Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Open Government

The Multi-stakeholder Forum on Open Government supports ongoing dialogue between government and Canadian civil society on open government. Its mandate is to provide input and advice on the Government of Canada’s commitments on open government, identify new areas of focus, and build the open government community across Canada.

The Multi-Stakeholder Forum is composed of twelve members, eight from civil society and four from the Government of Canada. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) considers having a Forum to be a best practice, creating a permanent mechanism for civil society guidance and oversight.

Canada’s Multi-Stakeholder Forum launched on January 24, 2018. Members have developed terms of reference to guide and govern the forum.

Forum members at the first full-day meeting in Ottawa.

Working documents

Shared folder of meeting agendas and minutes.

Members and biographies

Civil Society Members:

Rob Davidson

Rob Davidson, Principal Consultant and Founder, Veracify; Lead, Open Data Institute-Ottawa

Civil Society Co-Chair

Rob is a 25-year seasoned veteran of the software industry and has excelled in senior roles ranging from Chief Technologist, Vice-President of Product Management to Director of Marketing & Communications. He is a passionate open data advocate, promoting the use of open data for social good and business creation. In June 2016, Rob founded the Open Data Institute Ottawa Node to help crystallize the open data movement in Ottawa. Rob is also an organizer for the Open Data Ottawa, Ottawa Civic Tech and Data for Good Ottawa meetup groups and was on two of the Ontario government’s Open Government advisory committees for Ontario’s first Action Plan. Rob has spoken at national and international events on open data and emerging technologies.

Rob is the Principal Consultant and Founder of Veracify, a data strategy and storytelling company based in Ottawa. Rob has a Bachelor’s of Science (BSc) in Data Analysis from the University of New Brunswick and an Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Western Ontario.

Cara F. Zwibel

Cara F. Zwibel, General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)

Cara Faith Zwibel graduated from McGill University in 2001 with an Honours degree in Political Science and received her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2004. She articled as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada before being called to the Ontario bar in 2005. Cara also received her Master of Laws degree from New York University, as an Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar. Prior to joining the CCLA in 2010, Cara was an Associate at a national law firm, practicing public law, health law and commercial litigation. She has represented clients before administrative tribunals and at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Cara’s work at CCLA is diverse, but includes a significant focus on freedom of expression, state accountability and transparency, and access to information.

Claire Woodside

Claire Woodside, Director, Publish What You Pay-Canada (PWYP-Canada)

Claire Woodside is the Director of Publish What You Pay-Canada and a board member of Transparency International Canada.  Through her role with PWYP, she has the opportunity to engage with governments, industry and civil society in Canada, including PWYP-Canada’s members, while also collaborating with PWYP coalitions across the globe. Recently, Claire led PWYP-Canada to unprecedented success, with the passage of a new Canadian law that will make transparent the payments Canadian-listed and Canadian housed extractive companies make to governments, thereby increasing the transparency of thousands of globally active mining, oil and gas companies. Claire has a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Art in Political Science and International Development. Claire has been working with PWYP since 2008, but has held her currently position since 2012. She brings to the position over ten years of experience working and researching on issues related to the extractive sector and responsible resource governance.

Jean-Noé Landry

Jean-Noé Landry, Executive Director, Open North

Jean-Noé Landry is a social entrepreneur and Executive Director of OpenNorth, Canada’s leading not-for-profit organization specialized in open data and civic technology. As an open data expert, he convenes data stakeholders, promotes data standardization, and connects governments to their data constituents. As a co-founder of Montreal Ouvert (whose mission is now complete), he advocated for Montreal’s adoption of open data as official policy. As an entrepreneur, he scaled CitizenBudget, an online budget simulator designed to engage citizens in budget decision-making, to more than 90 cities across North America. With a background in organizational change and conflict resolution, he spent 15 years in international development and has worked in more than 12 countries, including Serbia, Kenya, Tunisia, and Ukraine providing support to political institutions and civic movements on coalition building, policy development, and electoral processes. He has led OpenNorth to collaborate with all levels of Canadian government, from Federal institutions to small municipalities, while connecting Canada’s open data community to the global open government movement. With its values-driven mission and applied research approach, OpenNorth develops models and engagement practices for inclusive and open smart cities and shared data governance in an era of open data and government transformation

Lindsey Marchessault

Lindsey Marchessault, Director, Open Contracting Partnership (OCP)

As a member of the Senior Management team of the (OCP), Lindsey is responsible for the stewardship of the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS), managing the OCDS Helpdesk, and several of OCP’s implementation projects. In her work, she advises on policy & legal reform to implement open contracting and supports the co-creation of tools, methodologies, and feedback loops to ensure that open contracting is delivering impact. Lindsey is a lawyer who previously worked with the World Bank, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, and in private practice in Canada.

Michael Lenczner

Michael Lenczner, Director, Powered by Data

Michael Lenczner has spent his career working as a technologist for the public good. He currently splits his time between serving as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ajah, a company that offers online services for fundraisers, and being the Director of Powered by Data, a non-profit initiative launched by Ajah that helps the non-profit sector access data to increase its impact.

In 2003, Michael founded Île Sans Fil, a non-profit operating free, publicly accessible Wifi infrastructure across the Montreal area. Working in open data since 2005, he has co-founded national, provincial and municipal lobbying groups such as Montréal Ouvert, as well as coordinated numerous hackathons on issues such as sustainability, corruption and municipal services. He co-founded Ajah in 2010 and in 2013, Ajah created Powered by Data. Since then, Powered by Data has been recognized domestically and internationally as innovators.

Michael is a frequent collaborator on academic-community partnerships. He serves on several non-profit boards and advisory groups related to technology, democracy, and civil-society. Over his career he has spoken at over 150 conferences across North America and Europe.

Pamela Robinson

Pamela Robinson, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Ryerson University

Pamela Robinson (Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP), Registered Professional Planner (RPP)) is the associate dean, graduate studies and strategic initiatives at the Faculty of Community Services and an associate professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson. She is also a registered professional planner. As part of research team, Robinson’s research and practice focus on urban sustainability issues with a particular focus on cities and climate change and the use of open data and civic technology to support open government transformations. She serves on the board of directors of the Metcalf Foundation and has participated in four Metrolinx Community Advisory Committees. Robinson is an editor of Urban Sustainability: Reconnecting Space and Place (University of Toronto Press, 2013), Teaching as Scholarship: Preparing Students for Professional Practice in Community Services (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016) and is a columnist for Spacing magazine.

Dr. Tracey Lauriault

Dr. Tracey Lauriault, Assistant Professor, Carleton University

Dr. Tracey Lauriault is an Assistant Professor of Critical Media and Big Data in the School of Journalism and Communication, Communication Studies, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is also a Research Associate with the Programmable City Project (funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and based at the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), Maynooth University, Republic of Ireland), and the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre  (in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada).

Her research focus is part of a new field entitled critical data studies and she is actively engaged in public policy research as it pertains to data with civil society and government. Her ongoing research with the Programmable City Project is in the area of Political Arithmetic, Territorial Geometry and Programmed Cities.  In addition, she is conducting a study on the making of the Irish small area file. At the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC), she participates in research regarding the archiving and preservation of geospatial data; legal and policy issues associated with geospatial, administrative and civil society data; olfactory cartography and cybercartography which includes the production of atlases such as the Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness. As a citizen, she is engaged in the promotion of evidence-informed decision-making as part of democratic deliberation and actively advances those issues within civil society organizations, academic institutions and government. This includes activities related to open data and open government in Canada, the Republic of Ireland and internationally.

Government Members:

Mélanie Robert

Mélanie Robert, Executive Director, Open Government and Services, Treasury Board Secretariat

Government Co-Chair

Mélanie is the Executive Director of Service and Open Government at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS). She leads the Government of Canada’s efforts to be more open, transparent and accountable and to manage information as effectively as possible. She is also the Open Government Partnership’s Point of Contact for the Government of Canada.

On open government, Mélanie coordinates efforts across the federal family, collaboration with provinces and territories, and stakeholder engagement and dialogue on open government. She is also leading efforts to ensure government information is managed as a strategic asset in the service of Canadians so that it is properly safeguarded, easily used and widely shared.

With 19 years of experience in the federal public service, Mélanie has worked on wide variety of files, providing strategic advice, government regulations and enforcement on technology-related files, strategic policy and planning, as well as consultations and communications.

Jamie Boyd

Jaimie Boyd, Director, Open Government, Treasury Board Secretariat

Jaimie is the Director of Open Government at the Treasury Board Secretariat in the Government of Canada. She leads the team responsible for coordinating and enabling open government initiatives in support of transparency, accountability and citizen participation in the Government of Canada. Prior to entering the world of open government, Jaimie held a number of positions including at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the Privy Council Office, a Peruvian business incubator for poverty relief, and the private sector. She has held advisory or board positions with Policy Ignite, Action Canada, the Government of Canada’s Accelerated Economist Training Program, and the Youth Network of the Americas.

Laura Wesley

Laura Wesley, Executive Director, Consultations and Citizens Engagement, Privy Council Office

Laura has a track record of disrupting the status quo to bring about results. Her knowledge of, and interest in, systems change, service design, and human motivation form a lens through which to consider new ways of working together. After more than a decade working in the federal public service, she’s come to believe that working across boundaries – sectors, disciplines and organizations – results in better outcomes for everyone. In guiding individuals and teams, Laura shows an unwavering commitment to supporting people through change.

Sandy Kyriakatos

Sandy Kyriakatos, Chief Data officer, Employment and Social Development Canada

Sandy Kyriakatos has been driving organizations towards data driven cultures for 20 years. She started her career as a hands-on developer of data warehouses and progressed to more senior roles focusing on business ownership of information, business/IT collaboration, and building and leading data teams at a number of organizations. Her experience ranges from work at SAS Canada, where she advised and guided organizations in their data and analytics practices to a position at Canada Post, where she led the Business Intelligence (BI) Program and, under the Senior Vice-President of strategy, also led the assessment and creation of the Analytics Centre of Expertise and Data Governance Office. Today, Sandy is the Employment and Social Development Canada’s first Chief Data Officer and is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Department’s first enterprise data strategy.


Andre Rouleau - February 09, 2019

I realize you may have a backlog of e-mails to go through. I've sent three to the secretariat on open government. I would appreciate a reply. My proposed project is designed to work with the open government initiative. I've sent a very brief summary already. Let a Canadian person help.

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Tara Pettipas - March 09, 2018

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