Canadians Travel to United States for Global Digital Leaders Exchange

Two Canadian experts in digital governance will visit Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities from October 22 to November 5, along with 23 other participants from around the world, in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). They will have the opportunity build their digital government skillsets and networks, and learn about the ecosystem that is powering innovation in the public sector. The program is organized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The program will provide participants with the opportunity to bring together existing and emerging leaders in digital government to gauge their work, share best practices, and strengthen the ecosystem of digital government globally. Participants will explore how governments at the local, state, and federal levels apply technology-sector expertise to policy challenges; and will examine developments in the innovation economy and their applications in government.

Canadian participants in this program are:

  • Nejeed Kassam, CEO at Keela (www.keela.co)
  • Susie Floresco, Web Standards and Guidance Coordinator, Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat

The IVLP enables Canadians who are emerging leaders in their professional field to observe U.S. institutions, practices, and culture first-hand, and to meet with professional counterparts to explore issues of common interest. Founded in 1940, the IVLP has given hundreds of thousands of emerging leaders — including hundreds of Canadians — the opportunity to observe and interact with American culture and society on a personal level. For more information, visit eca.state.gov/ivlp.

Participants are available for interviews before and after the program upon request.

Media Contact
Nicole Wootten
Media Assistant
U.S. Embassy Ottawa
Tel: 613-688-5316
Email: woottennb@state.gov