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!

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

September 2017

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Fostering Second Language Risk Taking
Luc Cardinal, Nikolay Slavkov and Colonel Stephen Tremblay | September 14, 2017 | Ottawa or by webcast | Bilingual with interpretation in both languages

Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters
Theodore Fontaine | September 28, 2017 | Winnipeg or by webcast | English with interpretation in French

October 2017

Understanding Drug Addiction
Leo Petrilli and SanDee Vandale | October 5, 2017 | Ottawa or by webcast | English with interpretation in French


Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Fostering Second Language Risk Taking

Join us on September 14 to celebrate Linguistic Duality Day. Do you tend to avoid taking risks when it comes time to use your second language? If so, come and hear from dynamic and passionate speakers about this field—who will help you to go beyond linguistic resistance to foster personal change. They will encourage you to revisit your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to get new results and realize your full potential. This discussion will equip you with a range of effective tools to get tangible results that you can apply in every aspect of your life.

Date and Time:

September 14, 2017 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)

Speakers:
  • Luc Cardinal, Speaker and Trainer
  • Nikolay Slavkov, Director of the Canadian Center for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, University of Ottawa
  • Colonel Stephen Tremblay, Director, Official Languages, Canadian Armed Forces, National Defence
Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both 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


Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters

The Indigenous Cultural Awareness Committee and the Canada School of Public Service are proud to host this Indigenous reconciliation event featuring special guest speaker, Theodore (Ted) Fontaine. Current member and former chief of the Sagkeeng Ojibway First Nation in Manitoba, Ted will share his story after spending 12 years in residential schools.

September 30 has been declared Orange Shirt Day in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to Indigenous children. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for Indigenous Peoples, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations to come.

The insights gained through this armchair discussion will help participants better understand Indigenous Peoples' histories and experiences. It will also examine our responsibility as public servants to raise awareness and to create and promote respectful relationships and effective collaboration in delivering relevant programs, policies and services.

Date and Time:

September 28, 2017 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (CDT)

Speaker:

Theodore Fontaine, Member of the Sagkeeng First Nation; Chair of the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute

Language:

English with interpretation in French

Locations:
  • Stanley Knowles Building, 391 York Avenue, Suite 201, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 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.

Registration deadline: September 27, 2017

Information:

 csps.prairienwtregionregionprairiestno.efpc@canada.ca


Understanding Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is a problem that affects many Canadians. Not only does it negatively impact an individual's personal and professional life, it affects those around them including family, friends and colleagues.

Keeping in line with Mental Illness Awareness Week, this session will demystify addiction from a human and professional perspective through discussion as well as through a testimonial from a recovering addict.

Date and Time:

October 5, 2017 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)

Speakers:
  • Leo Petrilli, law enforcement officer
  • SanDee Vandale, Manager, Canada Pension Plan Service Improvement Strategy, Service 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


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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