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AWS Innovate Inspires Customers in Canada

Not long after launching our Canada Region in December, more than 250 customers met in Ottawa for our inaugural AWS public sector event at the historical Fairmont Chateau Laurier. AWS Public Sector leader for Latin America and Canada, Jeff Kratz, kicked off the keynote with a focus on innovation and transformation, which he divided into five subcomponents: security, compliance, partnerships, procurement, and workforce development.

Jeff also highlighted some of our Canadian customers, including D2L, University of Alberta, and Vancouver International Airport.

Next up was Cameron Bell, design and development lead for the Ottawa Hospital mHealth, who recounted his work on the CANImmunize app. He had been looking for services to make it easier to build account-based apps and discovered Amazon Cognito, which is now an essential part of their authentication system. Additionally, Cameron and his team had a data residency requirement, so AWS’s foray into Canada could not have come at a better time.

“Our developers want to use open source, and Node.js – these technologies on AWS are first-class citizens [and] that’s not necessarily true for other platforms. It’s the platform our developers are using for their side projects at home,” according to Cameron.

Additionally, as a grant-based organization, reserved instance pricing improved the procurement experience and allowed the team to front-load spending in year one of their grant, affording them a great deal of flexibility, making it easier to meet the budgetary requirements of their grant.

As the Intel-sponsored event got further underway, customers engaged in sessions across two learning tracks – technical training and deep dive solutions – which covered procurement, database and analytics, security, AI, storage, and the cloud adoption framework. They also witnessed an IoT demo in which Alexa was used to turn the lights on and off.

More than 25 executives took part in the Cloud Journey Simulation workshop that exposed key decision points common in the first year of the cloud journey. Through case study-based learning, participants made strategic investment decisions relating to organizational needs.

For more on how AWS is serving the public sector in Canada, visit our landing page. To learn about how AWS is prepared to meet the Cloud Security Profile for Protected B / Medium Integrity / Medium Availability for the government of Canada, check out our security assurance package submission announcement post.