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Partners of the Public Service Data Challenge

The Public Service Data Challenge is organized by specialist publishing house Global Government Forum in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and Statistics Canada.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

Natural Resources Canada develops policies and programs that enhance the contribution of the natural resources sector to the economy, improve the quality of life for all Canadians and conduct innovative science in facilities across Canada to generate ideas and transfer technologies. The Department of Natural Resources represents Canada at the international level to meet the country’s global commitments related to the sustainable development of natural resources. NRCan is an established leader in the fields of energy sources and distribution, forests and forestry, minerals and mining, earth sciences, energy efficiency, and science and data.

Natural Resources Canada is committed to improving the quality of life of Canadians by ensuring the country’s abundant natural resources are developed sustainably, competitively and inclusively.


Statistics Canada (StatCan)

As the national statistical office, Statistics Canada ensures that Canadians have the information on economic, social and environmental issues required to function effectively as citizens and decision-makers. The agency conducts a Census every five years, and operates about 350 active surveys on aspects of Canadian life – fulfilling its legislative remit to provide statistics for both the federal government, and each of the provinces and territories.

StatCan also works to strengthen the national statistical system by enabling the strategic use of data and developing innovative collaborations and partnerships. It helps to improve data literacy, supporting citizens to draw actionable insights and unleash the power of data. And it shapes its work program around Canadians’ highest-priority information needs, while ensuring that its information is accessible; that respondent burden is kept to a minimum; and that the agency’s business processes and systems are efficient, robust and responsive.


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Global Government Forum (GGF)

GGF is a publishing, events and research business that helps senior civil servants around the world to meet shared challenges by building their skills, knowledge and connections.

Founded in 2013, it publishes news, features and interviews for a global audience – covering topics around policymaking, public service delivery, civil service leadership and organizational change. It operates a busy events program, including webinars, workshops, conferences, and three annual summits: informal discussions serving the heads of civil services; the leaders of finance departments; and national digital leaders. And it carries out research, including its long-running Women Leaders Index – which tracks the proportion of women among senior officials – and its Digital Leaders program. Almost all of its services are provided to public servants free of charge, with funding from private sector partners.

In 2021, GGF ran the Civil Service Data Challenge with the UK’s Cabinet Office, the Office for National Statistics and NTT DATA UK. The Public Sector Data Challenge was inspired by this UK program.


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