Digital Governance Standards Institute Publishes Standard CAN/DGSI 117 for English-French Lexicon for Digital Governance and Technologies

May 17, 2023 – The Digital Governance Standards Institute (DGSI) is pleased to announce the publication of a new standard, CAN/DGSI 117: English-French Lexicon for Digital Governance and Technologies. This standard was developed by members of the Data Governance Technical Committee to ensure the definitions are comprehensive, accurate, and relevant to a wide range of industries. It is aimed at defining terms and definitions in both languages to support the consistency and accuracy of the key terminology used across various digital platforms and systems.

CAN/DGSI 117 covers a range of topics related to digital governance, including cybersecurity, data protection, emerging technologies, privacy, and more. It is designed to apply to all sectors, including public and private companies, government entities, and not-for-profit organizations, in order to promote clear and effective communication within and across different industries.

“Digital governance is a new and rapidly growing discipline. It covers a wide variety of technologies and sectors. We need to ensure that all organizations implementing digital governance standards and specifications speak the same «digital governance language». It’s a prerequisite to achieve consistency and interoperability.  This first edition of the Lexicon is our starting point to get there. Looking forward, new editions of the Lexicon should be expected as the discipline matures, and additional standards are published.”

– Michel Girard, Senior Fellow, CIGI.

With this new lexicon, organizations and individuals who operate in both English and French-speaking contexts will now have access to a standardized set of terms and definitions, making it easier to collaborate and communicate effectively across different platforms and systems.

By promoting consistency and accuracy of key terminology, this new standard will help organizations to understand and interpret relevant data governance-related terms and reduce ambiguity.

CAN/DGSI 117 is now available for download and can be found on the Digital Governance Council website.


“We’re thrilled about the publication of this National Standard for an English-French lexicon on digital governance and technologies, it will form the foundation of a national, common understanding for digital governance and technologies.”

– Darryl Kingston, Executive Director, Digital Governance Standards Institute


For media inquiries:

Julia Hancock
Senior Project Manager, Standards
Digital Governance Standards Institute


About the Digital Governance Council 

The Digital Governance Council is a member-driven organization that acts as a cross-sector neutral convener for Canada’s executive leaders to identify, prioritize and act on digital governance opportunities and challenges. The Council leads an Executive Forum for council members, sets technology governance standards through the Digital Governance Standards Institute and certifies the compliance of Canadian organizations in the management of the effective and efficient use of digital technologies. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit or contact


About the Digital Governance Standards Institute 

The Digital Governance Standards Institute develops digital technology governance standards fit for global use. The Institute works with experts, as well as national and global partners and the public to develop national standards that reduce risk to Canadians and Canadian organizations adopting and using innovative digital technologies in today’s digital economy. The Institute is an independent division of the Digital Governance Council. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit or contact

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