Canada’s Supply Chain Digitalization & The Critical Role of Data

Global supply chains continue to be under pressure by the COVID-19 pandemic, growing impacts of climate change, and fallout from the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Ensuring that supply chains are resilient, and fluid is a top priority for the Canadian Government.

A well-functioning global transportation system is critical to securing supply chains, enabling global trade, and forms the backbone of nearly all sectors of the economy. Thus, it is critically important that any measures taken to address supply chains consider the important role transportation plays and are developed in consultation with industry.

On May 29, TECHNATION will host a fireside chat with Arun Thangaraj, Deputy Minister, Transport Canada focused on the National Supply Chain Task Force, launched by the Minister of Transport, whose recommendations will inform the development of a National Supply Chain Strategy, per Budget 2022.

During our intimate chat, we will examine more closely one of the task force’s key recommendations to ‘digitalize and create end-to-end supply chain visibility for efficiency, accountability, planning, investment and security.’ We will also touch on Transport Canada’s ‘Digital by Design’ approach and where the department is headed with the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) to support advanced analytics, decision-making and departmental process.

May 29, 2023 | In-Person| Rideau Club – 99 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9

8:30 am Registration, Light Breakfast, Networking

9:00 am Fireside Chat

Private VIP Sponsor Reception to follow.

Members $100 | Non-members $250

Please contact Christine Leonard for more information on how to become a sponsor!

Guest Speaker:

Arun Thangaraj
Deputy Minister
Transport Canada

Arun Thangaraj was appointed Deputy Minister of Transport on February 20, 2023.

Before joining Transport Canada, Arun was the Associate Deputy Minister at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, following two years as the Associate Deputy Minister at Transport Canada.

Before these roles, he was Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer at Global Affairs Canada and was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the former Canadian International Development Agency. He also brings experience and knowledge on transportation issues, from his time at the Canadian Transportation Agency from 2002 to 2011.

Arun received the Queen Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his contribution to the federal public service and to his community. He has served on various governance boards and is a sessional lecturer in the School of Public Administration at Carleton University.

Arun is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, and an Honours BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto.


Event Details


In-Person | 8:30 -10:00 am ET | Ottawa
Rideau Club - 99 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9

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