Kent Aitken

Kent Aitken

Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow, Public Policy Forum

Kent Aitken joined the federal public service in 2009 to work in public policy, but keeps getting pulled towards roles that examine the systems in which policy gets made. He’s spent the last few years working on accountability, transparency, and citizen engagement to redefine the relationship between citizens and their government. He is currently the Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow at the Public Policy Forum to study and advise on governance in the digital age.

Kent contributes to the civil society and public administration communities by organizing events, writing about public service renewal, and working with organizations that bridge the gap between government and citizens.

He has a degree in Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University, a degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Prince Edward Island, and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Economics from the University of London, U.K.

Why the future seems so hard to get to

Main stage

Despite immense pressure for change from a global digital community, governments change slowly. Recommendations – more nimble, more open, less siloed, more proactive – go unheeded. In the meantime, policies that depend on technology all too often limit innovation or leave people behind. Changes blindside government. There are still fax-only services. And all of this […]

50 days: Culture & process
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Moving to Digital Government

Main stage

If code is law, then government is a computer. As a result, there are few industries more likely to be fundamentally disrupted by the digital revolution than government. In this all-day workshop, FWD50 founder and Harvard Lecturer Alistair Croll and New Zealand’s Government Service Integration Lead Pia Waugh lead a packed lineup of experts considering […]

Workshops
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