Delivering the keynote address at the 2013 Government Technology Event (GTEC), Diane Finley—Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister responsible for Shared Services Canada—acknowledged the input of ITAC and other technology associations as her department works toward introducing savings through technology innovation. She said ITAC was one of several organizations that was helping her connect with Canadian businesses that had expertise the federal government could use.
In her GTEC keynote, Finley said:
The reality is much of that expertise is outside of government, in the private sector. In a climate as dynamic as the IT sector, no one can claim to have all the answers. We have to listen. And we are.
Shared Services Canada is making a point of drawing on the immense private sector expertise in IT transformation that exists across Canada. It is a goldmine out there, and our job is to use that expertise whenever and wherever we can.
And if the private sector has something off-the-shelf that we can buy instead of build, we will do that too.
It just makes sense.
As an organization that does business with about 1200 companies, SSC has many opportunities to seek out open and transparent ways to collaborate with partners in the private sector.