Ontario Public Sector Business Committee (PSBC) Meeting

The Ontario Public Sector Business Committee is 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; and shapes messaging brought to the Ontario Government. This is your one-stop shop for all insights related to the Ontario Government.


9:05 a.m.     –     Gayleen and McMaster presentation and Q and A
9:30 a.m.     –     David and Guelph presentation and Q and A
10:00 a.m.   –     In Camera

Gayleen Gray is the Assistant Vice President (AVP) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at McMaster University

Gray is the Assistant Vice President (AVP) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at McMaster University where she oversees the University’s information systems and services, including Information Security, and initiatives related to the McMaster IT Strategic Vision and Plan that she launched in 2019. Gayleen provides leadership across all campus technology systems, services and priorities, and she is responsible for the institution’s IT Governance processes. A truly collaborative leader, Gayleen works with the institutions’ leadership team and a network of diverse colleagues and IT personnel to ensure McMaster’s research, teaching and learning initiatives are supported and enabled by campus systems and infrastructure.

Throughout her 21-year career in Higher Ed IT, Gayleen has developed relationships with colleagues and peers across Canada and in the United States, furthering collective areas of interest. Known for her deep experience and open and authentic nature, Gayleen is a frequent presenter and active participant at various professional forums such as EDUCAUSE, CUCCIO, CANHEIT and OHEIT. Gayleen sits on the ORION Board of Directors, the Hospice Wellington (Guelph) Board of Directors, and in 2020 joined the CANARIE Cybersecurity Advisory Committee and the CUCCIO Cybersecurity Standing Committee.

David Messer Program Manager, Data Technology, Guelph Smart Cities Office

David Messer is the Program Manager, Data Technology, with the Guelph Smart Cities Office. He is leading a cross-cutting data / tech strategy to support Our Food Future – an Infrastructure Canada funded smart cities initiative aimed at creating Canada’s first technology enabled circular food economy. This includes the development of AI tools to provide data on food waste, the launch of an online b2b marketplace for food biproducts, the development of a regional carbon-backed currency, and the creation of a the Guelph-Wellington civic data utility.

He was previously Vice President – Public Affairs with Edelman where he supported a range of Canadian and multinational technology companies on government relations, digital government and public sector procurement. Prior to Edelman David was Vice President – Policy with the Information Technology Association of Canada (now Technation) where he worked on exciting national issues including negotiation of the CUSMA trade agreement, privacy and regulation of the digital economy (e.g. PIPEDA, CASL), and implementation of Canada’s Innovation Agenda. David served 7 years in the provincial governments of Ontario and Alberta, primarily focused on regulatory modernization and the streamlining of government services to business.

David lives in downtown Guelph and is the exhausted father of two young boys.

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