2018 Government Analytics Leadership Forum

Presented by SAS Canada & The Institute of Public Administration of Canada


Dr. Robert P. Taylor
Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)

Dr. Taylor was appointed Chief Executive Officer for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) in November, 2010.  During his time with IPAC, Robert has directed an extensive governance and strategic review for the organization and has led numerous projects across Canada and globally including speaking engagements at national and international forums.

Dr. Taylor has had an extensive professional career spanning over 30 years including government assignments as Assistant Deputy Minister with Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and as the Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Research and Innovation. Robert’s career extends across the public sector and includes working as the Planning Director with the Municipality of Prince Edward County, and as a team leader for projects in Southern Africa.

Rob earned a Ph.D. from the University of South Africa, a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University, and an undergraduate degree in Urban Geography from McGill University.

Sylvie Michaud
Assistant Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada

Sylvie Michaud is the Assistant Chief Statistician responsible for the analytical studies branch, the methodology branch and the statistical infrastructure at Statistics Canada. She is also the innovation champion within the organisation.

Sylvie is a graduate from Laval University where she holds a bachelor in mathematics with specialisation in statistics. She has a second degree diploma from l’École Nationale d’administration publique.   

Sandy Kyriakatos 
Employment and Social Development
Canada’s first Chief Data Officer 

Sandy Kyriakatos has been driving organizations towards data driven cultures for 20 years. She started her career as a hands-on developer of data warehouses and progressed to more senior roles focusing on business ownership of information, business/IT collaboration, and building and leading data teams at a number of organizations. Her experience ranges from work at SAS Canada, where she advised and guided organizations in their data and analytics practices to a position at Canada Post, where she led the BI Program and, under the Senior VP of strategy, also led the assessment and creation of the Analytics Centre of Expertise and Data Governance Office. Today, Sandy is the Employment and Social Development Canada’s first Chief Data Officer and is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Department’s first enterprise data strategy.

Michael T. Thieme
Assistant Director, Decennial Census - Systems and Contracts, U.S. Census Bureau

Michael Thieme has been in the Federal service for 28 years and with the Census Bureau for 20 years. He is currently the Assistant Director for the Decennial Census responsible for IT systems and contracts. In that position he leads three Census Bureau Divisions: The Decennial Information Technology Division, the Geography Division, and the Decennial Contract Execution Office. His work enables a modernized approach to the 2020 Census that includes digital data collection, adaptive survey design, and advanced analytics.

Before moving back to the Decennial Directorate, Michael was the Chief of the Center for Adaptive Design in the Research and Methodology Directorate. In that position, he led the effort to implement adaptive survey design and IT system modernization with an enterprise approach that reduces duplication and increases efficiency both in the development of IT systems and in the application of modeling and analytics to data collection operations.  Michael was also R&M’s Senior Manager for Information Technology, working to enable on-demand expansion and contraction of high-performance computing services for critical research and business applications using both internal (data center) and external (cloud) resources.

Michael began his Federal career in 1990 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Grenada, West Indies, where he was a Business Development Advisor.  From there he joined the Peace Corps Staff at headquarters in Washington, DC.  At the Census Bureau, Michael has served in a number of roles, including Chief of the Decennial Systems and Contracts Management Office (DSCMO) in the 2010 Census, as well as the Systems Engineering and Integration Lead for the 2020 Census Research and Testing Program. He spent six years as the Assistant Division Chief for Geographic Program Management in the Geography Division, and has held positions in the IT Directorate, Field Division during Census 2000, and on the Budget and Cost-Modeling Staff in the Decennial Management Division.

Michael is a graduate of the University of North Texas and the Federal Executive Institute.  He also holds a Masters Certificate in Information Technology Project Management from George Washington University and is a certified Project Management Professional.  He lives with his wife and two daughters in Falls Church, Virginia.

Marie Lowman
Government Industry Consultant, SAS

Marie Lowman has been making government more efficient with analytics for the better part of two decades, settling on, and never getting over, the fact that if we can do better, then we must do better. Throughout her career Marie has not only spoken, written, and thought extensively about governments doing better for their constituents, but she is also practicing it. As a three-term elected councilmember, and an appointed planning and zoning commissioner for more than five years, Marie practices what she preaches. She's seen firsthand how important government decisions are made and holds firm the belief that decisions impacting the community shouldn't be made on gut-feel alone. Useful, valuable data surrounds us and should be leveraged in our elected officials' decision-making process.

Marie's career has afforded her the opportunity to work with government officials around the world, engaging in dialogue with leaders from Estonia to South Africa, Australia, Eritrea, and beyond. It is this practical, on-the-ground engagement that has fostered an enlightened, culturally diverse perspective on the community, locality, and nationwide benefits of data-driven decision making.

Marie serves on the board of Red Arena, a therapeutic riding center for disabled children, is the Lake Travis ISD Special Education Parent Adviser for Bee Cave Elementary School, and a parent volunteer for the Lake Pointe Lazers Swim Team, among various other volunteer activities.

Steve Holder
National Strategy Executive, Analytic Ecosystems, SAS Canada

As the Strategy Executive at SAS Canada Steve Holder is responsible for creating and driving the SAS solution strategy with our Canadian customers.  A key part of this is providing thought leadership for the AI, Analytics, and emerging technology portfolios.  A Canadian subject matter expert and AI & analytics evangelist Steve has seen first-hand how the use of SAS technology can help customers solve business problems; make the best decisions possible and unearth new opportunities.   Steve’s passion is making technology make sense for everyone regardless of their technical skillset.

With many years of software industry experience, spanning: management, solutions architecture, presales and sales, Steve brings alignment and execution across SAS’ customers, sales teams, and partners.

Prior to joining SAS Steve was held leadership positions at SAP and IBM. Steve received his Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and lives in Toronto with his wife and two daughters.  During his spare time, he enjoys traveling, cycling, skiing and spending time outdoors.

Dan Finerty
National Data Management Lead, SAS Canada

Dan Finerty is a 30 year veteran in the Information Management discipline. In his current role, Dan is SAS Canada’s solutions lead for information management. In this role, he is currently responsible for providing guidance to customers on ways to maximize their return on investment in Advanced Analytics through the strategic deployment Data Management capabilities.

Dan started his career at IBM as a System Engineer where he developed his expertise in application and data management.  This experience was further augmented in several roles throughout sales, marketing and professional services consulting. After his tenure at IBM, Dan continued his career at Progress Software as a thought leader in mainframe application and data integration and held various other roles at Data Direct Technologies, Informatica and GT Software before coming to SAS.

Dan holds a degree in electrical engineering from The University of Waterloo.

Tara Holland
Sr. Manager, Public Sector Solutions Specialists, SAS Canada

Tara Holland currently leads the PublicSector Solutions Specialist team for SAS Canada.  This team provides technical support and business guidance to Public Sector (Federal, Provincial, Public Safety and Healthcare) organizations across the country.  Over her tenure at SAS she had held several analytic roles supporting multiple industries and geographic territories.

Based in Ottawa, Tara has been with SAS for over 17 years supporting the Predictive Analytic, Business Intelligence and Visualization solutions.  Her passion is in bridging the gap between Business and IT and enabling organizations to deliver on the value of SAS Business Analytics using concepts such as Competency Centres.

Prior to joining SAS, Tara led the Data Mining team at Canada Revenue Agency and lived the real-life challenges faced by organizations wanting to be more data and analytics driven.  She also held positions in IT management, application architecture and business analysis at CRA, Saskatchewan Economic Development and Statistics Canada

Jerome Bryssinck
Director of Government Fraud Solutions, EMEA & AP
Advanced Analytics Business Unit (AABU), SAS       

Jerome leads the Fraud and Financial Crime (FFC) Government practice across EMEA and AP for SAS, managing the subject matter experts within the government sector. Jerome has been with SAS for the last 12 years.

Jerome works with many large Government institutions across EMEA and AP, in creating solution roadmaps and appropriate risk strategies to combat fraud and financial crime in the public sector. Relevant tax related projects include the deployment of fraud detection systems covering multiple domains (e.g.: VAT Carousel fraud, offshore fraud, profit shifting) for the following countries: Belgium, Netherlands, Estonia, Spain and Singapore. Jerome’s team also advises Tax, Customs and Welfare administrations in the following countries: Greece, Hungary, Australia, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, France and Belgium.

Jerome has a Master in Business Engineering from the LSM.

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