Going Agile Conference

Wednesday, October 18 - 2017
All Day Event
Shaw Centre, Ottawa, ON


ITAC will be hosting a one-day event to help the Government of Canada “Go Agile”. This event is your opportunity to learn about the Agile modernization initiatives underway and share best practices found across ICT sector in other jurisdictions. Now is the time to help shape a more modern Government, adaptable, flexible and able to respond to Canadians.

7:30 am Networking Breakfast
8:50 am Opening remarks:
Andre Leduc, ITAC
9:00 am Guest Speaker: Making an Agile Organization
Ian McGinnis, CA Technologies
I an will talk about “Making an Agile Organization” and cover what business
agility is, and what are the three structures of an agile enterprise. Following
a brief discussion on the importance of an agile mindset and agile principles,
Ian will cover some examples of agile transformation in the government

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, where the pace of change is accelerating, governments know that they must re-invent the ways they do business. Whether this is through the partnerships they develop, the leadership techniques they employ or the skilled workforce they seek out, governments are facing the challenge of managing in uncertainty by focusing on becoming more agile in their operations.

Agile governments provide what citizens want, when they need it, regardless of external pressures and context. And they’re able to do this because they’re responsive, flexible, creative and attuned to citizens’ needs. The Government of Canada has efforts underway to make its policies and practices agile, modern, less burdensome, and inclusive.

Government leaders identified several elements that are critical to agility, namely: developing strong partnerships, investing in human capital, supporting and training leaders and investing in technology. In fact, investments in IT is unavoidable if the public service is going to be agile and keep pace with the digital revolution.

The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) appreciates these efforts. Guidance from the ICT industry will help the Government of Canada:

  • Partner with private sector stakeholders to leverage innovation and respond to citizen expectations and delivering services in new ways
  • Provide the bureaucracy with more capacity to take risks
  • Redesign procurement rules and migrate procurement to agile
  • Update policies to reflect the new way of working
  • Move to measuring value created and delivered, not timelines and cost savings

Government attendees

  • Senior bureaucratic leaders and ministerial staff who are directly driving procurement modernization initiatives across the Government of Canada; and
  • Ministers for departments PSPC, TBS and ISED will be invited to attend.
  • Industry attendees will include:
  • Public Sector Procurement, Contract and Legal Authorities
  • Public Sector Modernization and Digital Government Experts
  • Public Sector Leadership, Vice President’s and Sales Directors

Why Is It Important To Attend / Sponsor?

  • Attending this event keeps your organization aware of what is taking place, in front of the changes taking place, providing insights to help shape the desired outcomes and aligned to the reforms on the horizon.
  • Sponsoring this event is strategic – it elevates your organization’s profile with the federal leadership across the three core departments who are driving the Government of Canada’s agile efforts.

Going Agile – DRAFT Program 

  7:30 am Networking Breakfast
8:50 am
Opening Remarks
Andre Leduc, ITAC
9:00 am
Guest Speaker – Making an Agile Organization
Ian McGinnis, CA Technologies
Will talk about “Making an Agile Organization” and cover what business agility is, and what are the three structures of an agile enterprise.  Following a brief discussion on the importance of an agile mindset and agile principles, Ian will cover some examples of agile transformation in the government sector.
9:45 am
Guest Speaker –  Go on the offensive
Scott Erkkila, Pivotal
Defensive mindsets hinder an organization’s ability to grow and sustain an agile development practice. Move the needle in your development practice by shifting from defence to offence.
10:30 am
Networking Break
10:45 am
Guest speaker – Agile Coach and Technical Product Manager
Amer Naser, Scotiabank
 11:45 am
Luncheon Keynote – Agile procurement in practice
The Honorable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement
1:15 pm
Guest Speaker –
Cory Vokey, Red Hat Canada
Cory will speak of his experiences with Canadian private-sector and public-sector organizations and offer some real world examples of their move towards an agile methodology or a devops culture.
2:00 pm
Networking Break
2:15 pm Breakout Sessions
Q&A with Agile coaches
3:00 pm
Closing Panel – Next Steps

  • Jaimie Boyd, Team Lead for Open Government Implementation, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement
  • Olivia Neal, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Mike Stone, KPMG
4:00 pm
End of program

The Honourable Scott Brison (TBC)
President of the Treasury Board (Kings—Hants)

Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Mr. Brison to the federal cabinet as President of the Treasury Board in November 2015. He serves as a member of the key Cabinet Committee on Agenda, Results and Communications that tracks progress on the government’s priorities; the Cabinet Committee on Inclusive Growth, Opportunities and Innovation that considers strategies to promote inclusive economic growth, opportunity, employment, and social security; the Cabinet Committee on Open and Transparent Government; and the ad-hoc Cabinet Committee on Defence Procurement.

During his years in opposition, he notably served as Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.  On the international scene, he served as a member of the Trilateral Commission, and he was named by the World Economic Forum of Davos, Switzerland, as one of its “Young Global Leaders.”

In Paul Martin’s government, he served as Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Receiver General of Canada from 2004 to 2006 and previous to that as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with special emphasis on Canada-U.S. relations.

Mr. Brison has had extensive private sector experience as an entrepreneur and investment banker. He has served as Vice-President of a Canadian investment bank and as Chairman of SeaFort Capital Inc., a Canadian private equity firm.

Mr. Brison and his partner, Maxime St-Pierre live in Cheverie, Nova Scotia, on the shores of the Minas Basin, home of the world’s highest tides. He was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, on May 10, 1967, and in 1989 graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance. He has completed the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century Executive Education Program at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. In his spare time, he enjoys economics, foreign policy, sea kayaking, downhill skiing, and growing apples, and has recently planted a small vineyard.

Ian McGinnis
CA Technologies

Ian McGinnis is an architect of agile solutions with over 30 years of experience in software development. Ian has worked directly with companies in the Fortune 100 to help them adopt true business agility. He is a subject matter expert and senior advisor on topics related to scaling agility across an entire organization, allowing companies to realize the full benefits of agile. At CA Technologies, Ian is an Executive Advisor in the Agile Management Business Unit, and is a presenter and thought-leader at events worldwide.

Scott Erkkila
Pivotal Labs, Canada

Scott Erkkila is the Director of Pivotal Labs, Canada. Scott leads a team that focuses on helping Canada’s most admired brands, government agencies, and fast-rising startups become modern, fast-moving, innovative software companies using its cutting edge development methodologies and next-generation cloud platform. Across 25 years, Pivotal Labs is credited for leading the agile software development movement, which gave rise to Internet companies such as Google, Twitter, and eBay.

Amer Naser

Amer Naser started his career with Cisco Systems in Silicon Valley and moved to Canada in 2005. He is an Agile practitioner and a technology leader supporting Scotiabank’s Canadian Banking division, responsible for frameworks and applications including single sign-on and various cloud apps, and also manages infrastructure interfacing mainframe systems. Amer leads a team of architects trying to solve complex technology problems focusing on legacy systems. Notable accomplishments at Scotiabank include launching the first cloud native app into the public cloud (PaaS), forming the first DevOps team and starting the Cloud Centre of Excellence. Amer is passionate about DevOps, Agile, Kanban and Cloud.

The Honorable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement (Delta)

Minister Qualtrough will discuss procurement modernization and agile procurement initiatives underway at PSPC and SSC.

A successful lawyer, dedicated volunteer, and Paralympic swimmer, Carla Qualtrough’s commitment to addressing inequality and championing diversity makes her a strong advocate for Delta.

Committed to equity and inclusion, Carla has practised human rights law at the federal and provincial levels. She chaired the Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility in British Columbia, and was an adjudicator with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal. Carla has been visually impaired since birth.

Passionate about the power of sport and physical activity to change lives, Carla has volunteered locally, nationally, and internationally, including with the International Paralympic Committee and for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. She has been President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Chair of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Carla was on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, and was Vice-Chair of the Delta Gymnastics Society. As an athlete, Carla won three Paralympic and four World Championship medals.

Carla has degrees in political science from the University of Ottawa and law from the University of Victoria. Among many awards for her work, she has been named one of Canada’s Most Influential Women in Sport six times, and received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Cory Vokey
Red Hat Canada

Cory is a technology executive with two decades of experience in Architecture, Development and IT Operations and Professional Services.  In is role at Red Hat he is helping Canadian commercial and public sector organizations with the move to agile and devops practices. Previous to joining Red Hat, Cory held executive roles within TD Bank and BlackBerry.  While AVP Platform Engineering at TD Bank, Cory led a team of over 200 employees.  Throughout his 8 year tenure at Blackberry, Cory held operational responsibility for Blackberry’s 60MM subscriber services.

Born and raised in Newfoundland, Cory has held roles throughout Canada, UK and the US.  He now resides in Cambridge, ON.  Cory is married with two sons and enjoys training in BJJ and Muay Thai Kick boxing with his two boys.

Alex Benay
Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada

On Friday, March 24, 2017, the Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada announced the appointment of Alex Benay as Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada, effective April 3, 2017, formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation.

From 2011 to 2014, Alex was Vice-President of Government Affairs and Business Development at OpenText. He has played a leadership role in Canada’s digital industry as well as in promoting the global shift to digital in organizations such as the G20, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Olympics. Before joining OpenText, he managed various teams and programs at the Canadian International Development Agency, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Library and Archives Canada.

Steve MacKinnon
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Steve MacKinnon has been the Member of Parliament for the riding of Gatineau since October 2015. He is a Member of the Standing Committee on Finance and its Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure.

Steve was a Senior Vice President at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, a communications and public affairs firm, where he was the national practice leader in specialized transactions related to mergers and acquisitions.

Steve also has extensive professional experience in the political arena. He was an advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna. He was also the National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Returning Officer for the Liberal Leadership in 2013. He is regularly invited to various national media forums as a political commentator. Steve is a contributor to charitable works to benefit literacy.

Steve is proficient in both of Canada’s official languages and holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Université de Moncton and a Master’s in Business Administration from Queen’s University. He has also completed the Canadian Securities Course. Steve and his wife, Janelle, live in Gatineau with their three children.

Agile Coaches

Dan Murphy is a partner in AdaptiveOrg Inc. He has been engaged in a number of IT service development initiatives over the years related to the transformation of large complex organizations leveraging Agile / Lean methods. Particularly, he has been engaged in Public Sector at Public Works and Shared Services Canada where he developed national services that delivered clear and measurable business value. Passionate about project success and the application of Agile methods across the enterprise including HR, Supply Management, Finance as well as IT. He began his career at IBM, and later moved to Cisco Systems, where, in the late 1990’s he led the development of the “Shared Services” concept and pushed it into existence at the political level within the Federal Government. He was an early leader in the applications Agile methods and principles for to non-software development projects. He has led multiple initiatives within the Federal Government to develop competitive IT services, including the development of a Government Metro Area Network and the development of a National Telepresence Service. He is a leader in the use of Agile / Lean methods for the development and implementation of measurable IT infrastructure, and application services.

Larry Cooper, partner in AdaptiveOrg Inc., is a portfolio executive, strategic advisor, author, and agility educator with close to 40 years in the public and private sectors in Canada and the USA. Among his more notable accomplishments include having created the release strategy for the world’s largest Web-enabled Supply Chain, helping an organization save $100M US/year in procurement through better process, and helping another use Agile Procurement to save 97.5% of their expected budget for a COTS Procurement which was then redeployed to increase the expected business value from the project. Larry is the creator of the Adaptive Strategy Framework that enables organizations to adaptively iterate from strategy thru delivery to deliver tangible value in weeks instead of months and years. He was the invited agility expert at the 2016 PMI Global Congress in San Diego, and will be returning for the 2017 Congress October 28-30 in Chicago. Larry spoke at Spark the Change Montreal May 13, 2017 on “The Richness of our differences – achieving Cultural Agility in our organizations” based on his upcoming book “Cultural Agility: Changing our Stories”. Larry is a featured blogger and webinar host in the Agile Practices area on ProjectManagement.com and host of the Agility Series webinar channel on BrightTalk. He was also the author-mentor for PRINCE2 Agile™ book by AXELOS. His books (so far) include Organizational Agility: Values, Principles, and Traits (2016), Leadership Agility: Enabling Sustainable Organizations (2016), The Adaptive Strategy Framework Guide (2016), Agile Value Delivery: Beyond the Numbers (2015), and the PortfolioPDQ Leadership Framework (2004) (co-author).

Amandeep Singh is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at InnoAgile Consulting – A Canadian boutique management consulting firm specializing in Digital Transformation, Agile Leadership, and Resource Management with a core value proposition of bridging gaps between Traditional and Agile delivery model to realize and sustain strategic benefits. With over 6 years Agile Transformation expertise, 10 years of business re-engineering projects  and numerous executive client engagements, he has created a niche and proprietary Agile Adoption Model which has played a pivotal role in setting up lean enterprises benefitting across all layers of employee engagement. He is also a Professor of Agile Transformation and Program Management at Sheridan College. His academic portfolio consists of a Masters in Project Management with industry accredited certifications (PMP, MoP, Prosci, SAFe SPC4, CSM, CSPO) and B.Eng. Having worked as a consultant and an employee (client and vendor side), Amandeep unanimously streamlines the end-end expectations to foster a collaborative growth environment.In his personal space, Amandeep loves to engage in positive social engagements to MAKE EVERLASTING IMPACTS.

Abhishek Shinde is a Agile Transformation Consultant who diligently advises new agile project teams, agile leaders and also teams up with them to perform at a principle and value level. His Agile experience at TELUS, Morgan Stanley and NTT Data has bought the best transformations within those organizations under his objective guidance. His expertise in agile scaling patterns promotes technical craftsmanship through example and teaching-by-doing. He has keen understanding of business priorities, genuine team player committed to managing operations and projects while contributing to revenue-producing activities. Like to think and operate on the “big picture” while staying on top of the details. His MBA,CSM,ITIL degree & certifications help him accentuate and streamline projects, thus enhancing revenue performance. Abhishek believes in sharing one vision, but embracing diversity to develop a vibrant culture that optimizes its own processes and delivery, hence fostering a culture of transparency and openness. He continually strives to produce high quality services while adhering to Agile methodologies and understanding of customer needs with diligent attention to  details resulting in superior product delivery and high levels of client satisfaction.

Sheeraz Badar is a Principal Consultant with InnoAgile steering the Agile Transformation Portfolio. With 18 years of IT experience, as an Agile Transformation Leader, People/Project Manager, Sheeraz has a deep passion for delivering solutions that provide faster time to market with lower risk and high business value. He has diverse experience in implementing and delivering digital and e-commerce solutions In Telecommunications, Banking, and Retail industry. Sheeraz has been coaching and mentoring Agile practices for over 5 years. He has trained tens of individuals and coached multiple teams as they navigated through their Agile journey, in both large and small adoptions at Blackberry, Scotiabank, Telus, and Home depot. Sheeraz loves to socialize and enjoys riding horses, motorcycles and driving sports cars.

Shvat Kashap is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at InnoAgile Consulting. He is a certified Enterprise Lean-Agile Coach, Business Transformation & Organizational Change Management Consultant with a proven track record of guiding organizations towards success since last 8 yrs. He specializes in scaling agile practices to leverage existing capabilities in ground-up transformations. His expertise in coaching executive leadership across business and IT has transformed enterprise business value chains to adapt and mature on agile adoption and delivery frameworks.  In his personal space, Shvat loves to be connect with people through Community and Social Events.

Andrew Goddard is an Agile Coach at CGI with over 18 years of experience delivering web-based and embedded software solutions to clients in both the private and public sectors.  He is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and has been leading Agile teams for over 11 years following the Scrum framework and other process and development improvement techniques like Kanban, Lean, and Extreme Programming.

He began his career as a business owner and programmer and later shifted into the Content Management space implementing FatWire solutions across North America.  It was during this journey that he was introduced to Scrum.  Since then, Andrew has had the unique opportunity to deliver projects using Scrum, advise organizations on how to realize their business objectives through the use of Agile and Lean approaches, and teach the Agile mindset to leaders and teams.  His specific interest is in working with organizations and teams with the goal of improving their lives and work so that they can live out their maximum potential and have fun along the way.

Michael Cardy (MSc.) is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat Canada.  Mr. Cardy provides his clients strategic vision and thought leadership necessary to successfully navigate and realize their expected outcomes from investments in supported, open source based software technology.  With his experience collaborating with many government entities and Fortune 500 companies across all major vertical industries as a global CTO for a large systems integrator and cloud services provider, Michael has acquired extensive expertise in designing and building hybrid cloud and digital marketing strategies.

Most recently, his primary focus has been on assisting his clients in preparing, developing and aligning technology and organizational resources supporting digital government.  Michael emphasizes harnessing the power of open source software innovation as these technologies support standardization, holistic automation, new DevOps approaches and processes, and hybrid, cloud deployment models, all of which achieve the key business principles of accelerated value delivery and greater business agility, essential success factors for governments to strategically positioning themselves in the global economy.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

$6,000 – Event Gold Sponsor (Morning Keynote & Panel) (1 only – taken)  

  • Introduces Minister (TBC) and Alex Benay, Why Government needs to move to Agile
  • Provides opening keynote on successful agile implementations
  • Introduces guest speaker at lunch, likely a key federal executive
  • Option to join the agenda development working group
  • Branding on all event activities, materials, event signage, ITAC website etc.
  • 4 event passes

$4,000 – Morning Co-Host Sponsor (1 only – taken)

  • Introduces Speaker; How it’s been done, lessons learned
  • Branding on all event activities, materials, event signage, ITAC website etc.
  • Option to join the agenda development working group
  • One seat at the head table during all plenary sessions
  • 3 event passes

$4,000 – Afternoon Co-Host Sponsor (1 only – taken)

  • Introduces Speaker; What Agile is in a federal context
  • Branding on all event activities, materials, event signage, ITAC website etc.
  • Option to join the agenda development working group
  • 3 event passes

$1,500 – Event Sponsor (5 available)

  • Branding on all event activities, materials, event signage, ITAC website etc.
  • Option to join the agenda development working group
  • 2 event passes

If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Janet Tite.

ITAC Members – $150 + HST
Government and Non-Members – $200 + HST
ITAC Members – Table of 8 – $1,050 + HST
Government and Non-Members – Table of 8 – $1,500 + HST


Through this interactive two-day workshop, you will be introduced to Intent-based Leadership using innovative approaches to planning and strategy to fully engage your people’s intellectual capacity in achieving your organization’s vision and mission. For additional details, please refer to the link below.

If you would like to participate in this interactive workshop, please send an email to Janet Tite.

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