Naturally for Canada to become the world’s leading digital nation, they need to lead, most notably to pioneer the cutting edge of the technology innovations that will shape the world.
In that regard the country is extremely well positioned – One of the most impactful trends is Blockchain and Digital Identity, a field where Canada is considerably more advanced than any other nation.
ACE : Self-Sovereign Identity Ecosystem
In particular western Canada is emerging as a hot spot for Identity innovations.
As highlighted in a previous blog British Columbia is pioneering the use of Blockchain and ‘Self-Sovereign Identity’ as an architecture for enabling better integrated Digital Government services.
Similarly in Alberta the state owned bank ATB Financial is building ‘ACE’, the Alberta Credential Ecosystem, a local collaboration of organizations beginning to adopt SSI and achieve integrated services through sharing SSI credentials.
The power of ecosystems are key to an exponential future! #SUCanSummit
The Alberta Credential Ecosystem is an example of how we're embracing a future of Self Sovereign identity #SSI and #blockchain to give individuals control of their identity
— Mike Brown (@mike_brown_yyc) April 23, 2019
It is early days for this initiative, and we’re soon likely to see potent use cases developed that demonstrate just how massively transformational this capability will be – And of course perhaps see it evolve to become a Canadian Credential Ecosystem.
For a great example of a potential use case we can still stay within the Canadian public sector, emphasizing the massive foundation being put in place to achieve global leadership. As this tweet highlights CIO Alex Benay is leading the groundbreaking idea of utilizing Blockcerts for academic certifications.
#D7 Update: @AlexBenay presented the @GC_Talent Cloud at D7: a platform testing new ways to protect workers’ rights and improve talent mobility in the #gigeconomy. Coming soon: A #blockcerts credential recognition pilot with @MIT #GCdigital #D9 pic.twitter.com/UGOcFMpuO6
— TBS Canada (@TBS_Canada) November 20, 2018
There is already considerable momentum in Canada to further accelerate these efforts. Digital Economy luminary Don Tapscott has launched the Blockchain Research Institute, charged with a goal of establishing Canada as a world leader in this field.
Given the innovations described in this article it’s clear that this is an achievement easily within Canada’s reach.
Our Summit Panel “Security and Identity: Supporting the Trust Protocol” is underway and filled with insight! Thank you to panelists Fatema Pirone, Carlos Moreira and Jennifer O’Rourke from @cibc, @WISeKey and Attest. #Blockchain #BRI2019 #security #AccelerateTheRevolution pic.twitter.com/MGenbmKCts
— Blockchain R.I. (@blockchainRI) April 23, 2019