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CDAO Canada Public Sector 2024: Insights and Innovation for the People

Our hugely successful CDAO Canada Public Sector 2024 conference wrapped up last week in Ottowa. This year’s event brought together a diverse group of data leaders, policymakers, and technology experts to discuss the evolving landscape of data analytics and its impact on public services.

The event was packed with valuable insights and strategies that are helping to drive data and analytics innovations in the public sector in Canada. 

A Gathering of Data Pioneers

The event kicked off with an inspiring keynote address by Celio Oliveira - Secretariat of the Executive Data Governance Steering Committee at the Government of Canada, who highlighted real-world case studies from Estonia and Brazil, showcasing how these nations transformed data from a mere resource into a strategic asset. His session provided a compelling analysis for organizations navigating the data-driven world and explained how meticulous data management fosters not only effective service delivery but also contributes to a fairer society.

You can read our full interview with Celio Oliveira here


Key Highlights and Takeaways

1. Innovative Use Cases in Public Sector Data Analytics

Throughout the two-day event, several sessions showcased innovative use cases where data analytics had significantly enhanced public sector efficiency and service delivery. One standout session featured the City of Toronto's Open Data Initiative, which has successfully leveraged data to improve urban planning, public safety, and community engagement.

2. Advancements in AI and Machine Learning

The advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) were a major focus. Experts discussed how these technologies are being deployed to predict and mitigate public health crises, optimize resource allocation, and enhance cybersecurity measures. Kate Burnett-Isaacs, Director of Data Science at Infrastructure Canada presented a session on AI Empowerment: Infrastructure Canada's Ethical Roadmap.

3. Data Privacy and Ethics

The topic of data privacy and ethics was prominently addressed, with panels debating the balance between data utilization and the protection of citizen privacy. Erik Balodis - Director of Analytics and Decision Support at the Bank of Canada presented on Streamlining Infrastructure for Continuous Improvement in his session, Data on Demand.

4. Building Data Literacy

Another key theme was the importance of building data literacy within public sector organizations. Workshops provided practical training on data visualization, statistical analysis, and data storytelling. The interactive sessions were designed to empower public servants with the skills needed to interpret and utilize data effectively.

Networking and Collaboration

As always, attendees of CDAO Canada Public Sector enjoyed the opportunity to network with other leading data and analytics professionals in the Canadian Public Sector. The networking lounges and breakout sessions were abuzz with discussions on best practices, lessons learned, and future trends in data analytics.


Looking Ahead

The conference concluded with a forward-looking panel that discussed the future of data analytics in the public sector. Panelists, including representatives from federal and provincial governments, as well as leading technology firms, shared their visions for a more data-driven public sector that leverages analytics to create smarter, more responsive, and more equitable public services.

Want to Join Us?

CDAO Canada Public Sector 2024 has proven to be an indispensable event for data and analytics professionals in the public sector. We look forward to seeing even more groundbreaking discussions and innovations at next year’s conference. 
Until then, why not join us at one of our upcoming events near you?  

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