The 2020 Code for Canada Summit

March 10-11
Toronto, ON

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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

Early bird pricing for the Code for Canada Summit is on now! Get your ticket before January 22 for a 20% discount. We also have a special rate available for all government attendees.

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.

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).

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

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

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

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

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

Procurement innovation from the vendor perspective

CASE STUDY PANEL

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

Panellists: Luke Closs, Kurtis McBride, Luke De Coste

Better monitoring and evaluation is possible

WORKSHOP

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

Facilitators: Merlin Chatwin, Laura Nelson-Hamilton

Working 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

Embracing agile procurement

WORKSHOP

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

Facilitators: Sam Laban, Sue Talusan

We’ll be announcing more Summit content soon, so stay tuned! You can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter for the latest on new Summit panels and convenings. 

2020 Summit Speakers

Siri Agrell

Siri Agrell

Executive Director
OneEleven

Ryan Androsoff

Ryan Androsoff

Director, Digital Leadership Program
Institute on Governance

Rowan Conway

Rowan Conway

Mission Oriented Innovation Network
UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

CG Chen

CG Chen

Founder
Ample Labs

Andrea Gilbrook

Andrea Gilbrook

Nick Scott

Nick Scott

Executive Director, Open Government & Innovation
Government of New Brunswick

Jenna Sudds

Jenna Sudds

Councillor, Kanata North
City of Ottawa

Sameer Vasta

Sameer Vasta

Employee Experience Lead
Ontario Digital Service

Sandi MacKinnon

Sandi MacKinnon

Co-founder & Organizer
Civic Tech Fredericton

Kurtis McBride

Kurtis McBride

Co-founder & CEO
Miovision

Yael Berger

Yael Berger

Senior Communications Advisor
Canadian Digital Service

Georges Clement

Georges Clement

Co-founder
JustFix.nyc

Honey Dacanay

Honey Dacanay

Director, Digital Academy
Canada School of Public Service

Grahame Rivers

Grahame Rivers

Director, Digital Service Enablement
Transport Canada

Sue Talusan

Sue Talusan

Luke Closs

Luke Closs

Director of Operations
Recollect

Ashleigh Weeden

Ashleigh Weeden

PhD Candidate & Researcher
University of Guelph

Elvis Wong

Elvis Wong

Founder & Managing Director
Innovate Financial Health

Clementine Hahn

Clementine Hahn

Product Manager
Canadian Digital Service

Sam Laban

Sam Laban

Facilitator
The Guelph Lab

Luke DeCoste

Luke DeCoste

Co-founder
Proof

Jeff Maher

Jeff Maher

Principal Engineer
Canadian Digital Service

Mark Burns

Mark Burns

Director of eServices
Government of Yukon

Maddy Ewins

Maddy Ewins

Product Managment Fellow
Code for Canada

Roan Reimer

Roan Reimer

UX Design Fellow
Code for Canada

Gabe Sawhney

Gabe Sawhney

Executive Director
Code for Canada

Merlin Chatwin

Merlin Chatwin

Monitoring & Evaluation Lead
Code for Canada

Luke Simcoe

Luke Simcoe

Director of Outreach
Code for Canada

We’ll be announcing more speakers, panellists and facilitators soon! 

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Save the date!

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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