The Code for Canada Showcase


AUGUST 9, 2018 – TORONTO, ON

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A celebration of civic tech

The two biggest levers for improving people’s lives at scale are technology and government. What happens when we bring them together?

On August 9, 2018, government innovators and civic tech leaders from across the country gathered in Toronto for the first ever Code for Canada Showcase.

The theme of the event was delivering civic tech in Canada. Together, Code for Canada staff, our inaugural fellowship teams and their government partners, and a range of Canadian civic tech practitioners demonstrated what’s possible when technology and design are used to solve complex — and meaningful — civic challenges.

“This idea of a values-driven civic tech movement is really resonating across the country.”

Gabe Sawhney

Founder & Executive Director, Code for Canada

The impact of fellowship

The Code for Canada fellows were joined on stage by their partners at the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and Veterans Affairs Canada. They unveiled the 21st century public services they built together, and shared how the fellowship accelerated digital transformation and culture change inside government.

“We made it a priority throughout the engagement to continuously involve the public.”

Christine Lee

Code for Canada Fellow, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities

“As people in transformation, it’s our responsibility to talk to users. It’s been an honour to hear from veterans.”

Daniel Tse

Code for Canada Fellow, The Canadian Digital Service & Veterans Affairs Canada

Canada’s civic tech ecosystem

The depth and breadth of the national civic tech movement was on display at the Code for Canada Showcase. Public servants, entrepreneurs and community organizers shared how they’re using technology and design for good, and demonstrated how civic tech breaks down siloes and fosters collaboration.

“That’s the beauty of civic tech. Solutions don’t need to profitable, they just need to do good.”

Dr. Jules Maitland

Co-founder, Civic Tech Fredericton

“We were looking for a way to speed up the rate of change and improvement and innovation in government services.”

Peter Watkins

Executive Director, BC Developers' Exchange

“Technology is built by a certain group of people, and governed by a certain group of people … with privilege and power.”

Nasma Ahmed

Founder, Digital Justice Lab

“If we had given up on trying to deal with government from a procurement standpoint, I wouldn’t be standing here now.”

Colleen Hardwick

Founder & CEO, PlaceSpeak

“The innovation is in the process.”

Stephanie Yong

Smart Cities Challenge Lead, City of Saskatoon

Meet the speakers

Gabe Sawhney

Gabe Sawhney

Executive Director, Code for Canada

Stephanie Yong

Stephanie Yong

Smart Cities Challenge Lead, City of Saskatoon

Nasma Ahmed

Nasma Ahmed

Director, Digital Justice Lab

Dr. Jules Maitland

Dr. Jules Maitland

Co-founder, Civic Tech Fredericton

Peter Watkins

Peter Watkins

Executive Director, BC Developers’ Exchange and Enterprise DevOps

Colleen Hardwick

Colleen Hardwick

Founder and CEO, PlaceSpeak

Farzad Sedghipour

Farzad Sedghipour

Service Design Manager, Veterans Affairs Canada

Daniel Tse

Daniel Tse

Code for Canada Fellow, Government of Canada

Mithula Naik

Mithula Naik

Senior Design Researcher, Canadian Digital Service

Christine Lee

Christine Lee

Code for Canada Fellow, Government of Ontario

Lisa Bifano

Lisa Bifano

Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities

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