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The PNWER Innovation Working Group provides policymakers and governments with ideas and advice in support of a regional innovation ecosystem. The competitive landscape of the global economy, coupled with worldwide environmental challenges, is creating unprecedented demand for scientific discovery and application.
  • Utilize technology for government efficiency and security: Will Blockchain change the way government does business
  • Startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem of the region
  • 2019 Alaska's Year of Innovation: How can other states and provinces prioritize and encourage citizens to innovate

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks from Working Group Co-Chairs
  • Sen. Mia Costello, Alaska State Legislature
  • MLA Rick Glumac, Parliamentary Secretary for TechnologyBC
  • Nirav Desai, Senior Partner, Moonbeam

Targeting emerging technologies to achieve more efficient delivery of government services 
Blockchain technologies can present opportunities for disruptive thinking and innovation. Early indications are that blockchain can enable global business transactions while enhancing trust.  Learn about blockchain and how both public and private sector organizations in the Pacific Northwest are exploring the potential of this emerging technology.
  • John Jordan, Executive Director, Services Strategy, Ministry of Citizens’ Services, Government of British Columbia
  • Carol Prest, Registrar and Executive Director, Ministry of Citizens’ Services , Government of British Columbia
  • Pamela Dingle,  Director of Identity Standards, Microsoft
  • Drummond Reed, Chief Trust Officer, Evernym 
  • Roundtable discussion – All participants

Dealing with privacy concerns: How does government and business ensure privacy while delivering government services
There are several benefits from Big Data analytics, but there needs to be a balance with Data Security.  Bad actors and opportunists could be exploit big data. Incumbent and emerging technologies like Unmanned Autonomous Systems (Drones, Self Driving Cars), Social Media, along with virtual and augmented realities collect and need large amounts of data. Learn how Big Data is being used to provide better services from governments and how they protect their constituents.
  • Anand Vadapalli, Chief Executive Officer & President at Alaska Communication
  • Mark Masongsong, CEO & Co-Founder of UrbanLogiq
  • Bill Tam, Co-Chair, Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster
  • Michael Farber, Founder, Ratio Innovation Management
  • Roundtable Discussion – All participants

Technology Showcase during networking break - TBD

Hosted by Microsoft

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Sen. Mia Costello

Legislator; Working Group Co-chair, Alaska State Legislature
Senator Mia Costello is a lifelong Alaskan representing West Anchorage in the Alaska Legislature. She currently serves as Chair of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee, and Co-Chair of the Joint Armed Services Committee. Mia’s legislative focus is on innovation and developing... Read More →
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Nirav Desai

Senior Partner, Moonbeam
Nirav S. Desai is an entrepreneur, investor, and strategist who integrates technologies to enable the next wave of computing. Over the course of his career, Mr. Desai has consulted with clients in the technology, health, manufacturing/logistics, and government sectors – helping... Read More →
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Pamela Dingle

Director of Identity Standards, Microsoft
Pam gets to play the part of Director of Identity Standards at Microsoft, working in standards bodies, running a team of dedicated standards experts, and spending of time thinking strategically about what is next, both internally for Microsoft customers, and for the tech industry... Read More →
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Michael Farber

Managing Partner, Ratio Innovation Management LLC
Michael Farber provides executive leaders with in-depth analysis and advice to maximize their business return on IT investments.  Michael specializes in edge, emerging and disruptive technologies — current focus areas include distributed sensor networks, artificial and machine... Read More →
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Rick Glumac

Parliamentary Secretary for Technology, Working Group Co-Chair, British Columbia Legislative Assembly
Rick Glumac was elected MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam in 2017. Rick is the Parliamentary Secretary for Technology. Rick served as a city councillor for the city of Port Moody from 2011 to 2017 and has chaired the city's Economic Development Committee, Environmental Protection Committee... Read More →
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John Jordan

Executive Director, Services Strategy, Office of the CIO, Province of British Columbia
John Jordan is an experienced technology strategist and practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. His mantra is “Always be shipping”.  John has shipped product in the domains of telecommunications, content management, identity management... Read More →
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Mark Masongsong

CEO & Co-Founder, UrbanLogiq
A software entrepreneur doing data mining and analytics for government, I've served as a political aide to two BC Ministers of Health and as a political consultant at federal, provincial and municipal levels. I've also served on the boards of non-profits focusing on social entrepreneurship... Read More →
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Carol Prest

Registrar and Executive Director, Government of British Columbia
Carol Prest is the Registrar and Executive Director of BC Registries and Online Services within Service BC in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.  Carol is responsible for the Corporate Registry, the Personal Property Registry, the One Stop Business Registry and the BC Online... Read More →
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Drummond Reed

Chief Trust Officer, Evernym
Drummond has spent over two decades in Internet identity, security, privacy, and trust frameworks. He joined Evernym as Chief Trust Officer after Evernym acquired Respect Network, where he was CEO, co-founder, and co-author of the Respect Trust Framework, which was honored with the... Read More →
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Bill Tam

Co-Chair, Digital Technology Supercluster
Bill Tam is a passionate serial entrepreneur, startup mentor and investor. He’s the former President & CEO of BC Tech, advised 30+ companies with the Centre4Growth program, and is now using big data to advance economic opportunities and address the biggest productivity, health and... Read More →
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Anand Vadapalli

CEO & President, Alaska Communications
Anand currently serves as the President and CEO of Alaska Communications, a publicly traded broadband and managed IT services provider headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. Anand has been with Alaska Communications since August 2006 and has been in his current role since February 2011... Read More →

Tuesday July 24, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am AKDT
Cedar Ballroom