February 4 2018
By The Financial Post
OTTAWA — Tech leaders are challenging the federal Liberal government to get serious about reaping the rewards of one of the next big frontiers in the information revolution: big data.
Canadian CEOs and academics have been pushing Ottawa for months to develop a national strategy for harnessing data’s burgeoning power — an approach advocates say will pay dividends on everything from boosting economic growth to improving health care.
And the pitch — in meetings with both the Ontario government and with senior federal officials, including at a recent roundtable in Ottawa — is starting to gain traction, said Benjamin Bergen, executive director of the Council of Canadian Innovators.