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Speaker : Kathleen Fraser

kathleen fraser

Director, Strategy, Policy and Data Governance , Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Kathleen Fraser has been with the Federal Government for 21 plus years. She started her career with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, developing websites for the Government Online Initiative that targeted employers, the unemployed and under employed. This work received a Gtech award of distinction. She joined Industry Canada in 2004 as the Chief Information Officer of the flagship web site Strategis before becoming the Team Lead for BizPaL (2008). BizPaL is an initiative involving three layers of government to support businesses in understanding their requirements for starting and growing their business. The transformation of the service under her leadership garnered a Gold Medal at the 2011 Gtech Awards for service delivery. Kathleen also spent two years at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, developing  the policy and guidance on Acceptable Network and Device Use and played a supporting role in the development of the Policy on Service. Kathleen returned to Industry Canada in 2014.

In the last 8 years Kathleen has played a number of roles within the Chief Information Office and the Digital Transformation Services Sector within Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), formally Industry Canada. Specifically, Kathleen has been leading teams in advancing the federal adoption of the Business Number, policy development in the area of digital identity for business) in collaboration with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (Pan-Canadian Trust Framework Pubic Sector Profile) and other partnership initiatives in the space of information sharing supporting tell-us-once and digital identity.

Currently, Kathleen is the Director of the Strategy, Policy and Data Governance Team at ISED, where she is supporting the Chief Data Officer in her role to renew the departmental data strategy among other key files. Prior to her career in the federal service, she worked in the private sector, consulting for the federal government in various capacities. She holds an Honours Arts Degree from Carleton and a Master Degree in Information Management from Dalhousie University. She is a mother of two children and enjoys participating in various team sports, cooking and crafting in her spare time.

Participating in: Day 1 - Conference opening and Day 2 - Opening remarks

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