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 Sessions

April 2017

Towards a More Diverse and Inclusive Workplace
Tanya van Biesen, Jillian Stirk and Rachel Wernick | April 27, 2017 | Ottawa or by webcast | Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

May 2017

Raising Awareness to Stamp Out Stigma
Dr. Jessica Ward-King, Maxime Guenette, Darlene Marion and Debbie Beresford-Green | May 2, 2017 | Ottawa or by webcast | Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

How Millennials Are Transforming the Workplace
Douglas Hagar, Marianne Poirier, David Coletto and Nick Frate | May 17, 2017 | Ottawa or by webcast | Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Diversity and Inclusion – Building Stronger Communities for All
Carole Anne Hilton | May 24, 2017 | Ottawa or by webcast | English with interpretation in French


Towards a More Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

Building a diverse and inclusive workforce has become more important than ever as demographics shift across Canada and internationally. What impact will this have on the public service? How can the public service best position itself to fully benefit from these changes?

This session will welcome diversity experts from the private and public sectors to explore these questions. They will offer participants a better understanding of what diversity means in today's society and what employers can gain from a diverse workforce.

Date and Time:

April 27, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Speakers:

Tanya van Biesen, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada

Jillian Stirk, former Canadian ambassador and assistant deputy minister

Moderator:

Rachel Wernick, Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Locations:

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


Raising Awareness to Stamp Out Stigma

Join the Canada School of Public Service and the Federal Youth Network for an open and thought-provoking discussion about mental health with speakers who will share their varied personal experiences.

The conversation will explore ways to reduce the stigma still associated with mental illness, the social and economic costs of mental illness for individuals and organizations, effective accommodations that can be made in the workplace and the resources available to promote mental health at work.

Don't miss this opportunity to discuss this important public service priority and what it means for you.

Date and Time:

May 2, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Speakers:

Dr. Jessica Ward-King, Learning Advisor, National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

Maxime Guenette, Assistant Commissioner and Chief Privacy Officer, Canada Revenue Agency

Darlene Marion, Senior Program Officer, Canada Border Service Agency

Moderator:

Debbie Beresford-Green, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Canada

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Locations:

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


How Millennials Are Transforming the Workplace

Millennials are the largest generation in the Canadian workforce, yet are still under-represented in the federal public service. They are tech-savvy, well-educated, socially conscious, and best reflect Canada's rich diversity. Their influence will define the way forward for years to come.

This panel will discuss the many facets of the millennial generation as well as the assets they bring to Canada's rapidly changing workforce and some of the myths associated with them.

This is your opportunity to hear firsthand from millennials about the issues and challenges they face in today's society. You will learn about what they see as the road ahead as the public service strives to renew itself by attracting and retaining workers from this diverse generation.

Date and Time:

May 17, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Speakers:

Douglas Hagar, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Directorate, Employment and Social Development Canada

Marianne Poirier, Analyst, Employment and Social Development Canada

David Coletto, CEO, Abacus Data

Moderator:

Nick Frate, Director, Official Languages and Employment Equity Division, Canada Revenue Agency

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Locations:

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


Diversity and Inclusion – Building Stronger Communities for All

In celebration of Aboriginal Awareness Week and the World Day for Cultural Diversity, Carol Anne Hilton, CEO of the award-winning social and economic development company, Transformation International, will help you better understand the cultural diversity of Indigenous Peoples and the power of transformation.

Carol Anne is a well-known First Nation's business entrepreneur who coined the term “Indigenomics,” the study of indigenous ways of being and worldview. She is also a member of the Minister of Finance's Advisory Council on Economic Growth. Carol Anne's mission is to start a dialogue between diverse groups of people on how to change the intergenerational story, build relationships and expand the Indigenous worldview for more economically sustainable and inclusive communities.

Through her own stories of trials, successes and leadership, Carol Anne will also discuss the shared benefits of engaging culturally diverse groups.

Date and Time:

May 24, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Speaker:

Carol Anne Hilton, Chief Executive Officer, Transformation International

Language:

English with interpretation in French

Locations:

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