CSPS Digital Academy Events/How to use Accelerators to Drive Innovation in the Public Service - Speaker Biographies

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Date and time: August 17, 2021 | 11:00 am to 2:00 pm (ET)

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Speaker Biographies

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Nick Scott

Director, Experiential Learning and Innovation Services, Digital Academy, Canada School of Public Service
Nicholas and his team provide hands-on learning experiences through experiments and team-based workshops to test ideas and approaches in technology and Internet-era ways of working. This team supports the Digital Academy and partners with technical skills to modernize the public service, as well as connect digital learners and practitioners through meet-ups and events.

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Liz McKeown

A/Director General, Digital Academy, Canada School of Public Service
Liz (Elizabeth) McKeown joined the School as faculty within the Digital Academy during the summer of 2019 after filling the role of Chief Information Officer at Shared Services Canada for 3 ½ years. The bulk of her 30+ years career has focused on building technical, change, and leadership acumen at all levels specifically with a focus on delivering amazing solutions and services.

Liz brings with her over 12 years of government executive experience, plus a passion for service modernization combined with building high-performing workforces.

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Eman El-Fayomi

Head, Design, Canadian Digital Service
Eman leads a team of service, interaction, visual, and content designers in the federal government, working to create accessible services for the people of Canada. In addition to her work at CDS, Eman is a PhD student at Carleton University, studying Information Technology, specializing in Inclusive Civic Design and Human-Computer Interaction. Prior to joining CDS, she was an Interaction Design Professor for two years at Sheridan. With over 10 years experience in the realm of web/communication design, and information visualization — she’s worked on design teams at the National Film Board of Canada, Roots Canada, Facebook, the SickKids Foundation, Earth Day Canada, the 2015 PanAm Games, and TIFF.

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Beth Noveck

Chief Innovation Officer, State of New Jersey
Beth Simone Noveck serves as the State of New Jersey’s first Chief Innovation Officer - a position she was appointed to by Governor Philip D. Murphy in August 2018. In this capacity, Dr. Noveck, a native of New Jersey, focuses on enhancing innovation in government and in the Garden State’s economy. Using better data, more collective intelligence and agile technology, her team leads projects, designs policies, and advises agencies on innovative strategies to improve the lives of New Jerseyans. Dr. Noveck serves as the Chair of the Governor’s Future of Work Task Force and sits on the Governor’s Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council.

In addition to her role as New Jersey’s Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Noveck is a professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, a Fellow at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, and is a Visiting Senior Faculty Fellow at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. She also directs NYU’s Governance Lab, an action research center studying the impact of technology on governing. Previously, Dr. Noveck served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer, and as director of the White House Open Government Initiative under President Obama. UK Prime Minister David Cameron later appointed her senior advisor for Open Government, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel named her a member of her ten-person digital council.

She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, and was named one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government 2018” by Apolitical. Previously, she was selected as one of the "Foreign Policy 100" by Foreign Policy as well as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and "Top Women in Technology" by Huffington Post. Dr. Noveck has written multiple books and has been published extensively, on how technology can improve governing.

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Edward Paulino

Innovation Fellow, Office of Innovation, State of New Jersey
Edward Paulino conducts policy analysis and drives engagement initiatives at the Office of Innovation. In his work, he fosters collaboration between government, external stakeholders, and New Jerseyans to inform policies by leveraging new and innovative ways for the public to contribute meaningfully to the policymaking process.

Edward began his career as an AmeriCorps national service member supporting workforce training programs in Paterson, New Jersey. His work there inspired a dedication to workforce innovation, economic development, and community revitalization. Edward has served as a program manager at the Passaic County One-Stop Career Center, an urban planning consultant, and as policy and communications director for New York City Council Member Stephen Levin.
Edward has served as an adviser to small business associations, government officials, and community groups. He is a graduate of Yale University where he majored in political science. A native son of the Garden State, Edward believes in our shared responsibility to improve our communities through data, inclusivity, and activism. Edward loves riding his bike, cooking for company, and spirited debate. A tinkerer since childhood, Edward loves taking things apart and putting them back together—sometimes they still work afterwards.

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Vik Pant

Chief Scientist and Chief Science Advisor at Natural Resources Canada
Vik is responsible for providing strategic direction to build capacity within NRCan’s scientific community, promoting a departmental vision for S&T and assessment of future needs. This involves leadership in developing and advancing S&T priorities, providing strategic policy advice on horizontal science issues and opportunities to ensure strong linkages between science and policy communities, and promoting effective engagement of S&T activities. Vik is responsible for accelerating the creative application of innovative digital technologies including Artificial Intelligence, to enhance NRCan’s ability to conduct research and analysis, as well as provide evidence-based policy advice that is supported by advanced analytical techniques. Vik works with counterparts from other science-based organizations to ensure that the management of federal policy and research activities support and align with Government of Canada priorities.

Vik earned a doctorate from the Faculty of Information (iSchool) in the University of Toronto, a master's degree in business administration with distinction from the University of London, and a master's degree in information technology from Harvard University, where he received the Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award.

His research, featured in numerous peer-reviewed journals and refereed international conferences, focuses on the conceptual modelling of strategic coopetition in complex multi-agent systems.

Vik joined NRCan from the MaRS Discovery District, a technology start-up accelerator in Toronto, where he was a Senior Technical Advisor of Applied Artificial Intelligence. Prior to that, he held progressively strategic positions in leading software enterprises including Oracle, SAP and Open Text.

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Brittany Hurley

Tech Advisor, Application Development, ESDC
Britt started her career in government as a Programmer at CRA, Transport Canada and many areas across PSPC. Since then her career has taken her across all areas of service delivery where she developed a passion for all things Agile & DevOps. Britt is now using her experience as a Technical Advisor at ESDC help to start up the Digital Dojo – a service designed to guide teams through their transformation goals. You can find Britt talking about government challenges, many random interests, and often craft beer on twitter @britthurleyott.