We have a fantastic line up of speakers, all who have great stories to tell and lessons to share. 

Confirmed Speakers:

Denise Amyot

President & CEO, Canadian Science and Technology Museums

Denise Amyot is President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. The Corporation and its three museums – the Canada Agriculture Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum – tell the stories of Canadian ingenuity and achievement in science and technology and demonstrate how these accomplishments have contributed to the building of our country.

Prior to this position, Denise was the Senior Vice President of the Leadership and Talent Management Sector at the Canada Public Service Agency. There she was responsible for leading and managing leadership development programs, and developing policies for employees and executives throughout the public Service of Canada.

Having worked for many federal government departments, she has worked extensively in policy and line operations in the context of programs and service delivery, in social, economic, and cultural areas.

Denise is the former President of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada and former President of the Communications Community Office. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Public Administration Canada and the Canadian Government Executive magazine.

She has a master’s in Education and three Bachelor degrees in Biology, in Arts and in Education.

Denise will be opening this year's PS Engage event.

Jeff Ashcroft
Vice President & Principal Analyst at Constellation Research
LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/jeffashcroft

With over twenty years of experience in logistics and supply chain management, from the warehouse floor to the boardrooms of major third party and retail organizations, Jeff provides insight on how stakeholders can design, provide, source and implement supply chain systems with integrated social networks to gain access to the massive benefits of supply chain synergy.

As Vice President & Principal Analyst at Constellation Research Group, Jeff provides strategic guidance in developing systems that will support emerging technologies, cultural safeguards, collaborative, social and leadership approaches and the data formats and standards to support them. In addition, Jeff is a Principal Facilitator of the SupplyChainNetwork and writes about many things both supply chain and social on his personal blog Social Supply Chain Management www.socialscm.com.

Jeff holds a B.A with a major in English and minor in Psychology from the University of Toronto. His specialist credentials include a Professional Logistician designation (P Log.) from The Logistics Institute, and status as a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport in UK (CMILT). In addition, Jeff has completed both Basic and Advanced GMP certification for the warehousing and logistics of Finished Goods Pharmaceuticals.

Jeff will be the Master of Ceremonies at this year's PS Engage event.

Jeff Braybrook
President, Blueprint Inc. & Former GoC Deputy Chief Technology Officer

Twitter: @jeff_braybrook
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeff-braybrook/5/30a/372

Jeff provides independent advisory and strategic planning services for Web presence and information management governance, policy and implementation.

He is the former Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the Government of Canada where he helped set overall policy and direction for the effective management of IT, the Common Look and Feel Standards for the Internet (CLF) and guidance on the use of Web 2.0 and social media by the Government of Canada.

Prior to joining Treasury Board Secretariat Jeff spent thirty years in sales, management and consulting roles with leading information and technology product and services companies, including CGI, Xerox and SHL Systemhouse.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.

The Honourable Tony Clement
 President of Treasury Board and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario

Tony Clement was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011. On February 6, 2006, he was appointed Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. In October 2008, he was appointed Minister of Industry.

Prior to running for federal office, Mr. Clement was a member of Ontario’s provincial legislature from 1995 to 2003, representing Brampton South (later, Brampton West–Mississauga). He served as Minister of Transportation; Minister of the Environment; Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Prior to his election, he was counsel to a national law firm.

Mr. Clement is a recipient of the Courage in Public Policy Award from the Canadian Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute of Canada. The award was given to him in recognition of his leadership in supporting the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation.

Mr. Clement holds a bachelor of arts in political science and a law degree from the University of Toronto.

He will be delivering the opening address at this year's PS Engage event.

Ken Cochrane 
Partner, IT Advisory Services - KPMG Canada 
Former CIO Government of Canada and ADM for GCPEDIA


As the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Government of Canada and ADM for GCPEDIA, Ken set policy, direction and strategy for Information Technology (IT), Information Management (IM), project oversight, security, privacy and service delivery for all agencies of the Canadian government. Implementing a new project management regime, he contributed to the extensive development of identity management and made substantial advances in security regime establishments.

He also built strong cross-government communities in IT, IM, security and identity while focusing on continuing the development of opportunities to work with all jurisdictions, including Canadian provinces and international partners in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Ken is currently serving as a Partner at KPMG Canada.

Ken holds a B.A. in political science from Carleton University and a Certificate in Information Technology from Algonquin College. 

At this year's PS Engage event, Ken will be speaking about intelligent risk taking.

Ellen Grove 
Agile Coach and Software Tester
Twitter: @eegrove
LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/ellengrove

Ellen is an Ottawa-based Agile coach and a self-described "geek of many trades". As an Agile coach and trainer for Export Development Canada, she works with software development teams to help create more productive and effective work environments. With a passion for exploratory software testing and user-centered design, and a background in community organization, she uses team-building and facilitation approaches to support the transition to collaborative Agile work practices at the team, managerial and corporate level. She has conquered the challenges of extending Scrum roll-outs to off-shore development partners and multi-site project teams.

Ellen's Agile coaching practice is founded on over 10 years experience leading software testing, development and implementation teams in global enterprises. Before pursuing her coaching career, she was a software development manager for Nortel and BT Diamond IP.

Ellen holds an honours bachelor's degree in arts and science from McMaster University and has pursued post-graduate studies at both Algonquin College and Carleton University.

At this year's PS Engage event, Ellen will be speaking in the rapid fire presentation, as well as leading a learning circle on Radical Redesign and Serious Play.

Andy Jankowski
Global Director, Intranet Benchmarking Forum
Twitter: @AndyJankowski
LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/andyjankowski

Andy Jankowski is Global Director of the Intranet Benchmarking Forum (www.ibforum.com). In this role he works with prospective members to improve their intranets and broader digital workplaces.  

Over the past 16 years, Andy has served as an advisor for Oracle, JPMorgan Chase, Ernst & Young and Andersen in the areas of enterprise communication and collaboration.

He is a frequent conference speaker and enjoys sharing with others how to strategically connect people and dots. He is also an avid road cyclist and health enthusiast.

Andy holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Hanover College and is currently studying positive psychology.

Andy will be speaking about the shift from traditional intranet and portal environments to digital workplaces.

Thom Kearney
Change agent and story teller,
Partner, Rowanwood Consulting

Twitter: @ThomKearney
LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/thomk

Known as “the Strategy Guy,” Thom is a passionate believer in finding real solutions to real problems. His skills span a wide swath from strategic planning, to program and project management to designing marketing systems and integrated communications plans. A provocative change agent and team problem solver, Thom has more than 25 years of industry experience in the advertising communications, education, and consulting realms. Also a pioneer of social media, Thom was a co-leader of the government of Canada’s internal wiki site, GCPedia.

Thom is a genuine people person, taking a true, personal interest in your organization’s needs. He will make you feel at ease and will adeptly work with you to foster organizational change, providing expert advice along the way. With a wide network of contacts, Thom helps make sure your organization is strategically connected.

Thom holds a diploma in Creative Advertising from Algonquin College and has studied biogeography at Carleton University and Gaian Studies at the University of Waterloo, he is currently pursuing his Master's.

Thom will be speaking about the Virtual government network.

Sylvie C. Lafontaine

Vice-President, Standards & Chief Financial Officer, Standards Council of Canada
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=64891172&locale=en_US&trk=tyah2

As Vice-President of the Standards Council of Canada’s (SCC) Standards branch, Ms. Lafontaine oversees the Canadian and International Standards program, which includes approval of National Standards of Canada, accreditation of Canadian organizations that develop standards, and facilitation of Canada’s participation in regional and international standards development activities. Additionally, she also provides oversight to SCC’s Consumer and Public Interest Panel. As SCC’s Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Lafontaine provides strategic oversight over the activities of finance and corporate management services.

Before joining SCC, Ms. Lafontaine was responsible for strategic planning, enterprise risk management, corporate investment, and finance operations at Canada Post Corporation. In 2007, she was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Finance, Administration & Corporate Services with Service Canada (part of the federal government department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada – HRSDC).

Ms. Lafontaine also brings a private sector view to SCC gained through experience at the Royal Bank of Canada and as part of the Audit practice at Ernst and Young.  

Ms. Lafontaine is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Administration degree with a specialization in accounting from the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

Debrah J. Martin

President, International Coaching Centre, Inc.
Twitter: @DrDebMartin
LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/debrah-j-martin-ph-d/0/380/788

Debrah Martin is an expert in communications.  Not the geek kind of communications – she admits to being rather useless with technology – but rather how communications can support engagement, networking and change. 

In her day job, Deb provides communications coaching and strategic communications consulting services to federal clients. 

She holds a B. A. in English, an M. A. in Linguistics and a Ph. D. in Leadership.  Her passion is around the use of language in the workplace and how it can create (or destroy) corporate culture.  She is a work in progress, a continuous learner with a wild sense of humour.

At PS Engage Deb will offer some take-away tips on how to use communications to advantage in engagement and change initiatives. 

Martha McLean
Deputy Director, eCommunications, 
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Twitter: @mjmclean

LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/marthamclean

Martha has been working exclusively in government online communications for over a decade. During that time she has seen the growth and evolution of the web as a primary communications channel along with the rise of new technology and social media as ways to widen our reach and engage with our audience.

From the early stages of the Government of Canada’s Government Online initiative to reshaping Web management and communication, Martha is working to help transform and support Government communications through the effective use of new media and technologies.

Martha has always held a deep interest in how communications and communities can be better used by the government to inform and engage citizens at home and abroad. Over the years, she has established and tapped into international networks of experts and colleagues in an effort to introduce leading technologies and online practices to the more traditional approaches to Government communication and advocacy.

In 2007, Martha initiated and co-chaired the inaugural e8: Foreign Policy and Web meeting of government Web leaders from numerous ministries of Foreign Affairs. In addition, she has been a planning member and speaker at the Government 2.0 Conference in Los Angeles, CA as well as an active member of several Government of Canada communities working to enable change and support sustainable innovative practices.

Martha continues to work toward bringing about the logical integration of traditional and new media in the hopes that Government will be both well committed and positioned to deliver high-quality information, service and engagement with global citizens.

Martha holds a degree from the University of Ottawa.

Martha will be speaking about government innovation at this year's event.

Ina  Parvanova
Public Affairs Director, Mayo Clinic

Ina started her career as a reporter, working for Reuters and Canadian Press. In 1998, she joined the Public Service and spent a number of years at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada before joining the Privy Council Office where she was responsible for the international communications files.

 In 2008, Mayo Clinic recruited Ina to establish its Research Communications function to support $540 million in research operations at Mayo Clinic. Ina is currently part of two leadership teams. One is a reflection of Mayo's new strategy to make a global impact in healthcare called Global Bridges - a Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Dependence Treatment. The other is statewide effort called Decade of Discovery: A Minnesota Partnership to Defeat Diabetes.

Ina holds a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, both BA and MA degrees in English Literature from Sofia University in Bulgaria, and certificates in Political Journalism and Comparative Political and Economic Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

At this year's event, Ina will be speaking on innovation at the Mayo Clinic and how Mayo is adapting to current challenges while staying true to its nearly 150-year old mission and values.

Steve Ressler
Founder GovLoop.com
Twitter: @govloop

As the Founder and President of GovLoop.com, the “Facebook for Government”, Steve helps connect and foster collaboration among over 41,500 members of the government community. On GovLoop, members use social media such as blogs, videos, and forums to discuss best practices and share ideas on improving government.

Steve has won the 2010 GovTech Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers Award, the 2007 and 2009 Federal 100 Award, the 2009 AFCEA Bethesda Social Media Award, and was a finalist for the 2009 ACT/IAC Intergovernmental Solutions Award. Steve is also the co-founder of Young Government Leaders (YGL), a professional organization of over 2,000 government employees across the U.S.

He is a Master’s graduate from the University of Pennsylvania where he received the Department of Homeland Security Fellowship.

Steve will be speaking about building and sustaining a large on-line community.

Craig Sellars
Passionate public servant and biologist

Twitter: @craigsellars
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/craig-sellars/13/313/93b

Craig Sellars is a project manager at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency working in data administration and reporting. This position provides ample opportunity to explore his interests in values and ethics, critical thinking and the practical uses of science and technology. Craig has worked with the federal government for five years after a decade of retail management. He has also worked on Alaskan fishing boats as a biological observer and in an analytical laboratory.

Craig holds a bachelor's degree in biological science from the University of Calgary and now calls Ottawa home. He continually seeks new ways to learn, work more efficiently and share best practices with his colleagues.

At this year's PS Engage event, Craig will be speaking in the rapid fire presentation about his personal approach to the responsible use of social media as a public servant.

Alan Silberberg
Founder of Silberberg Innovations and Gov20LA 
Twitter: @Ideagov
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/alanwsilberberg

Alan is an innovator, thought leader and a leading Analyst on Government 2.0, "Gov 2.0" - and Gov 3.0 issues surrounding development and implementation of innovative and trans-formative technologies. With a 20 year background in national politics and technology, he is a frequent commentator in the media and speaks often at Government technology events, panels and conferences.

With this experience, Alan brings a specialty in digital crisis communications, digital brand development and the ability to lead organizations through the complicated arena of Government 2.0 technology and applications. He founded Silberberg Innovations because of a need for Strategic Government 2.0 Analyst and Advisory services as the industry is growing so rapidly.

Alan holds a degree in Political Science and International Relations from American University.

At this year's PS Engage event, Alan will be speaking about the importance of storytelling.

Tabatha Soltay
Special Advisor to the Executive Head, Policy Horizons Canada


Tabatha Soltay, who has been called the Chief Agent of Chaos by her bosses, is a Special Advisor to the Executive Head, Policy Horizons Canada. Policy Horizons Canada is the government’s foresight organization which attends to the emerging policy needs of the Deputy Minister and policy community. The line between Tabatha’s “day-job” and working for “greater good” are consistently blurring.

She specializes in connecting, coordinating, collaborating and co-creating. canada@150 enabled her to hone these skills. A technophobe, Tabatha has embraced the potential of new technology to help the public service, and has become a Web 2.0 champion, a tweeter and an active blog writer.

Tabatha has an MSc in tree-hugging (Environmental Change and Management) from Oxford and an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto (Chinese Studies, Political Science, and Environment and Resource Management).

John Weigelt
National Technology Officer at Microsoft Canada
Twitter: @Thumbtackhead
LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/john-weigelt/0/345/755

As the National Technology Officer for Microsoft Canada, John is responsible for driving Microsoft Canada’s strategic policy and technology efforts. In this role, John is the lead public advocate within the company on key issues such as the development of national technology policy and the use of technology by government, education and the healthcare community. These projects include leading Canadian outreach for Economic Development, Environmental Sustainability, Accessibility, Privacy, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Government 2.0 and Interoperability. John is also responsible for the development and implementation of strategies which strengthen the company’s relationships with the Canadian technology industry at large.

Prior to joining Microsoft, John held the position of Senior Director of Architecture, Standards and Engineering at the Chief Information Officer Branch of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. In this role, he was responsible for the development of the Government of Canada Enterprise architecture, which provided the foundation for Canada’s Government On-Line initiative, Treasury Board Information Management (IM) and Information Technology (IT) standards, and provided support for Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Policy.

John holds a Master’s Degree in computer and communications security engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada.

John will be sharing examples of government 2.0 activities across jurisdictions.