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

October 2017

Strengthening Trust in Government
Lisa Kimmel | October 26, 2017 | Ottawa or by webcast | English with interpretation in French

November 2017

Shaping Canada's Future Featuring Dr. Neil Turok
Neil Turok | November 2, 2017 | Ottawa or by webcast | English with interpretation in French

Improving Communication and Citizen Engagement
Sean Larkins | November 6, 2017 | Ottawa or by webcast | English with interpretation in French

Our Humanitarian Commitment as Canadians: A Story of Generosity, Hope and Survival
Michael Molloy, Nhung Tran-Davies and Naomi Alboim | November 9, 2017 | Ottawa or by webcast | Bilingual with interpretation in both languages

Residential Schools: A Family's Story
John Moses | November 23, 2017 | Ottawa or by webcast | English with interpretation in French


Strengthening Trust in Government

Research from Edelman, the world's largest public relations firm, shows that trust in government is eroding worldwide. Organizations like the Organization for Economic Co-operation Development (OECD) and Gallup have come to the same conclusion.

In this session, Lisa Kimmel, Edelman Canada's President and CEO, will share the findings of the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer Report. She will explore what is driving these results and what they mean for governments and the public service. Join us to discuss ways we can work together to rebuild and maintain public trust and confidence over the long term.

Date and Time:

October 26, 2017 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)

Speaker:

Lisa Kimmel, President and CEO, Edelman Canada

Language:

English with interpretation in French

Locations:
  • Collaboration Lounge, Académie De-La-Salle, 373 Sussex Drive (Guigues Avenue entrance), Ottawa, Ontario
  • Available across Canada by webcast

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:

CSPS.ArmchairDiscussions-Causeries.EFPC@canada.ca


Shaping Canada's Future Featuring Dr. Neil Turok

The Department of Finance Canada's Shoyama Policy Lecture, presented in collaboration with the Canada School of Public Service

World-renowned physicist Neil Turok, Director of the Perimeter Institute, in discussion with deputy minister John Knubley, will share his personal story and explore the social, scientific and technological innovations that will shape Canada and the world.

Dr. Turok will discuss the "four Cs" of innovation: curiosity, creativity, courage and—above all—collaboration. He will also suggest ways, based on experience, to maximize research, training and outreach to improve lives and economies worldwide.

The Shoyama lecture series was established by the Department of Finance Canada in 2007 to honour the late Thomas K. Shoyama, former Deputy Minister of Finance, in recognition of his many significant contributions to the development of public policy in Canada.

Join us to learn why now is the time to engage Canadians and shape a brighter future together.

Date and Time:

November 2, 2017 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)

Speaker:

Neil Turok, Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Founder of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences and winner of the Tate Medal for International Leadership in Physics

Opening Remarks:

Paul Rochon, Deputy Minister, Finance Canada

Moderator:

John Knubley, Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Language:

English with interpretation in French

Locations:
  • Library and Archives Auditorium, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Available across Canada by webcast

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:

CSPS.ArmchairDiscussions-Causeries.EFPC@canada.ca


Improving Communication and Citizen Engagement

Knowing how to effectively communicate is important regardless of your level or field of work. Having a full understanding of how communication really works will help you to use it to its full potential.

In this session, Sean Larkins, a leading expert in this area, will discuss ways to communicate more effectively. He will share real-life stories of struggles faced by many governments, how they were addressed and how governments can use technology to become more citizen focused.

Sean Larkins has helped government organizations around the world to improve communications, better engage citizens, build trust, create a more collaborative environment and foster a core sense of purpose. He successfully led the reform of the UK Government's communications, for example, on behalf of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office.

Join us for an engaging and informative armchair discussion.

Date and Time:

November 6, 2017 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EST)

Speaker:

Sean Larkins, Director of Consulting and Capability, WPP Government and Public Sector Practice; former deputy director of communications for the UK Government

Language:

English with interpretation in French

Locations:
  • Collaboration Lounge, Académie De-La-Salle, 373 Sussex Drive (Guigues Avenue entrance), Ottawa, Ontario
  • Available across Canada by webcast

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:

CSPS.ArmchairDiscussions-Causeries.EFPC@canada.ca


Our Humanitarian Commitment as Canadians: A Story of Generosity, Hope and Survival

More than forty years since the Indochinese Refugee Movement and almost two years since the launch of the Syrian Refugee Program, join us at a special discussion to reflect on the profound contributions that many Canadians have made in such times of international crisis.

You will hear from some of the committed professionals who have made significant contributions to refugee resettlement. They will share their personal stories, including challenges they faced and how they mobilized and collaborated with large groups of people to help build these programs over a short period of time.

This is your opportunity to hear first-hand what they learned from their experiences, as well as how we can use this information to build and strengthen present and future policies and programs. Don't miss our speakers' inspiring stories of generosity, hope and survival.

Date and Time:

November 9, 2017 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EST)

Speakers:
  • Michael Molloy, President of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society; former Ambassador to Jordan

  • Nhung Tran-Davies, medical doctor; Founder of the Children of Vietnam Benevolent Foundation

  • Naomi Alboim, Founder of Lifeline Syria; Fellow, Adjunct Professor and Chair of the Policy Forum, Queen's University; recipient of Queen Elizabeth II's Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals; Member of the Order of Canada

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Locations:
  • Collaboration Lounge, Académie De-La-Salle, 373 Sussex Drive (Guigues Avenue entrance), Ottawa, Ontario
  • Available across Canada by webcast

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:

CSPS.ArmchairDiscussions-Causeries.EFPC@canada.ca


Residential Schools: A Family's Story

John Moses, the son, grandson and great-grandson of residential school survivors, will share his father's story and legacy.

John's father, Russ Moses, attended the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School in Brantford, Ontario, from 1942 to 1947. With excerpts from Russ's memoirs, written in 1965 when he was 33 years old, John will share the story of a residential school survivor who went on to serve in the Canadian military, as a civilian public servant and as a radio host.

It is important to hear the stories of survivors and honour their experiences. It is by sharing these truths that we can all continue to work towards reconciliation and healing.

Date and Time:

November 23, 2017 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EST)

Speaker:

John Moses, member of the Delaware and Upper Mohawk bands of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory

Language:

English with interpretation in French

Locations:
  • Collaboration Lounge, Académie De-La-Salle, 373 Sussex Drive (Guigues Avenue entrance), Ottawa, Ontario
  • Available across Canada by webcast

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:

CSPS.ArmchairDiscussions-Causeries.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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