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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

Michael Leung, Founder & Management Consultant, Canadian Cybersecurity Inc.

Michael Leung is an experienced leader of governance and risk management in cyber/information security with more than 15 years of senior level management responsibility. He is the founder of CANADIAN CYBERSECURITY INC. and a management consultant – helping businesses and organizations identify, prepare for and mitigate cyber risks by providing counsel and expertise in risk management, strategy, and tactics; and Chief Strategy Officer of siberX - a roaming, customized platform for cybersecurity training, events and skills development. Michael was previously the head of Information Security at a Canadian financial institution for over 11 years, and also an active volunteer and a leader within the local, national and international cyber/information security, IT governance and risk community. He has volunteered on a number of task forces, working groups, and committees for ISACA International, and is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

As a past President and Board chair of the ISACA Vancouver Chapter, he was responsible for the oversight and direction of chapter operations in promoting the practices and the development of professionals in IT risk, governance of enterprise IT, information security management, and IT assurance within the local business and academic community, and chapter membership. ISACA is a non-profit, global membership association for IT and information systems professionals, and consists of more than 450,000 engaged professionals, more than 135,000 members in 188 countries, including 217 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China.


Steve Wilson, CEO, The Eciss Group

Taking technology transformations to new heights. Steve currently works in the information and communication technology ecosystem providing strategic solutions to his clients. Steve sees patterns where others see noise, whether it’s cyber/digital forensics, big data analytics challenges or strategic innovation leadership. Combined with a number of professional and academic certifications; Steve epitomizes industry best practices within the field of information and communication technology, providing strategic insights for successful outcomes. Some of his past clients come from a variety of industries including financial services, law enforcement, oil and gas, retail, legal services, government, transportation, education and non-profit.


Dan Pollock, Lead Data Scientist, BC Government Digital Experience

Dan is the Lead Data Scientist with the Government Digital Experience where he heads an analytics and data science program focussed on service delivery. His team works with partners across the public service to help Government understand citizens and help citizens understand Government.


Meg Stiven, Manager, Service Design, BC Government Digital Experience

Meg is Manager, Service Design with the Government Digital Experience. She enjoys working with ministries to set clear goals for service improvements and make design decisions based on human-centered research. She sees service measurement as a way into having tough conversations and identifying where to focus change to have the biggest impact.


Ashlin Richardson, Senior Data Scientist, Digital Platforms & Data Division, Office of the Chief Information Officer Province of British Columbia

As a Senior Data Scientist with the BC Ministry of Citizens’ Services, Ashlin is an experienced Scientist working at the management level. With graduate studies in Applied Mathematics and Computing Science (CS), Ashlin leverages expertise in Statistical Pattern Recognition and High Performance Computing (HPC) to support evidence-based decision making.


Zachary Woodward, Senior Director, IMIT Procurement, Procurement Services Branch, Ministry of Citizens’ Services

Zachary Woodward has been working with the BC Government in Procurement since June 2017. Shortly after, with a key team at the BC Developers’ Exchange, he began the development and launch of Sprint With Us - a new Agile development methodology for public sector procurement. Since then, he has been supporting procurement for the province as the Senior Director of IMIT Procurement with the Ministry of Citizens’ Services. With a Masters in Global Business, a background in business analytics, contract and change management, he has utilized these skills both at home, in Canada, and abroad. With a passion for organizational change, Zach has spent the past 6 years introducing new opportunities for operational and technical enhancements across the contracting landscape.


Sid Tobias, Instructor and Senior Team Lead Digital Development, Information, Innovation and Technology Division and the BCDevExchange, Province of British Columbia

Sid is passionate about evidence-based decision making based on data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, complexity theory and advanced modeling. He is also driven by real problems that require urgent, no-fail, evidence-based decisions. He has mentored several Agile DevOps Teams within the BC Government including BC Wildfire Predictive Services, MyRangeBC, Water and Invasive Species. He mentors new digital teams with the BCDevExchange and teaches Digital Leadership to executives. Sid takes decision making seriously and focuses on loving the problem before the solution.

Sid has 25 years with Canadian Armed Forces working with Naval, Joint and Combined Forces. In his time with the Forces he was a specialist Joint Interface Control Officer, Canadian Joint Tactical Data Link Coordinator, and Chairman of NATO Tactical Data Link. In 2011 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada for his professionalism, technical expertise and leadership for developing a new integrated data link in support of NORAD and the 2010 Olympics. He has been formally recognized for his work in evidence-based leadership by NATO, ASIC, Hungary, Poland, Greece and Canada.






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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