PATRICK ROBERT

Robert is Manager of Public Policy at Amazon.ca since 2017. Prior to joining Amazon, he practiced public policy at two national law firms, Fraser Milner Casgrain and Gowling WLG. During this time, he was recognized by The Hill Times as a Top 100 Government Relations expert.

He has worked on political campaigns at all three levels of government and has presented as an expert on lobbying strategy. Originally from Gatineau, Quebec, he holds a Political Science degree and a Law degree from the University of Ottawa. He sat for six years on the Board of Directors of Camp Trillium, an Ontario based program that offers yearround recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together.

TERRY ANSARI

Ansari has deep expertise and proven Strategy, Business and Sales Leadership in the technology industry, from Startup companies to recognized pioneers and visionary organizations such as SAP, Adobe, Cisco, Accenture and eSentire, where he is responsible for Worldwide Strategic Initiatives.

With a well-earned reputation for breakout thinking and breakthrough work in the most complex environments, Terry works with senior business and technology executives around the world, helping them to appreciate the fundamental value and importance of Managed Detection and Response (MDR) as an essential part of any Cybersecurity strategy and posture.

Terry is also proudly engaged in community and professional circles. His participation with business and advocacy associations has included numerous organizations, where he has served as both contributor and speaker.

These include the Institute on Governance, where he is Past Chair of the Board; the Imagining Canada’s Future initiative; the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), where he served as a member of the National Board of Directors and Chair of the Public Sector Business Committee; a Fellow and member of the Association of Public Sector Information Professionals (DPI) Advisory Board; the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada National Capital Board and the Boards of the Ottawa Hunt Golf Club and the Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation for Mental Health.

KEN SANDERSON

Sanderson is a member of Pinaymootang First Nation and is currently Executive Director of Broadband Communications North Inc., an Internet Service Provider with a network covering over 1000 sq km, and CEO of subsidiary company, Mahkesis Group Inc.

Ken is also the Chair of Canadian Aboriginal Human Resource Management Association Inc and a Council member with Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. Ken comes with over 15 years of professional experience in consulting, research and analysis, public speaking, group facilitation, organizational development, and project management.

SHELLEY ROBINSON

Robinson is Executive Director of National Capital FreeNet, a not-for-profit Internet Service Provider and digital literacy organization that is one of the founders of Digital Access Day.

NCF works to ensure everyone in the national capital region has access to the internet, meaning its affordable, high quality, people understand how to use it, and feel safe online.

Her background is in community access to communications, including work in Rwanda, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland and across Canada.

COLIN MCKAY

McKay is responsible for setting strategy and implementing advocacy campaigns for Google in Canada on issues related to innovation, internet regulation, data protection and trade policy, among many others.

He previously worked on privacy, innovation, transportation and immigration policy with the Government of Canada, including at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

McKay is a past member of the Government Advisory Committee on Open Data, and is Vice Chair of the Board of MediaSmarts, the national digital literacy organization, and Member of the Board at the Missing Children’s Society of Canada.

FRANCA PALAZZO

Palazzo brings over 20 years of expertise in delivering tailored business development and program development strategies that propel brands to success. She is an articulate speaker and savvy strategist, leveraging indepth understanding of communication with mixed audiences to effectively translate ideas into results across international markets. She excels at building client, stakeholder and high profile industry relationships.

Before moving to Ottawa, Palazzo was Vice President, Business Relations to an international arbitration centre in Toronto. She has also worked as a consultant to the legal and medical industries, building relationships between professionals, associations and educators. She sits on the board of Women in Communications and Technology as the Director of Sponsorship.

She is currently Executive Director of the Internet Society Canada Chapter, one of the founders of Digital Access Day.

MARK BUELL

Buell is the Internet Society’s Regional Bureau Director for North America. In this role, Mark oversees the Internet Society’s activities in the United States and Canada. This includes the organization’s policy-related activities in Washington and Ottawa, and supporting the North American Internet community.

From 2009 to 2016, Mark held a variety of positions with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), the registry for the .CA country code top-level domain. In 2010, Mark initiated the Canadian Internet Forum, Canada’s national Internet Governance Forum, and continued to coordinate the event until 2016.

Prior to joining CIRA, Mark spent more than a decade working in Indigenous health policy, first as a Community Development Officer at an Inuit land claim organization in the Western Canadian Arctic, then as the Director of Communications and Research at the National Aboriginal Health Organization in Ottawa.

TIM DENTON

Denton is a lawyer by education who practices principally in relation to technology issues. He was a National Commissioner of the CRTC (the Canadian broadcast and telecom regulator) from 2008-2013.

Denton is the Chairman of the Canada Chapter of the Internet Society, whose goal is to keep the Internet free as in speech and cheap as in salt. The Canada Chapter is one of many Internet Society Chapters around the world.

Between January 1st, 2009, and August 2017, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of ARIN, the American Registry of Internet Numbers, being reelected in 2011 and 2014, by the ARIN electorate for three year terms. Denton served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ARIN from January 2011 to August 2013.

Natale Dankotuwage

NATALE DANKOTUWAGE

Dankotuwage graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Humanities and is currently pursuing a Masters in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from Ontario College of Art and Design. She is a former Asia Foundation Fellow and IDEX Accelerator Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship.

She has community managed coworking facilities for digital entrepreneurs in Bangalore, India (BHive Workspace) and Toronto, Canada (Project Spaces).

She currently works for the Government of Canada in Strategic Services and Policy where she has launched intergovernmental and multisector engagement initiatives. Fostering multisector engagement and dialogue to understand the needs of the digital age is a personal passion of hers.

LENA TRUDEAU

Trudeau is the Founder and CEO of Nuage Cloud Strategies and Senior Advisor to the Canadian Digital Service. Previously, Lena led the Amazon Web Services Public Sector business in Canada where she helped leaders in government, education, health care, and notforprofit organizations find better, more costeffective ways to serve their customers and constituencies.

Lena also served as member of the U.S. Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service. As Associate Commissioner at the U.S. General Services Administration, she stood up the Office of Strategic Innovations with a mandate to leverage technology to transform business operations.

Lena is a frequent commentator, speaker and advocate on government modernization, digital adoption, digital inclusion and women in technology.

STEVEN BARRY

Barry is the vice-president of information technology at CIRA, leading the IT team responsible for the .CA domain name registry, a critical component of Canada’s national Internet infrastructure.

Barry also manages CIRA’s software development and information management efforts, taking responsibility for the delivery of new products and services. Barry has more than 20 years of experience as an IT executive in both the private and not-forprofit sectors, including tenures at DataKinetics, NAV CANADA, among others. Barry is a graduate of Carleton University and holds industry certifications in software testing and quality assurance.

CANDICE BLACKWOOD

Blackwood has worked at the Ottawa Public Library since 2014, including a stint doing Teen Services and is now the Digital Literacy Librarian.

She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Master of Library and Information Science, Developing Collections program as well as the University of Ottawa.

LEN ST.AUBIN

St-Aubin is an independent consultant specializing in telecommunications and internet policy. Since 2010, he has provided policy and regulatory advice for Netflix in Canada. Len retired from the federal government in April 2009 as Director General, Telecommunications Policy at Industry Canada, a position he held since 2006.

He was responsible for all aspects of domestic and international telecoms policy including competition, convergence, internet and radio spectrum. He also managed government oversight of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s telecoms proceedings and decisions.

In August 2002, Len accepted a three-year posting to the Canadian Embassy in Berlin to manage Canada’s International Business Development Program in Germany, promoting trade, investment and science & technology partnerships

ZEINA OSMAN

Osman is the coexecutive director of CompuCorps Mentoring Inc, a hightech charity that seeks to benefit Canadian society by providing underserved groups career and life skills training focused on access to technology and the internet. They are also one of Digital Access Day’s founders.

Originally trained in public and media relations, she shifted industries in 2012 and went on to work on several large fundraising campaigns for Canadian charities. Passionate about many causes, she plans to continue her work in the charity sector and strive to make a difference.

PETER MENZIES

Menzies is an experienced and adaptive executive and media consultant who served as a CRTC Commissioner in varying roles for almost 10 years. Former publisher of the Calgary Herald, one of Canada’s leading newspapers, Menzies was first appointed as a CRTC part-time Commissioner in 2007. He then became regional commissioner for Alberta and the Northwest Territories and, following that, CRTC vice-chair (telecommunications) through July 2017.

He is currently Director of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and writes a nationally syndicated column through Troy Media. Menzies has served on a number of boards including Alberta High Speed Rail, Calgary Opera, Theatre Calgary, the Centre for Performing Arts.

LYNNE HAMILTON

Hamilton is a creative, results-oriented communications professional with a track record of designing successful solutions to diverse issue and communications challenges. As the Principal of Local Consultants, she uses her long standing relationships with key decision makers of all political stripes, gained from her time at Queen’s Park and ten years in Ottawa, to get results.

Lynne holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Toronto. She sat on the Board of the Government Relation Institute of Canada. She is the Chair of the board for Equal Voice; an organization dedicated to encouraging more women to get involved in politics and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Lobbyists in the Hill Times.

KATE ARTHUR

Arthur’s career has spanned public broadcasting, public education, the arts, and technology. She has worked for Just for Laughs in Montreal, West End theatre in London, and the CBC. She founded DMCS, an IT company, and in 2013 started Kids Code Jeunesse, dedicated to empowering and inspiring teachers and children with computer programming in education. The organization works with different levels of government and ministries from coast to coast to coast.

She sits on the Boards of the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums, the Anita Goulden Trust, and is in a three-year term on Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council selection committee. Kate also mentors girls aged 10-17 in digital leadership, entrepreneurship, and robotics competitions. She says her most important job is raising her three daughters to be strong, independent, creative and kind.

CYNTHIA KHOO

Khoo is a Toronto-based lawyer with a focus on Internet policy and digital rights, including (tele) communications, copyright, and privacy law.

She has several years of experience advocating on issues such as Internet affordability, net neutrality, community broadband, consumer privacy, and copyright reform. Cynthia has predominantly represented and advised non-profit digital rights and consumer interest groups such as OpenMedia and the Forum for Research and Policy in Communications, after completing her legal training at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Ottawa, ON.

JEREMY DEPOW

Depow is Vice President of Policy and Research for the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), a not-for-profit national centre of expertise for the Canadian digital economy. Within this role, Jeremy works to
support ICTC’s objectives of strengthening Canada’s digital advantage with the aim of enabling a globally competitive and inclusive digital economy. Prior to joining ICTC, Jeremy served as Executive Director of Canada’s Digital Policy Forum, a national think-tank, which he founded to intensify dialogue and collaboration on building digital policy in Ottawa.

His approach is founded on the belief that the best public policy comes from dialogue and meaningful collaboration between governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, technical experts and other relevant stakeholders. Jeremy has served in the corporate affairs offices of Pfizer Inc., Intuit, and BIOTECanada, and was an information and communications technology industry analyst for the Boston based Yankee Group. Jeremy began his career as a policy analyst in the Canadian House of Commons.

RODNEY MACDONALD

With more than 10 years in public policy and advocacy, MacDonald began his career in the Office of the Prime Minister in 2007, and went on to serve in policy roles for the Ministers of ESDC and Industry Canada. In 2010, Rodney left the political arena for the private sector, holding senior public policy roles with Visa Canada and Toyota Canada. In 2014 he was drawn back to Ottawa for a season as part of the Communications team in the Office of the Prime Minister.

More recently, Rodney joined Intuit Inc. as the global public policy strategist
managing relationships with elected officials and public servants for Intuit’s key non-US markets. With a focus on innovation in tax administration, Rodney
works with authorities in the United Kingdom, France and Canada to look at ways to foster digital adoption among small businesses, and encourage tax compliance through innovative publicprivate partnerships with the tech sector.

NASMA AHMED

Ahmed is a black muslimah working within the intersections of social justice,
technology and policy. She is a technologist and capacity builder based in Toronto, currently she is a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow.

Nasma often works with organizations based in North America focusing on various aspects of technology capacity building from digital security to literacy. She is passionate about building accessible and inclusive technology for diverse communities.

BRAM ABRAMSON

Abramson is an Open Web Fellow with Mozilla Foundation, hosted at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs’ Citizen Lab, and serves as a director of the Commission for Complaints for Telecomtelevision Services and lecturer at Ryerson University’s School of Creative Industries.

Past roles include head of law, regulation, and public policy at TekSavvy, an independent telco; media and telecom lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault; and senior
analyst at OttawaGatineau’s CRTC and at Washington, DC’s TeleGeography, where he mapped the international Internet. Bram holds the Fellow of Information Privacy designation (IAPP) and degrees in law (McGill, BCL and LLB) and communications (Concordia, BA).

ELIZABETH DUBOIS

Dubois is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication, University of Ottawa. She writes, speaks and teaches at the intersection of technology and politics examining digital media, influence and political engagement.

Collaborating with non-profit organizations, technology companies, journalists and academics internationally, her work is action oriented. She is a Public Policy Forum Fellow and is an academic advisor for Ottawa Civic Tech. Dubois holds a DPhil (PhD) from the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and was a Clarendon Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. Find her on Twitter @lizdubois.

CHRISTOPHER HICKEY

Hickey is the Director of Industry Affairs at Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc., an association of independent telecommunication service providers that works to ensure Canadians have access to affordable, innovative, and competitive telecom services.

Christopher has significant experience with matters that affect the Canadian telecommunications industry and a passion for advancing the state of telecom service competition in Canada. Over the past decade, Christopher has played an instrumental role in increasing Canadians’ access to competitive telecom services through his work on all regulatory matters that involve competitive telecom service providers. When out of the spotlight, and happily so, Christopher strives to serve competitive service providers through consensus building, education, collaborative problem solving, and preparation for appearances before regulatory and government bodies.

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