Creation of the first National Digital Identity Laboratory

March 19, 2020


Lab Announcement

A collaborative partnership

TORONTO, GATINEAU March 19, 2020 – The Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) is pleased to announce a collaborative partnership with Canada’s cybersecurity cluster, In-Sec-M, to create the first national digital identity lab.

Leveraging the strengths of their respective members, the two organizations have begun to identify and enumerate the requirements for the future laboratory, in addition to building a community of interest that will derive value from such a venture.

As an independent not-for-profit entity focused on providing value to the public and private sectors, the Digital Identity Laboratory is being established in accordance with principles of openness, transparency and good governance to maintain the highest level of market neutrality.

When operational, the Laboratory will allow innovative Canadian organizations to test and certify their digital identity solutions.

“The Digital ID Lab benefits all Canadians by promoting adoption of user-centric digital identity solutions by public and private organizations,” said Pierre Roberge, President of the Digital ID Laboratory of Canada.

An identity ecosystem of leaders from both the public and private sectors are already contributing to the development and support of the Digital Identity Laboratory. “To all parties who wish to contribute, shape, use and support the lab – we ask you to please come forward to connect your interests” added Roberge.

“In-Sec-M is a Canadian leader in cybersecurity,” noted DIACC President Joni Brennan. “We are looking forward to working together toward building an innovation ecosystem that serves as a model for the rest of the world.”

DIACC and In-Sec-M share similar values and look forward to collaborating on digital identity across Canada, and abroad.

“Both organizations value very strong digital identity in order to protect Canadians and their personal data,” said Antoine Normand, President, In-Sec-M. “We also share a similar approach, fostering public-private partnerships in digital identity, and we want to see Canada become an international leader in innovation for privacy protection and digital identity.”

About the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) (www.diacc.ca)
The DIACC is a non-profit coalition of public and private sector leaders committed to developing a Canadian digital identification and authentication framework to enable Canada’s full and secure participation in the global digital economy. The DIACC was created as a result of the
federal government’s Task Force for the Payments System Review and members include representatives from both the federal and provincial levels of government as well as private sector leaders.

About In-Sec-M (www.insecm.ca)
The Canadian cluster of the cybersecurity industry, In-Sec-M is a non-profit organization that strives to promote the cybersecurity industry, as well as increase the innovation, commercialization and growth capabilities of businesses in the field. Founded in 2017, the organization has been recognized by the Governments of Quebec and Canada as a Cybersecurity Excellence Centre.

About the Digital Identity Laboratory of Canada (www.idlab.org)
The Digital Identity Laboratory (DIDLab) is a Canadian non-profit organization that brings together public and private entities in order to accelerate the adoption of user-centric digital identity solutions by promoting compliance and interoperability components.

That's what they say ;-)

“The Digital Identity Laboratory of Canada continues to advance the country’s digital identity ecosystem through persistent advocacy of compliance and interoperability. This collaboration spurred between the private and public sectors has allowed providers and partners to work together and accelerate the understanding and adoption of digital identity across Canada.

These developments have been crucial with the increase of remote work and the importance of safe online transactions. Canadians need methods to trust online verifications to the same degree as in-person transactions, and the Lab plays a major role in allowing organizations to evaluate and adopt these solutions.

We are proud to be a sponsor of the Lab. Working alongside them to expand Verified.Me’s interoperability with international standards and improve the digital lives of Canadians has been an inspiring experience, and we are excited for what this beneficial partnership will continue to have in store for the future.”

Didier Serra, SecureKey Technologies