Alex Benay

Board Member

Alex currently serves as a Partner with KPMG, where he leads the national digital transformation practice helping governments and Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries to pivot to the digital economy in the areas of technology, people and strategy.

Previously, Alex was a Deputy Minister at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the Chief Information Officer of Canada, where he managed a $7b (CDN) budget and led the government’s plans in areas of technology, people and business change. The role is fundamental to the country’s national digital agenda and to a strong Canadian digital economy, and includes oversight of digital standards, policies and guidelines, as well as key initiatives in artificial intelligence, national privacy, and cyber-security.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Minister, Alex was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, a federal Crown Corporation.  In this role, he managed over $275M in capital projects, re-launching a national museum in record time, as well as pioneering new digital partnerships with companies such as Nintendo, which produced global games on its platform using Corporation content and expertise.

From 2009 to 2014, Alex was a Vice-President at OpenText, Canada’s largest software company, where he oversaw several portfolios ranging from industry marketing to global public sector sales. Throughout his time with the company, he played a leadership role in Canada’s digital industry, as well as in promoting the global shift to digital in organizations such as the G20, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Olympics. Before joining OpenText, Alex managed various teams and programs at Global Affairs Canada where he focused on international trade and development in the information, communications and technology sector.

In 2018, Alex was named to Apolitical’s international list of the 100 most influential people in digital government. He is also the author of Canadian Failures, an anthology of essays from prominent Canadians openly talking about failure, and Government Digital, an in-depth look at how modern governments are tackling digital change.