Shaw Centre Ottawa


Cyber Security Program | 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

All Hands on Deck: (Cyber) Security is Everyone’s Business

Cybercrime is increasing in frequency, size and sophistication so technological defences alone are no longer sufficient. Gone are the days of pointing the finger at IT and saying ‘it’s their responsibility’ – cyber security is a shared responsibility – one in which Canadians, their governments, the private sector and our international partners all have a role to play.
Join us as we explore solutions to the ever widening security skills gap, learn about insider threats and how to address them, and hear firsthand from industry leaders who have successfully established an enterprise approach to security involving all business lines.


Leadership Program | 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Unleash Your Public Intrapreneur

In·tra·pre·neur·ship (n) 1) Successful adaptation of entrepreneurial attitudes and strategies inside of a bureaucratic organization. 2) Implementation of start-up practices within a large organization, producing valued innovation.
Join us as we reimagine the role of the public servant and explore the impact social leadership and intrapreneurship are having on both the leaders of today and tomorrow in the public sector.
This interactive full-day program, built on a framework that looks at the organizational and human dimensions of leadership, will also deliver experience-based, practical ideas and approaches that delegates can implement for themselves, in their own organizations, and specifically within the public sector.

Executive Roundtable | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This exclusive ‘by invitation only’ session will provide an interactive platform where attendees hear from leading experts and share best practices with their peers. For 2016, the program content will focus on the 2016 Conference Tracks.

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WELCOME | 8:45 – 8:50 AM



Executive Director, GTEC

Michele Lajeunesse is Executive Director and Director of Content for GTEC, and Chair of the Board of Governors. She is no stranger to GTEC and its community, having previously served as Chair of the Distinction Awards volunteering her time to lead and oversee the awards judging process for over 6 years. With a career spanning over 20 years in the ICT industry, Michele has also held Vice-President positions leading Business Development, Pre-Sales, and Post-Sales organizations for two local tech firms, and has provided her expertise as an experienced Senior Management Consultant in program management, business process transformation, organizational change strategies, effective business cases, and alternative service delivery channels to numerous federal public sector ADM and DM level initiatives. Michele continues to be instrumental in introducing innovative approaches and solutions to business problems across the Canadian Government, and to advocate for women in technology through her participation in various ICT associations including Women in Communications & Technology (WCT).



Sandra Cascadden

Sandra Cascadden

Associate Deputy Minister & CIO for the Government of Nova Scotia

Sandra Cascadden is the Associate Deputy Minister at the Department of Internal Services and the CIO for the Province of Nova Scotia.

Sandra is a senior professional with over 25 years experience in the IT/IM industry. She is a graduate of Dalhousie University with her Bachelor of Mathematics/Statistics and Computing Science and the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now part of Dalhousie) with her Bachelor of Industrial Engineering.

She has held multiple positions within the health industry, including roles with Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness as the Chief Health Information Officer and NS Capital District Health Authority in the role of IT/IM Director.

Previously, she has worked as an IT/IM professional in a number of different industries including, Telecommunications and Broadcasting. She has worked in large private companies, federal crown corporations and small entrepreneurial companies and now within a provincial government.

In her current role as Chief Information Officer, she is responsible for leading a team of 730 IT/IM professionals within the Information, Communications and Technology Shared Services group. She provides executive leadership and direction for business enabled ICT services and solutions. She works with her clients to position Nova Scotia as a digital leader in the provisioning of services to the people and businesses in Nova Scotia.

Sandra is a professional Industrial Engineer. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).

In 2014, the Government of Nova Scotia embarked on a journey to establish a shared services model that improves delivery of high quality, efficient, and sustainable administrative and support services, while addressing growing fiscal pressures facing the provincial government.

Sandra Cascadden, Nova Scotia’s Associate Deputy Minister of Internal Services and CIO, will launch the final day of GTEC with an overview of the Shared Services initiative that is transforming public service delivery in the province. A key architect, Ms. Cascadden will engage in this Armchair Discussion with GTEC Executive Director Michele Lajeunesse, and discuss the value of this approach, key progress and lessons learned. Once fully implemented, this initiative is expected to save the province millions of dollars per year.

As part of this interactive session, Ms. Cascadden will provide an overview of Nova Scotia’s shared services model and its implementation across more than 20 departments, five crown corporations, 11 district health authorities and eight school boards. This transformation is consolidating six key service functions into three strategic pillars: service centres of excellence; streamlined transactional processing; and client services. These public services span IT management; financial services; building management; human resources; supply chain management and procurement; and construction project services. This activity is occurring in parallel with government restructuring, a review of economic development mechanisms, and the ONE Nova Scotia 10-Year Action Plan.