Posted September 15, 2011
The federal government has created a new public agency, Shared Services Canada, to better manage how the government acquires ICT products and services.
On September 13, President of Shared Services, Liseanne Forand, announced that Benoît Long has accepted the position of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Transformation at Shared Services Canada, effective September 12, 2011.
Benoît will be joining SSC from the Privy Council Office where he held the position of Lead, Internal Functions (Finance, HR, IM/IT), Administrative Services Review. He was on secondment from his position as Chief Technology Officer of the Government of Canada at Treasury Board Secretariat. Prior to joining the Federal Government, he held various positions in the private and public sector, including Vice President and CIO, Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre. He has also held the position of VP Partnerships and Innovation and senior executive positions in insurance and banking, including Vice President, CIBC, Planning and Development, Internet Channel, and Senior Vice President, Strategic Development and Integration. He holds an Executive Program Certificate in Strategy and Innovation, MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master’s of Arts in Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) Economics, from Carleton University.
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"Shared Services Canada will have a mandate to streamline IT, save money, and end waste and duplication," said Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada (the federal department responsible for the new agency).
The government will move to one email system, reduce the overall number of data centres from 300 to less than 20, and streamline electronic networks within and between government departments. This will improve services to Canadians, make ICT more secure and reliable, and save taxpayers' dollars in line with the Government of Canada's plan to return to balanced budgets. All resources associated with the delivery of email, data centre and network services are being transferred from 44 of the more IT-intensive departments and agencies to this one new agency.
ITAC fully supports the government's move to make its ICT spend as efficient as possible. We believe the federal government should be a leading user of technology - a model for organizations across all industry verticals to follow. To do this means investing in the ICT solutions our industry's members offer, and reaping the benefits of their ability to create truly innovative products and services.
Liseanne Forand, currently Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Chief Operating Officer for Service Canada, has been named President of Shared Services Canada, effective August 4, 2011.
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