The Future is Open: How open government is essential to creating a culture of public service innovation

Quand : Vendredi 5 Mars 2010, 7h30

Endroit : Delta Ottawa Hotel & Suites

(disponible en anglais seulement)

As a vital national institution and a key component to Canada's competitive advantage in a post-recession world, an innovative public service is more important now than ever. Today's complex challenges require a public service that recognizes and acts upon new ideas, new operating methods, and new ways of delivering services. Canada's public service has undergone and continues to undergo important reforms that make it more open, citizen-centred, collaborative and innovative.

In the quest for public service innovation, one movement in particular is gaining momentum - that of open government. Today, open government goes beyond mere citizens' access to information. It is about enabling citizens and stakeholders to share this information, add value, and participate in our democracy in a more meaningful way. It also means improving communication internally and harnessing technologies to share and collaborate. In order to generate novel, equitable, and sustainable solutions for the future, the federal public service will have to continue to innovate in many areas. David Eaves argues that creating a culture and practice of open government at all levels is an important first step.

David Eaves, an open government activist and public service sector thought leader, who has advised governments and written extensively on the subject, explored and offered insight into how open government is an important driver of, and essential to, creating a culture of public service innovation.

As the discussant, Chuck Henry, former Chief Technology Officer of the Government of Canada, highlighted some of the recent trends and initiatives toward collaboration, technology incorporation, and open government. In addition, he shared his perspective on what are some of the opportunities, barriers and obstacles, and some of the factors influencing of open government.

Event Twitter hashtag: #thefutureisopen


David EavesDavid Eaves

Public policy expert; Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Queen's University.

A public policy entrepreneur, open government activist and collaboration expert David advises the Mayor of Vancouver on open government, works with two spin-offs of the Harvard Negotiation Project and is an adjunct professor at the Centre for Digital Media.

David writes on politics, public service sector renewal, as well as open source and network systems. He posts four times a week on his blog, publishes regularly on the Globe and Mail website, is a regular commentator on CBC Power & Politics, and has a chapter in the upcoming O'Reilly Media book on Open Government. In addition to his writing and advocacy, David advises several open source projects including OpenMRS and Mozilla, serves on the International Reference Group of Australia's Web 2.0 Taskforce and the Steering Committee of the Environics Institute Urban Aboriginal People's Survey. He also sits on the executive of Vision Vancouver (a municipal political party), the board of Keeping the Door Open and the advisory board of Canada's World.

David Eaves' blog -

Recent articles on open government:
The Three Laws of Open Government Data
What new media means for democracy


Chuck HenryChuck Henry

Charles E. (Chuck) Henry is President and Chief Consultant of C. E. Henry and Associates; advising clients on IT Strategy, Planning and Architecture.

From October 2005 to October 2009 he was the Chief Technology Officer of the Government of Canada. He led the team that created the Government of Canada's IT Policy and the Directive on the Management of IT as well as the MAF (TBS' Management Accountability Framework) indicator for evaluating departmental IT management practices and delivery quality.

As CTO, his team began developing the technology architecture for the Government of Canada starting with an ERP strategy, followed by an SOA framework and advice on the adoption of interoperability standards. He led the "Common Look and Feel" team responsible for Canada's standards for web accessibility, site style and navigation and integrated these formerly separate standards into the IT management and governance process.

With the support of Ken Cochrane, former CIO of the Government of Canada, Chuck's team created GCPEDIA, the first Web 2.0 pilot for open, pan government (all departments and agencies) information sharing in the world. He also led the first Web 2.0 based Innovation campaign across the 18,000 members of the IT community of the Government of Canada. Using Web 2.0 based tools, the campaign collected over 1100 ideas and 2700 comments from the community.

Prior to starting C. E. Henry & Asssociates, Chuck spent 30 years with IBM. He led IT Optimization and Architecture engagements at Federal Government Departments and private sector firms. Prior to his IBM Consulting career, Chuck was a Senior Systems Engineer supporting IBM hardware and was an advisor to IBM technology leadership on systems strategies.