5th Annual Tech Day on the Hill: March 10th, 2020

10/Mar/2020 @ 08:15 AM 10/Mar/2020 @ 08:30 PM Sir John A MacDonald Building 144 Wellington Street Room 200 (2nd Floor) Ottawa, ON K1P 5T3
A one-day intensive working event with the unique opportunity to participate in and contribute towards the development of policies and national frameworks to support business growth and scaleup efforts of tech businesses in Canada.

Tech Day on Parliament Hill connects tech entrepreneurs with the policy decision-makers on Parliament Hill: Staffers, MPs, Senators and other stakeholders will meet and learn about the issues that those in the tech sector face as constraints to growth, scaling and job creation.

The three themes throughout the day will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Cyber Security and the Talent Issue
  • Data Privacy
  • Global Tech Sector Trade Issues


8:15 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m. Welcome and Breakfast
Order of the day
Basics of Advocacy – Tips and Tricks of Having a Successful Meeting

Panel Discussions/Presentations

9:00 a.m. International Tech Outlook 2020: Beyond Canada’s Borders Hear the details that are included in Chapter 19 (The digital chapter) of the USMCA. How does it affect the tech industry and what are the opportunities. In addition, with the passage of BREXIT, how will this deal affect Canadian tech companies? Topics that we cover in this discussion will include talent migration/immigration, access to markets and government regulations.Speakers:Yousuf Khatib, CEO-Global Skillshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/yousufkhatib/Vikas Arora, Director Advanced Technology, Export Development Canadahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/vikas-arora-394332/Brian Kingston, VP- Business Council of Canada


Warren Creates, Lawyer – Perley-Robertson, Hill and McDougall

9:45 a.m. The Canadian Innovation Playbook in Review: Is it Working, Do We Replicate It

The economic collapse of Blackberry and Nortel caused the Canadian tech economy to stumble and it caused Canada to lag behind the U.S. and Israel, the two hardest charging tech economies of the era. Since that time, the innovation economy in Canada has rebounded, specifically in the area of software and information technology. Is there an opportunity to take the playbook from this Canadian innovation rebirth and apply it to other domains – e.g. life sciences, clean tech, etc.?cover in this discussion will include talent migration/immigration, access to markets and government regulations.


Brice Scheschuk, Managing Partner – Global Live Capital


Kim Furlong, CEO – Canadian Venture Capital Association


Andrea Johnston, Assistant Deputy Minister – ISED


Jason Flick, CEO – Youi.TV

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Breaktime

11:00 a.m. Cyber Security – Talent, Skillsets & Knowledge:

There is a talent shortage across the board in Canada’s cyber eco-system. What is being done to close this gap? How are companies addressing this shortfall? What can industry, academia and government do to solve this problem?


Alan Jones, Former Assistant Director – CSIS


Phil Landry, NetAcademy Mgr. – CISCO


Bridget Walshe, Director of Crypto Security & System Development – CSE

Eric Swedersky, SVP – Securekey

12:15 p.m. Networking Lunch : Room SJAM 200 (2nd Flr)

1:00 p.m. Meetings with MPs and Staffers (Throughout the Afternoon)

1:15 p.m. Roundtable: Canada’s Digital Bill of Rights

Building upon the discussions taking place around data privacy, what should Canada’s Digital Bill of Rights include? The use of personal data by corporations is on the rise. Add to it, the introduction of machine learning/AI with this data and now it becomes a powerful tool. How can government and industry work together to protect personal data? How do we prevent the weaponization of this data and instead protect Canadians with a Digital Bill of Rights?

Discussion Leaders:

Mark Demontis, Director – Abilities Centre

Carleen McGuinty, Senior Policy Advisor – Human Rights Commission

Dr. Gregory Smolynec, Deputy Privacy Commissioner

Brian Masse, MP – Windsor West

Colin Deacon, Senator – Nova Scotia

3:00 p.m. Roundtable: Competition and Innovation in the Digital Economy: the central role of competition law and policy in Canada’s tech ecosystem

Canada is often considered a laggard when it comes to capitalizing on innovation. Given that competition is the key driver of innovation, how can the Competition Bureau act as a resource for innovators and growth-stage SMEs in the tech sector? How do competition law and policy intersect with hot-button issues such as big data, privacy, data interoperability, open banking, competition in telecom, and the rise of major digital platforms? As the enforcer of Canada’s competition laws and the key advocate for competition within government, how can the tech ecosystem empower the Bureau to be a stronger enforcer and thought leader in the digital economy?

Discussion Leaders:

Kathy Knight, CEO, TechManitoba

Leila Wright, Associ Deputy Commissioner, Competition Promotion Branch – Competition Bureau

George McDonald, Chief Digital Enforcement Officer, Competition Bureau Canada

Anthony Durocher, Deputy Commissioner, Competition Promotion Branch – Competition Bureau

Majid Charania, Director of Compliance, Competition Bureau

5:45 p.m. Evening Reception & Tech Recognition Awards

This event is hosted by Coding for Veterans. At the reception, you will hear updates on the success of the C4V program, be able to network with some of Canada’s up and coming tech CEOs along with being a part of a great event supporting our troops and the tech sector. Last year we had over 250 people attend our reception.

We are also presenting our Annual Tech Champion Awards to 3 MPs who have supported Canada’s Tech Sector over the years including the Coding for Veterans program.

Note: Coding for Veterans is a program that helps those leaving Canada’s military to transition into jobs in Canada’s tech sector. More information can be found at: www.codingforveterans.com


5:45 pm Reception Begins (Open Bar, Food Stations)

6:45 pm Opening Remarks

7:00 pm Presentations

8:30 pm Program Ends