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 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 Session

November 2016

Embracing the Power of Diversity and Inclusion

One of Canada's greatest strengths is the richness of its cultural diversity. However, does today's public service take full advantage of the varied perspectives of this diversity?

During this session, Caroline Codsi, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Cira Medical Services (Eastern Region), will discuss diversity and inclusion based on her personal experience, addressing the following topics: what it is and what it is not; how to recognize it in the workplace; and what a diverse work environment might look like in the future.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussion with both the speaker and their colleagues about the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace, examine some of the biases many people have and discover the role they can play in their organization.

Date and Time:

November 3, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EDT)


Caroline Codsi, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Eastern Region, Cira Medical Services


Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages


Available across Canada by webcast

Collaboration Lounge, Académie De-La-Salle, 373 Sussex Drive (entrance on Guigues Avenue), Ottawa, Ontario


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


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

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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