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Government Analytics Network

Participating Departments

  • Health Canada
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Service Canada
  • Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • RCMP
  • Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • DND
  • Correctional Services Canada
  • Statistics Canada
  • Environment Canada
  • Senate of Canada
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Shared Services Canada
  • Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • City of Ottawa

The Government Analytics Network (GAN) brings together government departments to learn and share best practices for implementing and improving the use of data and analytics. The GAN meets approximately every second month at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa.

GAN Workshops and Presentations:


Towards Regulatory Intelligence, &
Institutionalizing Analytics – September 27, 2017

Okhaide Akhigbe, Doctoral Candidate in Electronic Business and Part-time Professor, University of Ottawa

Gregory Richards, MBA Program Director, Telfer School of Management


The other innovation challenge: building capacity to innovate – May 17, 2017

Ed BernackiEd Bernacki, innovationalist, presented at the ISED Service Lab.  Ed provided an overview of how innovationists can challenge the status quo and bring innovative ideas to life. 
We would like to thank Ed for sharing his book with all of us: 30 Great Ideas: Building Skills and Capacity to innovate for the public sector professionals.  

For more information on innovation, visit:


Data Analysis to Monitor Financial Risk, Controls, and Operations – January 30, 2017

DDave 2016avid Coderre, CAATS presented on data-driven analytical techniques to:
 – Test financial controls
 – Assess efficiency and effectiveness of financial business processes
   and financial operations
 – Assess financial risks of departmental activities or projects


Risk Detection with Analytics – November 24, 2016


Grant Woodward (Strategy Executive, Government Markets, SAS Canada) presented on best practices in the application of analytics to detect various types of operational risk.  The presentation used examples from domains such as customs and border security, intelligence analysis, and financial audit.



Visualization Best Practices – Sept 28, 2016

martin-jack-1542Jack Martin, National Director of Forensic Data Analytics at KPMG, provided an excellent presentation focused on tips for data visualization – including which charts to use and why, best practices (and worst practices), how to uncover insights quickly and, most importantly, how to present the information in a comprehensive way, to ensure maximum retention from your audience.




Government Analytics Connection

Azure Machine Learning Studio – May 30, 2016

Susan Ibach, senior technical evangelist at Microsoft Canada led a morning workshop on Azure Machine Learning Studio.  During the session, we learned how to use a dataset to train a model; how to evaluate the accuracy of a trained model; and how to expose the trained model as a web service so a website or application that makes its own predictions can be created.

Government Analytics Connection

Introduction to Tableau – January 21 & April 12, 2016

Stephane D’Avril-Favreau, Tableau consultant and product-sales consultant, and Cindy Courtemanche, account manager, Canadian Public Sector, led a morning workshop on Tableau. Tableau is being introduced to students taking the Business Intelligence Technologies and Big Data Analytics course (ADM 6275C).

Introduction to IBM Watson Analytics

Introduction to IBM Watson Analytics – November 24, 2015

Jason Salares, MBA 2012 and currently a Watson Analytics Evangelist with IBM, led a workshop on Watson Analytics for the CBAP’s Government Analytics Network members. MBA students are now learning Watson Analytics.

For additional information or to become a member of the Government Analytics Network, please contact