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Webinar - Launch of the Digital Competencies Index (DCI) self-assessment tool and Roundtable on the challenges of digital transformation and digital skills

Friday 5 Nov 2021
From 12PM To 1PM

In today's ever-changing competitive landscape, evolving technology is forcing organizations to rethink how they operate, reinvent themselves, and embrace digital transformation. However, it is essentially people, not technology, that are the key to successful digital transformations.  In this context, it's essential for managers to understand and be able to assess their employees' digital skill levels, their readiness for change and the organization's digital culture. 

During this webinar, the digital competencies self-assessment tool, developed through a partnership between ESG+ researchers, including Simon Bourdeau, and a team from Blue Cross with the collaboration of CIRANO and MEI (Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation) was presented. This tool is now available for free. It is adapted to a simple and efficient use by organizations and allows to evaluate one's digital skills profile and to compare it with other respondents. 


Find all the information on the digital competencies self-assessment tool

Benoit Aubert

A CIRANO Researcher anf Fellow since 1995, Benoit A. Aubert is Full Professor in the Department of Information Technologies at HEC Montréal. He is also on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and the Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems and a regular member of key information systems conference program committees (ICIS, PACIS, AMCIS).

Holding a Ph.D. in Information Systems from HEC Montréal, his main research areas are risk management, innovation, outsourcing, offshoring, and business transformation.

Benoit A. Aubert past roles include: Director of the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University, Head of the School of Information Management and Professor at Victoria University of Wellington – where he was the Chair of the Spearheading Digital Futures strategic initiative for the University, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CIRANO, Director of Research at HEC Montréal, and Director of the IS Research Group at HEC Montréal. Benoit A. Aubert has a long record of collaborations with both private and public organizations.

Benoit A. Aubert published several articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and reports on these topics. His numerous publications on risk covered outsourcing, information technology projects, infrastructure maintenance, and private-public partnerships among other topics. He also published papers on trust, ontology, and health care information systems. Benoit A. Aubert received funding from the Social Science and Humanities Council (SSHRC), the Fonds Société et Culture (FQRSC), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

He was a member of the New Zealand PBRF (performance based research funding) panel in 2018. He co-chaired the Outsourcing mini-Track of the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences for more than ten years and was a Senior Editor of Database nine years. 

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Simon Bourdeau

CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2012, Simon Bourdeau is a full professor in the Department of Analytics, Operations and Information Technology (AOTI) at the School of Management Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal. He is also a member/researcher at GReSI (HEC Montréal). He teaches various courses in information technology and project management at ESG UQAM, and sits on various pedagogical and administrative committees.

Holder of a PhD in information technology from HEC Montréal, his research interests focus on: 1) Digital transformations, change management and digital skills, 2) Innovation, creativity and design, 3) Team dynamics - Diversity, resilience, adaptability, collaboration and conflict management, 4) Operational risks - Project management and cyber-risks and 5) LEGO Serious Play and complex problem solving.

Simon has been a certified Project Management Professional (PMI) since 2007, LEGO Serious Play Facilitator since 2013, Business Continuity Specialist since 2020 (Certificate of the Business Continuity Institute (CBCI) and Change Management Specialist and Prosci Certified Change.

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Mustapha Cheikh-Ammar

Assistant Professor in Information Systems at the Faculté des sciences de l’administration (FSA) and responsible for innovation and organizational transformation with IT, Université de Laval

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Cristina Cistellini

Cristina, Vice President HR, has been working in the Employee Experience area at National Bank for over 25 years. Her professional life is guided by the belief that making employees' lives better increases customer impact.

Cristina holds a Master's degree from ENAP in Organizational Development. Her career  began as a trainer and continues in HR intervention. Her passion for people has led her to explore new ways of intervening in a constantly evolving work world.

Inspired by client approaches, for the past two years she has been in charge of the Employee Experience teams, whose mission is to imagine, design and bring to life the practices that will shape the work experience of the future, and to implement innovative approaches that put employees at the heart of the creation of this experience. 

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Frédéric Thomas

Director of Digital Transformation, Blue Cross

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12:00 - 12:05
Mot de bienvenue
12:05 - 12:15
Présentation de l'outil ICN
Simon Bourdeau, Frédéric Thomas
12:15 - 12:45
Table ronde sur le thème « Transformations et défis des compétences numériques », animé par Simon Bourdeau
Frédéric Thomas, Cristina Cistellini, Mustapha Cheikh-Ammar, Benoit Aubert
12:45 - 13:00
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