AWS Public Sector Summit Ottawa

The AWS Public Sector Summit invites the cloud-computing community to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS. At this action-packed, one-day event, choose from 15 breakout sessions covering a broad range of topics for technical and management audiences. Learn from subject-matter experts at AWS, and from customers and partners across the industry, as they share real-world experiences and lessons learned.

  • Technical Track

    8:00AM - 9:00AM Registration and Breakfast in the Expo Hall

    Automated, Scalable, Pragmatic Security in the AWS Cloud 

    Hosted By Trend Micro

    9:00AM - 9:50AM


    Security in the AWS Cloud is integrated into all aspects of your workloads. Security is a core pillar of the well-architected framework and teams that take advantage of modern building techniques will deploy resilient workloads by default. In this session, learn how security works in the AWS Cloud, the role played by AWS security services, how AWS Partner Network partners fit into the picture, and how existing public sector frameworks function when adapted to modern building techniques.

    Mark Nunnikhoven, Vice President of Cloud Research at Trend Micro


    Lock It Down: How to Secure Your Organization's Account

    10:00AM - 10:50AM

    The cloud enables users to run workloads in a more secure fashion than what typically can be done in a traditional datacenter. However, many customers are still not sure how to actually harden their AWS accounts and resources and make sure compliance is being enforced. When large customers have multiple accounts, ensuring consistency around governance can also be of concern. In this session we will review how to use automation, tools and techniques to harden and audit your AWS accounts and also how to leverage AWS Organizations to ensure compliance in your enterprise.

    Geordie Anderson, Security Specialist Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

    Sean Donaghy, Senior Cyber Security Advisor, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Communications Security Establishment, Government of Canada

    Michael Davie, Security Engineer, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Communications Security Establishment, Government of Canada

    11:00AM - 12:15PM Keynote
    12:15PM - 1:15PM  Lunch in the Expo Hall

    Building Hybrid Cloud Storage  Architectures with AWS

    1:15PM - 2:05PM

    Public sector teams with on-prem applications face many problems managing storage arrays throughout their short lifecycle: guessing at capacity needs, waiting for procurement cycles, recruiting staff with specialized hardware skills, etc. AWS Storage Gateway helps reduce these pains by providing a way to start using Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier and Amazon EBS in hybrid architectures for traditional and cutting-edge workloads, from backup to big data analytics. Storage Gateway connects local applications to AWS storage with familiar block and file protocols, and local caching for performance. In this session, learn how you can use these AWS Storage services with Storage Gateway for backup, content storage, data lakes, disaster recovery, data migration and more.

    Stevan Beara, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

    Matt Campbell, Engineering Director, D2L


    Build Data Lakes and Analytics on AWS: Patterns & Best Practices

    2:10PM - 3:05PM  

    With over 90% of today’s data generated in the last two years, the rate of data growth is showing no sign of slowing down. In this session, we step through the challenges and best practices for capturing data, understanding what data you own, driving insights, and predicting the future using AWS services. We frame the session and demonstrations around common pitfalls of building data lakes and how to successfully drive analytics and insights from data. We also discuss the architecture patterns brought together key AWS services, including Amazon S3, AWS Glue, Amazon Athena, Amazon Kinesis, and Amazon Machine Learning. Discover the real-world application of data lakes for roles including data scientists and business users.

    Stephen Moon, Sr. Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

    James Juniper, Solution Architect for the Geo-Community Cloud, Natural Resources Canada

    3:05PM - 3:30PM Break

    Building the Organization of the Future: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

    3:30PM - 4:20PM

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning are no longer the stuff of science fiction. Organizations of all sizes are using these tools to create innovative artificial intelligence applications – namely,'s own retail experience. Join us for an inside look at how Amazon thinks about this technology, and gain insight into a range of new machine learning services on AWS for use in your own organization.

    Alex Coqueiro, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

    Manu Sud, Manager, Analytics and Advanced Technology Branch, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

    4:30PM - 6:00PM Networking Reception
  • Management Track

    8:00AM - 9:00AM Registration and Breakfast in the Expo Hall

    Secure and Automate AWS Deployments with Next-Generation Security 

    Hosted By Palo Alto Networks

    9:00AM - 9:50AM

    Building seamless, consistent security policies across on-premises and cloud IT environments can be challenging without comprehensive workload visibility. Palo Alto Networks provides organizations with the visibility and automation needed to create and update security policies in your cloud environment in real time. Learn how you can gain greater control over your applications, automatically create consistent and uniform security policies, and prevent known and unknown threats within application flows.

    Michael South, AWS Security Acceleration Business Development

    Matt McLimans, Public Cloud Consultant Engineer, Palo Alto Networks


    Building a Culture of Innovation at Amazon: Driving Customer Success

    10:00AM - 10:50AM


    Customers often ask us how they can innovate "like Amazon". From its humble beginnings as a startup in a garage, Amazon has not only innovated across e-commerce, but also introduced new, diverse businesses beyond e-commerce. Over the years, Amazon has improved its ability to take on hard problems and find innovative ways to solve them. AWS is one such example. We have taken something as central and specialized as operating a data center, and pushed it to the edge as a utility. When technology becomes a utility, it becomes ubiquitous, allowing more people to participate in innovation. This talk discusses how Amazon approaches innovation with its mechanisms, architecture, culture, and organization.

    Ben Butler, Business Development, Accelerators, Amazon Web Services

    Mohamed Frendi, Director, Chief Information Office, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Government of Canada

    Daniel McLaughlin, Director General, Digital Services Division, Innovation, Science and Economic Development

    11:00AM - 12:15PM
    12:15PM - 1:15PM
    Lunch in the Expo Hall

    Digital Transformation: Empowering People to Adapt to the Cloud

    1:15PM - 2:05PM

    A successful cloud-transformation journey incorporates three pillars: people, process, and technology. Too often, organizations focus on process improvements and technology implementation, but ignore the human aspect. Many leaders acknowledge that the first two are easy to modify, while influencing culture is more difficult. This session covers best-practice methods for empowering customers to address this challenge. Learn about roles and responsibilities germane to the transition and post-cloud adoption phase. Assess your organization’s gaps among the requisite skills and competencies. Build effective training models, and encourage an adaptive culture.

    Ray Hession, Federal Government, Amazon Web Services

    Giovanni Pizzoferrato, Director, Cloud & Big Data Technology, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

    *This session will be delivered in English and French

    *Cette session sera livré en anglais et en français


    Get Started Today with Cloud Ready Contracts 

    2:10PM - 3:05PM

    In this session, we discuss considerations for buying cloud services so that users and organizations can extract the full benefits and power of AWS. We start with logging in, spinning up an instance, setting security parameters, and reviewing a few key features. Join us as we provide an overview of existing cloud-ready contracts, such as cooperative, federal, and state-directed contracts, and walk through steps on how to choose the right one for your procurement. We compare various cloud-ready contracts by identifying scope, end user eligibility, and primary service offerings to help you make the right choice for your mission needs. With console and sample feature demonstration, you can leave this session with an understanding of how shared security, utility pricing, data location, innovative services, governance, and terms and conditions need to be approached in a procurement effort.

    Jane Lacy, Senior Manager, Emerging Partners, Amazon Web Services

    3:05PM - 3:30PM Break

    Cloud Economics

    3:30PM - 4:20PM

    Moving from an on-premises environment to AWS is just the start of the journey toward cost optimization. In this session, we explore how customers can understand their costs and increase their return-on-investment. This includes building a business case; demonstrating how to select the right models for the right workloads; discussing how to take advantage of tiered pricing aggregation; and highlighting how to implement intelligent auto-scaling. It’s all about using data to drive a cost-conscious design approach in architecting for the cloud.

    David Lurie, Business Development, Amazon Web Services



    4:30PM - 6:00PM
    Networking Reception
  • Spotlight Track

    8:00AM - 9:00AM Registration and Breakfast in the Expo Hall

    A Roadmap to Cloud Center of Excellence Adoption

    Hosted By JHC Technology

    9:00AM - 9:50AM

    Implementing a Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) promotes a seamless transition to the cloud for any organization. Cloud adoption includes communicating a new strategic direction, involving stakeholders from across the organization, identifying skill gaps, identifying key team members, and establishing a realistic roadmap. JHC Technology presents how organizations can manage, evaluate, automate, and continuously spur cloud adoption through repeatability, allowing the organization to deploy innovation today and be ready for whatever comes tomorrow. As part of this discussion we will review the framework necessary to identify AWS Partners that can provide the best value to your organization.

    Elizabeth Boudreau, Cloud Executive Advisor, Amazon Web Services

    ·       Matt Jordan, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development, JHC Technology


    Building with Purpose-Built Databases: Match Your workload to the Right Database

    10:00AM - 10:50AM



    In this session, Darin Briskman dives deep into what databases to use for which components of your application. Learn how to evaluate a new workload for the best managed database option based on specific application needs related to data shape, data size at limit, computational requirements, programmability, throughput and latency needs, and more. This session explains the ideal use cases for relational and non-relational database services, including Amazon Aurora, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache for Redis, Amazon Neptune, and Amazon Redshift.

    Darin Briskman, Chief Evangelist, Database, Analytics, & Machine Learning, Amazon Web Services

    11:00AM - 12:15PM Keynote
    12:15PM - 1:15PM Lunch in the Expo Hall

    Move Your Desktops to AWS with Amazon WorkSpaces

    1:15PM - 2:05PM

    IT organizations today need to support a modern, flexible, global workforce and ensure their users can be productive from anywhere. Moving desktops and applications to AWS offers improved security, scale, and performance with cloud economics. In this session, we provide an overview of Amazon WorkSpaces and discuss the use cases for it. Then, we dive deep into best practices for implementing Amazon WorkSpaces, including integrating with your existing identity, security, networking, and storage solutions.

    Diego Magalhaes, Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services


    Simplifying Microsoft Architectures with AWS Services

    2:10PM - 3:05PM

    Discover how to architect fully available and scalable Microsoft solutions and environments on AWS. Find out how Microsoft solutions can work alongside various AWS services to boost resiliency, simplify architecture, provide scalability, and introduce DevOps concepts, such as compliance, governance, automation, and repeatability. Also, learn about authentication and authorization, and explore various hybrid scenarios involving on-premises solutions or infrastructure. Examine common architecture patterns for network design, Microsoft Active Directory, and business productivity; as well as common scenarios for custom .NET, .NET Core with Microsoft SQL deployments, and migrations.

    Artur Rodrigues, Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

    3:05PM - 3:30PM Break

    Transform Government IT with VMware Cloud on AWS – an Integrated Hybrid Solution

    3:30PM - 4:20PM  

    Government agencies are increasingly turning to cloud service providers for the infrastructure flexibility to achieve workload migration, consolidation, application modernization, and disaster recovery goals. The majority of government workloads in Canada run on vSphere, so VMware and AWS have teamed up to provide a hybrid-cloud solution that eliminates the complexity and intensive resource management required to adopt the cloud.  Don’t miss this opportunity to discover why organizations are using VMware Cloud on AWS, to bring to market hybrid-cloud strategies that streamline service delivery and your ability to achieve your mission.

    Paul Bockelman, Senior Manager, Specialist Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

    Peter Near, National Director, Solution Engineering, VMware Canada

    4:30PM - 6:00PM Networking Reception