Armchair Discussions

Armchair Discussions

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Featuring notable leaders from the public and private sectors, Armchair Discussions are short, relevant and effective learning opportunities, offered at no charge to the learner.

They provide public servants with an opportunity to interact with some of the most accomplished professionals and academics in their fields, as well as with colleagues from across the public service. Public servants can learn about government priorities, innovative developments, key management initiatives and more.

Armchair Discussions are your ideal complementary learning solution in today's ever-changing environment. Look for them from September to June. Upcoming sessions are posted regularly – bookmark this page and check it often!

Event information

The Armchair Discussions have been designed for all federal public servants groups and levels at no cost.

The School encourages learners to view webcast events in groups to conserve bandwidth and facilitate discussion. To minimize the risk of technical difficulties during the webcast, check connectivity prior to the session by using the School's test link. If you experience any problems, please contact your IM/IT department.

Upcoming Sessions

December 2017

Rethinking Public Service in the Digital Era
Sunil Johal | December 13, 2017 | Toronto or by webcast | English (on site); English with interpretation in French (webcast)

Open Government: An Ongoing Process
Mélanie Robert | December 14, 2017 | Québec or by webcast | French (on site); French with interpretation in English (webcast)
Vancouver (Viewing Centre) | French


Rethinking Public Service in the Digital Era

Major technological trends like digitization, artificial intelligence and the sharing economy are reshaping economies and societies—as well as driving international trends in government transformation. New ways to gather data and new methods of delivery, for example, have created a focus on outcomes and citizen-centred services.

Join Sunil Johal, Policy Director at the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre, to explore how these trends are changing citizens’ expectations of their governments. Sunil will draw on his broad range of public policy expertise across economic, social, intergovernmental and regulatory fields to share the innovative approaches helping governments around the world “do more with less.”

Date and Time:

December 13, 2017 | 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm (EST)

Speaker:

Sunil Johal, Policy Director, Mowat Centre, University of Toronto

Locations and Languages:
  • Dominion Public Building, 1 Front Street West, Superior Room, Toronto, Ontario | English
  • Available across Canada by webcast | English with interpretation in French

Registration:

Please ensure that you have your MyAccount login name and password. If you do not have an account, please contact the Client Contact Centre.

Registration deadline: December 12, 2017

Information:

Ontario Region
csps.ontario.efpc@canada.ca


Open Government: An Ongoing Process

An open government is committed to making its data and information holdings accessible to citizens and to creating opportunities for them to take part in developing policies and services that interest or affect them. These commitments require a culture shift within the public service.

Canada is not the only country seeking to "open" its government, as demonstrated by the creation of the Open Government Partnership, an international association of governments that favour greater transparency. And Canada has a high bar for its Action Plan for Open Government 2018–2020: it will be the government co-chair of the Partnership's Steering Committee for 2018–2019.

Join us to learn more about open government, share your ideas and find out how to contribute to this ongoing effort.

Date and Time:

December 14, 2017 | 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (EST)

Speaker:

Melanie Robert, Executive Director of Service and Open Government at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Locations and Languages:
  • René-Nicolas Levasseur Building, 94 Dalhousie Street, Champlain Room, Québec, Quebec | French
  • Available across Canada by webcast | French with interpretation in English
Viewing Centre:

Library Square, 300 West Georgia Street, 4th floor, Vancouver, British Colombia | 10:00 am to 11:30 am (PST) | French

Registration:

Please ensure that you have your MyAccount login name and password. If you do not have an account, please contact the Client Contact Centre.

Information:

Quebec and Nunavut Region and Webcast
csps.quebec.efpc@canada.ca

Pacific and Yukon Region
csps.pacificandyukon-pacifiqueetyukon.efpc@canada.ca


Stay in touch

Armchairs discussions now an active community on GCconnex!

Join our online community on GCconnex to continue the conversation after an armchair discussion, stay up to date on what's coming up, provide feedback, participate in polls, view pictures and consult speakers' biographies.

Armchair discussion now on YouTube!

You can now view a selection of past armchair discussions! Visit the School's School's Video Gallery to catch up on videos!

Past armchair discussions

Past armchair discussions are available for departmental loans in DVD format. To borrow a video, please have the specific title and date of the armchair discussion that you would like to watch and contact the School's library.

Past armchair discussions are available in DVD format on demand (registration required) or through interlibrary departmental loans.

Questions or comments concerning the archived material can be directed to CSPS.ArmchairDiscussions-Causeries.EFPC@canada.ca.

Please Note: All presentation materials have been made available at the discretion of the speakers. The views expressed during the presentations are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Canada School of Public Service. All presentations are filmed for archival purposes.

Technical requirements for webcasting

The webcasting service is exclusive to public servants. It features interactive elements such as live video and "ask a question" functionalities in an attempt to bring participants together, whether they are located in the National Capital Region (NCR) or elsewhere. Webcasting requires the following technical requirements to function properly:

Software: Please ensure that Internet Explorer with a Windows Media Player 9 plug-in is installed OR that any current browser with Microsoft Silverlight plug-in is installed; Java must be enabled in the browser options, and cookies must be enabled if access control is implemented.

Hardware: You will need a PC or Mac capable of supporting the required software, a screen with at least a 1024x768 viewing area and sound support.

Communication: You will require Internet access with at least 200Kbps bandwidth and streaming content over HTTP permitted.

Check connectivity prior to an upcoming webcast by using the School's test link. If you experience any technical issues, please contact your IM/IT department.

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