Nova Scotia Leader to Share Insights of Service Delivery Success at GTEC 2016

GTEC Announces Sandra Cascadden, Nova Scotia's Associate Deputy Minister of Internal Services and CIO, as First Key Note Speaker

OTTAWA, Ontario, Aug. 3, 2016 /CNW/ -- GTEC, Canada's internationally recognized forum for enabling and celebrating information and communication technology leadership, innovation and impact in Canada's public sector, today announced the first key note speaker to take the main stage of its flagship conference from November 1 to 3, 2016 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.

Sandra Cascadden, Nova Scotia's Associate Deputy Minister of Internal Services and CIO, will launch the final day of GTEC with an overview of the Shared Services Initiative that is transforming public service delivery in the province.  A key architect, Ms. Cascadden will engage in an armchair discussion with GTEC Executive Director Michele Lajeunesse, and discuss the value of this approach, key progress and lessons learned.  Once fully implemented, this initiative is expected to save the province millions of dollars per year. 

The Shared Services Initiative aims to improve the delivery of high quality, efficient, and sustainable administrative and support services, while addressing growing fiscal pressures facing the provincial government. It addresses six key public services including: financial services; building management; human resources; Information Technology; supply chain management and procurement; and construction project services.  Ms. Cascadden will describe how the province is consolidating these functions within three strategic pillars: service centres of excellence; streamlined transactional processing; and client services. This activity is occurring in parallel with government restructuring, a review of economic development mechanisms, and the ONE Nova Scotia 10-Year Action Plan.

Ms. Cascadden will also emphasize a key differentiator of this strategic initiative: unprecedented collaboration.  The Shared Services Initiative engages and aligns more than 300 leaders across Nova Scotia. This includes decision-makers at more than 20 government departments, five crown corporations, Nova Scotia Health Authority, IWK Health Centre and eight school boards.  Leveraging strong public service vision and leadership by leaders such as Ms. Cascadden, this interprovincial cooperation is a first for Nova Scotia – and it is generating results.

"We are delighted to welcome Ms. Cascadden to our Main Stage," said Michele Lajeunesse, Executive Director of GTEC. "This presentation will offer participants a rare opportunity to acquire new ideas and recommendations on how to optimize and increase the impact of public service delivery. This session will enable public sector leaders to draw on key elements of Nova Scotia's Shared Services Initiative, and adapt them to address key opportunities and challenges, and improve productivity and performance in any level of government."

"This GTEC presentation is very timely as we have just concluded the first phase of our Shared Services implementation, and it is already beginning to generate return," said Ms. Cascadden, Nova Scotia's Associate Deputy Minister of Internal Services. "For example, it is improving value for money in products and services procured across the public sector; creating new synergies across our IT-related activities; and increasing client and employee satisfaction.  I look forward to sharing key insights and learnings with fellow public sector leaders at GTEC."

Following the Arm Chair Discussion with Ms. Cascadden on the Main Stage, Nova Scotia Government senior leaders will deliver a presentation as part of GTEC's concurrent program.

Key note will take place on the GTEC 2016 Main Stage, on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8:50AM at the Shaw Centre.

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GTEC is Canada's internationally recognized forum for enabling and celebrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leadership, innovation and impact in Canada's public sector.  Since 1992, GTEC has brought together more than 100,000 public and private sector innovators, leaders and enterprises to explore and drive leading-edge ICT initiatives, application and service delivery.  Building on targeted webinars, summits, and roundtables that stimulate dialogue throughout the year, GTEC's annual flagship Conference and Exhibition attracts more than 4,500 participants, and delivers:

  • Education and training opportunities that develop top ICT talent
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  • An extensive exhibition showcasing emerging technologies, innovations, and solutions that enhance productivity and performance
  • A wealth of collaboration, business development and networking opportunities
  • Distinction Awards that celebrate ICT excellence in Canada's public sector

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