TECHNATION Weekly Situation Report -May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020

Just thought I would share this great feedback from the President of Shared Services Canada (SSC), Paul Glover, to TECHNATION members: ‘’A BIG gigantic thank you to all of your members,” as Paul described SCC’s transforming in weeks – what might normally have taken years.

Our recovery efforts continue to focus on a ‘new normal’ of agile procurement, with federal, provincial and municipal governments. We are optimistic we will help lead this change in the weeks and months to come.

Additional efforts include driving technology adoption across Canada through our Cybersecurity Best Practices Advisory Group and upcoming programs.

Our TECH2GOV Innovation Exchange is now at over 100 companies nationally, and next week will feature a ‘national dashboard’ and direct access for government procurement managers to tech companies across Canada who have registered. We are looking forward to providing live demonstrations to SSC to get their staff fully engaged as well.

Finally, a warm welcome to Ceridian – our newest member this week! We look forward to engaging with you.

Angela Mondou,

President and CEO, TECHNATION

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FEDERAL UPDATE

  • TECHNATION seeks input from members on the current CRTC Call for comments – Regulations to be made under the Accessible Canada Act. In response, TECHNATION has prepared draft remarks, which were sent to all federal Public Sector Business Committee (PSBC) members. Should you wish to participate in this process, and to provide your feedback, contact Andrew Walker.
  • To better inform our discussions with public sector leaders, we ask that you complete the second TECHNATION TECH2GOV Innovation Exchange survey, which can be found here at your earliest convenience. This short, updated survey, which should take you no longer than five minutes, will provide us with crucial information we can share with our government partners.
  • Last Thursday, we hosted our monthly PSBC meeting where we heard from Marc Brouillard, CTO of the Government of Canada, and Raj Thuppal, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister – Networks, Security, and Digital Services, Shared Services Canada (SSC). They discussed the Government of Canada’s technological response to the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, members heard from representatives of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada and SSC on their respective ministry’s ongoing work. The recording of the meeting can be found here. For more information, contact Andrew Walker.

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ONTARIO UPDATE

  • Today, the Ontario PSBC heard from senior Government of Ontario leaders from Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade and the Red Tape Policy department on their work to rebuild the economy as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. For more information about this committee and to hear a recording from this meeting, contact Nevin French.
  • Two upcoming export opportunities are currently available through Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade: Ontario digital export mission to Collision from Home – apply by May 12; and Supply Development Opportunity for ICT Companies. For more information and to apply, click here

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Tech4Canada

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.

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.

 UPCOMING TECHNATION EVENTS AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Save the Dates:

  • June 3National 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.
  • Thurs. June 18: Virtual Annual General Meeting. 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Details on speakers and registration coming soon.
  • 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.) – registration opens soon! Sponsorship will open shortly.
    • If you are interested in event sponsorship, please reach out to Denise Shortt.
  • June 29: Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Cybersecurity Best Practices. Virtual Live Event. Registration opening soon.

 Register Today:

  • May 12: Setting the Stage – City of Toronto Briefing Event. In this special Re-Imagine the City of Toronto briefing event, forward-thinking City of Toronto leaders will share their COVID-19 response and recovery approach as they rebuild government services.
  • 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.

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#Tech4Canada #TechComesTogether

 The International CyberCrime Research Centre at Simon Fraser University is currently working on working on a project about Canadian critical infrastructure, which is funded by Natural Resources Canada. They are looking for Canadian tech organizations to participate in a short survey to evaluate the cyber-risk posed to Canadian critical infrastructure, with the goal of understanding the potential threats posed by hackers, the nature of attacks faced by industry providers, and the measures in place to prepare, prevent, and respond to cyberattacks against their systems.  The survey looks at the types of attacks commonly faced, approaches to securing critical systems, redundancy measures for coping with failures to interdependent critical infrastructure, and opinions on how the current best practices may be adjusted to further enhance systems’ resilience. The survey is completely anonymous and confidential. The survey is already available and will close August 31, 2020. It should take between 15-25 minutes to complete. Here is an anonymous link to the survey (it will not track participants who click on it): https://sfufas.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1NOC58XlVkO43HL.

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