Chief Data Officer and Director General, Strategic Research and Data Innovation Branch, Indigenous Services Canada
Eric is Chief Data Officer with the Department of Indigenous Services Canada, and Director General of the Strategic Research and Data Innovation Branch since 2019. In his dual role, he is responsible for the development of collaborative research and data strategies, partnerships and agreements that are required to support the improvement of the well-being of Indigenous peoples and communities across Canada, as well as supporting Indigenous governments and institutions in assuming control of the delivery of services, including Indigenous data.
Over the course of his career, Eric had the opportunity to contribute to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. He directed (2013-16) historical research activities to support the discharge of obligations under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA), including the delivery of about one million documents to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada following extensive collaborative research with Library and Archives Canada. In a different role, Eric coordinated (2016-19) efforts leading to legislative amendments to the Indian Act to eliminate sex-based inequities in registration.
Participating in: Sharing data to enable enterprise-wide automation