Michel Girard

Michel Girard is a CIGI senior fellow and an expert in the area of standards for big data and artificial intelligence.

Michel Girard, senior fellow
Expertise
Data governance
Innovation
Standards

Bio

Michel Girard is a senior fellow at CIGI, where he contributes expertise in the area of standards for big data and artificial intelligence (AI). His research strives to drive dialogue on what standards are, why they matter in these emerging sectors of the economy, and how to incorporate them into regulatory and procurement frameworks. He highlights issues that should be examined in the design of new technical standards governing big data and AI in order to spur innovation while also respecting privacy, security and ethical considerations.

In addition, Michel provides standardization advice to help innovative companies in their efforts to access international markets. He contributes to the CIO Strategy Council’s standardization activities and advises the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada on data governance issues.

Michel has 22 years of experience as an executive in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining CIGI, Michel was vice president, strategy at the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), where he worked from 2009 to 2018. At the SCC, he led the design and implementation of the Standards and Innovation program, the Climate Ready infrastructure program, the Northern Infrastructure Standards Initiative and the Monitoring Standards in Canadian Regulations project. He managed the negotiation of standardization clauses in trade agreements including the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Canadian Free Trade Agreement. Previously, he was director of the Ottawa office at the Canadian Standards Association, director of international affairs at Environment Canada, corporate secretary at Agriculture Canada and acting director of education and compliance at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. He holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in history from the University of Ottawa.

From this expert

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Helping Organizations Master Data Governance Big Data, Standards Policy Briefs
Data Standards Task Force for Digital Cooperation Big Data, Standards Policy Briefs
Standards for Cybersecure IoT Devices: A Way Forward Big Data, Standards Policy Briefs
Standards for Digital Cooperation Big Data, Standards CIGI Papers
International Cooperation on Platform Governance Platform Governance Event
Models for Platform Governance Platform Governance Essay Series
Global Standards for Digital Cooperation Platform Governance, Standards Opinion
Why the Data Economy Needs Standards to Thrive Big Data, Standards Video
Standards for the Digital Economy: Creating an Architecture for Data Collection, Access and Analytics Big Data, Innovation Economy, Standards Policy Briefs
Canada's Nascent AI Sector Needs Data Standards to Thrive Artificial Intelligence, Standards Opinion
Safeguarding Big Data Captured in Public Spaces through Standardization Big Data, Standards Policy Briefs
Canada’s Digital Industry Needs to Set Global Standards — We All Depend on It Innovation Economy, Standards Opinion
Big Data Analytics Need Standards to Thrive: What Standards Are and Why They Matter Big Data, Standards CIGI Papers
Canada Needs Standards to Support Big Data Analytics Big Data, Standards Policy Briefs