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Government Aftershock: The Role of Gov’t and Startups in COVID-19 Recovery

November 17, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In this virtual panel discussion from OPIN and Volta, you will learn how government can work with startups in the COVID-19 recovery effort.

About this Event

When: Tuesday, November 17 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Where: Zoom (a link will be sent via Eventbrite at 8:30am on November 17)

Event Details:

As a part of the Government Aftershock event, the Nova Scotia Outpost for Public Sector Innovation (OPIN) and Volta are co-hosting a virtual panel discussion on government leveraging startups in the COVID-19 recovery effort.

The discussion will focus on procurement processes and procedures, experiences from both the business community and public sector, and discuss potential for a new path forward. This is an opportunity to learn how and why startups and government work the way they do, and what a more productive relationship might look like in the future.



  • Alexandra McCann, Executive Director, ONSIDE
  • Luke DeCoste, Entrepreneur in Residence, DavisPier
  • Raye Lemke, Strategist, Government of Nova Scotia
  • Andrew Anningson, Head of Production – Canada , Binogi
  • Chris Mitchell, Chief Procurement Officer, Province of Nova Scotia


What is Government Aftershock?

Government Aftershock, an event convened by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Observatory of Public Sector Innovation, will run across locations globally, combining local conversations with an international dialogue about how crisis has played out across different countries and different contexts. Participants will hear from, and help inform, leading authorities and thinkers about the potential implications of the crisis and the role of public governance in setting a new way forward.

The Government Aftershock Event aims to help governments, public servants and partners reflect upon the shock of 2020, to explore implications, and equip them with new perspectives to navigate current and future crisis, meanwhile promoting international collaboration and dialogue.

About OPIN

The Outpost for Public Sector Innovation is focused on transforming how the public service thinks about and solves Nova Scotia’s most pressing complex problems. OPIN’s team of multidisciplinary professionals work across departments to improve outcomes for citizens by experimenting with, and building capacity for, emerging approaches and tools designed to achieve greater public value in service and program delivery.


About Volta

Volta (formerly Volta Labs) is one of Canada’s largest innovation hubs, located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. Volta is creating a space where members of the Atlantic Canadian innovation ecosystem can work, connect and learn from one another by accessing co-working space, participating in programs and attending events. Volta is home to more than 50 startups through their Residency program, which have created more than 300 jobs and raised a combined total of $60-million in equity financing.

This event is part of the Government After Shock initiative, a collaborative initiative supported by:


November 17, 2020
10:30 am - 11:30 am


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