

Mark Armstrong, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Natural Resources Canada

Mark Armstrong is a data and information technology leader who has worked for the Federal Government for 17 years. He has a Degree in Computer Science (Major) and Environmental Science (Minor) from the University of Guelph. Mark started his career at Environment Canada (EC) out of Toronto, before moving to Ottawa. Over the last 17 years, Mark has worked for EC, TBS and PSPC and is now Deputy CIO here at NRCan. He has principally focused on data, and data services, but has also lead and directed large IT projects and teams. Mark cares about the bigger picture and doing quality work that has meaning. In his last role as Chief Data Officer, at PSPC, Mark championed the value of data and worked to break down cultural barriers to prompt the use and dissemination of data for smarter government.

Frederic Papillon, Organizational Development Officer & Intellectual Property, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

Frederic graduated from Laval University in his home town of Quebec City with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA in International Management. He conducted research and wrote a paper on the organizational impacts of Artificial Intelligence at work and in society. Frederic worked as a business development officer in the private sector before joining the Federal Government. As a member of the public service, he has held positions with Global Affairs Canada as Science and Technology Officer, as an advisor on strategic affairs for the Patent Branch of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, and has as a Senior Officer on Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology Transfers at the Canadian Space Agency. Frederic currently works for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada as a member of the IP Centre of Expertise to promote ExploreIP, Canada's IP Marketplace.

Eric Rancourt, Director General of the Methodology Branch, Statistics Canada

Eric has worked at Statistics Canada for 29 years. He has occupied several roles such as Director General of Strategic Data management, Director of International Cooperation, Director of Corporate Planning, Head of research, Production manager of Survey Methodology Journal, and researcher. His main areas of work have been on how to gather, safeguard and use administrative and alternate data in statistical programs. He has been involved in many professional associations and is an International Statistical Institute (ISI) elected member.

Mana Azarm, Senior Data Analytics Strategist, City of Ottawa

Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Mana moved to Canada to continue her higher education. With a degree in Information Technology Management, she continued onto grad school for a Master’s in Systems Science and PhD in Electronic Business at the University of Ottawa. She has over 10 years of experience in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics mostly in the healthcare industry. She developed healthcare data management applications for The Ottawa Hospital, and the Bruyere Hospital while completing her Master’s degree. Mana worked at Champlain CCAC and later Champlain LHIN as a business intelligence developer for five years, where she developed the data infrastructure, built dashboards to support executive decision-making, and developed web-applications to utilize data for front line staff. Since October 2017 Mana has worked in Service Innovation and Planning department at the City of Ottawa to support City’s 100+ businesses with various data analytics projects.


Tony Bonen, Director of Research, Data & Analytics, Labour Market Information Council (LMIC)

Tony Bonen is a seasoned economist with over 10 years of experience in economic policy and analytics. His previous research focused on labour and retirement security, the economics of climate change and panel data econometrics. Prior to joining LMIC, Mr. Bonen led the development and integration of CMHC’s Economic Capital and housing price stress test models. Previously, he worked at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, NATO Parliamentary Assembly and CSR Europe. Mr. Bonen holds a PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research.


Mandeep Flora, Director, Business Intelligence and Practice Division, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Mandeep Flora is leading work at the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to rethink and better deliver user-centric analytics services across the ministry and public services. Since 2015, Mandeep’s Strategic Data team has been leading the design and implementation of a strategy to deliver more effective and efficient data and analytics operations for MCCSS that gives users the insights and decision-support tools they need on demand. The team has been working to transform the way the ministry does analytics - from creating new data governance, modernizing data infrastructure, implementing new agile ways of delivering analytics, creating self-service platforms and expanding data sharing partnerships. Mandeep has been working across government and with partner organizations for over 10 years to implement large-scale, progressive initiatives, and is experienced in strategic policy design and planning, strategic information management and data analytics.


Ken Holmes, CPA & Doctoral Student, American Military University

Ken is a CPA with expertise in Management Information Systems Audit, a specialist in finance/economic analysis, and expert in Standard and Poor’s country and corporate credit analytics. Ken graduated from American Military University (AMU) with a Master of Arts, Intelligence Studies. As a forensic researcher with 25 years of experience, his mix of intelligence, business analysis and MIS audit, he is in a unique position to address how to mitigate risks through a process of creative auditing. Recently AMU invited Ken to enter their Doctoral Program in Strategic Intelligence Analysis, a field of studies created by the US Defense Intelligence Agency in conjunction with the university.


Conor Meade, Senior Policy Analyst, Data & Strategy, Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Conor Meade is a proven, effective, and recognized thought leader at the intersection of economics, innovation, and public policy. He has led consulting and research projects for Canadian and global leaders in business innovation such as Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) Canada; TEKES Finland; The Asian Development Bank; National Research Council (NRC) Canada; Invest Ottawa; and Communitech. He has contributed interviews, panel appearances, and op-ed features to media outlets including Research Money, the Canadian Science Policy Centre, and CBC Radio. He feels a bit odd writing about himself in the third person. Conor is currently the Data Governance Lead at Innovation Canada. His previous experience includes working as Director, Innovation and Policy at The Evidence Network Inc.; Senior Analyst, Senior Analyst, Performance, Analysis, and Evaluation at the Canada Foundation for Innovation; and founding a digital analytics startup. Conor earned an M.A., Economics from Simon Fraser University, and a B.Comm., Economics and Finance from the Gordon S. Lang School of Business at the University of Guelph. He is an active volunteer with the Canadian Science Policy Centre and the Centre For Effective Altruism.


Nader Shureih, Director, Business Development, Public Sector & Education, Environics

Since 2002, Nader Shureih has worked in the public, private, non-profit and education sectors as a marketer, market research professional and academic. He now serves as Director of Business Development in EA’s public sector practice. In his current role, Nader helps clients across local, provincial and federal departments and agencies better understand their jurisdictions and serve and communicate with their residents. Prior to joining EA, he taught market research at the post-secondary level and managed the market research function at the Government of Canada.


Sherin V Emmanuel, Information Architect, Canada Revenue Agency

Sherin V Emmanuel is passionate about Information and Data Management (IM) and transforming the Information domain to better meet the needs of the digital world. To this end she has been a presenter at many information and project management related conferences. Sherin works at the Canada Revenue Agency and is the Architect behind the integrated business and information architecture for GCdocs that enables the automation of the information resource lifecycle. Currently she is the Strategic Enterprise Information Architect engaged in integrating and aligning the Information and Data architectures to enable IM by design. Prior to joining the Canada Revenue Agency Sherin worked at the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Nortel Networks where she managed many successful projects. Sherin has been a project manager for over 20 years and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. She has a B.Sc, and a Masters in Information Studies (MIS) from the University of Ottawa.






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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