Chief Data and Chief Risk Officer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Gabrielle FitzGerald joined the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as the Chief Data and Chief Risk Officer in December of 2021. She leads a diverse group of policy, program and IT professionals responsible for the Agency’s Information Management (IM) program, its Data and Analytics Strategies, and Artificial Intelligence initiatives; responding to the science and regulatory data needs for food safety and animal & plant health.
Prior to joining the CFIA, she led the implementation of Infrastructure Canada’s Data Strategy, including responsibility of Canada’s first ever national survey of public infrastructure and the department’s research contributions program. With over two decades of experience as a Canadian federal public servant, her expertise has helped to shape the delivery of Canada’s mineral statistics program; led to the design and implementation of anti-corruption legislation through the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act – Canada’s response to the G8 commitment on global transparency in the extractives sector; and chaired key data roles in Canada’s contribution to the international Kimberley Process – a regulatory regime put in place to deter the trade of conflict diamonds. She holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a specialization in computer science and combinatorics and optimization.
Participating in: Enabling effective service automation with data governance