Dana O’Born

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Dana O’Born is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI), a national business council that represents over 100 of Canada’s fastest-growing technology-intensive companies. CCI is exclusively dedicated to helping high-growth Canadian-based technology firms scale-up globally by advancing public policy strategies that increase access to talent, capital and customers for domestic innovation firms. At CCI, Dana spearheads the Council’s pan-Canadian advocacy efforts for developing national data governance and intellectual property strategies, and most recently supported the work of CCI’s Data Trust Working Group, which provided recommendations to the Government of Canada on the economic and non-economic frameworks required to manage the impacts of the data-driven economy.

Before joining CCI in 2016, Dana held various public policy and government affairs roles, first for a national government relations firm in Toronto, and then at Queen’s Park where she supported several Cabinet Ministers on issues related to economic development, transportation and energy. Prior to entering the realm of government and public policy, Dana studied law and business abroad before moving back to Canada to kick-start her career. Dana holds a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University, an LL.B from the University of Edinburgh a Master’s of Business and Law from Bucerius University in Hamburg, Germany.


Mon, Sept 23

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Tues, Sept 24

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Wed, Sept 25


01:47pm - 02:17pm


Building the Trust Foundation with Debbie Gamble of Interac, Tanya Woods of the Chamber of Digital Commerce and Sue Britton of FinTech Growth Syndicate

Post-Cambridge Analytica, consumers continue to question the security and privacy of their personal information. Financial services companies have a fiduciary responsibility to protect consumer data in a connected world, while emerging technologies such as Digital ID and Blockchain are enabling alternative access to trusted services. A trust layer will be more imperative than ever to build and maintain consumer confidence. This panel will explore how companies will drive the future of commerce by enabling merchants and financial services entities to build stronger trust frameworks into their business, tech and data models. All driven by consumer trust and consent.

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Thurs, Sept 26

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