Presentation: BC Government

BC Gov OCIOLiving in the Cloud, the Dream is Now Reality!

Who would believe that one of the most innovative and exciting stories in public sector collaboration in Canada is actually happening right here in British Columbia with our journey to the Cloud? From the introduction of the first data sovereign cloud solutions in Canada to developing a cloud strategy and the creation of the CloudBC marketplace for cloud services, the B.C. Government is making cloud adoption a reality. Leading a strong partnership with a consortium of CIOs from across the B.C. public sector, common challenges such as privacy and security compliance, procurement, financial treatment, and technology barriers and opportunities, including connectivity, architecture and identity, are being tackled. Our cloud expertise is being sought and leveraged across Canada through a major pan-Canadian collaboration, the Public Sector CIO Council Cloud Working Group.

We are here to share our progress and learnings. During our presentation we will explore topics, including privacy/security compliant cloud services already available, an update on Microsoft Office 365/Azure, Software as a Service strategy, cloud strategy and adoption, the CloudBC Technical Working Group, and the establishment of the CloudBC Marketplace for IaaS and PaaS services. Attendees are invited to provide topics of interest and questions at any time ahead of the presentation by sending these directly to Stephen at Stephen.Gordon@bc.gov.ca.

Please join Stephen Gordon, Executive Director from the Office of the Chief Information Officer and the B.C. Government cloud strategy lead, for a conversation on how we can all participate in making cloud adoption a reality for the B.C. public sector and across Canada.

Presented by

Stephen Gordon – Executive Director, Transformation and Architecture Office of the Chief Information Officer Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services The Province of British Columbia

Stephen Gordon is the Executive Director leading the B.C. Government cloud strategy, an exciting and innovative project that has put him and B.C. on the national stage. After showcasing B.C.’s public sector cloud strategy at GTEC last year, Canada’s biggest public sector technology conference, Stephen took pan-Canadian collaboration on cloud to the next level. As the co-chair of the Cloud Sub-Committee of the Public Sector CIO Council (PSCIOC) of Canada and recently, the chair of the CloudBC Technology Working Group, Stephen is actively addressing public sector challenges to cloud adoption.

As the Negotiations Lead for the B.C. Government, he led the introduction of data sovereign IaaS services at enterprise level in B.C. In the municipal sector, Stephen’s team implemented Microsoft Azure and led the strategic assessment resulting in the adoption of Google Apps at the City of Edmonton, transforming and innovating services to citizens.

Stephen specializes in business transformation, innovation and the strategic adoption of technology platforms for IT and non-IT communities to enhance citizen-centric government. Ask Stephen about open government, cloud, crowdsourcing or community partnering and you had best be prepared for a long conversation.

A graduate of Queen’s University of Belfast Computer Science Honours program, Stephen has occupied executive positions across the public and private sector IT industry. Originally from Northern Ireland, Stephen is proud to call beautiful Victoria, British Columbia his home.

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