Committees & Working Groups

Our committees, working groups and forums play an important role in connecting our members with strategic partner organizations and federal and regional government officials and policy makers. Participants also help direct the activities of the Association through key events and initiatives.

Benefits of participation:

  • Contribute and help grow the industry to the benefit of all Canadian businesses
  • Keep current with industry trends, challenges, or opportunities
  • Share and gain best practices
  • Continue your professional development
  • Network with your peers
  • Connect with industry leaders, government officials and top educators

To learn more about, or to join any of these groups, contact our Director of Membership, Mariana Kutin Morais at mkutin_morais@technationcanada.ca or call 905-602-8345 Ext. 2431.

Government & Digital Transformation

Public Sector Business Executive (PSBE)
Sets the high-level direction for the Federal Government Relations and Policy work; and is the Parent Committee of the Public Policy & Advocacy Committee (PPAC) and the Public Sector Business Committee (PSBC), providing high level oversight to both. Contact: Michele Lajeunesse

Federal Public Sector Business Committees (PSBC)
Brings together senior corporate business leaders whose companies focus on sales to government.
Contact: Andrew Walker

Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPAC)
Helps guide TECHNATION in bringing its advocacy messaging to the Government of Canada and other jurisdictions, regarding issues standing in the way of advancing the digital economy in Canada. From data strategies, privacy, tax policies, and legal frameworks, the PPAC helps develop TECHNATION’s positioning to influence government decision-making.
Contact: Andrew Walker

Legal Working Group
A sub-committee of the PPAC, led by a member chair. The group meets on an ad hoc basis to assist TECHNATION in developing positions / responses to government consultations on privacy, tax reform, data strategies from a legal lens. Contact: Nevin French

Cloud Working Group
Comprised of interested members who are responsible for developing and presenting recommendations to Government on the challenges facing both government and industry in the adoption of cloud. The working group may assist in drafting policy and guidance with regards to Cloud and how it can enable digital transformation initiatives. Contact: Andrew Walker

Artificial Intelligence Working Group
Informs public and private sectors about how adopting AI and related technologies can improve productivity and enable Canada to become more competitive in the global AI landscape. The team will develop a policy paper, events, and advocacy engagements to promote AI adoption in Canada. Contact: Andrew Walker

Cyber Security Leadership Committee
Responsible for steering the Cyber Security Forum’s overall direction including policy, activities, and direction. Contact: Nevin French

Ontario Public Sector Business Committee (PSBC)
Designed for our members who do business with the Ontario Government. Members promote access, innovation, and influence with government leaders. The Committee also monitors, assesses, and advises on procurement policies and practices; andshapes messaging brought to the Ontario Government. This is your one-stop shop for all insights related to the Ontario Government. Contact: Nevin French

Ontario Procurement Modernization Working Group
Contact: Nevin French

City of Toronto-TECHNATION Joint Procurement Working Group
Contact: Nevin French

Future Workforce Development

Cybersecurity Talent Alliance
Provides national leadership and guidance on the development of a sustainable cybersecurity ecosystem – including the creation of accelerated learning programs, career pathways and collaborative initiatives – to close the talent gap across Canada. Contact: Randy Purse

TECH4CANADA

Industry Cybersecurity Best Practices (ICBP) Advisory Group
Provides leadership and guidance to ICBP activities. There are no formal terms of reference; membership evolves based on needs; and meetings are conducted as required.
Contact: Randy Purse

TECH4CANADA Council
A collaborative multi-sector council, to identify critical technology challenges and establish action-oriented priorities with a 12 to 18-month horizon. Provides a venue to unify thought leadership and action-oriented working groups, sub-committees or task force(s) to develop the program. Contact: Randy Purse

TECH4CANADA Forum
The Forum is anchored annually with a symposium, where nation-wide barriers to technology adoption or growth are discussed through thought leadership panels and recommendation panels. The ultimate goal is a collaboration between government and industry to drive change and accelerate national digital transformation. Contact: Randy Purse

Health

Health Advocacy Committee (HAC)
Develops research and position papers that support industry partners as they make their case to various levels of government. Procurement issues are often front and center in committee work.
Contact: Elaine Huesing

Health Interoperability & Standards Task Force (HISC)
The mandate of this taskforce is to promote the adoption of internationally accepted standards for technology, nomenclature, data, and interoperability in the health sector; and to ensure our membership’s interests are being represented in key areas related to standards and emerging Provincial and Federal regulation.
Contact: Elaine Huesing

Health Membership and Program Development Committee (HMPDC)
Develops relevant educational programming and partnership events to address emerging issues in digital medicine and health. By bringing together members and potential partners.
Contact: Elaine Huesing

Health Procurement Task Force (HPT)
The mandate of this task force is to continually streamline the procurement process of healthcare technology related goods and services in Canada. Healthcare technology encompasses all hardware, devices and software that manage information related to health and wellness.
Contact: Elaine Huesing

Industry, Prosperity & Growth

Membership Advisory Committee
Looks at programing that promotes the interests of our members and provides advice on the development and implementation of recruitment, renewal and retention programs.
Contact: Mariana Kutin Morais.

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