Biggest IdentityNORTH to Date Brings Together Digital Identity Leaders and DIACC Members


The 2018 Identity Week in Canada was an incredible success, kicking off with IdentityNORTH and bringing together more people than ever before to discuss the impact and opportunities of digital identity in Canada. DIACC members played a large role at this year’s IdentityNORTH Summit. Members participated in several panels and led some of the most popular unconference sessions, emphasizing the strength of our community and how key collaboration is to advancing an interoperable digital identity.

The role of DIACC as a meeting point for public and private sectors to contribute their strengths was made clear on our leadership panel. “The public sector brings strong identity documents and the private sector brings innovation,” said Franklin Garrigues, VP of Digital Channels at TD and member of the DIACC board.

With the successful collaboration between the private sector and public sector, Canada has a unique strategy, and one that is sparking interest around the globe. “The level of trust that we have in Canada between the public and private sectors is not comparable around the world,” said John Sharpe, Vice President at CGI and a director of DIACC.

“Around the world, we have the strongest collaboration that I’ve seen,” said Joni Brennan, President of the DIACC. “It takes time and cooperation to work together and to find value together, but we’ve excelled in that way.”

DIACC Members Demonstrate Community Leadership at IdentityNORTH

Enlightening sessions were held by DIACC members during the unconference, putting a spotlight on the thought leadership and high level of expertise in our community. Deep conversations, big questions, and innovative ideas were shared throughout the second day, with strong interest in the DIACC-led session focused on next steps for the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework. The framework is a set of industry standards designed for interoperability in a global digital economy.

Among other DIACC member-led sessions were an intimate group led by Patrick Cormier of Notarius, who asked: what constitutes a legally reliable document? He explained various qualities of document reliability, such as proof of authenticity. Andre Boysen, Chief Executive Officer of SecureKey, focused on liability models, and how they might look in a world of digital identity where ID and authentication are provided by third parties.

“IdentityNORTH is where the conversation occurs, and DIACC is where the action happens,” Aran Hamilton, Chair of IdentityNORTH, clarified. While anyone is welcome to come to IdentityNORTH, organisations must apply to join the DIACC.

“If you want to make change, if you have limited resources of time and money, if you have to choose between IdentityNORTH and DIACC, do DIACC,” said Hamilton.

DIACC is proud to partner with IdentityNORTH – join us at another upcoming event to connect with the community.