Yesterday, I had the privilege of participating in the first meeting of the Advisory Panel on Open Government, a group of industry, government, media and open policy experts interested in the application of open government, open information and open data principles by the Government of Canada. While the group is still coalescing, the general ambition is to provide some sober second thought and add critical insight to the open government plans being developed by the Government of Canada. The Panel is chaired by Tony Clement, the President of the Treasury Board, and includes a number of Canadian and international participants with extensive experience in open government and open data issues. I've taken the liberty of copying David Eave's list of participants and their related Twitter handles:
Bernard Courtois, Past President & CEO, Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)
Robert Herjavec, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Herjavec Group
Alexander B. Howard, Government 2.0 Correspondent, O'Reilly Media
Thomas 'Tom' Jenkins, Head of the Canadian Digital Media Network and Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, OpenText Corporation
Vivek Kundra, Executive Vice President of Emerging Markets, Salesforce.com.
Herb Lainchbury, Chief Technology Officer, MD Databank Corp.
Colin McKay, Public Policy Manager (Canada), Google
Toby Mendel, Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy
Alex Miller, President and Founder, ESRI Canada
Marie-Lucie Morin, Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean, The World Bank
Dr. Rufus Pollock, Co-Founder and Director, Open Knowledge Foundation
Dr. Teresa Scassa, Vice-Dean of Research and Professor of Law, University of Ottawa
I expect to draw in the larger open government community - who are numerous, energetic and truly innovative - through discussion, invitation and maybe even some small sponsored events.