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Meet the champions, advocates and judges

The champions

Senior leaders who lend the program their public support – helping to attract ideas and team members, assisting with the development of selected ideas, and putting their weight behind the winning idea.

Stephen Burt

Chief Data Officer of Canada

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Frank Des Rosiers

Frank Des Rosiers

Assistant Deputy Minister,
Strategic Policy And Innovation,
Natural Resources Canada

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André Loranger

Chief Statistician of Canada

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The advocates

Organizational and digital leaders who support the Challenge by encouraging their workforces to participate, testing submitted ideas, assisting program organisers to build suitable teams around the selected ideas, and helping teams to make useful connections or overcome obstacles.

Vidya ShankarNarayan

CIO & Assistant Deputy Minister, Information Systems Branch, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

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Alexandra Freeland

Chief Data Officer & Director General of Data and Information Services, Privy Council Office

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Joann Shields

Joann Shields

Chief Information Officer and DG, Digital Transformation, Planning and Oversight, Health Canada

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Eric Rancourt

Chief Data Officer and Assistant Chief Statistician for Strategic Data Management, Methods and Analysis Field, Statistics Canada

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Daniel Dufour

Director General, Innovation Branch, Strategic Policy and Innovation Sector, Natural Resources Canada

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Darcy Pierlot,

Chief Immigration Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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Nadia Ahmad

Director General, Evaluation, Data and Results, Global Affairs Canada

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Brandon Lee

Director General, Grants and Contributions Transformation Bureau, Global Affairs Canada

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Erika-Kirsten Easton

Director General, Service and Data Modernization Directorate, Transport Canada

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Ranjana Sharma

Chief Scientist and Chief Scientific Data Officer, Natural Resources Canada

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Elizabeth Hardy

Senior Director, Research and Experimentation, Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board Secretariat

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The judges

Public service leaders with skills in fields such as digital, data and program management, who select the eight ideas to be taken forwards, hear the teams’ pitches at the Semi-Final and Final, and choose the best. In the Challenge’s later stages, they may be joined by the champions.

Wesley Yung

Wesley Yung

Director, International Cooperation and Methodology Innovation Center,
Statistics Canada

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Elise Legendre

Director General, Data Policy and Transformation & Chief Data Officer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Julie Tousignant

Director General, Strategic Policy Branch, and Chief Data Officer, Natural Resources Canada

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Gabrielle FitzGerald

Executive Director, Chief Data and Risk Officer, Canada Food Inspection Agency

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Erica Ren

Chief Data Officer, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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Dominic Parent

Chief Data Officer, Environment and Climate Change Canada

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