News Release

 

Shared Services Canada Taps into IT Industry Knowledge

Ottawa, Ontario, November 22, 2012 – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women and Minister responsible for Shared Services Canada, today launched a roundtable that brings together Government and representatives of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector on a regular basis to help shape the Government of Canada’s IT transformation agenda.

“We want to work with the ICT sector to draw on innovative, proven industry solutions as we transform the Government of Canada’s technology platform,” said Minister Ambrose. “Their input is vital to helping Shared Services Canada develop a more efficient, secure and cost-effective IT infrastructure to serve Canadians.”

Participants in the Information Technology Infrastructure Roundtable (ITIR) will include leading members of the Information Technology Association of Canada, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, the Canadian Business Information Technology Network, Invest Ottawa, the Canadian Information Technology Providers Association and Communitech, as well as academics and other experts. Shared Services Canada intends to solicit the support and the participation of additional regional associations over the coming months. The ITIR will be chaired by Liseanne Forand, President of Shared Services Canada.

In addition to the quarterly ITIR meetings, four issue-specific advisory committees will focus on developing standards for security, data, applications and technologies; discussing access to innovative technology; adopting best practices for procurement; and defining how the Government will source email, data centres and telecommunications. These committees will be led by SSC, with membership from other government departments and the ICT sector, and will report back to the Roundtable’s quarterly meetings.

All information presented at the ITIR and advisory committee meetings, including lists of participants and summaries of discussions, will be made available on the Shared Services Canada website (see: Information Technology Infrastructure Roundtable).

See attached Backgrounder.

For further information:

Michelle Bakos
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
819-997-5421

Media Relations Office
Shared Services Canada
613-947-6276
Media@ssc-spc.gc.ca