Dr. Gerald Grant
Dr. Gerald Grant is Director of the Centre for Information Technology, Organizations, and People (CITOP) and Associate Professor at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He obtained his PhD in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom. Dr Grant’s work focuses on the strategic management of information systems in organizations, particularly on issues around governance of IT in organizational and inter-organizational settings. He has consulted internationally for organizations such as the Commonwealth Secretariat in the U.K., the COMNET-IT Foundation in Malta and the Government of Jamaica. He is a seasoned presenter, have developed and presented workshops and seminars to audiences across the world, including Canada, USA, UK, South Africa, Brazil, Malaysia, Malta, Jamaica, Colombia, Zimbabwe, among others. His community involvement includes serving as a member of two Mayor’s Task Forces for the City of Ottawa (Canada): the e-Government and IT Taskforce and the Governance Taskforce set up by the Mayor of Ottawa in 2008 and 2009 respectively. He served as one of the judges of the City of Ottawa’s 2011 Open Data contest. Dr Grant is also a member of the Advisory Board of DPI-The Association of Public Sector Information Professionals.
Rob Collins is a technology executive with more than 35 years experience. He was the Chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on eGovernment for the City of Ottawa. In 2013, Rob was Transitional CIO for the City of Ottawa where he was brought in to change that organization’s approach to IT. To do this, he implemented a new planning model, new governance process and reorganized the IT department. Rob spent twenty years with Cognos, Inc., including roles as product line Vice-President and Chief Information Officer.