AWS Public Sector Summit Ottawa
AWS Public Sector Summit Ottawa
The Shaw Centre | 15 May 2019

Agenda Overview

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019 | Summit Agenda
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019 | Pre-Day
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019 | Summit Agenda
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM Registration
    9:00AM – 9:50AM Concurrent Session
    10:00AM – 10:50AM Concurrent Session
    11:00AM – 12:30PM Keynote
    12:30PM – 1:30PM Lunch in Expo Hall + We Power Tech: How Accessible is Your Technology? (1st Floor)
    1:30PM – 2:20PM   Concurrent Session
    2:30PM – 3:20PM Concurrent Session
    3:20PM – 3:50PM Break  
    3:50PM – 4:40PM Concurrent Session
    4:40PM – 6:00PM
    Networking Reception
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019 | Pre-Day
  • Bootcamps
    **All Pre-Day Bootcamps & Workshops have reached capacity and unfortunately we are unable to accept walk-in registrations at the venue.

    Bootcamps are full and half day training sessions offered for free on 14 May, the day before the Summit.

    • AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials
    • Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
    • Building a Contact Centre with Amazon Connect
    • Building a Serverless Data Lake on AWS
    • Secrets to Successful Cloud Transformations

    AWS GameDay
    AWS GameDay is a learning exercise designed to familiarize participants with the AWS environment and challenge them to come up with ways to solve problems based on the AWS resources at their disposal. Separate registration required.

    APN Partners
    We invite you to participate in a one-day Partner Forum at the AWS Public Sector Summit Ottawa. Whether you're a new partner looking for an introduction on AWS, or an established partner who wants to learn more about utilizing Amazon Partner Network (APN) programs and resources, we welcome you to join us to learn more about building a successful partnership and accelerating your business with AWS.

    **Registration for Partner Day is now closed.  

Technical Track

A Practitioner’s Guide to Securing Your Cloud (Like an Expert)

9:00AM – 9:50AM

New to AWS? Given the volume of AWS services, it may feel daunting to get your security house in order for the cloud. In reality, there are just a few, simple patterns you need to know to be effective. In this session, we focus on the permission controls offered by AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and the network security controls offered by Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). You’ll walk away with concrete examples that will empower you to properly secure any workload in the AWS Cloud.

Brad Dispensa, Principal Solutions Architect Security & Compliance, AWS

Management Track

Enabling Research Using Cloud

9:00AM – 9:50AM

In this session, we discuss how scientists worldwide – from CERN, the National Health Service in the UK, and the Communication Research Centre (CRC) Canada – are using AWS to accelerate the pace of research. Enjoy a range of case studies and overview of tools, such as high-performance computing, machine learning, and deep learning, using AWS research. Discover how to seamlessly extend on-premises clusters into Amazon EC2; and how researchers from PHAC use this method daily at the National Microbiology Lab (NML) in Winnipeg to sequence genome data, rapidly detect disease outbreaks, and inform public health responses. Finally, learn about CRC’s advanced, secure scientific-computing environment in the cloud, plus its role in democratizing high-performance computing for various scientific needs.

Paul Astell, Director, Information Management/Information Technology, Communications Research Centre Canada 

Sanjay Padhi, Technical BDM, Scientific Computing, AWS  

Spotlight Track

Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery Best Practices for Building Modern Applications

9:00AM – 9:50AM

Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) techniques enable teams to increase agility and expedite the release of high-quality products. In this talk, we walk you through best practices for building CI/CD workflows that enable you to manage your serverless and containerized applications. We cover infrastructure as code application models, such as the AWS Serverless Application Model, as well as how to set up CI/CD release pipelines with AWS CodePipeline and AWS CodeBuild. Finally, we show you how to automate safer deployments with AWS CodeDeploy.

Leo Zhadanovsky, Principal Solutions Architect, AWS

Architecting Security & Governance Across Your AWS Landing Zone

10:00AM – 10:50AM

Whether it’s per business unit or per application, many AWS customers use multiple accounts for various needs. This includes meeting their infrastructure isolation requirements, separating duties, and arranging billing according to their AWS Landing Zone. In this session, we discuss the latest updates around establishing your AWS Landing Zone. We cover considerations, limitations, and security patterns when building a multi-account strategy. We explore topics such as thought patterns, identity federation, cross-account roles, consolidated logging, and account governance. At the end of the session, we present an enterprise-ready landing zone framework and provide the background needed to implement an AWS Landing Zone.

James Juniper, Geomatics Architect, Natural Resources Canada

Ryan Jaeger, Sr. Solutions Architect, AWS

Stories From the Frontline: The Triumphs, Gotchas, and Benefits Realized When Migrating to the Cloud

10:00AM – 10:50AM

Every cloud migration journey has its ups and downs, successes and challenges. Hear from AWS customers about the lessons they learned from migrating and operating their application portfolios in the AWS Cloud. Designed for a business audience, you will hear how these customers have realized the benefits of reduced cost, increased agility, and improved stability, as well as some of the pitfalls to avoid as you embark on your own journey to the cloud.

Joe Wong, VP, Enterprise Technology Solutions, Coast Capital Savings

Paul Faucher, Director, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Ben Sanders, Co-Founder, Proof

Shirley Ivan, Sr. Cloud Advisory Consultant, AWS


Reinventing SAP on AWS: Scale and Simplify SAP Operations on AWS

10:00AM – 10:50AM

Enterprise customers are increasingly moving their entire SAP landscape, including production environments, to AWS. This enables them to increase business agility and reduce costs. In this session, learn how AWS provides infrastructure designed for large-scale and in-memory applications with one of the lowest price-memory ratios. Also, learn how AWS simplifies SAP operations with AWS Step Functions to automate one of the most time-consuming and error-prone tasks in any SAP landscape – SAP System Refresh.

Brian Griffin, Sr. Consultant Professional Services, AWS

VMware & AWS: The Fastest Path to Hybrid Cloud

1:30PM – 2:20PM

Organizations are rapidly adopting hybrid-cloud strategies to take advantage of both on-premises solutions and cloud services. Still, moving applications to the cloud can vary across needs and timelines. VMware offers a holistic platform that enables public sector organizations to not only migrate hundreds of mission-critical applications to the cloud in a few days, but also provide access to those applications on any device. Additionally, VMware solutions enable simplification of day two operations and an end-to-end security policy that is consistent across on-premises and public cloud services. Hear how VMware is helping serve the unique missions of government, based on your organization’s needs.

Peter Near, National Director, Solutions Engineering, VMware Canada

From Strategy to Reality: Better Decisions With Data

1:30PM – 2:20PM

Whatever your mission, you need to empower your team to make smart decisions. Effective organizations use self-service analytics that combine data from multiple sources, to inform data-driven, timely problem-solving. Join AWS databases, analytics, machine learning, and blockchain expert, Darin Briskman, to explore how citizens in Canada and beyond are better served by organizations that promote decision-making through data.

Darin Briskman, Developer Evangelist, AWS

Migrating and Operating Microsoft Applications in AWS – Tools & Services for Security, Automation, and Migration

1:30PM – 2:20PM

This session outlines recommended – and perhaps, not previously considered – strategies for migrating to AWS. We aim to equip you with a strong, security-focused plan, and to remove undifferentiated heavy lifting. Join us for a deep-dive discussion on migrating Microsoft workloads into a highly automated and secure landing zone on the AWS Cloud. Discover options for migrating business productivity systems, Microsoft SQL servers, and a number of .NET applications. Also learn about the journey of creating an enterprise-grade landing zone and fully automated compliance controls – before embarking on your migration journey.

Imran Mahmood, Cloud Infrastructure Architect, AWS

From Monoliths to Microservices (and All the Bumps Along the Way)

2:30PM – 3:20PM

Applications built on a microservices-based architecture and packaged as containers bring several benefits to your organization. In this session, AWS highlights potential hurdles, how to plan your migration to microservices, and how to use containers and serverless architecture to manage this journey.

Artur Rodrigues, Sr. Solutions Architect, AWS 

Cloud Adoption: It Takes a Village

2:30PM – 3:20PM

Cloud adoption is more than an IT transformation; it’s an organizational transformation. It requires broad stakeholder engagement, a change in mindset, and an organization-wide culture shift. This session will introduce the Cloud Adoption Framework, which identifies key stakeholders, explains their motivations and concerns, and addresses blockers that could slow or stall cloud adoption. It will also introduce workshops to engage and excite stakeholders, and help you build your village.

Shirley Ivan, Sr. Cloud Advisory Consultant, AWS

Cloud Data Management with Veeam, N2WS, & AWS

2:30PM – 3:20PM

Moving backups to the cloud and managing data protection across on-premises and cloud environments can be challenging. Veeam and N2WS (a Veeam company) enable data protection and portability to the AWS Cloud with enterprise-class backup and disaster recovery for Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon EBS. In this technical session, learn how to scale for growth on the AWS Cloud and manage data protection for thousands of Amazon EC2 instances. We will cover how to back up, restore, and protect production databases and workloads with N2WS Backup & Recovery and the new Veeam Availability for AWS.

Nicholas Serrecchia, National Solutions Architect, Veeam

Machine Learning at the Edge

3:50PM – 4:40PM

The digital transformation evolution will rely on the benefits of computer vision and natural language processing to enable new business models to align the physical and digital world for citizens. In this session, learn how to deploy machine learning models to leverage the power of smart devices using Alexa, as well as process data quickly at the edge – even without connectivity – using smart cameras and autonomous agents.

Alex Coqueiro, Sr. Manager Solutions Architect, AWS

Developing a Digital-Ready Public Service in Canada

3:50PM – 4:40PM

For decades, Canada’s public service has been an employer of choice, offering opportunities to serve, coupled with job security, benefits, and career advancement. However, the Canadian government is today struggling to attract and upskill its digital workforce – particularly among women, who remain underrepresented in technology roles in the civil service. This panel will shed light on the challenges the Canadian civil service faces in recruiting and skilling talent, and discuss the best strategies to address those challenges.

Dr. Wendy Cukier, Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management & Academic Director, Diversity Institute

Olivia Neal, Executive Director for Digital Change, Government of Canada  

Nicole Foster, Sr. Manager, Public Policy, AWS

Michael Punke, VP, Global Public Policy, AWS

Migrating Data to the Cloud: Explore Your Options From AWS

3:50PM – 4:40PM

AWS offers a variety of data migration services and tools to facilitate moving gigabytes to petabytes of data using your networks, our networks, or even email. Learn about the available data migration options, including the AWS Snowball family, AWS Storage Gateway, Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration, and other approaches. We provide the guidance to help you find the right service or tool to fit your requirements, and share relevant customers use cases to inspire your first steps with the cloud.

Stevan Beara, Solutions Architect Manager, AWS