CIO Strategy Council and Compute Ontario Launch Data Governance Partnership

Creating frameworks to optimize the power of data while ensuring privacy and security.

TORONTO, April 20, 2020 – Today, the CIO Strategy Council and Compute Ontario announced a new strategic partnership to collaborate on the development of new standards and conformity assessment solutions for data governance, in such areas as data trusts and in building a more agile digital workforce.

As organizations with a deep understanding of the potential opportunities and threats associated with data intensive technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and supercomputing, this partnership will drive the creation of intellectual capital to advance digital innovation and accelerate the development of critical, pan-Canadian standards and specifications for data governance.

“The digital ecosystem is changing, and with it, so is how our data is used, accessed and monetized,” said Keith Jansa, Executive Director, CIO Strategy Council. “We are pleased to be working alongside Compute Ontario in bringing together the academic research community, policymakers and business to drive the creation of next generation data standards and protocols to advance Canada’s digital economy.”

Nizar Ladak, President & CEO, Compute Ontario, added, “Compute Ontario’s organizational mission is to accelerate research and enhance competitiveness by bringing together high-performance computing, its highly-skilled workforce, and data for a more prosperous Ontario. We are honoured to partner with the CIO Strategy Council to create a stronger and broader network of expertise to achieve our common goal of furthering innovation and digital transformation within our economy.”


About CIO Strategy Council
The CIO Strategy Council provides a forum for Canada’s most forward-thinking chief information officers to focus on collectively transforming, shaping, and influencing the Canadian information and technology ecosystem. The Council has deployed a nationally accredited, agile, and consensus-based standards-setting process that matches the speed of innovation and advancement in ICT. Learn more at

About Compute Ontario
Compute Ontario (CO) is a not-for-profit independent advisor and collaborating organization for advanced research computing (ARC) within the province, and at the federal level. Formed in 2014, CO works as a network hub, creating partnerships between government, academia, industry and other stakeholders. Learn more at


For more information, please contact:

Madi Murariu
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
CIO Strategy Council

Monique Crichlow
Director, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
Compute Ontario

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