Peter A Allard School of Law

Digital Government – How can it be used as a tool to combat corruption?

The Anti-Corruption Law Program (ACLP) is pleased to announce our upcoming webinar on the topic of  “Digital Government – How can it be used as a tool to combat corruption?”

This webinar, which has been organised by the Vancouver Anti-Corruption Institute (VACI), is based on the premise that Digital Government can be an important tool in the fight against corruption, and will explore problems encountered by governments in its effective implementation.

The webinar will focus on the use of digitization of government services in helping to weed out corrupt government practices. We will hear from three panelists who have in-depth knowledge of both the global and Canadian perspectives on the challenges and benefits of digital government, as well as the impact of digital government on government procurement.


  • Jessie O’Neil, Senior Manager, Global Compliance for Freeport-McMoRan
  • Paula Perez, Program Officer, Open Government Partnership
  • Jaimie Boyd, National Digital Government Leader, Deloitte LLP
  • Nancy Dubosse, Research Economist and Project Manager, Copenhagen Consensus


Jessie O'Neil - Moderator

Jessie O’Neil is the Senior Manager, Global Compliance for Freeport-McMoRan, a multinational mining company. In this role, she works with the company’s anti-corruption, anti-fraud, Code of Conduct, conflict of interest and reporting programs with a focus on regulatory requirements, localizing initiatives and transparency. Ms. O’Neil has extensive experience with internal investigations, security and human rights, data analytics and system development. She was formerly the Global Business Integrity Lead for Barrick Gold Corporation, the world’s second largest gold miner.  

Ms. O’Neil is Chair of the Compliance in Mining Network, an industry group comprised of major mining and extractive companies and large multinationals in their supply chains. The Network is dedicated to anti-corruption efforts and collective action. She is also a TRACE Foundation Board Member. The Foundation promotes, supports, and funds research, investigative journalism, publications, videos and related projects that encourage greater commercial transparency and advance anti-bribery awareness and education. 

Ms. O’Neil has 20 years’ experience in compliance, security, and global investigations. Prior to joining Barrick in 2011, she was a senior member of KPMG’s Forensic Corporate Intelligence group. 

Based in Calgary, Canada with her husband and two sons, Ms. O’Neil holds an honors Criminology and Political Science degree from the University of Toronto, and a variety of professional certifications. Ms. O'Neil has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the Vancouver Anti-Corruption Institute (VACI) since its inception. 

Paula Perez - Panelist

Paula Perez joined the Open Government Partnership in July 2019 working in the Americas Country Support team and is currently a Program Officer in the Thematic Policy Areas team.

Paula supports efforts to mobilize cross-country coalitions, strengthen partnerships and provides knowledge resources – working with OGP governments, civil society and other partners to leverage OGP to advance reforms in areas including anti-corruption and digital governance. Prior to OGP, Paula worked at Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and as an independent consultant on fiscal openness, public sector transparency and citizen participation. She holds a degree in Political Science, from Universidad de Buenos Aires, and is currently working on her International Affairs master degree thesis from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.

Jaimie Boyd - Panelist

Jaimie works with clients to accelerate digital change in the public sector, helping governments to better serve citizens using modern technologies. She previously served as the chief digital officer for the Government of British Columbia and has held a variety of leadership roles in the Government of Canada. Recognized as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government, Jaimie is a frequent speaker on service modernization, data-driven leadership, and the future of government. 

Nancy Dubosse - Panelist

Nancy Dubosse is an economist, specializing in the economic evaluation of public expenditures and development programming. She has worked throughout the African continent and in Haiti. Her latest publication is a cost-benefit analysis of e-government procurement implementation in low and lower-middle income countries, co-written with the Open Contracting Group and the World Bank. Dubosse obtained her doctorate in economics from the New School for Social Research, New York, USA.

This event qualifies for 2 CPD credits from the Law Society of British Columbia.

This webinar is being presented by the Anti-Corruption Law Program (ACLP), which is a joint continuing professional educational initiative of the Centre for Business Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Transparency International - Canada Chapter, and the Vancouver Anti-Corruption Institute at the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy.

  • Centre for Business Law
  • General Public
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Research Talks
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