TECHNATION Weekly Situation Report – May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020     


Do you have speaker expertise in the areas of Digital Transformation, Agile Procurement and/or Procurement Innovation? We’ve developed a database of expert speakers and thought leaders to showcase for future events and engagements with government stakeholders. Although our events have currently pivoted to be launched virtually – we are still looking for the best of the best industry experts and thought leaders, who can share their insights, best practices and know-how to our event participants.  Click here to register for speaking opportunities and be sure to provide as much detail as you can!


Register Today:

  • May 20: Executive Briefing with Minister Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade of Ontario. The Minister will address ways TECHNATION members can support the Ontario Government through procurement processes, collaboration and beyond; and economic development post-COVID-19.
  • May 28: Federal Public Sector Business Committee meeting.
    • Register for the meeting here.
  • June 4National Public Sector Business Committee meeting. (12:00-1:30 p.m.) The Committee brings together experts and leaders from provinces and territories across Canada to discuss their respective government’s ongoing work in digital transformation and economic development.
  • June 11: Recovery, Resilience and creating a bold new vision together. A CCIO Briefing and Panel Discussion with Dafna Carr and Ontario CIOs. (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
    • Register here
    • Sponsorship will open shortly.  If you are interested in event sponsorship, please reach out to Denise Shortt.


Save the Date:

  • June 29: Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Cybersecurity Best Practices. Virtual Live Event. Registration opening soon.


A recent StatsCan study shows that 50 per cent of students have lost their jobs this summer. Despite immense job losses and shortages for students, the TECHNATION Career Ready Program continues to provide support to employers hiring students, providing immense industry relief. Funding for summer is now limited. Many students are looking for start dates in June, so it’s not too late yet. Questions? Contact 


The Responsible Tech Council is a collaborative multi-sector council comprised of industry and government leaders, to identify critical technology challenges and establish action-oriented priorities that can be accomplished within a 12-18 months horizon. The next Council meeting will focus on a COVID-19 call to action.


After successfully completing the Canadian Cybersecurity Skills Framework and documenting aligned National Occupational Standard for Cybersecurity in Canada, TECHNATION’s AI & Cybersecurity Skills Initiative is kicking off the Learning Outcome development work.  Learning Outcomes define what learners will be able to do upon a completion of a course of study and should align with industry standards and requirements.  Learning Outcomes are leveraged by training and education institutions to develop new, or enhance existing, curriculum.  If you’d like to be involved in the development of these education materials, we are now seeking volunteers to partner together in the window between late May and August.  For more information contact Sandi Campbell at

HOLD THE DATE: SME Cyber Best Practices Virtual Event

TECHNATION is hosting an interactive event where cybersecurity experts will help SME leaders and technical advisors to better understand their cybersecurity threat and collaboratively develop cybersecurity best practices that can be applied to their context. The event will be held June 29 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. ESD. Registration details to follow shortly.



TECHNATION submitted a submission to the CRTC regarding its role and regulations related to the accessibility reporting requirements for broadcasting undertakings, Canadian telecommunications common carriers, and telecommunications service providers under the Accessible Canada Act (ACA). For more information on our submission: Andrew Walker.


This week, the federal government announced the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund, which includes $1 billion in funding, disseminated through the regional development agencies. This fund is intended to cushion the financial blow experienced by businesses that do not qualify for other aid programs. For more information: Andrew Walker.


As Ontario is preparing to slowly re-open the economy, the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Construction, has published sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19.  Please see here for more information.

On May 20, TECHNATION Minister Vic Fedeli will be our keynote for the Executive Briefing. A seasoned public official, having served previously as Mayor, Acting Leader of the Official Opposition, Minister of Finance and now as Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade and Chair of Cabinet, Minister Fedeli will provide unique insight on the Government of Ontario’s approach to economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. This will include the deliberations of the Jobs and Recovery Committee, in particular, support for and collaboration with the tech sector, including multinationals and SMEs, and ways in which TECHNATION members can support the Ontario government through procurement processes, collaboration, and beyond. Details & Registration


Canadians Will Be Tested On Our Way to a Health Nation – Susan Anderson, TECHNATION Health & Kris Bailey, AiCon Inc.

Virtual Care is the Future of Health Care in Canada – Michael Green, Canada Health Infoway


On behalf of all TECHNATION, we want to extend our thanks, appreciation, and gratitude to Canadian nurses as the world recognizes and celebrate International Nurses Day (May 12, 2020) and National Nursing Week (May 11-17). The 2020 “Nursing the World to Health” theme was developed by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) to showcase how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the founder of modern nursing and statistician, who laid the foundation for the field of Nursing Informatics. Today, Nursing Informatics is a critical success factor for enhancing the health and well being of individuals and the sustainability of the health care systems worldwide. Canadian Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care is leading the way with the implementation of the electronic collection of evidence-based patient-centred clinical outcomes in Canada. The project is funded by contributions from Canada Health Infoway and participating provincial partners, and is sponsored by the Canadian Nurses Association

We wish our Canadian nurses this most well-deserved national and global recognition of their tireless work to protect the wellness and health of our communities; and to all currently working the front lines through the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our words of thanks are simply not enough to express our gratitude.