Broader Public Sector CIO Briefing 

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Hybrid | In-Person Toronto

TECHNATION works with CIO leaders across the broader public sector in Ontario to bring together forward-thinking BPS leaders to discuss critical issues, including their post-Covid plans and opportunities as they continue to build government services.

This curated dialogue will bring government and industry together to learn how the technology community can provide business value, identify specific opportunities for co-creation and to cultivate a more effective partnership-based approach as they continue working to deliver effective citizen-centred service delivery, mitigate risk and promote resiliency.

The benefits for TECHNATION and its member community are extensive.  These forums provide an opportunity for vendors to establish contacts with government and industry leaders whom they might not otherwise meet.  By attending, TECHNATION members are exposed to government priorities to allow them to better focus their marketing and development specific to current and future needs.

Speakers confirmed:

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Hybrid | In-Person Toronto

BDO 20 Wellington Street E. Suite 500 Toronto, ON

8:30-9:15 am – VIP Sponsor Networking Reception (private)

8:45-9:15 am – Registration open, continental breakfast & networking

9:15 am – BPS CIO Briefing begins (public)…presentations & moderated Q&A.

11:00 am – CIO Briefing concludes.

Registration – In-Person tickets are limited

In-person:  Members $75 | Non-Members $150

Virtual:  Members $40 | Non-Members $80 | Government FREE

Interested in sponsorship, reach out to Christine Leonard.   Sponsorship Package

Sonia Brar,  Chief Technology Officer for the City of Toronto.

Sonia came to the City from Bell Canada, where she recently served as executive lead for Customer Experience Strategy, Design & Delivery, as well as Head of IT for Bell Media. With over 20 years of experience in technology, business, and telecommunications, she is a visionary leader specializing in large-scale transformations, customer-centric digital enablement, and technology modernization. She has led large-scale systems strategy and implementation across diverse businesses, including consumer and small/medium businesses, call center operations and media broadcast management. Her leadership and communications skills allow her to foster relationships with diverse stakeholders.

Throughout her career, Sonia has worked to support and develop women’s careers through various organizations and currently sits on the board of Women in Communications and Technology (WCT). In 2020, Sonia was recognized with the WCT’s Innovator of the Year Leadership Excellence Award, which exemplifies leadership excellence and diversity in Canada’s innovation industries.

Uma Gopinath, Chief Information Officer, Metrolinx

Uma Gopinath is an accomplished technology and transformation leader, currently the Chief Information Officer at Metrolinx in Toronto. With a vast background, Uma drives strategic initiatives and implements impactful technology solutions to fuel business growth.

As a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, Uma leverages EDI principles to achieve exceptional outcomes. Her commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace earned her the title of “Tech Diversity Goddess” by Generative AI.

Throughout her career, Uma gained invaluable experience in systems consulting, telecommunications, retail, and the public sector. Her expertise and adaptability enable her to navigate different industries and contribute significantly to each organization.

Uma holds the Chartered Director title from The Directors College at McMaster University, emphasizing her commitment to excellence in corporate governance. She actively engages with non-profit organizations, sharing her knowledge and experiences to support community growth.

Uma’s leadership and visionary approach were recognized at ContentCon 2023, where her team achieved the “Most Successful Digital Transformation” Award. This recognition highlights Uma’s ability to drive innovation and lead successful digital initiatives.


Andrea McKinney, Chief Corporate Services and Technology Officer, WSIB

Andrea is the Chief, Corporate Services and Technology with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario. In her role she oversees a diverse portfolio that includes technology, innovation, data analytics, communications and strategic sourcing. She is known as a passionate community builder and active volunteer focused on supporting positive change. Prior to this role, Andrea has held several senior positions in the public and broader public sectors and is a public speaker on smart cities and digital transformation.





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October 11, 2023
Hybrid | Toronto