Thank you to everyone who participated in the first Code for Canada Summit!

The 2020 Code for Canada Summit

March 10-11
Toronto, ON

Together, we can show what’s possible

Across Canada, there’s a movement of public servants, residents and entrepreneurs using technology and design to change people’s lives for the better.

They’re re elevating the voices of users. They’re collaborating across disciplines and departments. They’re striving to ensure the benefits of new technologies are shared equally. They’re working in the open. And they’re building products and services that are so good they inspire others.

If you’re working at the intersection of technology and government, the 2020 Code for Canada Summit is for you. We’re building a national community of practice for those engaged in the complex, challenging and truly human work of digital transformation, and we want you to be a part of it.

So join us March 10-11 in Toronto for two days of collaboration and learning, rooted in real examples of digital government and civic tech projects. Let’s get together, show what’s possible, and lower the barrier to change.

ABOUT CODE FOR CANADA

We’re a national non-profit working to build digital capacity in government and civic capacity in Canada’s technology and design community.

In other words, we help people use tech and design for good!

Rubber, meet road

Check your buzzwords at the door; we’re here to talk about the work. The content at the Code for Canada Summit is geared towards practitioners and grounded in real case studies.

Find your people

You’re not alone! At the Code for Canada Summit, you’ll engage with public servants, advocates, entrepreneurs, technologists, and others who share your goals and want to collaborate.

Level up!

Training and workshops at the Code for Canada Summit will help you get familiar with the best practices of digital government and civic tech, and identify ways to apply them to your own work.

Show the thing

The Code for Canada Summit is a space for clear and honest discussions about digital government and civic tech. Bring your work, share your challenges, and meet others who can help.

Get your tickets

The 2020 Code for Canada Summit has officially sold out! You can join the waiting list below, and we’ll release tickets if they become available. 

See Code for Canada fellows in action

Code for Canada’s fellowship program embeds technology and professionals inside government, where they bring the tools and processes of digital to bear on important public sector challenges.

Our fellows will be centre stage at the Summit, sharing the products and services they’ve developed in collaboration with their government partners. 

Fellows at the Canada Energy Regulator are making data about important energy projects more accessible for all Canadians, from scientists, to landowners and Indigenous communities.

Fellows with Public Services and Procurement Canada are reimagining the government travel experience, so public servants can spend less time managing travel and more time helping residents.

Fellows at the Public Health Agency of Canada are modernizing the granting process, creating a better experience for users and enabling PHAC’s partners to focus on improving health outcomes.

Fellows at Toronto’s Shelter Support and Housing Administration are designing digital solutions to help city staff find stable, permanent housing for residents experiencing homelessness.

Workshops, convenings and panels

Content at the Summit will consist of case study panels (detailed presentations about real projects related to a theme), workshops (facilitated learning sessions with tangible takeaways for attendees) and convenings (facilitated conversations about emerging topics in civic tech).

Looking for the full Summit schedule? You can find it right here.  

Agile in government (without the tears)

CASE STUDY PANEL

See real examples of projects that show it’s possible to be agile (and not just do agile) in a public sector context.

Panellists: Jeff Maher, Nick Scott, Sarah Brown

Service design excellence in government

CASE STUDY PANEL

Learn how new tools and methods are being used to design, align and optimize public servicesfor both users and staff. 

Panellists: Clementine Hahn, Safiah Chowdhury, Kelsey Singbeil

New models for talent acquisition and retention

CASE STUDY PANEL

Learn how government teams are experimenting with new models for attracting, developing and keeping digital talent.

Panellists: Andrea Gilbrook, Sameer Vasta

Embracing agile procurement

WORKSHOP

Learn how to redesign your procurement processes to be more agile, collaborative and cost-effective.

Facilitators: Sam Laban, Sue Talusan

How the private sector can support civic tech

CONVENING

An opportunity for those in the private sector to learn more about the civic tech movement and how they can get involved.

Facilitators: Brett Tackaberry, Bianca Wylie

Making the case for funding in digital government

CASE STUDY PANEL

Hear from government innovators who know how to build buy-in for digital teams and projects.

Panellists: Ryan Androsoff, Jenna Sudds, Grahame Rivers, Katy Lalonde, Jaimie Boyd

Digital government and civic tech outside major cities

CASE STUDY PANEL

See how new digital tools and processes are being used in small and mid-sized communities.

Panellists: Ashleigh Weeden, Mark Burns

Communicating in the open (and outside your comfort zone)

WORKSHOP

Leverage storytelling to support your goals, and pick up some tips for sharing work in progress. 

Facilitators: Yael Berger, Luke Simcoe

Expanding Canada's civic tech community

CONVENING

A facilitated conversation about how Canada’s civic tech organizers can support one another and grow the movement.

Facilitators: Laura Chang, Sandi MacKinnon

Teaching and learning digital in the public service

CONVENING

An opportunity for those providing public servants with new digital skills, approaches, and mindsets to connect and collaborate.

Facilitators: Honey Dacanay, Nick Scott, Meghan Hellstern

Strengthening the social safety net with civic tech

CASE STUDY PANEL

Meet civic tech practitioners who are helping fight issues like poverty, homelessness and inequality in their communities.

Panellists: CG Chen, Elvis Wong, Sandi MacKinnon, Georges Clement

Procurement innovation from the vendor perspective

CASE STUDY PANEL

Connect with civic tech entrepreneurs to discuss challenges and opportunities in procurement innovation.

Panellists: Angela Najab, Kurtis McBride, Luke De Coste, Anna Klimbovskaia

Better monitoring and evaluation is possible

WORKSHOP

Discover how you can create an evaluation framework that empowers people to be ambitious and do their best work.

Facilitators: Merlin Chatwin, Laura Nelson-Hamilton

Decolonizing digital

CONVENING

A vital conversation about how those working at the intersection of technology and the public good can better adopt the principles and practices of reconciliation.

Facilitators: Alejandro Mayoral Baños and the Indigenous Friends Association

2020 Summit Speakers

Rowan Conway

Rowan Conway

Mission Oriented Innovation Network
UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Nasma Ahmed

Nasma Ahmed

Siri Agrell

Siri Agrell

Executive Director
OneEleven

Gabe Sawhney

Gabe Sawhney

Executive Director
Code for Canada

Dr. Jonathan Dewar

Dr. Jonathan Dewar

Case Study Panellists

Ryan Androsoff

Ryan Androsoff

Director, Digital Leadership Program
Institute on Governance

CG Chen

CG Chen

Founder
Ample Labs

Andrea Gilbrook

Andrea Gilbrook

Sameer Vasta

Sameer Vasta

Employee Experience Lead
Ontario Digital Service

Jaimie Boyd

Jaimie Boyd

Chief Digital Officer
Government of British Columbia

Katy Lalonde

Katy Lalonde

Kurtis McBride

Kurtis McBride

Co-founder & CEO
Miovision

Nick Scott

Nick Scott

Executive Director, Open Government & Innovation
Government of New Brunswick

Sandi MacKinnon

Sandi MacKinnon

Co-founder & Organizer
Civic Tech Fredericton

Grahame Rivers

Grahame Rivers

Director, Digital Service Enablement
Transport Canada

Luke DeCoste

Luke DeCoste

Co-founder
Proof

Anna Klimbovskaia

Anna Klimbovskaia

Co-founder & COO
Diversio

Clementine Hahn

Clementine Hahn

Product Manager
Canadian Digital Service

Jenna Sudds

Jenna Sudds

Councillor, Kanata North
City of Ottawa

Elvis Wong

Elvis Wong

Founder & Managing Director
Innovate Financial Health

Angela Najab

Angela Najab

Customer Success Director
Recollect

Safiah Chowdhury

Safiah Chowdhury

Policy Development Officer
Toronto Employment and Social Services

Mark Burns

Mark Burns

Director of eServices
Government of Yukon

Ashleigh Weeden

Ashleigh Weeden

PhD Candidate & Researcher
University of Guelph

Jeff Maher

Jeff Maher

Principal Engineer
Canadian Digital Service

Kelsey Singbeil

Kelsey Singbeil

Director of Service Design
Government of British Columbia

Georges Clement

Georges Clement

Co-founder
JustFix.nyc

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Senior Product Manager
Ontario Digital Service

Workshop & Convening Facilitators

Honey Dacanay

Honey Dacanay

Director, Digital Academy
Canada School of Public Service

Merlin Chatwin

Merlin Chatwin

Monitoring & Evaluation Lead
Code for Canada

Laura Nelson-Hamilton

Laura Nelson-Hamilton

Senior Policy Advisor
Ontario Digital Service

Sam Laban

Sam Laban

Facilitator
The Guelph Lab

Sue Talusan

Sue Talusan

Bianca Wylie

Bianca Wylie

Brett Tackaberry

Brett Tackaberry

Chief Technology Officer
Rebel.com

Luke Simcoe

Luke Simcoe

Director of Outreach
Code for Canada

Yael Berger

Yael Berger

Senior Communications Advisor
Canadian Digital Service

Alejandro Mayoral Baños

Alejandro Mayoral Baños

Meghan Hellstern

Meghan Hellstern

Senior Project Designer
Brookfield Institute

Code for Canada Fellows & Government Champions

Maddy Ewins

Maddy Ewins

Product Managment Fellow
Code for Canada

Ali Feroz

Ali Feroz

Glennys Egan

Glennys Egan

Product Management Fellow
Code for Canada

Cristina Bedward

Cristina Bedward

Sabrina Dominguez

Sabrina Dominguez

UX Design Fellow
Code for Canada

Ashley Edstrom

Ashley Edstrom

Supervisor Social Assistance
City of Toronto

Roan Reimer

Roan Reimer

UX Design Fellow
Code for Canada

Chantal Fremit

Chantal Fremit

Acting Director Digital Transformation
Canada Energy Regulator

KEY DETAILS ABOUT THE SUMMIT

Download the schedule

Want to plan your time at the Code for Canada Summit? Download our working schedule to get started.

Make your business case

Need to get approval to attend the Summit? Our easy-to-edit justification letter has all the info you need to make the case to your manager.

Save the date!

If you’re like us, you swear by your calendar. So why not add the Code for Canada Summit to yours (Google Calendar or iCal/Outlook).

The 2020 Code for Canada Summit will be taking place March 10-11 at Artscape Daniels Launchpad in Toronto.

2020 Summit Supporters

Sponsor the Summit

Are you interested in connecting with Code for Canada’s audience, and helping make our inaugural Summit even more awesome?

Check out our sponsorship package for more details, or reach out to Laura Chang at laura@codefor.ca to start a conversation.

 

“Civic tech, and its ability to empower residents and leaders, is a keystone to building a more prosperous, sustainable, and equitable Canada.” - Gabe Sawhney, Executive Director at Code for Canada