Sandford Borins (University of Toronto). Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto-Scarborough, also with graduate appointments in the Rotman School of Management, School of Public Policy and Governance, and Political Science Department. He is the author of numerous articles as well as nine books, among which include Governing Fables: Learning from Public Sector Narratives (Information Age Publishing, 2011), Innovations in Government: Research, Recognition, and Replication (Brookings, 2008) which built on earlier seminal work Innovating with Integrity: How Local Heroes Are Transforming American Government (1998),and co-author of Digital State at the Leading Edge (2007). His exchange with Donald Savoie on the merits of the New Public Management and public sector innovation is considered a seminal contribution to the Canadian literature. His research work continues in the areas of public and private sector innovation and narratives of change.


Colin Bennett (University of Victoria). Research interests in comparative analysis of surveillance technologies and privacy protection policies at the domestic and international levels. In addition to numerous scholarly and newspaper articles, he has five books: Regulating Privacy: Data Protection and Public Policy in Europe and the United States (1992); Visions of Privacy: Policy Choices for the Digital Age (1999, with R.Grant); The Governance of Privacy: Policy Instruments in the Digital Age (2006 with C. Raab); The Privacy Advocates (MIT Press 2009); and Playing the Identity Card (Routledge 2009, with D. Lyon). He has also completed policy reports on privacy protection for the Canadian government, the Canadian Standards Association, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the European Commission, and the UK Information Commissioner. He is completing a book on the privacy and surveillance implications of mega-events such as the Olympic Games and is co-investigator of a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative grant entitled “The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting.”


David Brown (University of Ottawa). David Brown’s research and teaching are in the areas of public sector governance, administrative reform and comparative public administration. He has worked in the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, the Department of External Affairs, Privy Council Office, Treasury Board Secretariat and the Canada Revenue Agency. Among other responsibilities and assignments he served as Executive Director, Information, Communications and Security Policy in Treasury Board Secretariat. After working as a research manager in the Public Policy Forum, an Ottawa-based think tank, he completed a PhD in political science at Carleton University, writing a dissertation on the introduction of a Chief Information Officer in the Government of Canada. He then held a SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship, looking at the CIO position in the Canadian provinces and territories. He has made many contributions to the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and the International Institute of Administrative Sciences based in Brussels.


Amanda Clarke (Carleton University). Recently completed her doctorate in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences with the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. Her research explores the intersections of public administration, civic engagement and information technologies. She is particularly interested in the implications of social media and related phenomena, such as crowdsourcing, open data and big data, for governments and civil society, and new forms of political participation and civic engagement enabled by digital technologies. Her dissertation focused on the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom, and two sector-specific case studies (foreign policy and social security), Amanda’s research explores the models of government-citizen relations reflected in government’s engagement with the social web, and identifies reforms required for public sector bureaucracies to capitalize on social media, big data and open data as new instruments of policy development and service delivery. Her next project will explore the skills, partnerships, and governance and accountability arrangements they necessitate amongst civil society groups.


Jonathan Craft Jonathan Craft is a jointly appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, and School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of TorontoHe specializes in comparative public policy and administration, policy analysis, and Canadian politics. He is particularly interested in political-administrative relations, policy advice, and executive policy work and advisory arrangements.

Professor Craft is the author of Backrooms and Beyond: Partisan Advisers and the Politics of Policy Work in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2016), Co-editor of Policy Work in Canada: Professional Practices and Analytical Capacities (University of Toronto Press, 2016) and has published in leading peer-reviewed journals and edited collections. Before joining the University of Toronto, he worked as a public servant for the Government of Canada, and a Legislative Assistant at the Ontario Legislative Assembly.


Patrice Dutil (Ryerson University). HIs main research interests are political and public sector leadership, institutionalism and history, and the policy development process, and most recently, crowd-sourcing as a new instrument of governance and policy. Dutil is a frequent commentator on public affairs on radio and television. He is Editor of the IPAC Series in Public Administration and Governance published with University of Toronto Press and of the Collection Administration et gouvernance published with the Presses de l’Université du Québecs. Among many other publications, he was co-author of The Service State: Rhetoric, Reality and Promise (2010, with Howard, Langford and Roy) and editor of Searching for Leadership: Secretaries to Cabinet in Canada ( 2008; reprint 2010). He has a forthcoming article on crowdsourcing as an instrument of governance with Canadian Public Administration.


Nicole Goodman (University of Toronto). Assistant Professor of Political Science at McMaster University and a Research Fellow at the Innovation Policy Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs, developing a Canadian Centre for e-Democracy (with David Wolfe). Her research addresses the concept of e-democracy, especially how digital technology is impacting political participation and the democratic channels that facilitate citizen engagement. Broadly, her research interests include Canadian and comparative political institutions, groups, and culture, elections and turnout, political participation, citizenship and civic duty, and the effect of digital technology on elections and participation. Internet voting, particularly in a Canadian context, is one of her subject specialities and she is recognized as an expert in the area, co-authoring two reports addressing aspects of Internet voting for Elections Canada. She has helped conduct attitudinal surveys regarding Internet voting in the Cities of Edmonton, Guelph, and Markham and was recently awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to execute a larger province-wide survey project from 2013-2015. Served as an advisor and expert witness for the Edmonton Citizens’ Jury on Internet Voting and wrote the Issues Guide that informed Jury participants.


Peter Jones Dr. Peter Jones, an associate professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto, has helped design and teaches in two first-in-North America graduate programs, the MDes Strategic Foresight and Innovation and the Design for Health Masters (starting in 2016). He teaches and studies the emerging fields of systemic design, including social system design and mapping and multistakeholder decision-making for civil and policy dialogues. Peter wrote the groundbreaking book Design for Care (Rosenfeld, 2013) and has published two other books in organizational studies. He founded and organizes Toronto’s open dialogue series Design with Dialogue, a community of practice for transformational inquiry led by design thinking and creative facilitation.


Evert Lindquist Dr. Evert Lindquist is Professor in the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and Editor of Canadian Public Administration, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada’s flagship journal. He has published on topics relating to public sector reform, governance and decision-making, central agencies and their initiatives, policy capability, think tanks and consultation processes, horizontal management, government-non profit relations, and policy visualization. His most recent publications are: The Global Financial Crisis and its Budget Impacts in OECD Nations: Fiscal Responses and Future Challenges (Edward Elgar, 2015), eds. J. Wanna, E. Lindquist, and J. de Vries; “Visualization Meets Policy Making: Visual Traditions, Policy Complexity, Strategic Investments” in Governance in the Information Era: Theory and Practice of Policy Informatics (Routledge, 2015); and “Deliverology: Lessons and Prospects,Canadian Government Executive (March 2016)). He is principal investigator for a SSHRC partnership development grant with university, non-profit and other partners on ‘Digital Governance: Transforming Government for the Digital Era” (2014-16).


Justin Longo (Arizona State University). Post-Doctoral Fellow in Open Governance in the Center for Policy Informatics at Arizona State University, he was seconded to New York University’s GovLab for fall 2013 as project manager for the Open Peer Engagement Network (OPEN) Project and was a visiting scholar at UVic’s Centre for Global Studies during summer 2014. His recently completed PhD at the University of Victoria examined the use of social collaboration platforms inside government policy analysis settings. Prior to that he worked for the BC Public Service and then as a consultant, where he led the conceptual and UX/UI design of Digital Fishers, a science-oriented crowdsourcing project that sees volunteer, Internet-based, citizen scientists tag raw video collected from the NEPTUNE Canada cabled seafloor observatory. Justin also led the conceptual design and modelling for Climate Changers, an award-winning iOS app that links behavioral choices with understanding about climate change for middle school students. In his postdoc work, Justin focuses on developing research related to opening governance (as processes of social decision making) to more diverse sources of knowledge, more avenues of interaction and enhanced social understanding; and opening government (or, more broadly, formal public institutions) as knowledge organizations, promoting the conditions where knowledge is shared and used, collaboration encouraged and capacity throughout the policy cycle enhanced. His current research in the ASU Center for Policy Informatics is focused on the 10,000 Solutions platform and The Next Policy Challenge.


Kathy McNutt (University of Regina). Director of the U of Regina campus of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, her research interests focus on digital government, climate policy and energy. She is currently embarking on a research program looking at the impact of social media on policy processes, the public sector and governance. In addition, she is examining the potential of integrated digital strategies (web, mobile, social media) to improve public engagement. McNutt regularly facilitates workshops for the school’s executive training program. Kathleen teaches various public policy courses at the school including policy analysis, advanced policy analysis, program evaluation and gender based analysis. Recently published in such academic journals as Governance, Energy Policy, Internet and Policy, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Canadian Public Policy, and Canadian Journal of Political Sciences.


Nevad Rava Dr Nenad Rava has 20 years of proffesional career in international development and social innovation, with 15 years of advisory, expert, and coaching support in the areas of democratic governance, public sector, and sectoral strategic change (healthcare, education, community development). He has worked for 25 national and regional governments, the United Nations, the World Bank, and the European Union.

He is currently advising the United Nations on Integrated Policy and Sustainable Development Goals working at global (12 DRT-F countries in Africa, Asia and Europe) and regional (Inter-agency platform for Europe and Central Asia) levels.

His particular research focus is on policy and instutitonal design, development innovation, strategic foresight, organizational transformation, and system change – in both national and international arenas.

Nenad Rava studied management and development, and has PhD in Comparative Politics (Quality of Democracy and Nation-State Integration). He is the candidate of MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation.


Jeffrey Roy (Dalhousie University). A leading expert on digital technology and contemporary governance, he focuses on the impact of digital technologies on democracy, public sector governance and public-private interaction. In addition to teaching in the School of Public Administration, he often consults for governments, multinational corporations and international organizations including the United Nations and the OECD. Author of a seminal paper in Canadian Public Administration on “Beyond Westminster governance: Bringing politics and public service into the networked era” (2008), he has recently published or has forthcoming monographs on From Machinery to Mobility: Government and Democracy in a Participative Age (2013), “Investigating Political Polarization on Twitter: A Canadian Perspective” (2014, with Gruzd), “Open Data and Open Governance in Canada: A Critical Examination of New Opportunities and Old Tensions” (2014), “Cloud Computing and Gov 2.0: Traditionalism or Transformation across the Canadian Public Sector?” (2014), and “Secrecy, Security & Digital Literacy in an Era of Meta-Data: Why the Canadian Westminster Model Falls Short” (2015).


Sandra Toze Dr. Sandra Toze is an Assistant Professor and the Interim Director of the School of Information Management. Her research is focused on understanding the ways in which the modern workplace is being transformed through innovative information and knowledge management practices, facilitated by technology and increased collaboration. Specifically, she is exploring how the key digital changes including social, mobile, analytics, cloud and automation are affecting how we find, interact and use information to solve problems, and to learn. Her research is organized around three related interests: 1) the collaborative information processes of groups; 2) the shift to digital governance; and 3) social and mobile information interactions. She recently completed her Interdisciplinary PhD at Dalhousie, examining the Information Processes of Student teams. Her thesis was interdisciplinary, and brought together models from information science, organizational behaviour and computer science. The contributions of this research include a model of group information processes and a taxonomy of information tasks and activities. Sandra also developed a Naturalistic Lab design, a novel approach for studying groups. Dr. Toze has participated in several large Canadian research projects including the NSERC funded Network for Collaborative Technologies through Advanced Research (NECTAR) and Graphic Animation and New Media (GRAND), a National Centre of Excellence. Prior to her academic career, Sandra worked as a Director of Information Services for leading Financial Services companies including CIBC Wood Gundy and National Bank Financial.


*This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.