Drupal North drops into Ottawa with keynote from feds’ CIO Alex Benay

Alex Benay
Alex Benay is the chief information officer for the federal government. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

Ottawa’s top public sector techie will deliver the keynote address this weekend at Drupal North, the first time the annual developers' event has come to the Capital.

Alex Benay, who has been outspoken about the need for an IT overhaul since taking the federal government's chief information officer role in April, will kick off the free weekend of events and talks.

The Drupal North conference gathers businesses, developers and users of the open-source web development platform Drupal to share tips, tricks and best practices. The conference’s programming ranges from beginner to expert level, and caters to a variety of backgrounds including higher education, security and designers.

This is the third year of the Drupal North conference, coming to Ottawa after stints in Montreal and Toronto. Organizers anticipate more than 300 attendees this year, compared to roughly 200 in previous years.

This year’s event takes place Aug. 25-27 at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre. While it’s all free, registration is required.