The launch of Verified.Me in May 2019 was an exciting moment for our organization. Our development and collaboration with financial institutions and strategic innovation partners across Canada behind the scenes paid off as we introduced a first-of-its-kind digital identity verification network that continues to advance the country’s identity landscape years later.
This ongoing enthusiasm and passion from our team, our partners and users are what drives us to keep improving. We are thrilled to have added new network participants over the last year including TD Precious Metals and WeTraq, which helped us deepen our foothold in sectors like healthcare and real estate. In addition to this, we partnered with IDENTOS and multiple healthcare centres to launch the Ontario trusted account, a service that allows patients to prove their identity online, just as they would in person using their Ontario health card, driver’s license or Photo Card.
The accelerating identity landscape
The pandemic accelerated many trends already underway, such as the adoption of digital solutions, cybersecurity education, cashless and online services and telehealth. With these monumental changes, a drastic evolution to keep Canadians’ safe online is in high demand. The exponential increase in remote work, online communication and transactions at a time where fraud instances were increasing required organizations to administer effective verification solutions that were easy to implement and user friendly. According to a February 2021 CPA report, almost three quarters of Canadians (73 per cent) reported having received fraudulent requests – a glaring example of how safeguards to better protect Canadians online are needed now more than ever.
Services like Verified.Me are a core part of the solution. Canadians are increasingly recognizing the impact that convenient, safe and private identity verification can have on their daily lives. A recent DIACC survey found that the majority of Canadians (76 per cent) are willing to share personal information online if it makes the experience more convenient and safe – a significant increase from the 68 per cent of Canadians who felt the same in 2019.
What’s next for Verified.Me
The importance of secure digital frameworks cannot be understated as the majority of communications and interactions have been driven online. As a service that allows Canadians to engage with their online service destinations of choice with consent, simplicity, privacy and convenience, Verified.Me is well suited to help users now and into the future. We saw the power of how digital identity providers helped during COVID-19, and know that there is no going back to the way things were done prior the pandemic by expediting access to government benefits and doing trusted transactions from home. Remote life and connecting with service providers privately, with consent and on Canadians’ own terms, is here to stay. We are proud to contribute our leading technology to enable more convenient digital lives for all of our users to be successful across the economy.
Looking at the next year and into the future, Verified.Me is focused on laying the groundwork for digital identity schemes around the globe, and our work is being recognized. Our Chief Identity Officer, Andre Boysen, recently shared his thoughts with Frontiers in Blockchain. His article, Decentralized, Self-Sovereign, Consortium: The Future of Digital Identity in Canada, highlights how Verified.Me is a prime example of self-sovereign identity (SSI), an emerging philosophy in identity that puts the control in the hands of users.
We look forward to sharing many exciting updates with you in the near-term. As the identity evolution continues, we will continue working with organizations, governments and the Canadians we serve to further advance secure, simple and convenient identity solutions for the greater good.
To learn more about Verified.Me and better understand your digital activity, please visit verified.me.
About Andre Boysen
Andre is responsible for positioning SecureKey’s growth strategy, cultivating opportunities in new and existing markets, and promoting demand for the company’s solutions globally. He serves as SecureKey’s digital identity evangelist. He was recognized as a global leader in digital identity by One World Identity (2017) and Innovate Identity (2016). Andre serves on the boards of the identity standards organizations of DIACC and the Kantara initiative.
Prior to joining SecureKey, Andre co-founded and served as chief technology officer of 724 Solutions Inc. Previously, he served as chief technology officer for Footprint Software and as chief executive officer for the company’s Asia Pacific business. In 1999, he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in recognition of his vision and accomplishments. From 1990 to 1994, he served as chief executive officer of Open Systems Limited. Andre has also served on the boards of 724 Solutions Inc., Dexit Inc., Footprint Software Pty. Ltd., and 305 Management Services.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa, an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He currently lectures at Wilfred Laurier’s Schlegel Entrepreneurship Centre.