Schellman Partners with Canada’s Digital Governance Council to Lead Assessments on New Digital Trust and Identity Standard

Auditing against CAN/DGSI 103-1:2023 builds public trust as digital economy accelerates.

TAMPA, Fla.Schellman, a leading provider of attestation and compliance services, announced today it has partnered with Canada’s Digital Governance Council to evaluate organizations under the Digital Governance Standards Institute’s (DGSI) second edition national standard for digital trust and identity in Canada, CAN/DGSI 103-1:2023, Digital Trust and Identity – Part 1 Fundamentals.

The Standard provides guidance for the design, creation, operation, maintenance, and testing of digital systems in Canada. It outlines the minimum requirements and a set of controls that may be applied to digital systems and services utilized within or applied across identity contexts, such as a credential or an identity federation.

“We see this standard as a key benchmark to assess an organization or governmental institution under baseline requirements for digital identity,” said Scott Perry, Principal at Schellman and leader of the firm’s Crypto and Digital Trust Services. “Operationalizing this standard into an active accreditation program raises accountabilities for all organizations needed to increase customer confidence and control in digital identity systems.”

“We look forward to working closely with Schellman to advance trusted global conformity assessment solutions,” said Keith Jansa, Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Governance Council. “We are excited to complement our joint expertise and reach to provide confidence in the responsible design, architecture, and management of digital technologies around the world.”

Schellman has deep expertise in performing audits for Certificate Authorities (internet trust anchors) under the WebTrust Criteria. This experience—along with its leadership in key industry initiatives for certificate authorities, digital credentials, and even drone technology—positions Schellman to best support clients seeking to lead the digital economy.

To learn more about how Schellman can partner with your organization on building digital trust, please visit:

To learn more about the Digital Governance Council Digital Certification Program, please visit:


About Schellman:

Schellman is a leading global provider of attestation, compliance, and certification services. Operating as an alternative practice structure as Schellman & Company, LLC, a top 100 CPA firm, and Schellman Compliance, LLC, a globally accredited compliance assessment firm, we can offer clients services as a CPA firm, an ISO Certification Body, a PCI Qualified Security Assessor Company, a HITRUST assessor, a FedRAMP 3PAO, and as one of the first CMMC Authorized C3PAOs.

Renowned for expertise tempered by practical experience, Schellman’s professionals provide superior client service balanced by steadfast independence. Schellman’s approach builds successful, long-term relationships and allows our clients to achieve multiple compliance objectives using a single third-party assessor. For more information, please visit


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


Contact For Schellman:

V2 Communications


Contact For the Digital Governance Council:

Tim Bouma, Director Verification and Assessments

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