Celebrating Excellence the GTEC Way

For over 9 years I have had the great fortune of managing the GTEC Distinction Awards, and in this, my final blog of the series, I wanted to share with you what I consider to be the Distinction Awards motto – For One Night We Celebrate You!
As I mentioned in Part II of this series, the Why Nominate? video is one of my favorites as it showcases our motto and our way of celebrating excellence so eloquently. For one

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Breakfast Panel @ GTEC: Why Getting to Outcomes is Important in the Public Sector

By Kevin d’Entremont, @Kdentremont

This year, Accenture took on the challenge of planning and moderating the one-hour breakfast panel at GTEC on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:15.
Moderated by Claudia Thompson, Managing Director of Health and Public Service (Canada) at Accenture, this exciting panel will feature the following speakers:

Matthew Mendelsohn | Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Results and Delivery, Privy Council Office of Canada
Kelly Gillis | Associate Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Jennifer Robson |

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Can the Millennial generation rescue government?

By Beth Bell, Vice President, Canadian Public Sector, IBM Global Business Services
I recently had the opportunity to speak at a government executive conference to share a thought leadership piece I had a part in writing. It was on a topic that is a point of passion for me – how does IBM help our public sector clients transform faster to meet the ever-changing needs of their citizens and employees?
As the leader of a large team, I’m faced with the differing

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By CA Technologies, @CAinc

Putting the customer experience first in testing

Huw Price, VP Application Delivery, CA Technologies, discusses putting customer experience at the forefront in testing. @CAinc
In 1970, Winston W. Royce described the sequential development model, but noted an inherent weakness in it: there was a lack of feedback at each stage. Now known as the waterfall model, this weakness is generally acknowledged and there is an awareness that waiting too long for feedback can drastically reduce the likelihood that software will deliver the experience which the user actually

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The agile path to digital government

By: Laurie Desautels, Director Digital, Strategy& (part of the PwC network) and Gert du Preez, BC Technology Consulting Leader
In today’s age of technological disruption, and rapid change, the public sector must be responsive, flexible and creative to meet citizens’ needs. To do so, it needs to rethink how it operates and explore the art of the possible for digital service delivery through agile practices.
Many believe agile practices help drive team productivity, support changing business priorities, mitigate delivery risk, and enable

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How agile experts do agile at scale

By CA Technologies, @CAinc
It used to be that software was something you had in your business: you used it to manage work and control your hardware, or you sold it to customers to generate revenue.
In today’s digital world, software is your business.
Whether you’re a B2C or B2B organization, it’s likely that software underpins your business operating system—driving your sales, your brand, your manufacturing, your supply chain, your communications, your infrastructure, your relationship with your customers … probably even your

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The Art of the Possible — Machine learning: A driving force in technology

Scott Penberthy, PhD  
Technology Transformation Leader & US IT Strategy Leader, PwC US
In today’s digital age, where new technologies and changing behaviours continue to feed citizens’ expectations, public sector organizations need to take advantage of digital disruption and reimagine their technology models by exploring the art of the possible.
To keep pace with these demands for more agile experiences and succeed in a time of technological change, governments should ask themselves, “What can we do today that we couldn’t do

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The Translation Bureau and language technologies…a natural fit!

From Silvia Villon, Manager of the GTEC Distinction Awards: I am happy to share this Blog from a Recipient of the 2015 Distinction Awards Program.
By Richard Després, Public Services and Procurement Canada | Services publics et Approvisionnement Canada, Translation Bureau | Bureau de la traduction
(cliquer pour la version française)
In a world where the speed of change is phenomenal, organizations have no choice but to innovate to meet the needs of their clients. The Translation Bureau is constantly involved in this

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The Benefits of GTEC for Professional Development

Note from Jessica Perreault, Manager of GTEC’s Content and Programs: We are so pleased to share this post from Algonquin College, one of our 2016 Exhibitor’s, as part of the How to Survive GTEC Series, outlining the benefits of GTEC for professional development.
By Nashveen Mendes,Marketing & Social Media Officer, Algonquin College Corporate Training
This year, GTEC’s Conference and Exhibition will attract over 4,000 participants from all levels of government, academia, industry and health care. GTEC 2016 presents a great opportunity for

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