Joining the Canadian Government's Advisory Panel on Open Government

Some people have already noticed, so wanted to share the news here as well. Yesterday, the Canadian Government announced the Advisory Panel on Open Government to which I was asked to join.

The purpose of the panel is to serve as a challenge function to the government as it develops its ideas and policies. I see my role as that of pushing the government on where I believe they could be doing more. Obviously, I’ve always been interested in peoples thoughts, hopes and concerns around Open Government (and many of you have been keen to share them with me), my hope is that this will provide another way to inject these ideas into the government’s planning process.

As I make suggestions and recommendations I will attempt to blog about them here, there were, indeed, a number of suggestions I made yesterday during the first Advisory Panel’s meeting, and I hope to write up as I think they will be helpful to other governments as well.

For those curious about who else is on the panel, it is chaired by Minister Clement and I’m joined by a number of other excellent “outside of government” voices (full list of names and bios here as well). In the list below I’ve tried to include twitter handles wherever possible:

Bernard Courtois, Past President & CEO, Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)

Robert Herjavec, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Herjavec Group

Alexander B. Howard, Government 2.0 Correspondent, O’Reilly Media

Thomas ‘Tom’ Jenkins, Head of the Canadian Digital Media Network and Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, OpenText Corporation

Vivek Kundra, Executive Vice President of Emerging Markets, Salesforce.com.

Herb Lainchbury, Chief Technology Officer, MD Databank Corp.

Colin McKay, Public Policy Manager (Canada), Google

Toby Mendel, Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy

Alex Miller, President and Founder, ESRI Canada

Marie-Lucie Morin, Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean, The World Bank

Dr. Rufus Pollock, Co-Founder and Director, Open Knowledge Foundation

Dr. Teresa Scassa, Vice-Dean of Research and Professor of Law, University of Ottawa

As an off topic aside, the first meeting too place using Cisco’s telepresence technology. This essentially is fancy videoconferencing where all the rooms around are virtually identical so that it feels like people are sitting around the same table. It was the first time I’ve tried using it and I was duly impressed. It did mean that the government didn’t have to fly us in from all around the world to meet face to face – a real cost savings and obviously, good for emissions as well.

 

9 thoughts on “Joining the Canadian Government's Advisory Panel on Open Government

  1. Kehl

    Congratulations David. This looks like a well balanced panel and I look forward to seeing what comes from it and what we can do to support you and governments alike.

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  7. Jeff Braybrook

    Well done. Glad to see you and some other good innovators and open thinkers as members!
    Cheers David

    Reply
  8. Yuri Stanovych

    Many  congratulations from Ukraine !

     Eventually, the real work starts!!!. This whole new phenomenal format joining up the ideas is only going to get more and more. especially, with other   dreamers, pioneers, activists,leading thinkers and creative souls around the world.

    Combine talent. Look for ways to maximize the many different and diverse talents in group brainstorming sessions.

    I really wants to see you succeed.

     I challenge you to be  the risk taker, the inventor, the innovator and the leader .
     I am confident you can be the  changers of tomorrow.

    Go forth with confidence and resolve.
    You Must Be Superstar !

    Yuri Stanovych,
    opengov activist

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