Open Government Conference and Workshop

I mentioned in an earlier post that the City of Guelph is co-sponsoring a conference and workshop on Open Government.

Here are the details and you can book online:

GovMaker Day – Open Gov Conference + Workshop

MaRS Discovery District

Friday, November 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM (EST)

Toronto, ON

There is growing recognition around the world that an open government, enabled by innovative technologies in digital media and open data as well as by the active participation of empowered and engaged citizens, results in a stronger government and, ultimately, a stronger democracy.

There are untold numbers of changemakers (or really, gov-makers) within our municipal, provincial and federal public service who work to make government more accountable, responsive and transparent. In a word, more open to the people the public service exists to serve.

Countless other like-minded peers in the public service, as well as colleagues in the private and non-profit sectors, share this passion and drive for open government.

GovMaker Day is dedicated to bringing together this diverse and multi-disciplinary group of people to learn more about the what, why and how of open government.

Attendees will hear from public servants about lessons learned (including successes, obstacles and opportunities) from a wide range of recent or current open government initiatives. The day will culminate in a facilitated workshop in which participants will collaborate with public servants across different jurisdictions and stakeholders from academia, business and civil society to design and co-create the open government of the future.

This event is organized and hosted by MaRS Discovery District, in partnership with the City of Toronto, City of Guelph and the Government of Ontario.

Who should attend:

  • Public servants from all jurisdictions and all levels of government
  • Stakeholders from the private sector, academia or civil society who are involved with open government initiatives (for example, open data, civic engagement, access to information, public policy research, participatory budgeting, journalism and so on.)

All registrants will receive a copy of Solution Revolution, co-authored by opening keynote Paul Macmillan.


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast
9:00 ­- 9:05 a.m. WelcomeAnn Pappert
Chief Administrative Officer, City of Guelph
9:05 – 9:55 a.m. Opening keynotesPaul Macmillan
Global Public Sector Leader, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
Co-author of Solution RevolutionMaryantonett Flumian
President, Institute on Governance
Former Deputy Minister, Service Canada
9:55 – 10:10 a.m. Ulli Watkiss
City Clerk, City of Toronto
10:10 – 10:25 a.m. Lightning talks
10:25 – 11:00 a.m. Networking break
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Lightning talks
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Facilitated workshop: Ideation   and value proposition
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 1:15 p.m. Ron McKerlie
Deputy Minister, Open Government
Ministry of Government Services, Government of Ontario
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Facilitated workshop: Idea   development and project pitch
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Networking break
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Call to actionAnn Pappert
Chief Administrative Officer, City of Guelph
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Closing remarksEuan Robertson
President and Chief Operating Officer, MaRS Discovery District

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