The CIO Strategy Council Leads the Development of a National Standard for Responsible Contact Tracing in the Workplace

TORONTO, September 23, 2020  Organizations around the world are faced with the need to reevaluate digital strategies to reopen workplaces safely in a post COVID-19 world. In the last couple of months, we have heard in many discussions, the rise of several themes associated with data governance and digital contact tracing. In addition to contact tracing applications, various organizations are contemplating, deploying and or relying on a myriad of technologies in a variety of contexts, including to monitor individuals entering and exiting premises. 

A growing and urgent need raised by stakeholders and as part of the CIO Strategy Council’s collective response, the Council’s Standards Policy Committee approved the development of a national standard to equip organizations with a set of controls in the responsible use of digital contact tracing and monitoring solution data in the workplace to maintain the health of employees, while restrictions loosen, and businesses reopen. 

This proposed national standard applies to the governance of current and future use of data that is created, collected, stored or controlled by contact tracing and monitoring solutions, and impacts the management processes and decisions relating to data within and between organizations.  

Interested parties are welcome to join the technical committee responsible for the development of the national standard and contribute to the work. For more information or any questions about the Council’s standards development activities, please contact Matthew MacNeil. 

About CIO Strategy Council
The CIO Strategy Council (CIOSC) provides a forum for Canada’s most forward-thinking chief information officers to focus on collectively transforming, shaping, and influencing the Canadian information and technology ecosystem. The Council has deployed a nationally-accredited, agile, and consensus-based standards-setting process that matches the speed of innovation and advancement in ICT. Learn more at ciostrategycouncil.com. 

About CIO Strategy Council Standards Policy Committee
The Standards Policy Committee governs the Council’s standardization policies, sets standardization priorities and is responsible for coordinating standards development activities by establishing, dissolving and assigning responsibility to technical committees; approving new technical work; determining priorities; and maintaining the Council’s standards policies, procedures and other rules for the technical work. 

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For more information:  

Matthew MacNeil
Director, Standards and Technology
CIO Strategy Council 
www.ciostrategycouncil.com 

CIO Strategy Council and Deloitte Canada partner to launch new monthly webcast series geared towards Canada’s global competitiveness

In our continuous effort to improve Canada’s global competitiveness, the CIO Strategy Council is pleased to be partnering up with Deloitte Canada and launch our new monthly webcast series called “Conversations with Tech Leaders shaping the Future of Canada” 

Each week we will explore a different topic or issue of concern. This upcoming Wednesday, September 30th at 12:00 AM EST, join us on our inaugural conversation with John Hill, VP and CIO of Suncor. The conversation will be 45 mins long, with ample time for Q&A. 

Our webcast series are opened to the publicRegister today: https://bit.ly/33gnGa3  

 

Read latest article by Matthew MacNeil, our Director of Standards and Technology on “Canada’s new Cyber Security Program for SMOs: An inside look at the development of Canada’s National Cyber Security Standard” featured in the Cyber Business Review

Small-and-medium organizations (SMO) are vulnerable to cyber attacks. With limited IT budgets and technical resources, SMOs are prime targets for bad actors. According to Statistics Canada: 19% of small businesses and 28% of medium businesses reported a cybersecurity incident in 2017. A key contributor to this issue is the lack of comprehensive and easy-to-implement guidance available that SMOs can manage on their own, and that specifically addresses the needs of their business.

Read full article here.

Read the latest article by Matthew MacNeil, our Director of Standards and Technology on “How National Standards are Shaping the Digital Economy” featured in the Cyber Business Review.

Some industry leaders of the Canadian information and communications technology ecosystem understand how standards are shaping our digital economy and the critical role they play in developing them as technology experts.

Here is an insider’s look at how National Standards of Canada are developed by the CIO Strategy Council as a Standards Council of Canada accredited standards development organization, and how digital standards will help shape Canada’s digital and technological transformation.

Read full article here.

CIO Strategy Council Announces New National Standard for Digital Trust and Identity

OTTAWASeptember 2, 2020 – The CIO Strategy Council is pleased to announce the publication of a new National Standard of Canada for digital trust and identity.  

Increasingly, organizations are needing to assert and consume digital identity with trust and confidence, for the purposes of delivering products or services.  

The National Standard of Canada, CAN/CIOSC 103-1, Digital trust and identity – Part 1: Fundamentals, specifies minimum requirements and a set of controls for creating and maintaining trust in digital systems and services that, as part of an organization’s mandate, assert and or consume identity and credentials in data pertaining to people and organizations. It codifies state of the art thinking as an official Canadian standard and aims to accelerate the adoption of the Pan Canadian Trust Framework in Canada, while providing needed flexibility for Canadian businesses exporting products and services globally. 

The national standard applies to all organizations, including public and private companies, government entities, and not-for-profit organizations. It may be applied to either digital systems and services that are used within an identity context, or to those that are used and applied across identity contexts i.e. in a credential and/or identity federation. 

It was prepared by the CIO Strategy Council technical committee on digital trust and identity, comprised of thought leaders and experts in identity and data management, privacy and related subjects from coast-to-coast-to-coast. 

This National Standard of Canada is available at no cost, in both of Canada’s official languages, and can be viewed here. 

About CIO Strategy Council
The CIO Strategy Council (CIOSC) provides a forum for Canada’s most forward-thinking chief information officers to focus on collectively transforming, shaping, and influencing the Canadian information and technology ecosystem. The Council has deployed a nationally-accredited, agile, and consensus-based standards-setting process that matches the speed of innovation and advancement in ICT. Learn more at ciostrategycouncil.com. 

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For more information, please contact: 

Matthew MacNeil
Director, Standards and Technology
CIO Strategy Council
www.ciostrategycouncil.com 

Join the CIO Strategy Council as the Vice President Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships

The CIO Strategy Council recognizes the challenging market conditions and stress disruptive technologies and game changers like the future of work are putting on our governments, businesses and citizens, as well as the need to respond with leadership. That’s why this is such an exciting and critical role in Canada’s future. This high-visibility, high-accountability role builds and manages strategic relationships and serves as an effective change agent working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to fulfil the Council’s mandate.

Introduction

Thank you for your interest in this exciting opportunity to join our team at the CIO Strategy Council and impact Canada’s future. We have prepared this Executive Briefing to outline our newly created role for your reference and consideration.

We encourage you to visit our website and to contact us should you have any specific questions regarding the role, the organization, or the process www.ciostrategycouncil.com

Applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes to keith.jansa@ciostrategycouncil.com Thank you for your time and interest.

About the CIO Strategy Council

The CIO Strategy Council is not for the faint of heart. We are disruptors. We are innovators in our companies and organizations, embracing digital, embracing change, and championing new innovations. The Council was created in response to a dire need to kickstart a strategic, collective approach to addressing issues that transcend the ability of any one person or organization to tackle.

Our mission is to provide a forum for Canada’s most forward-thinking Chief Information Officers to focus on collectively transforming, shaping, and influencing the Canadian information and technology ecosystem.

Our vision is to become nationally recognized as a leading innovation institute that helps Canada’s leading CIO’s outpace and outsmart the competition.

Our core values are to innovate, disrupt, collaborate and advocate.

Our objectives are to (i) transform, shape and influence the Canadian information and technology ecosystem; (ii) provide access to trusted peer group for mutual support, interaction, and engagement in learning and applying best practices; (iii) conduct research and disseminate reports on strategic topics relating to the Canadian information and technology ecosystem; (iv) provide a strategic approach to information and communication technology procurement in Canada; and (v) provide an open national forum to inform, develop and drive the adoption of information and technology standards in Canada using a standards setting process that is globally-recognized, consensus-based, formal, consistent, reliable and third-party verified.

Role: VP Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships

The CIO Strategy Council recognizes the challenging market conditions and stress disruptive technologies and game-changers like the future of work are putting on our governments, businesses, and citizens, as well as the need to respond with leadership. That’s why this is such an exciting and critical role in Canada’s future. This high-visibility, high-accountability role builds and manages strategic relationships and serves as an effective change agent working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to fulfill the Council’s mandate.

As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the VP Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships will be a strategic advisor to the Executive Director, representing the Council in various settings and building cohesive relationships with external stakeholders to drive the Council’s strategic priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Participates in the development of short-term and long-term strategic and operational plans including objectives, strategies for meeting objectives, and timelines for meeting objectives. Executes, monitors, evaluates, and regularly reports on status.

• Leads on policy initiatives relevant to the Council’s priorities and goals to affect public policy development and implementation.

• In conjunction with the co-Chairs and Executive Team, assists in the development and maintenance of relationships with key CIOSC stakeholders.

• Assesses implications and ensures the Council’s strategic initiatives and partnerships, their impact and outcomes are effectively communicated both internally and externally.

• Provides strategic and professional advice to the co-Chairs, Members, and Executive Leadership Team on how the Council should position itself and align its strategy as required.

• Develops partnerships and engages partners in relation to the Council’s priorities and goals.

• Continually monitors the external environment and identifies opportunities and priority stakeholders, draws up appropriate and targeted engagement and working strategies.

• Leads internal and external communications for the Council, including developing communications materials and helping to shape the Council’s messaging and channels.

• Leads and manages direct and indirect reports.

• Acts as a role model, embodying the organization’s values, leadership behaviours, and commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion.

• Acts as a CIOSC spokesperson as designated by the Executive Director, including in crisis situations.

• Coordinates the Council’s impartial standards development appeals process.

• Participates as a member of various committees; acts as a resource in the area of Initiatives and Partnerships and educates co-workers about activities to ensure ongoing two-way communication.

• Is a member of the senior management team and may provide leadership, guidance, and strategic direction to all staff.

• Assists periodically, with special projects as required.

Most importantly this Vice President Initiatives and Partnerships will be responsible to promote the Council’s values of innovation, disruption, collaboration and advocacy to ensure Canada’s leading Chief Information Officers outpace and outsmart the global competition. With integrity, transparency, diversity, inclusion, accountability and responsiveness, the successful incumbent will work to deliver CIOSC’s strategic business plans.

Qualifications:

The Ideal Candidate is already well-respected as an individual capable of clear vision and superb execution. He or she has already managed a portfolio of projects and strategic initiatives for organizations in the public and/or private sectors. They are respected for their collaboration skills, clear communications, foresight, planning and action orientation. Ideal candidates will have a combination of successful experience in entrepreneurial settings where new ideas and approaches are encouraged, and exposure to multi-stakeholder environments. Additionally, candidates will have the following qualifications:

Qualifications

• 10+ years of work experience working successfully with multiple stakeholder groups on a range of high profile and contentious issues.

• Strategic and project management capabilities with strong critical thinking and negotiation skills.

• Able to work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment while also driving toward clarity and solutions.

• Proven track-record of building partnerships to deliver collaborative, impactful programs and initiatives.

• Evidence of successfully leading and inspiring teams.

Assets:

• Demonstrated experience in financial planning and analysis, with previous experience overseeing human resources, information technology and legal.

Attributes/Personal Characteristics

• Excellent presentation abilities and experience engaging with a wide variety of audiences.

• Exceptional interpersonal skills, social competence, and judgement.

• Adaptability, flexibility, and creativity depending on the priorities of a given day while adhering to strict deadlines.

A positive “get-the-job-done” attitude.

• Excellent problem solving and analytical skills.

• Exceptional communication, writing, organizational, and multi-tasking skills.

• Self-starter and creative thinker with a strong sense of urgency to drive action.

• Emotional resilience and the ability to work calmly under pressure with delegated authority to manage key strategic relationships and initiatives ensuring success.

• Honest collaborator to affect positive change, fostering inclusion, diversity, and cooperation to continuously improve and deliver value.

• The ability to successfully work independently at times – and as part of a closely-knit team.

• A combination of confidence and humility.

How to apply:

If you are looking for an incredible opportunity to work on a small team with a huge impact, we invite you to apply today via email at keith.jansa@ciostrategycouncil.com

We are committed to privacy, diversity, employment equity, and accommodation for all applicants. Reach out if you have any requests so that we may help.

The CIO Strategy Council would like to thank all applicants in advance and advise them that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

CIO Strategy Council Advances Development of a Series of Data Centric National Standards for Connected Cities

TORONTO, August 10, 2020 – Estimates by the UN indicate that by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s total population will be living in cities. Due to these urbanization trends, cities across the globe are faced with the challenge to balance technological advances, increased infrastructure demand, economic factors, and the well-being of their citizens. Canadian cities are equally in need of innovative approaches that drive economic development, social benefits, and prosperity for the community.  

In response, the CIO Strategy Council formed two new technical committees to inform and drive the development of a series of data centric national standards for the integration of new urban technologies into working cities.  

The evolving technology landscape has transformed the way in which data can be accessed, used and monetized in our cities and towns,” says Keith Jansa, Executive Director of the CIO Strategy Council. “This raises questions surrounding the governance of data that are in need of answers to help drive responsible technology deployment. 

Connected Cities 

Cities are increasingly generating large amounts of data while providing everyday public sector services from health care and transportation to wastewater treatment and energy. The new technical committee on connected cities is first tasked with developing a series of standards for the discovery and management activities for context-rich, digital representations of built environments (i.e. Digital Twins). 

“We are thrilled as proponents to have initiated this crucial standards’ work” says Hugh O’Reilly, Executive Director of Innovate Cities. “The global pandemic has forced us to rethink our cities digital infrastructure, and the approaches in creating safe, accessible, smart and connected spaces that will benefit our citizens and the economic prosperity of our country.” 

Autonomous and Connected Vehicles 

Automated and connected vehicles have the potential to greatly improve road safety and increase mobility, while also offering new economic opportunities and environmental benefits to Canadians from the unprecedented volumes and types of data generated. 

The new technical committee on autonomous and connected vehicles is developing minimum requirements for public testing and proving grounds, with emphasis on the responsible use of data generated by autonomous and connected vehicles. The national standard will focus principally on public infrastructure and public spaces. 

“New standards are an important practical lever in policy and governance modernization,” says Andy Best, Executive Director of Open City Network. “This work is an important opportunity to address challenges in ownership and intellectual property when data intersects with both public and private digital infrastructure.

Join Technical Committee on Connected Cities

Join Technical Committee on Autonomous and Connected Cities

About CIO Strategy Council
The CIO Strategy Council provides a forum for Canada’s most forward-thinking chief information officers to focus on collectively transforming, shaping, and influencing the Canadian information and technology ecosystem. The Council has deployed a nationally accredited, agile, and consensus-based standards-setting process that matches the speed of innovation and advancement in information and communications technology (ICT). Learn more at ciostrategycouncil.com 

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For more information on the Technical Committee and on how to participate, please contact: 

Matthew MacNeil
Director, Standards and Technology
CIO Strategy Council 
matthew.macneil@ciostrategycouncil.com   

Final Webcast: Summary of CIO Trends for the permanently shifted enterprise

PRESENTED BY CIO STRATEGY COUNCIL & DELOITTE CANADA 

In times where global collaboration is needed more than ever, the CIO Strategy Council was pleased to join forces with Deloitte Canada in hosting a series of public webinars to share the latest information and insights for CIOs to better respond to the changing business environments of their operations and technologies amid the COVID-19 pandemic and paving the way toward a new reality.

Each week over the last few months, we explored a different topic or issue of concern. This upcoming Wednesday, July 29th at 11:00 AM EST, join us for our final webcast on the Summary of CIO Trends for the permanently shifted enterprise. We will summarize the trends we have observed over the past 20 weeks of #C19 response and recovery, and present a set of field-tested Guiding Principles that seem to resonate with #CIOs as they navigate the next normal.

Keith Jansa, Executive Director of the CIO Strategy Council will be joined by Dalibor Petrovic, leader of Deloitte’s CIO Program and Maria Churchill, Deloitte’s CIO, to share their real-world experience and advice.

The sessions are 30 minutes in length and will allow time for any questions you may have. To learn more and to register, please click here: https://lnkd.in/eTjMtYd

DigITal Magazine Snapshot – Interview with Ashley Casovan, Executive Director at AI Global

Ashley is an engaged and innovative leader who has always had a deep interest in advancing the public good. Recently leaving her long-standing career in the public service where she was last Director of Data and Digital for the Government of Canada, she has now taken on the role of Executive Director of AI Global, a non-profit dedicated to creating practical tools to ensure the responsible use of AI. Throughout her career she has worked at the intersection of innovative technology and data, and its impact on providing better information and services.

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 Q: AI Global launched an open-source Responsible AI Design Assistant to help organizations globally who are designing and developing AI. What did it take to develop a unified assessment to assure responsible design, development, and deployment of AI?

A: It was a lot of work! Many throughout this process told me that it is impossible however, the work that I led within the Government of Canada to build the Directive on Automated Decision Making Systems provided me with a good understanding of what guardrails practitioners needed in order to know what it means to be ethical or responsible in the context of AI systems or solutions.

We started by reviewing over 100 Responsible/ Ethical AI frameworks, principles, policies, etc. We analyzed them for commonalities, and best practices we knew from experience were important to highlight. This unified framework resulted in five high-level categories: Accountability, Data Quality, Bias and Fairness, Explainability and Interpretability, and Robustness. Next, we reviewed these documents in detail and extrapolated the recommendations and principles, and converted them into measurable evaluation.

Once our team did the initial draft of the Design Assistant, we worked with our partners, experts from industry, academia, civil society, and government to test and validate the tool.  We continue to work with subject matter experts from diverse backgrounds, organizations, and regions of the world to refine and mature the Design Assistant. It was important for us to release this as an open source tool as we want it to be as easy as possible to design AI systems in the most ethical and responsible way possible, and help those building these systems think through some of these questions from the start of their project.

 Q: The Design Assistant can be used by organizations implementing the National Standard of Canada, CAN/CIOSC 101:2019 (Ethical Use and Design of Automated Decision Systems), to form part of their framework in managing ethical risk in the design and use of automated decision systems. What advice could you share with CIOs planning to deploy AI solutions to enhance workplace safety as public and private sector organizations re-open with loosened COVID-19 restrictions? 

 A: Section 4.1.10 of CAN/CIOSC 101:2019 notes that “[a]n ethical impact assessment should form part of the framework to manage ethical risk in the design and use of automated decision systems.” The Design Assistant is a best of breed ethical risk assessment, it can be used and adapted for an organization’s specific use if needed.  

 Presently, the questions in the Design Assistant are applicable to all types of AI systems in all scenarios. As we mature this tool, we look to integrate industry and region-specific questions. We would be happy to work with Council members to adapt it for their purposes.

 Q: In recent years, industry leaders and researchers have cited key challenges and risk mitigation strategies for the adoption of AI systems. How does the Design Assistant consider these challenges and risks in its criteria? 

 A: To develop the Design Assistant, we looked at leading strategies and reports for the responsible use of AI systems and did substantive analysis on what not only the common recommendations were, but emerging best practices and standards for mitigating risks to people, planet, and business. The research helped us develop a tool that makes it easier to navigate the complex and vast landscape of responsible AI, and hopefully, help makes it easier to know how to design AI systems ethically from the start. 

 One important lesson learned from my work with the Government of Canada was that a lot of these best practices are not necessarily new, or just for AI systems, so we also looked at best practices for risk mitigation in tech and other industries and incorporated them into our evaluation. For example, AI requires the use of high-quality data to make accurate determinations. Data quality is not a new concept, as such, we have extracted from long-standing standards like ISO 8000 to evaluate the efficacy of data quality. 

 Q: AI Global has been working with partners such as the CIO Strategy Council in developing this open-source version of the Trust Index to help the community while also continuously informing your work. What do you believe is the role of partners in helping to advance the adoption of responsible AI solutions? 

 A: Yes, CIO Strategy Council has been a great ally in these efforts as we have a shared vision to support the development and adoption of technology that is designed in a responsible way. Given that the Council sits at the intersection of industry and government, it is imperative that we leverage their members’ knowledge and expertise to develop tools that are needed and work. From our perspective, there is no longer a need to develop more ethical AI principles and frameworks, what we need now is to operationalize those principles. Members of the Council can give us useful insight into how these types of evaluations work in practice. While we have released this open source tool, the Design Assistant, we are working on the development of a certification program that will be informed by feedback we receive through this tool. In my experience, it’s best to build policy with those who are using it. With that in mind, AI Global will be inviting members of the CIO Strategy Council to a workshop to learn more about the Design Assistant and to provide an opportunity to give feedback. 

DigITal Magazine, Issue #3  

This article was initially published in the CIO Strategy Council’s member-only magazine. To access the magazine and other member-only materials and information, please contact us to become a member. 

Webcast: Future of Trust: Evolution of trust as a societal and enterprise glue in a Post-Covid19 world

PRESENTED BY CIO STRATEGY COUNCIL & DELOITTE CANADA

In times where global collaboration is needed more than ever, the CIO Strategy Council is pleased to join forces with Deloitte Canada in hosting a series of public webinars to share the latest information and insights for CIOs to better respond to the changing business environments of their operations and technologies amid the COVID-19 pandemic and paving the way toward a new reality.

Each week we will explore a different topic or issue of concern. This upcoming Wednesday, July 22nd at 11:00 AM EST, join us for a discussion on the Future of Trust: Evolution of trust as a societal and enterprise glue in a Post-Covid19 world.

Joined by Nick L. Galletto, leader of Deloitte’s Risk Advisory Practice, guest speakers Jenny Alfandary, MSc., CIO of Metrolinx, and Maria Churchill, Deloitte’s CIO, to share their real-world experience and advice. 

The sessions are 30 minutes in length and will allow time for any questions you may have. To learn more about future topics or to register, please click here: https://lnkd.in/eTjMtYd