Mr. Robert Taylor
Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)
Dr. Robert Taylor has had an extensive professional career spanning over 25 years. As the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ontario Ministry’s Municipal Services Division, Dr. Taylor was responsible for coordinating and delivering key ministry and government priorities.
Prior to joining Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in 2008, he was Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI) and worked with the Land and Waters Branch at the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).
Dr. Taylor’s career also extends beyond the Ontario Public Service to include working with the Municipality of Prince Edward County and as a team leader in areas of Southern Africa to help establish essential municipal and environmental programs. He has also worked extensively with Queen’s University on a number of programs with the Government of People’s Republic of China.
Dr. Taylor was appointed Chief Executive Officer for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) on November 29, 2010, a position he currently holds.
He holds a PhD from the University of South Africa, where his studies focused on strategic planning processes. He also has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University and an undergraduate degree in Urban Geography from McGill University.
Ms. Alison Brooks
PhD, Research Director, Public Sector
As Research Director with IDC Government Insights, Alison Brooks leads IDC Canada's public sector research with the Canadian IT Opportunity for Government practice area.
Ms. Brooks provides valued advice and insight to her clients - both technology vendors and government officials - through her research programs and in consulting engagements. Her understanding of federal, provincial, and municipal I&IT initiatives helps vendor clients position technology offerings as meaningful solutions to current and emerging program and policy priorities. Additionally, she guides government technology officials with best practice assessments and funding strategies, identifying technologies to improve processes and program outcomes.
Prior to joining IDC Government Insights, Ms. Brooks worked with the province of Ontario's Ministry of Government Services, advancing two of the government's I&IT initiatives. Previous to that, while consulting for Capgemini, she collaborated with a major Canadian bank on the design of a customer-focused information technology strategy, including a CRM implementation and has had experience implementing ERP for a leading, global biotechnology company.
Ms. Brooks holds a PhD and MA in Political Science from Queen's University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary, and has a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Science and Engineering Professional Development Centre.
Ms. Anne Altman
General Manager, Global Public Sector
Anne Altman is General Manager, IBM Global Public Sector. In this role, Ms. Altman is responsible for the strategy, direction, development of solutions, and sales for public sector clients worldwide. Her portfolio spans global government, including U.S. federal government, state and local agencies, as well as education, health care, life sciences and pharmaceutical clients.
Ms. Altman’s three-decade career with IBM has been heavily influenced by the work she has delivered in the government market. Known as a transformational leader, she has often been tapped to address complex business challenges within IBM and on behalf of clients. Most notably, she re-established IBM’s footprint as a major force in the U.S. Federal market; and led the company’s server hardware business during the most important product launch in the history of the mainframe business – the System z mainframe.
With a strong foundation in technology delivery, Ms. Altman joined IBM in 1981 as a systems engineer. She quickly distinguished herself as a technology strategist who understands how best to leverage the intersections of high performance computing, business analytics software, and research with the unique needs of government and private sector clients.
Ms. Altman is a recognized thought leader who often speaks on behalf of IBM, including congressional testimonies, on topics ranging from national security, healthcare and education, technology in the military and intelligence communities, “smarter” citizen services, intelligent transportation, cloud computing, business analytics and the role of innovation to drive economic growth.
Ms. Altman received her degree from George Mason University.