ITAC Executive Briefing, September 10 – Ottawa

Tuesday, September 10 - 2013
7:30 am - 10:30 am
Ottawa, Ontario

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ITAC’s September 10th Executive Briefing will feature a Government CIO panel discussion on “Modernizing Mission Critical Applications”. New Panelist Added – Mr. Charles Dixon (see below)! 

This is an opportunity to hear the plans and priorities of key CIOs to upgrade their mission critical applications.  Now that Shared Services Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat are moving forward with initiatives to modernize the back office, CIOs will have more opportunity to focus on the front office applications to improve service delivery to Canadians.

The CIO of the Government of Canada, Corinne Charette, will set the scene for the discussion by outlining Government framework plans for service modernization.  The CIO Panel members will be:

  • John Messina, the Assistant Commissioner of the Information Technology Branch and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Canada Revenue Agency
  • Len Bastien, Assistant Deputy Minister (Information Management), Department of National Defence
  • Charles Nixon, CIO and Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation and Information Technology Branch, Employment and Social Development

Be sure to join us to get the latest on the transformation of critical Government apps.


September 10, 2013


7:30 am to 8:30 – Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am to 9:45 am – Welcome, panel discussion and Q&A


Ottawa Marriott Hotel, Laurier Salon, 100 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5R7


ITAC Members – $70.00 + HST

Government Rate – $70.00 + HST

Non-Members – $140.00 + HST


Click here to register!


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 Corinne Charette Corinne   Charette was appointed to the  position of Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada, effective May 4, 2009. Corinne comes to Treasury Board Secretariat from Transat A.T.   Inc. where she was Vice-President and Chief Information Officer since May 2006. Previously, Ms. Charette was Deputy Director and Chief Information Officer of FINTRAC. During her 30+ year professional career, she served as Senior Vice-President, Internet Channel, for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, has been a Partner with KPMG Consulting leading their e-Business practice and has worked for IBM Global Services.Corinne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Concordia University and is a Professional Engineer. On June 21, 2011,  Corinne received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Concordia  University, in recognition of her distinguished career and achievements. 
 John Messina  John Messina, Assistant Commissioner of the Information Technology Branch and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Canada Revenue Agency, is responsible for one of the largest IT organizations in the Public Service in Canada and provides support to 55,000 CRA and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) employees at 390 sites across Canada. With a workforce of over 3000 IT professionals, Mr. Messina is responsible for developing and implementing CRA’s Information Technology (IT) strategy, managing the implementation, evolution and maintenance of software solutions to support program delivery, managing and operating the client computing infrastructure.  Mr. Messina graduated from Laurentian University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and recently completed the Certificate Program in Public Sector Leadership and Governance at the University of Ottawa. He has 27 years of experience in IT in various management positions within the Canada Revenue Agency. 
 Len Bastien Len Bastien, Assistant Deputy Minister (Information Management),  Department of National Defence, had a short career with the Canadian Forces in the late 1980s and has since worked in the information and telecommunications technology fields.  In July 2004, he became the Director responsible for   Enterprise Outsourcing at CGI. He joined the Department of National Defence (DND) in 2007 as the Director of its Information Management Service   Transformation program, and in 2009, became a Director General.  After that, he moved to Fisheries and Oceans as Executive Director of IT Infrastructure, Operations and Security where he was responsible for a budget of $30 million.  In 2011, Mr. Bastien returned to DND in increasingly senior roles in Information Management and has been in his current role since December 2012.  He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward Island. 
New Picture Charles Nixon, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation and Information Technology Branch, Employment and Social Development, was appointed to the position of CIO in the former Human Resources and Skills Development  Canada in June 2011. Prior to this, he spent four years as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Citizen Service Branch, 2 years as ADM for the Policy, Partnerships & Corporate Affairs Branch, acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Insurance for three years, and 2 years as Director General of Insurance Policy. Mr. Nixon joined the Department in a policy role in 1998. Mr. Nixon began his Public Service career in the Office of Native Claims in the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in 1982. In 1988, he moved to the Department of Justice and progressively held more senior positions in several Departments in aboriginal Affairs. Mr. Nixon graduated from Carleton University with an Honour’s degree in Geography and received a Diploma in Polar Studies from Cambridge University. Mr. Nixon also spent five years in the private sector. 

For more information, contact Micheline Lepage at  (613) 238-4822 x 2245 – or Linda Oliver at (613) 238-4822 x 2222  – or Cindy Baker at

We look forward to seeing you on September 10th!

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