Joni Brennan is President of the Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC). Building on 15+ years of experience in Identity Access Management innovation, adoption, and industry standards development, Joni helps the DIACC to fulfill its vision delivering the resources needed to establish a digital identity ecosystem that accelerates the digital economy, grows Canada’s GDP and benefits all Canadians. Joni builds diplomatic and impactful relationships and formalizes strategic partnerships. She has participated in influential committees from organizations including: SCC Data Governance Initiative, OECD ITAC, ISOC, IEEE, OASIS, ISO, and ITU-T.
Before joining DIACC Joni was Kantara Initiative’s Executive Director driving programs for business, legal, and technology interoperability to connect entities and individuals in a more trustworthy environment. Joni lead Kantara Initiative as the United States premiere trust framework provider delivering value to multiple industry sectors. Joni helped to ensure that the Kantara Initiative program is aligned with multiple eGovernment strategies from economic regions including: Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Joni Brennan previously served as the first-ever IEEE-SA Technology Evangelist for Internet Identity and Trust focusing on issues of governance, policy, and technology development that touch digital Identity, personally identifiable information, and trust services.
When not connecting the digital identity world for the better Joni can be found skiing in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She can also be found playing flute or synthesizers in future thinking musical collaborations.
On its surface, identity is who we are and what we can do. Once, identity was simply recognition: We used physical features to recognize someone, and our network of relationships to understand their abilities and authorizations. But as humanity grew, recognition turned into assignment—giving people a national identity card, driver’s license, or university degree.
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