Toronto, Canada: Alex Miller, President and Founder of Esri Canada, has been named to the Government of Canada’s Advisory Panel on Open Government. Miller will join a group of experts from business, academia and civil society selected to provide the Government with guidance on its open government initiative.
Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for FedNor, made this announcement at the panel’s first meeting in Ottawa. As a member of the panel, Miller will leverage his extensive experience in applying advanced digital mapping technology to improve information access and help the Government harness opportunities for innovation and knowledge sharing.
“Canada is a leader in open government and we will stay there by continually seeking to improve. Bringing together this group of experts will provide us with another important channel of consultation on the path to the development and implementation of Canada’s Open Government Action Plan,” said Clement.
“The GIS community has been leading the open data movement in Canada, with geospatial information making up over 95 percent of the country’s open data,” stated Miller. “With the pervasiveness of mobile and online applications, and the growing convergence of technologies such as social media, cloud computing, open applications and smartphones, the Government is in a stronger position today than ever before to use these tools to inform and collaborate with citizens. It’s an honour to be part of this panel and I look forward to helping the Government usher in a new era of citizen engagement.”
Source: Esri Canada