CALLING ALL CIOs: CIO leadership in a time of crisis – business continuity and emergency planning in the age of COVID-19

Growing concerns over COVID-19 has many CIOs responding with proactive measures to support business continuity. Hear the latest on what organizational leaders are doing to better understand and respond to the changing business environments of their operations and technologies. Hosted by the CIO Strategy Council in partnership with the Council of Canadian Innovators and moderated by Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada.

When: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
Where: Online Webinar

Speakers: 

  • Dafna Carr, CIO/ADM Ontario Min. of Gov. and Consumer Services 
  • Lawrence Eta, CTO, City of Toronto 
  • Tammy Labelle, CIO, Public Services and Procurement Canada 
  • Dominic Lajoie, CIO, Coveo 
  • Ralph Michaelis, CIO, Canadian Blood Services 

Moderated by:

  • Elizabeth Roscoe, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Online session objectives:

  • inform the tools and tactics CIOs are using to ensure business continuity;
  • share advice to CIOs on communicating in crisis across all lines of business; and
  • provide insights in developing effective and efficient partnerships to advance collective action needed to support our workers and the public at large.

Please register in advance for this webinar hereAfter registeringyou will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. You may also send your questions for the session to Madi Murariu. 

Strengthening Canada’s Energy Systems Against Cyber Threats

OTTAWA, February 27, 2020 – Cyber security is integral to safeguarding Canada’s citizens, information, economy and infrastructure. The need has never been greater as threats evolve and threaten to disrupt our daily lives.

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an $818,000 investment to strengthen the energy sector’s ability to predict, prevent, respond to and recover from cyber threats — positioning Canada as a leader in security standards.

This investment will support the CIO Strategy Council in producing a series of cyber security standards for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices in the North American electricity sector. IIoT consists of Internet-connected machinery, infrastructure and advanced smart devices that collect, exchange and analyze data to enhance manufacturing, industrial processes and operational efficiencies.

To protect our energy systems from cyber threats, Canada will work with partners to identify, prevent and mitigate cyber risks. Canada aims to play a leadership role in creating globally accepted standards and certification programs to significantly reduce the risk and severity of cyber threats through IIoT devices. Consumers, businesses, utilities and other sectors that rely on IIoT devices will also benefit from improved cyber security and the safety of Canada’s energy systems.

Government of Canada funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Cyber Security and Critical Energy Infrastructure Program (CCEIP). In support of Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy, the program received $2.42 million through Budget 2018 to enhance the cyber security and resilience of domestic and cross-border energy infrastructure.

The CIO Strategy Council is a not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for Canada’s chief information officers to focus on collectively transforming, shaping and influencing the Canadian information and technology ecosystem.

“The security of Canadians and our critical infrastructure is paramount. Cyber attacks are becoming more common and dangerous. That’s why we are supporting this innovative project to protect the Canadian electricity sector.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

“Improving the cyber security of critical infrastructure in Canada requires careful planning and execution with trusted partners to be successful. The CIO Strategy Council is proud to be working with the federal government on leading the development of globally accepted standards and conformity assessment programs for IIoT devices, their supply chains, and for installed systems using these devices to address significant vulnerabilities in securing our critical infrastructure.”

Keith Jansa
Executive Director, CIO Strategy Council

To read the release, click here.

Read the Hill Times Article featuring the CIO Strategy Council’s work: ‘Data, privacy, trade’: ministers tasked with AI file contending with fast, fundamental changes

From the new ice forecasting techniques that help improve shipping safety in northern waters, to new tools involved with the reclamation of ancient Indigenous languages, to social media “chatbots” that respond to general questions about immigration and citizenship, the Canadian government is increasingly turning around automated tools to solve tough questions, improve predictions, and cut down on time consuming processes.

To access the full story,  please click here   

CIO Strategy Council Releases Results from National Workshop on Developing a National Standard for the CyberSecure Canada Program

TORONTO, February 10, 2020 – The CIO Strategy Council is pleased to share the results of the online workshop on developing a national standard for the CyberSecure Canada Program held January 15, 2020.

The findings will help inform the work of the CIO Strategy Council’s Technical Committee on Cybersecurity as it works to develop a National Standard of Canada for the cybersecurity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

A copy of the full workshop report is available here.

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) engaged the CIO Strategy Council to develop a National Standard of Canada for the CyberSecure Canada Program and is working closely with its Government of Canada partners, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and the Communications Security Establishment, to lay out a path for businesses to improve their cyber posture.

The National Standard of Canada is scheduled for completion by the end of October 2020.

All interested parties are welcome to join the CIO Strategy Council’s Technical Committee on Cybersecurity. Come help shape a national standard for the CyberSecure Canada Program and the tools needed to build SME cyber resilience.

To learn more about the CyberSecure Canada Program, please click 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:

Madi Murariu
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
CIO Strategy Council
www.ciostrategycouncil.com
Office: 613-319-2600

CIO Strategy Council and the Internet Society Canada Chapter Join Forces to Tackle Issues in IoT Security for Consumers

TORONTO, January 22, 2020 – The CIO Strategy Council and the Internet Society Canada Chapter (ISCC) today announced a new partnership to advance standards of practice for IoT security for consumers.

“As the ubiquitous nature of connected sensors and endpoints increases, questions surrounding security, data collection, privacy, use and trust are becoming central to conversations regarding the future of Canada’s IoT ecosystem. The explosive growth of IoT is posing significant risks to network infrastructure and to everything attached to it,” said Keith Jansa, Executive Director of the CIO Strategy Council.  “We are pleased to join alongside with the Internet Society to work together with thought leaders and experts in devising new standards, approaches and best practices to protect consumer privacy and secure data assets without stifling IoT-related innovation.”

The CIO Strategy Council also joins the Internet Society Canada Chapter Mitigating Consumer Cyber Threats’ project.

“With the ever-increasing role of Chief Information Officers in protecting Canadians, the CIO Strategy Council provides an essential forum to strengthen the integrity of an interdependent IT ecosystem. ISCC is excited about how this partnership will enhance much needed multi-stakeholder dialogue and engagement by civil society in mitigating consumer cyber threats,” said Franca Palazzo, Executive Director of the Internet Society Canada Chapter.


About CIO Strategy Council

The Council 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 ICT. Learn more at ciostrategycouncil.com.

About the Internet Society

The Internet Society – Canada Chapter is one of 160 active chapters around the globe advocating for an affordable, accessible and safe Internet for everyone. The Canada Chapter is actively bringing together thought leaders and interested users to develop positions on proposed Canadian legislation that affects the affordability, accessibility, fairness and security of the internet, as well as providing educational and engagement opportunities Learn more at www.internetsociety.ca

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For more information, please contact:

Madi Murariu
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
CIO Strategy Council
www.ciostrategycouncil.com
Office: 613-319-2600

CIO Strategy Council leading Secretariat of Open Community on Ethics in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (OCEANIS) in 2020

Toronto, December 19, 2019 – The Council is proud to announce that it will assume responsibilities for the Secretariat of the Open Community on Ethics in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (OCEANIS), beginning January 1st, 2020.  OCEANIS plays a critical role in facilitating ever-important global coordination and collaboration among standards setting bodies, concerning the extraordinary challenges facing information and communication technology standards development.In addition to the CIO Strategy Council managing the Secretariat, the Council’s Executive Director, Keith Jansa, will serve as Chair of the OCEANIS Steering Committee.

“As a founding member of OCEANIS, the CIO Strategy Council is proud to take on this new mandate” said Jansa. “I would also like to extend my gratitude to outgoing chair, Don Wright, and to the IEEE for their leadership and guiding vision over the past two years. I applaud the progress being made by OCEANIS member and admire the growing partnerships in pushing forward on shared research, projects and leadership in such a complex area.” “We are facing a situation where regulation cannot keep up with the rapid innovation in artificial intelligence technology and big data,” said Robert Fay, Global Economy Director at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). “This is where the CIO Strategy Council, through their leadership in OCEANIS, can ensure we move quickly and help create clear international standards and governance frameworks on ethics and ensure we prevent unintended consequences and harm to our societies without limiting the potential of these technologies.”

OCEANIS recently launched the world-first centralized repository that captures AI and related-technology standards work from around the globe. Learn more by clicking here.

About CIO Strategy Council
The Council 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 ICT. Learn more at ciostrategycouncil.com.

About OCEANIS
OCEANIS provides a high-level global forum for discussion, debate and collaboration for organizations interested in the development and use of standards to further the development of autonomous and intelligent systems.

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For more information, please contact:

Madi Murariu
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
CIO Strategy Council
www.ciostrategycouncil.com
Office: 613-319-2600

DigITal Magazine snapshot- Interview with Jane Goodyer, Dean of Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Jane Goodyer joined York University on October 1 to take up the position of Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering. Previously, she was based at Massey University in New Zealand, where she was a professor and, since 2017, has served as Head of School in the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology. There, she led strategic planning initiatives to reposition organizational structures and teaching and research in the School, ultimately increasing enrolments and building stronger international collaborations.

Prior to this appointment, she served as the School’s Associate Dean for undergraduate teaching and learning, with responsibility for curriculum and student success and welfare, where she led a redesign of the curriculum, incorporating blended learning and project-based learning, resulting in improved student satisfaction and retention. Before her appointment at Massey University in 2006, she held an appointment at Coventry University in the U.K., as a manufacturing systems specialist, working with automotive businesses to apply cutting-edge research in advanced joining technologies for body-in-white manufacture.

Jane’s research has evolved from a focus on manufacturing engineering to an interest in influencing change in engineering education at a national level in New Zealand, bringing academia and industry closer through employer co-designed degrees. She led a new initiative in this area for the NZ
government’s Tertiary Education Commission. She has been closely involved in university-industry partnerships throughout her career in both New Zealand and the U.K. 

Jane is dedicated to the advancement of women in engineering and encouraging girls to consider a career in engineering. To this end, she launched a national humanitarian engineering outreach program for 10- to 14-year-old girls in NZ and is now piloting this in Canada.

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 You have been actively involved in championing and designing Work- Integrated Learning (WIL) in New Zealand, the U.K. and Canada. What do you see as the benefits of WIL, and how do you see it impacting the technology ecosystem?

Digital technology is evolving in an ever-increasing way. How do we, as employers, keep up with the rate of development and ensure our existing and new employees are skilled and capable to fully utilize these new technologies? How do we ensure they have the ability to constantly adapt and develop their knowledge?

There are many types of WIL, such as apprenticeships, co-op, internships and cadetships, projects, bootcamps, etc. that can be used depending on the need of the employer. WIL’s flexibility has numerous benefits for the key stakeholders:

       Employer: Access to quality talent that bring in new ideas; access to leading theoretical knowledge and resources; opportunity to test if learner is right for the company.

       Learner: Practical and applied learning; skill development; greater engagement and satisfaction.

       Post-secondary: Increased employer engagement; opportunity to enhance curriculum. 

Essentially, WIL delivers stronger interaction and greater engagement between the employer and educator that can result in a win-win scenario. 

 As part of the Council’s Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Steering Committee, what do you hope this Committee will accomplish?

The Committee’s team composition epitomizes the philosophy behind the development of WIL, (i.e. bringing different stakeholders to work collaboratively together). We have representation from both employers and post-secondary education institutions, and we are already seeing the benefits of looking at how WIL can be used through our different lenses. It is important to acknowledge the brokering of this Committee through the support and facilitation of the CIO Strategy Council and the Business and Higher Education Roundtable to bring these players together.

We hope to produce an innovative program that will attract more students to work and consider long-term careers in the digital technologies’ arena. As one of the post-secondary leads, I’m very excited that through this pilot we will strengthen our partnerships with employers, allowing them to have access to the latest knowledge our sector can provide. Through a true co-designed program, we can prepare students with the type of skills and work mentalities that will help them to be successful.

 Recruiting skilled specialists is becoming more challenging as the nature of work evolves. How do you anticipate a new Standard on the Qualification of Big Data and Machine Learning can help to bridge the talent gap?

We know that employers are really struggling in getting high quality specialists, resulting in them stepping up to the challenge and designing innovative approaches to get the talent they really need. For instance, the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University is currently delivering a co-designed Shopify Dev Degree that allows a student to get an honours degree in computer science in only four years with 4,500+ hours of work experience and 4000+ hours of academic experience. Such innovations are an opportunity for the digital technology sector to embrace. We need frameworks, policies and standards to help employers and post-secondary partners to develop more innovative programs. The new Standard on the Qualification of Big Data and Machine Learning is a positive step to enable this to happen. 

 How do you envision Canada’s digital ecosystem changing in the next five years as a result of the joint efforts of yourself and the other members of the WIL Steering Committee and Technical Committee?

Through these Committees, I’d like our efforts in our developments of new WIL programs and Standards to be the foundation for how we are going to collaboratively co-design programs in the future.

I look forward to being part of this exciting new chapter in employer and post-secondary collaboration. 

 

DigITal Magazine, Issue #2

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.

CALLING ALL SMEs: Join upcoming workshop on developing a national standard for the CyberSecure Canada Program.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often vulnerable to cyber-attacks and lack the resources, technical expertise and knowledge to implement cyber security regimes. Help shape a national standard for Canada’s CyberSecure Program and the tools needed to build SME cyber resilience.  Please join our upcoming webinar to help shape this work.

 

When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Where: Online Webinar

 

Workshop objectives:

  • Inform ways to engage SMEs in the development of the national standard;
  • Identify the critical success factors regarding the development and implementation of a national standard for the cybersecurity of Small- and Medium- Sized Organizations;
  • Engage SMEs in the development of the national standard.

 

To learn more about the CyberSecure Canada Program, please click here.

Please contact Keith Jansa, Executive Director, for registration details.

New national standard to protect SMEs against cyberattacks under development

In its effort to protect Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from cyberattacks, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has engaged CIO Strategy Council to develop a National Standard of Canada for the CyberSecure Canada certification program.

The work is a result of the 2018 National Cyber Security Strategy(link is external) (NCSS) in which Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), Communications Security Establishment (CSE), and SCC have come together to create a voluntary, recognizable certification to enable SMEs to demonstrate that they meet a baseline set of security practices.

The NCSS indicated that SMEs often lack the knowledge, technical expertise and resources to implement cyber security regimes, and are not fully aware of their systems’ vulnerabilities. The CyberSecure Canada certification program(link is external), launched in August 2019, lays out a path for businesses to improve cyber resilience and helps participants position their cyber security practices for a more competitive advantage domestically and abroad, while promoting consumer trust in the digital economy. The CyberSecure Canada program is founded upon the Baseline Cyber Security Controls for Small and Medium Organizations (link is external)developed by CSE’s Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.

“Canadians should feel confident that their data is safe and their privacy is respected. Through CyberSecure, our government is helping small and medium-sized businesses protect themselves against cyber threats, increase consumer confidence and promote broader trust in the digital economy” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

“Cyberattacks have huge implications for companies, from operations to reputation, which directly impact the Canadian economy,” said Elias Rafoul, SCC’s Vice-President of Accreditation Services. “A National Standard of Canada for cyber security assessment and resiliency means that the Canadian context is incorporated into both the development process and content of the standard to address this critical industry need.”

The new standard will address security controls such as the development of an incident response plan, automatic patching of operating systems and applications, enable security software, the use of strong authentication, data backups and encryption. The standard will further support the CyberSecure Canada program, and will be low burden, easily accessible, affordable, effective, national in scope, and sector neutral.

“Our members welcome the opportunity to shape this critical new standard for Canada,” said Jim Balsillie, co-chair of the CIO Strategy Council. “By providing leadership on strong security, practices including compliance, Canadian businesses can advance both their growth and their customer’s expectations for cyber safety.”

About the Standards Council of Canada

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is a federal Crown corporation responsible for promoting standardization in Canada. SCC leads and facilitates the development and use of national and international standards and accreditation services in order to enhance Canada’s competitiveness and well-being. SCC’s mission involves working with its stakeholders and customers to promote efficient and effective standardization that strengthens Canada’s competitiveness and social well-being.

About the 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 ICT.  Learn more at ciostrategycouncil.com(link is external).

Enhancing Data Quality and Security in the Accounting Services Industry

TORONTO – The CIO Strategy Council is pleased to announce a new partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), to explore the business opportunities and challenges presented by the proliferation of data in organizational decision making.  

This partnership combines CPA Canada’s comprehensive expertise in accounting, audit, standard-setting and the use of data as a key driver of decision making with the Council’s wealth of knowledge in information and communication technology (ICT) and standards development. Together we will explore opportunities to reorient practices to a real-time and forward-looking approach, in line with the new and emerging technologies that are augmenting the business ecosystem.

“The exponential shifts in technology, globalization and business practices, and the pivot to real-time decision-making systems are impacting all sectors of the economy, creating the need for standards and leadership around data governance and integrity,” said Keith Jansa, Executive Director, CIO Strategy Council.

“Developing new ways to capitalize on the wealth of available data is a pressing business issue in Canada and around the world, and CPAs have value to offer,” said Gordon Beal, Vice President, Research, Guidance and Support, CPA Canada. “This partnership with the CIO Strategy Council adds an important component to the work we are doing in this space.”  

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About the CIO Strategy Council:

The Council 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 CPA Canada:

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) represents the Canadian accounting profession, both nationally and internationally. Operating in the highly complex and global accounting eco-system, CPA Canada is a convener, facilitator, contributor and disseminator of information that advances the profession. The organization works closely with the provincial, territorial and Bermudan CPA bodies to champion best practices that benefit business and society. With more than 217,000 members, CPA Canada is one of the largest national accounting bodies in the world. The organization supports the setting of accounting, auditing and assurance standards, advocates for economic and social development in the public interest, and develops leading-edge thought leadership, research, guidance and educational programs cpacanada.ca

 

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Madi Murariu
CIO Strategy Council
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Office: 613-319-2600