Are you interested in Open Democracy? The Power of Data and Evidence? Design Thinking? Citizen Engagement and Public Policy?
If you answered yes to any of the above, we highly recommend you look no further than to the upcoming GovMaker conference hosted in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
GovMaker has been a staple to growing our cross-sectoral relationships through the collaboration efforts that take place at the conference each year. These relationships have been critical forces to moving our region forward in the open government movement resulting in new economic growth opportunities. The GovMaker conference has brought in talent from around the world to discuss the important work happening in their backyards and get a better understanding of how we might learn from one another. When it comes to talent, this years event is no exception to that rule.
To only name a few of our distinguished guests this year:
Bianca Wylie, Co-founder of Tech Reset Canada
Bianca Wylie is an open government advocate with a dual background in technology and public engagement. She is the co-founder of Tech Reset Canada and is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in the Global Economy program. She worked for several years in the tech sector in operations, infrastructure, corporate training, and product management, most recently at Thomson Reuters. As a facilitator at Swerhun Inc., she designed, delivered and supported public consultation processes for various governments and government agencies. In 2014, Bianca founded the Open Data Institute Toronto. She is a columnist, guest lecturer, and speaker on open government and public sector technology policy and a member of the Toronto Public Library’s Innovation Council.
(What can’t this woman do!?)
Christian Bason, Chief Executive of the Danish Design Centre
Christian Bason is the chief executive of the Danish Design Centre. His role is to set the strategic direction for the organisation, and to govern the most demanding initiatives and activities. Christian is also CEO of Design Society, a foundation which is the parent company of the Danish Design Center, INDEX: Design to improve life, Global Fashion Agenda and Copenhagen Fashion Week.
From 2007 to 2014, he was Director of MindLab, the Danish government’s innovation team. From 1998 to 2006, he was a consultant and business manager with the international advisory group Rambøll Management, heading the organisation and management practice.
(If I listed all of the extraordinary achievements Christian has accomplished, this blog may be a novel. Read more here: http://govmakerconference.ca/christian-bason/)
*psst. If you can’t already tell… we’re very excited to meet Christian. This excitement was peaked on a recent flight when I opened my Harvard Business Review magazine to find one Christian’s latest articles “The Right Way to Lead Design Thinking”.
Nasma Ahmed, Director of the Digital Justice Lab
Nasma Ahmed is a technologist and community organizer based in the city we now know as Toronto. Nasma is currently the Director of the Digital Justice Lab, our mission is to build towards a more just and equitable digital future. She has extensive experience working alongside the public service and the non-profit sector, focusing on technology capacity building. She was the 2017/2018 Open Web Fellow with Mozilla and Ford Foundation, through her fellowship she worked on building organizational digital security and running a youth workshop series called “Digital Future of Privacy”.
(The work that Nasma and her team engages in is worth every minute of your time to take a further peak into: The Digital Justice Lab’s mission is to focus on building a more just and equitable future.We engage with diverse communities to build alternative digital futures, here in the nation we know as Canada. Check it out)
Briana Cowie, Climate Change Program Manager (How cool is that title!?)
Briana works at Eastern Charlotte Waterways (ECW), a not-for-profit, environmental resource and research centre in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick. ECW works with like-minded organizations to promote community well-being through sound environmental health. Briana works on multi-level governance initiatives as they relate to environmental governance. Learn more about some of Briana’s work here). Briana is a personal hero of ours, and we think you’ll agree after hearing her session at this years GovMaker.
The above list only scratches the surface of talent attending GovMaker V. We hope that you and your teams will come out and be a part of these important discussions.
Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out.