Christiana Cavazzoni joined Canada’s federal government in 2009, after spending a number of years in the telecommunication and surveillance industry with Nortel and MacDonald Dettwiler. Currently, she is the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Information Management and Deputy Chief Information Officer with Canada’s Department of National Defence, providing leadership and support in the delivery and execution of the Defence IM/IT Programme, including enhancing the integration and interoperability of Defence capabilities as well as the alignment of strategies in support of Defence priorities, including Strong, Secure, Engaged. In addition, Ms. Cavazzoni supports the advancement and implementation of digital transformation and innovation across DND/CAF business lines.
As a senior executive with a background in Technology and Business Transformations, her experience in digital and business strategy development and implementation spans both private and public sectors. Over the course of her career, Christiana has held a number of senior leadership positions including Chief Transformation and Information Officer at Canadian Heritage, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and has advanced a number of innovative programs in the areas of data analytics, cyber security, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation. While at DND, she held the position of Director General, Data Strategy and Innovation (DG DSI) with the Assistant Deputy Minister (Data, Innovation, Analytics) (ADM(DIA)) organization.
Ms. Cavazzoni holds a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University and also completed post graduate studies in Computer Sciences at McGill University. Ms. Cavazzoni is a graduate of the Certificate Program in Public Sector Leadership and Governance (Cohort XII) at the University of Ottawa.
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