TORONTO, May 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Over 250 leaders from across Canada's Digital ID community gathered in Toronto to recognize federal Industry Minister, James Moore and TD Canada Trust President and CEO, Tim Hockey as Founders of Canada's Digital Economy.
The Founder of Canada's Digital Economy awards, presented by The Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) celebrate exceptional Canadians who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in support of Canada's digital economy. Whether by creating important technology, drafting new standards, educating stakeholders, leading policy change or writing influential theorems - Founders of Canada's Digital Economy are visionaries with a passion for leading Canada into the digital future.
"Through his leadership, Industry Minister James Moore has helped to create a clear roadmap to securely connect Canadians and position Canada as a leader in the global digital economy," said Eros Spadotto, Deputy-Chair, DIACC and Executive Vice-President, Technology Strategy, TELUS. "Digital Canada 150 is a key step to ensuring that Canadians are connected and can transact securely and privately with government, businesses and each other - both online and on mobile devices."
"Tim Hockey is exceptional in his early and ongoing leadership of Canada's digital economy," said David Nikolejsin, DIACC Chair and Deputy Minister at Government of British Columbia. "Almost a decade ago, Tim conceived of a Canadian digital transactions framework that could emerge as a new digital railway for the 21st century: digital identification and authentication. Tim immediately expressed his support for the creation of an independent body that would oversee the development, launch, and management of this new digital railway. Motivated by patriotism and a desire to see Canadian technology and industry succeed, Tim initiated the founding of the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada".
About the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC)
Created as a result of the federal government's Task Force for the Payments System Review, the DIACC is a non-profit coalition of public and private sector leaders committed to developing a Canadian digital identification and authentication framework to enable Canadian's full and secure participation the global digital economy. DIACC members include representatives from both the federal and provincial levels of government as well as private sector leaders.
The DIACC's objective is to unlock economic opportunities for Canadian consumers, and businesses by providing the framework to develop a robust, secure, scalable and privacy enhancing digital identification and authentication ecosystem that will decrease costs for governments, consumers, and business while improving service delivery and driving GDP growth. For more updates from the DIACC visit www.DIACC.ca and follow us on twitter @DigitalCdns.
SOURCE Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC)
Image with caption: "Photo (l-r): Eros Spadotto Deputy-Chair, DIACC; Executive Vice-President, Technology Strategy, TELUS; Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry; Janice Wagner, DIACC Board Member National Digital Lead, Public Sector, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC; Tim Hockey, TD Canada Trust President and CEO (CNW Group/Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150508_C8000_PHOTO_EN_16406.jpg
For further information: David Richards, Vice President, Director of Operations, Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-275-1026