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Public Service Innovation and Leadership During COVID‑19: Leadership Under Pressure


We are living in unprecedented times and public servants must learn to develop new leadership skills, so they are equipped to adapt to the current environment. In collaboration with the Public Policy Forum (PPF) Academy, join us for the second event on Public Service Innovation and Leadership During COVID‑19.

This event will dive into 2 cases where public servants showed crisis leadership by repatriating Canadians from around the world and by creating the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit. Explore how teams navigated the first turbulent week of crisis, what they learned from the situation and what they would change.


  • Elisha Ram, Director, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Skills and Employment Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Brent Robson, Director, Emergency Operations, Global Affairs Canada


Vanessa Vermette, Director General, Communications and Engagement, Canada School of Public Service, Government of Canada

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