Event

7

October 2014

Reasserting Canada’s Competitiveness in the Digital Economy

11:30am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Canada has been an early leader in Internet adoption and access. But, this advantage is slipping. Other industrialized economies are leaving Canada behind as businesses under-utilize digital technologies and miss out on the contributions they can make to employment, GDP growth, and economic competitiveness. A panel of representatives from leading Internet companies will discuss the importance of the digital economy to Canada’s future growth and what Canada can do to maximize the benefits for businesses of all sizes and types.

Reasserting Canada’s Competitiveness in the Digital Economy

Colin McKay

Head of Public Policy and Government Relations
Google Canada

Colin McKay

Colin is the Head of Public Policy and Government Relations for Google in Canada.

Before joining Google, he worked as the Director of Research and Public Education at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, where his team researched the impact of the digital economy on personal privacy and then built tools to help individuals understand their privacy rights.
Colin is a member of the Government of Canada Advisory Panel on Open Government, and is a member of the board at Media Smarts, a not-for-profit organization that provides youth with critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens.

Hauwa Otori

Director of Legal & Regulatory Policy,
The Internet Association

Hauwa Otori

Hauwa Otori is the Director of Legal & Regulatory Policy with The Internet Association. Hauwa focuses on a broad range of Internet-related policy issues including international trade, intellectual property, and privacy. Before joining The Internet Association, Hauwa gained valuable international policy experience working with the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic and South Africa's Shuttleworth Foundation. Prior to her legal career, Hauwa was a research scholar in the area of media psychology and authored Children and the Media: Self-Other Perceptions of Occupational Portrayals in the Media. Hauwa earned her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and her Bachelor of Science in Communication with a minor in Applied Economics & Management from Cornell University.

John Cousens

Vice President
Public Sector Canada, Salesforce.com

John Cousens

John Cousens is the Vice President of Public Sector, Canada with Salesforce.com. John is a Cloud industry veteran with experience in two cloud computing start-ups. He has over 20 years of senior management experience, with previous tenures at IBM, and Microsoft. John has a passion for innovation, customers and hockey; all powered by an entrepreneurial heart. A native of the Ottawa valley, John is married to an amazing wife with two children that inspire him daily.

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