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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!
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.
Language Rights in Canada: The Four Seasons of the Supreme Court
Join us on Linguistic Duality Day to learn more about the role of the Supreme Court of Canada in the evolution of language rights.
Canada’s two official languages are fundamental elements of both our country and our public service; therefore every year, since 2009, we gather to commemorate our rich heritage on Linguistic Duality Day.
Date and Time:
September 8, 2016 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EDT)
Michel Francœur, Director and General Counsel, Official Languages Directorate, Justice Canada
Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages
Available across Canada by webcast
Asticou Centre, 241 de la Cité-des-Jeunes Boulevard, Lounge 2519, Gatineau, Quebec
Civility and Respect in the Workplace
A workplace characterized by civility and respect is one that benefits from reduced employee turnover, greater productivity, higher morale and increased engagement.
This learning session will explore tools and strategies that public servants can use to foster civility and build a more respectful work climate.
Date and Time:
September 14, 2016 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
Christopher Moore, BA, MLS, Manager, Training and Education Services, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Maggie Daly, Acting Director, Labour Relations and Ethics, OHS, Compensation and Well-Being, Public Services and Procurement Canada
English with interpretation in French
Available across Canada by webcast
Collaboration Lounge, Académie De-La-Salle, 373 Sussex Drive (entrance on Guigues Avenue), Ottawa, Ontario
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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