Armchair Discussions

Armchair Discussions

Innovative · Informative · Interactive

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 Sessions

May 2016

History of Indigenous Nations in Quebec
François Simard | May 26, 2016 | Québec or by webcast | French with interpretation in English

Supporting the Development of Official Languages Communities Without Grants and Contributions
François Tremblay and Michèle Laliberté | May 27, 2016 | Montréal or by webcast | Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Embarking on a New Performance Management Cycle
Margaret Van Amelsvoort-Thoms, Debra Tattrie and Lucille Boettger | May 27, 2016 | Ottawa or by webcast | Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Library and Archives Canada and the Digital Age
Guy Berthiaume | May 30, 2016 | Ottawa or by webcast | Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

June 2016

Delivering Better Services for Canadians and Businesses
Matthew Mendelsohn, Yaprak Baltacıoğlu, Kelly Gillis, Benoit Long, Andrew Treusch and Wilma Vreeswijk | June 7, 2016 | Webcast | Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Aboriginal Awareness Through Oral History
Catherine Blackstock-Campbell and the CANE Drum Group | June 13, 2016 | Vancouver | English

Delivering Results Across Government
Francis Bilodeau and Tolga Yalkin | June 13, 2016 | Ottawa or by webcast | Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Strategic Conversations—Effective Communication for Tough Dialogue
Scott Prior | June 16, 2016 | Vancouver | English

Social Media in the Government of Canada
Royce McDonald | June 16, 2016 | Vancouver | English


History of Indigenous Nations in Quebec

Join us for a discussion on the origins of Indigenous nations in Quebec and their interactions with Europe (and its territories) in the context of the colonial wars, the fur trade and religious missions. This session will also outline the context behind the creation of Indian reserves and the particularities of various Indigenous nations throughout the province.

Date and Time:

May 26, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EDT)

Speaker:

François Simard, Policy Analyst, Relationship with Partners, Strategic Services and Communications, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Language:

French with interpretation in English

Locations:

Available across Canada by webcast

Amphitheatre, École nationale d'administration publique, 555 Charest Boulevard East, Québec, Quebec

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.

Webcast May 26, 2016 | Québec May 26, 2016

Information:

Anne Letellier
anne.letellier@canada.ca


Supporting the Development of Official Languages Communities Without Grants and Contributions

If you're seeking positive measures that will help your organization to support the development of official language minority communities in your region but don't have access to grants and contributions programs, this is the session for you.

This event is an opportunity to discuss the best practices of federal organizations that don't use grants and contributions in carrying out their obligations under Part VII of the Official Languages Act.

Date and Time:

May 27, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EDT)

Panelists:

François Tremblay, Director General, Human Resources, Legal and Corporate Affairs, National Film Board of Canada

Michèle Laliberté, Communications Advisor, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Panel
Moderator:

Charles Taker, Liaison Officer, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Locations:

Available across Canada by webcast

Guy-Favreau Complex, Mont-Tremblant Room, 200 René-Lévesque Boulevard West, East Tower, 8th floor, Montréal, Quebec

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.

Webcast May 27, 2016 in Montréal | Montréal May 27, 2016

Information:

Anne Letellier
anne.letellier@canada.ca


Embarking on a New Performance Management Cycle

As we begin a new fiscal year, join this interactive discussion to reflect on last year's performance management cycle: what went well, what you might do differently in upcoming performance management discussions and how you can better support your employees in achieving their best.

The session will explore providing effective feedback, developing good work objectives and supporting employees with talent management plans and action plans.

Date and Time:

May 27, 2016 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Speakers:

Margaret Van Amelsvoort-Thoms, Executive Director, People Management and Community Engagement, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Debra Tattrie, Executive Director, HR Project Management & Implementation, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Lucille Boettger, Senior Practitioner, Informal Conflict Management System, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Locations:

Available across Canada by webcast

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

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.

Webcast May 27, 2016 | Ottawa May 27, 2016

Information:

csps.armchairdiscussions-causeries.efpc@canada.ca


Library and Archives Canada and the Digital Age

Some people associate Library and Archives Canada (LAC) with old relics, government documents and ancient books—but in fact, LAC is at the centre of the digital revolution. Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, will be the guest speaker at the armchair discussion entitled Saving the world, one record at a time. He will share how LAC has responded to technological leaps and bounds with innovation and energy, building resources that range from portals to unique partnerships.

This agility will be crucial as LAC takes on the many difficult issues inherent in the digital age, such as preserving our digital heritage; facilitating truly open government; communicating its mandate in ways that make it more relevant to the rest of government and to the world; and keeping up with the exponential growth of born-digital information. These challenges demand innovation, vision and foresight.

Join Dr. Berthiaume for a fascinating window into his organization's surprisingly high-tech world.

Date and Time:

May 30, 2016 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Speaker:

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Library and Archives Canada

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Locations:

Available across Canada by webcast

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

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.

Webcast May 30, 2016 | Ottawa May 30, 2016


Delivering Better Services for Canadians and Businesses

Matthew Mendelsohn, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Results & Delivery, Privy Council Office, will discuss results and delivery in the context of advancing the government's commitments to improving services for Canadians and businesses.

The presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion with a panel of deputy heads regarding implications for Government of Canada organizations and the government's overall strategic approach to delivering on its service priorities.

Date and Time:

June 7, 2016 | 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Speaker:

Matthew Mendelsohn, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Results & Delivery, Privy Council Office

Panel:

Kelly Gillis, Associate Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Benoît Long, Acting Senior Associate Deputy Minister, Employment and Social
Development Canada and Chief Operating Officer, Service Canada

Andrew Treusch, Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Revenue Agency

Wilma Vreeswijk, Deputy Minister/President, Canada School of Public Service

Moderator:

Yaprak Baltacıoğlu, Secretary, Treasury Board of Canada

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Location:

Available across Canada by webcast only

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.

Webcast

Information:

Eduardo Rivas
csps.learningevents-evenementsdapprentissage.efpc@canada.ca


Aboriginal Awareness Through Oral History

Come join us to have some fun, share stories and songs and—most importantly—ask your questions on topics like Aboriginal history, values, customs and beliefs and the diversity of Aboriginal peoples in British Columbia. This informal session will deepen awareness and respect, offering insights to help you communicate better and work more effectively with Aboriginal people.

Date and Time:

June 13, 2016 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (PDT)

Speakers:

Catherine Blackstock-Campbell, Consultation Advisor, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada – South Region and Hereditary Chief Geel, Fireweed Clan, Killerwhale Crest, Gitxsan Nation

Committee for the Advancement of Native Employment (CANE) Drum Group, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Language:

English

Location:

Suite 400, 300 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

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: June 9, 2016

Vancouver June 13, 2016

Information:

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


Delivering Results Across Government

The Government of Canada is driving towards results now more than ever, so measuring and communicating them to Canadians in a compelling and clear manner is crucial. To accommodate this, departments and agencies are changing the way they define, achieve and report results.

Join Francis Bilodeau from the Privy Council Office and Tolga Yalkin from the Treasury Board Secretariat for an engaging session on understanding both the context and impacts of the proposed changes. 

Date and Time:

June 13, 2016 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Speakers:

Francis Bilodeau, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Results and Delivery, Privy Council Office

Tolga Yalkin, Acting Executive Director of the Program Performance and Evaluation Division, Expenditure Management Sector, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Locations:

Available across Canada by webcast

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

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.

Webcast Ottawa, June 13, 2016 | Ottawa Ottawa, June 13, 2016

Information:

csps.armchairdiscussions-causeries.efpc@canada.ca


Strategic Conversations—Effective Communication for Tough Dialogue

It can be tempting to avoid challenging conversations as a source of tension and anxiety. This two-hour presentation offers some insight into how to become more strategic in these conversations with staff and colleagues.

This informative, interactive workshop will take some of the stress out of difficult conversations by giving participants a better grasp of the dynamics of these exchanges and more confidence in their listening skills.

Date and Time:

June 16, 2016 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (PDT)

Speaker:

Scott Prior, Conflict Management Practitioner, Office of Informal Conflict Management, Employment and Social Development Canada

Language:

English

Location:

Suite 400, 300 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

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.

Vancouver June 16, 2016

Information:

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


Social Media in the Government of Canada

Interested in learning how to make better use of social media in the workplace? Join us to get a better idea of your role and responsibilities when it comes to social media and how to maintain the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector.

Date and Time:

June 16, 2016 | 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m (PDT)

Speaker:

Royce McDonald, Team Leader, Citizen Services and Program Delivery, Service Canada

Language:

English

Location:

Suite 400, 300 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

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.

Vancouver morning of June 16, 2016

Information:

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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