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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
  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada

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.

For additional information, register for an event, or to become a member of the Government Analytics Network, please contact us –

GAN Workshops and Presentations:

“REGTECH”, meet “REGTHINK” – Battling regulatory burden with technology and systems-based problem solving (Cancelled! To be rescheduled)
January 25, 2018

Dan Duguay, Senior Director Business Development at Thomson Reuters Canada.
Mr. Duguay will be discussing the current corporate approaches and solutions in REGTECH, along with the importance of considering problem solving methods such as design thinking and systems-based approaches. The relevance of using these problem solving methods to guide regulatory research will be explored, as well as, ongoing deliberations in how best to reduce the regulatory burden.

“Prioritization of projects with GAFA-S Model” – November 22, 2017

Omer Livvarcin (Ph.D.), Program Manager (TELFER Master of Business in Complex Project Leadership), Consultant and retired Turkish Naval Officer

Many Government organizations struggle to prioritize potential projects where what needs to be done surpasses the resources available. Determination of high priority projects is one of the most challenging responsibilities of decision makers. A holistic, generic, analytical, objective and applicable prioritization model can be helpful in deciding what matters most.

This session discussed the GAFA-S Model which was developed and successfully applied by Omer Livvarcin on the prioritization of research, development and procurement projects.

“Towards Regulatory Intelligence” & 
“Using Analytics to Drive Program Outcomes: A Case Study”
– September 27, 2017

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

ImageOkhaide’s research “explores the use of conceptual modeling techniques and data visualization tools to enable monitoring and assessing how regulations, programs and other enforcement activities perform.
The significance and outcomes of this research will equip regulators with better evidence to report and describe how regulations and policies perform and identify priority areas of focus and opportunities for continuous improvement of regulatory initiatives.”


Gregory Richards, MBA Program Director and Director of the Centre for Business Analytics and Performance, Telfer School of Management

richards-960x430“Analytics has been used extensively to address specific challenges in government such as crime fighting, border control,
and citizen engagement.  But, it is rare that a public sector organization can integrate an analytics approach across their entire program.
This case study provides an overview of the approach used in one organization and ends with the discussion of a made-in-government Analytics Maturity Model.”


 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-securetechGrant 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, register for an event, or to become a member of the Government Analytics Network, please contact us –