ITAC's mission for Hill Day was successful!
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On February 23, 2016, ITAC hosted its annual Hill Day in support of the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) sector in Canada. The purpose was to build our brand and demonstrate the value of working with the ICT sector as partners. Representing the sector, members sought to provide constructive advice on how this new Government can move our nation’s digital agenda forward.
C-Suite Executives from 21 member organizations had the opportunity to engage with these delegates: 

Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism
Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement (PSPC)
Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science 
Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment Workforce Development and Labour 
Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)
Honourable Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Opposition, Conservative Party of Canada
Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council Office 
Celia Cezar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office 
Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary,
Leona Alleslev, Parliamentary Secretary, PSPC 
Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Science, ISED 
Ron Parker, President, Shared Services Canada 
Jennifer Dawson, Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
David Lametti, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Department of International Trade
Our mission for Hill Day was successful! ITAC fully engaged this new Government, raised the ICT sector's profile and promoted the key issues impacting the sector. This new Government was well engaged, open and collaborative. While many specific actions were taken, overall Government was honest in telling us that this budget is not for us and that we will work together starting now to ensure the ICT investments needed fall into the next two budgets that lie ahead. 
Following Hill Day, a reception was held in the evening on Parliament Hill and was attended by 34 Members of Parliament, 11 political staffers, 2 Senators, and 34 senior bureaucrats.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu Minister of Status of Women was our guest speaker who addressed the gender diversity gap in ICT. ITAC also launched its Women on Boards initiative. This was a great networking event that strengthened the ICT sector's presence across the delegation from the Government of Canada. 
The ITAC team is now working on its 2016/2017 federal plan. This will form the basis for the Public Sector Business Executive Committee’s engagement with the Government and it will also be sent to the ITAC Board. 

Our focus is to help Government build a digital first strategy for Canada, and understand what investments are required to build and sustain a digital economy. The target is to ensure this plan is put into motion in time to make an impact before the House rises in June. 

And, from an immediate tactical perspective, actions were taken last week to reach back out to each of the Ministers, thank them for their time and attention, and address the specific issues raised in each of our meetings. All of these letters are posted here. If you need any further clarification please reach out to
Kelly Hutchinson
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