Implementing AI

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Dominic Laporte

Chief Executive Officer


Dominic Laporte is the Chief Executive Officer of Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Translation Bureau, the Government of Canada’s centre of excellence for linguistic services.

Dominic ensures that the Translation Bureau has a strong and highly qualified workforce, leverages the latest technological advances—including artificial intelligence—and works closely with partners and clients to effectively deliver quality linguistic services now and in the future.

Before joining the Translation Bureau, Dominic worked for several years as assistant deputy minister at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. There, he was responsible for human resources and corporate services before being put in charge of innovation and business transformation. He uses his extensive experience in internal service provision and process redesign to advance the Translation Bureau’s cutting-edge initiatives.

Dominic spent the first part of his career working in the field of international trade law, as legal counsel, Research Director and Executive Director of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT).

Prior to joining the federal government, Dominic was the founder and owner of a tutoring company with franchises across Quebec and that still operates today.

Dominic holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, as well as degrees in common law and civil law from the University of Ottawa. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.

Nick Blewden

Chief Data Officer


Sharon Moore

Director, CTO, Global Government


Sharon Moore MBE is the Director, CTO, for Civilian Government for IBM Technology, with a personal goal to transform public service through the ethical application of technology. In her role, Sharon develops technology strategy, delivers technical thought leadership, designs innovative solutions, and builds passionate communities that make a difference.  She has a real passion for making government work for citizens, and for making the world a better one for all.  It’s a lofty goal but it drives Sharon to share her skills, her experiences, her time, her network and more.  
Sharon gets stuck in to making change happen across the technology industry. She is a Trustee and Chair of Council for BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, and serves on several boards and committees.
Sharon is a catalyst for change in inclusion - particularly regarding gender diversity – leading in BCSWomen and formerly with Scotland Women in Technology.  She co-authored a book on the subject in 2021, and was awarded MBE for services to women in tech in June 2018.  Recent accolades include being listed in the Computing IT Leaders 100 for 2022, and entering the Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK Tech Hall of Fame, having been included in the top 50 since 2018.
About the session

AI is already helping the public sector improve decision-making and service delivery, at lower cost. But there remain complex challenges, including ethical considerations, technical requirements, and need for significant process changes, for greater AI use to win the support of citizens and public servants (*coughs* A-Level grading during Covid).

  1. Government Applications: AI has the potential to transform a variety of government functions, from processing applications to predictive policing. What specific government functions could most benefit from AI?

  2. AI Ethics: How can the Civil Service ensure these AI systems make decisions that are unbiased, fair, and accountable?

  3. Data Quality: AI systems depend on high-quality data to function effectively. Considering the wide range of data the government handles, how can data quality be ensured for the effective implementation of AI?