Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, announced the members of the Minister’s Digital and Data Task Force.

Task Force Members include:

  • Linda Mantia, Chair, former SEVP and Group Chief Operating Officer of Manulife Financial
  • Bryan Smith, Vice-Chair, Co-Founder and CEO of ThinkData Works
  • Bilal Khan, Managing Partner and Head of Deloitte Data
  • Avner Levin, Professor at Ted Rogers School of Management, Law & Business Department
  • Maithili Mavinkurvem, co-founder and COO of Sightline Innovation
  • Shyam Oberoi, Chief Digital Officer of the Royal Ontario Museum
  • Mark Sakamoto, Executive Vice-President of Think Research
  • Kirsten Thompson, partner at Dentons Canada LLP

The foremost objective of the Task Force is to create an Ontario Data Strategy. The three goals of the Ontario Data Strategy are:

  1. Promoting public trust and confidence
  2. Creating economic benefits
  3. Enabling better, smarter, more efficient government

Public Consultations were conducted from February 5 to March 7, 2019 to inform the Strategy. Of note, the data that the Strategy adheres to is data held by government (water quality) as well as personal data held by businesses (personal purchases). A total of 773 respondents reported that their number one area of concern is crime and unauthorized access, followed closely by a concern surrounding loss of control of data and not being empowered to know how data are being used.

Phase 2 of Consultations have begun and will be followed by a series of discussion papers that will address key issues presented in the consultations.

For more information on Ontario’s Data Strategy, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-data-strategy.