What We Do
We undertake important policy and advocacy work to support and promote the Canadian tech sector.
TECHNATION actively engages with political leaders and government officials at all levels to inform them why it is important to maintain a strong, innovative, and growing tech industry in Canada and the importance of a close alignment around the development of Canada’s innovation agenda.
We work closely with the federal government as it transforms, and as it and procures more modern innovative technology. As a result, our input is consistently sought and heard by government – a tribute to our thoughtful policy formulation and our effective advocacy of well-founded industry positions. As information and communication technology becomes increasingly important to the Canadian economy, we must help government to anticipate the tech trends with policy initiatives that serve to strengthen our economy and our industry.
Innovation Adoption Program
TECHNATION is proposing a national program that leverages one of the most powerful economic levers that the most powerful economic levers that the Government has – its purchasing power – do drive economic recovery for Canada’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), implement ‘virtual shovel ready’ projects, and transform the way that government serves its citizens.
The Innovation Adoption Program involves four main components:
A multi-departmental, coordinated approach will help to ensure the success of this proposal.
TECHNATION Submission OSFI
In late December 2020, the TECHNATION Legal Working Group sent in a submission to the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) as part of OSFI’s ongoing consultation that began with a discussion paper, Developing financial sector resilience in a digital world. The OSFI paper focuses on risks arising from rapid technological advancement and digitalization, as these trends impact the stability of the Canadian financial sector. TECHNATION believes that the OSFI’s consultation represents a timely and thoughtful review of the technology and data issues that are fundamental to the resilience of financial institutions in a digital world. As the importance of technology and data continues to grow, it is critical that OSFI, financial institutions and suppliers share a deep understanding of the related risks and how they can be managed.
We agree with many objectives that OSFI has put forward such as the need for a holistic assessment of the overarching regulatory ‘architecture’ for technology and identifying core principles that will guide future development of regulatory guidance. To maintain a healthy and strong financial system, innovation is essential. Financial institutions must innovate if they are to meet the needs of consumers, while remaining competitive in a sector that is increasingly being disrupted by non-traditional businesses. Also, the importance of innovation is not limited to leveraging technology and data. Financial institutions need flexibility in managing risks. This means freedom to innovate in how risks are mitigated, with a focus on the effectiveness of risk mitigation activities, rather than formal compliance with detailed rules.
In 2021, TECHNATION will seek a meeting with OSFI to further discuss our submission.
To read the full Submission, click here
For more information on the TECHNATION Legal Working Group, please contact Nevin French, VP, Policy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Transforming & Modernizing the Federal Government
TECHNATION has developed a multi-faceted strategic approach that is individually and collectively focused on bringing real and impactful change. This includes: the development of a Commercial First Approach – a proposal to help government modernize and digitally transform; a strategic approach to helping government migrate to the Cloud; and a plan to help re-skill and up-skill the federal workforce.
The Commercial First Approach would enable the government to adopt new technologies to increase efficiencies and competition; leverage data and analytics; and increase cyber security measures. Most importantly, it would require the federal government to adopt a ‘Buy, not Build’ philosophy where it procures all products, goods, services, and solutions from the private sector whenever possible. Industry and Government should not act as competitors but instead operate as collaborators and business partners.
Migrating to the Cloud
Migrating to the Cloud would enable government to leverage cloud strategies and cloud-based managed service delivery models, enabling improved citizen l service delivery. Increased internet connectivity and bandwidth would allow Government departments and agencies to leverage public Cloud services; allow governments to innovate, collect insights and evolve; and enable Government to tap into an already specialized market (off-premise, public and private Cloud – and combinations of these) which is becoming the default environment for businesses around the world. Finally, it would also provide opportunities to leverage existing security controls and accreditations that have driven innovation and delivered improved policy outcomes, enhanced efficiencies, higher levels of service quality, greater agility, security, and improved levels of trust with citizens and business.
Re-Skill and Up-Skill Federal Workforce
A plan is currently underway to help re-skill and up-skill the federal workforce. This approach would enable federal workers to update skills to leverage new technologies to deliver state-of-the-art digital services. Combined with Commercial First, this approach would shift the focus away from building technology in-house, to purchasing and applying the newest technology solutions and tools.