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CIPS BC Victoria Nov 25th Luncheon Recap and Photos - Guest speaker: BC Minister of Technology, Innovation & Citizen's Services

The Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services, Government of British Columbia, addressed a luncheon meeting for CIPS Victoria on November 25.  Speaking to a large audience, the Minister described several technology-driven initiatives of his ministry. 

Heading the list, the recently launched 'BC Services' card, combining an individual's driver's license with their health care card, in a truly precedent setting (and mammoth project). Minister Wilkinson stressed the importance of citizen input on further development of functions for the card. A first in Canada, indeed within North America.

Security and privacy issues took centre stage, with the Minister stating, "IT Security is critical to all aspects of BC Government operations."  He spoke about the trade-offs made by the government over cost savings vs. privacy concerns for Cloud services for the province. Plans for further expansion of high speed data networks to remote areas of BC were also touched on. The time for questions was well used!

Dave O'leary, President, CIPS BC, presented the Minister with a copy of 'Technocreep', the intriguing new book authoured by Tom Keenan, a CIPS Fellow.

And in closing, a first-time attendee to a CIPS Victoria event described the Minister's speech as, "fabulous". 

Photos:

Bill Thomson from Sierra Systems is host for the luncheon.

 

Bill Thompson, Minister Wilkinson, and Dave O'Leary converse before lunch.

 

Minister Wilkinson takes questions from the audience.

 

The audience listens to Minister Wlikinson's Presentation.

 

Nelson Lah from CGI thanks the speaker.

 

Dave O'Leary, CIPS BC President, addresses the audience.

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