Annual Conference

The 2021 conference ran from November 2-5, and includes exclusive year-round online events like FWD50 Extras and Book Clubs. Check out the detailed interactive agenda below.

Keynotes | Nov. 2-5

Our keynotes focus on policy, technology, digital transformation, and civil society. These happen on the main FWD50 stage. This year, we have keynotes November 2-5.

Breakouts | Nov. 2-4

In addition to main-stage keynotes, we have a breakout track open to all attendees, where 40-minute talks offer a chance to dig into details and interact with speakers.

Workshops | Nov. 2-5

We’re offering workshops throughout the event. These 90-minute sessions include participation, audience activities, and a chance to get your hands dirty with actual technology and real problems.

Industry Innovations | Nov. 2-5

FWD50 offers plenty of opportunities for the private sector to shine a light on innovation and technology trends. This track includes breakout talks.

Case studies | Nov. 3-5

New in 2021. Presented in in collaboration with Code for Canada and the Digital Nations, experts will be sharing with attendees case studies from Canada and around the globe.

Networking | Nov. 2-5

A conference is more than content. Tools for one-to-one, small groups, and unstructured large groups to meet will be available for all attendees.

Regional Digital Government Summit

Regional Digital Government Summit (RDGS) | Nov. 2

Programmed by regional government leaders, the RDGS is a chance to speak candidly and openly about the unique challenges of local public service, share best practices, and collaborate on some of regional government’s hardest cultural, technical, and political challenges.

Executive track

Executive track | Nov. 2-4

The executive track is three afternoons of content created specifically for senior leaders in government. It focuses on topics that help executives navigate the tumultuous waters of the modern world.


G-Factor | Nov. 5

Public service innovators deliver a 5-minute pitch to a panel of senior public servants. The winners will work with the CIO or digital government leader who chose their project to scale the proposal, and ultimately help upgrade digital government for all! The results will be presented at the next year’s annual conference. More details.

Interactive agenda

This year’s conference spanned four days of packed content, from keynotes and workshops to breakouts and networking opportunities.

Please note that only Virtual Executive Track + General Conference ticket-holders have access to the Executive Track on Channel 5.

Note: Mobile users should flip their phone sideways.

All session times are listed in the EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).