Can innovations in procurement lead to new ways of working?

By June 2017, the Public Engagement Team at the Privy Council Office (PCO) had received many questions from departments about digital engagement tools. The team began searching for these tools, only to find that while there were some great open source public engagement tools out there, none were immediately ready for Government of Canada (GC)...

Innovating social services in Canada by giving clients greater choice, control, and flexibility

Everyone wants to change, become more efficient, and drive better value – all code for greater cost savings. But one important global trend in social services delivery that is only just starting to be investigated in Canada is that of providing greater choice and control to the client. True transformation in the sector For all...

Smart Technology for Social Equity

In July 2017, a local company unveiled a “virtual statue” on the Halifax Waterfront of philanthropist Ruth Goldbloom, who was a driving force behind the creation of Pier 21 Canadian Immigration Museum. This initiative speaks to a dynamic spirit in Halifax, one that embraces creative change and growth. New residential developments downtown, along with lively...

Interview with Annette Antoniak, CAO, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta

In 2016, the community of Fort McMurray, Alberta, located in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), was ravaged by a wildfire conjuring up images indelibly etched in the minds of all Canadians. The fire, which began in May of 2016 and raged on throughout much of the summer, burned up to 5,900 square kilometers and wasn’t finally extinguished until...

Leadership in Satellite Communications

In this episode of CGE Radio, J. Richard Jones speaks with Brent Perrott, President of Hunter Communications. They discuss the recent contract awarded to Hunter Communications by CBC radio to provide Satellite Space Segment Services and their recipe for success, how technology is tackling the challenges of satellite communications and the future of satellite communications....

Smart Cities – March/April issue

We are excited to share with you the latest issue of Canadian Government Executive. In this issue, we have two interviews, one with Annette Antoniak, Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta and Janice Fukakusa, Chair of Canada Infrastructure Bank. Also, we are thrilled to announce a new section in CGE called Game...

Stepping up to the smart cities challenge

Welcome to the era of Smart Cities where connectivity will drive your daily commute, where internet infrastructure will be as critical as any bridge, hospital or highway in guaranteeing a safe, accessible, healthy and prosperous community for you and your family. Technology and data will be the new tools for urban planners to improve the...

Human and social services affect us all, an interview with Martin Joyce of KPMG

In this episode, J. Richard Jones sits down with Martin Joyce, KPMG’s national sector leader for human and social services. They discuss the challenges and the vital role that human and social services play in helping to improve economic and social well-being. Also, hear about the announcement of a new report that will shed much-needed light...

Half a billion children are left behind by UN development goals, study finds

Over half a billion children live in countries that are falling significantly short of globally agreed goals on health, education and violence. The first report into the Sustainable Development Goals, published by UNICEF, estimates that on average an extra 800,000 children under five will die every year between now and 2030 if targets are not met....

Considerations for Creating Smart Traffic Intersections

According to a recent McKinsey study there is a potential for a $4 trillion to $11 trillion economic impact in the year 2025 derived from Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Within that report up to $1.7 trillion of the estimate focuses on cities which includes public safety and health, traffic control, and resource management. In...