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Talent Management for Today and Tomorrow

As Director of Talent Acceleration at Shopify, a fast-growing technology company based in Ottawa, Cam Gregg knows a thing or two about what it takes to develop talent.

Like the federal public service, Shopify's globalized workplace is made up of multiple generations working side by side. This can set the stage for a perfect storm of challenges and obstacles—or the chance of the century to get all hands on deck and deliver truly innovative products and services.

Join us to hear about approaches and techniques for navigating today's diverse, multigenerational workforce and ensuring that talent and innovation flourish.

January 13, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Speaker: Cam Gregg, Director of Talent Development, Shopify Inc.

Languages: English with interpretation in French


Celebrating Black History Month: Building Awareness and a Stronger Future Together

This February marks the 21st anniversary of the official recognition of Black History Month by the House of Commons, a unanimously-passed motion introduced by the Honourable Jean Augustine, the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament.

To celebrate this month, join an engaging discussion with the Honourable Jean Augustine and Nikki Clarke, current President of the Ontario Black History Society and host of the Nikki Clarke Show. These two women are recognized for their continuous and significant contributions to Canada and the lives of Canadians.

At this event, you will learn how they overcame challenges to become the highly respected women they are today. They will help raise awareness, celebrate key milestones in Black history in Canada and provide insight for the future.

To learn more about Black History Month and to find out about upcoming events celebrating the heritage of Black Canadians, visit the Canadian Heritage website.

Date and Time:

February 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Speakers:

The Honourable Jean Augustine, Queen's Privy Council and former Member of Parliament

Nikki Clarke, current President of the Ontario Black History Society and host of the Nikki Clarke Show

Language:

English with interpretation in French


Anishinaabe Perspectives in the Age of Truth and Reconciliation

This session will review the ways popular culture has influenced attitudes, behaviours and beliefs about Indigenous Peoples and contributed to unresolved historical tensions. By presenting Indigenous perspectives on their own history and experience, this discussion will highlight the diversity of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and break down stereotypes.

Participants will review pre-contact world-views, the Anishinaabe Clan System, traditional governing systems and current Indigenous education initiatives. Participants will have the opportunity to assess their own knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and to consider what skills, knowledge and behaviours will be needed in order to work towards reconciliation.

Come hear from Rebecca Chartrand, who is a proud member of Pine Creek First Nations with strong Anishinaabe, Inninew and Métis roots and an award-winning Indigenous educator with 20 years' experience in the field.

Date and Time:

March 2, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST)

Speaker:

Rebecca Chartrand, Division Team Lead for Aboriginal Education, Seven Oaks School Division


Hearing Their Voices: Empowering Women Worldwide

To mark International Women's Day, Sally Armstrong will share real-life stories about her outstanding and ongoing work with women around the world. Ms. Armstrong—a journalist, filmmaker, award-winning author, member of the Order of Canada, three-time Amnesty International Media Award winner and human rights activist—has been called "the war correspondent for the world's women" and has placed herself in risky situations to give women a voice.

This session will be a great opportunity to better understand the different experiences of women worldwide, discuss how the treatment of women can have a significant economic and social impact and explore how we can all contribute to gender equality nationally and internationally.

Date and Time:

March 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Speaker:

Sally Armstrong, journalist, filmmaker, award-winning author, member of the Order of Canada, three-time Amnesty Award winner and a human rights activist

Language:

English with interpretation in French


Canada 150: Celebrate Canada's Milestone Anniversary

Get ready for an exciting year as Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation. On March 9, come and hear from a panel of engaging speakers who will discuss the activities and initiatives taking place across the Government of Canada. They will also highlight some of the local community events and national Signature projects that are at the heart of Canada 150.

Don't miss this special opportunity to celebrate Canada 150! Discover ways to connect with others to create a lasting legacy for future generations.

Date and Time:

March 9, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Speakers:

Andrew Campbell, Senior Executive Director, Federal Secretariat Canada 150, Canadian Heritage

David Dendooven, Director General, Strategic Policy, Cabinet and Parliamentary Affairs, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

John L. Thomson, Director, National Celebrations, External Relations and Visitors Experience Directorate, Parks Canada

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages


Indigenous Awareness: History and Context

The Public Health Agency of Canada, in partnership with the Canada School of Public Service, is pleased to present an armchair discussion on the history of Indigenous Peoples from both a milestone and personal perspective. Kevin Lamoureux, Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg, will discuss post-Confederation treaties, residential schools and colonization, and their relationship within the context of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action.

Kevin is a member of the Speakers Bureau at the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and an educator at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. His work has been featured in the Winnipeg Free Press, Grassroots News and many academic journals. In addition, he recently received the Honouring Our Ways award from the Aboriginal Circle of Educators and won the International Centre for Innovation in Education's Young Scholar Award in Ulm, Germany. Kevin's accolades also include the University of Winnipeg's Merit Award and the Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contributing to Self-Governance.

Date and Time:

March 9, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (CST)

Speaker:

Kevin Lamoureux, Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs, University of Winnipeg, and co-chair of the Manitoba Task Force on Educational Outcomes for Children in Care


Open Government Starts with You

The Open Government Partnership aims to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. As a member of this initiative, the Government of Canada continues to deepen its efforts to integrate openness into day-to-day business.   

Join us for a discussion with open government practitioners about the available opportunities to help make open government mainstream across Canada. You will also learn how to facilitate this shift towards openness within your own organization.

Date and Time:

April 12, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Speakers:

Beth Simone Noveck, Co-founder and Director of GovLab and the MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance

David Hume, Executive Director, Citizen Engagement, Province of British Columbia

Jean-Noé Landry, Executive Director, Open North

Moderator:

Alex Benay, Chief Information Officer, Government of Canada

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages


Transformation Through Big Data

Big data is transforming business around the world, including within the government. This discussion will provide participants with a better understanding of big data, its benefits, its challenges and how it can be used most effectively in day-to-day work. The session will also explore concepts such as the "Internet of Things" and open government as well as possibilities for the future.

Date and Time:

April 13, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Speakers:

Dr. Sara Diamond, President, Ontario College of Art and Design University

Justin Longo, Assistant Professor and Cisco Research Chair in Digital Governance, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina

Moderator:

Corinne Charrette, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages


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


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


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


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


35 Years of Section 35: The Evolution of Aboriginal Rights

The courts play an important role in setting the parameters of the relationship between the Crown and Indigenous peoples in Canada. Dr. Ronald Stevenson, Senior General Counsel and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister at Justice Canada, will explain the role of the Supreme Court of Canada in developing the interpretation of Section 35 of the Constitution Act of 1982 and its significance to all public servants.

Participants will explore how the Supreme Court of Canada and the 1990 Sparrow case decision set out the fundamental rules for interpreting the constitutional provision of Section 35.

Participants will also gain new insights and perspectives on how the history of past cases help explain why Section 35 continues to provide a solid foundation for achieving the goal of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians; though much work remains to be done.

Date and Time:

June 21, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Speaker:

Dr. Ronald Stevenson, Senior General Counsel and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Justice Canada

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages


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 | 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm (EDT)

Speakers:
  • Luc Cardinal, Speaker and Trainer
  • Nikolay Slavkov, Director of the Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL), Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Ottawa
  • Colonel Stephen Tremblay, Director, Official Languages, Canadian Armed Forces, National Defence
  • Jérémie Séror, Director and Associate Dean, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Ottawa
  • Patrick Borbey, President of the Public Service Commission of Canada and Co-Chair of the Working Group on Language Use in the Workplace
Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both languages


Let's Talk Cybersecurity

In this digital age, cybersecurity is one of the biggest concerns for public and private sectors worldwide. Join two internationally respected security experts for a candid discussion on current and emerging cybersecurity issues and what they mean for the public service. Our speakers will identify common threats and how to spot them and will also explain risks that all public servants must be aware of.

This is your opportunity to hear what we can do to strengthen our policies, systems and processes and position Canada as a cybersecurity leader.

Ray Boisvert is the Provincial Security Advisor for Ontario. He was previously associate deputy minister in the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and director general for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) Counter-Terrorism Program.

Alex Wilner is Assistant Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. He previously held a variety of positions at Policy Horizons Canada and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. He has also worked with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.

Date and Time:

September 28, 2017 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)

Speakers:
  • Ray Boisvert, Provincial Security Advisor for Ontario
  • Alex Wilner, Assistant Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

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


Understanding Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Not only does addiction to alcohol and drugs negatively impact an individual's personal and professional life, it also affects those around them, including their family, friends and colleagues.

Organized as part of the Mental Illness Awareness Week, this session will demystify this type of addiction from a human and professional perspective through testimonials and discussions.

Date and Time:

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

Speakers:
  • Leo Petrilli, Law enforcement officer
  • SanDee Vandal, Manager, Canada Pension Plan Service Improvement Strategy, Service Canada
Moderator:

Patrick Rosemond, Liaison Officer and Mental Health Champion, Public Service Commission of Canada

Language:

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


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


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


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, Distinguished Fellow and Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University; member of founding board of Lifeline Syria; former civil servant of the Government of Canada and the Ontario provincial government
Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages


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


Rethinking Public Service in the Digital Era

Major technological trends like digitization, artificial intelligence and the sharing economy are reshaping economies and societies—as well as driving international trends in government transformation. New ways to gather data and new methods of delivery, for example, have created a focus on outcomes and citizen-centred services.

Join Sunil Johal, Policy Director at the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre, to explore how these trends are changing citizens’ expectations of their governments. Sunil will draw on his broad range of public policy expertise across economic, social, intergovernmental and regulatory fields to share the innovative approaches helping governments around the world “do more with less.”

Date and Time:

December 13, 2017 | 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm (EST)

Speaker:

Sunil Johal, Policy Director, Mowat Centre, University of Toronto

Locations and Languages:
  • Dominion Public Building, 1 Front Street West, Superior Room, Toronto, Ontario | English
  • Available across Canada by webcast | English with interpretation in French

Open Government: An Ongoing Process

An open government is committed to making its data and information holdings accessible to citizens and to creating opportunities for them to take part in developing policies and services that interest or affect them. These commitments require a culture shift within the public service.

Canada is not the only country seeking to "open" its government, as demonstrated by the creation of the Open Government Partnership, an international association of governments that favour greater transparency. And Canada has a high bar for its Action Plan for Open Government 2018–2020: it will be the government co-chair of the Partnership's Steering Committee for 2018–2019.

Join us to learn more about open government, share your ideas and find out how to contribute to this ongoing effort.

Date and Time:

December 14, 2017 | 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (EST)

Speaker:

Melanie Robert, Executive Director of Service and Open Government at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Locations and Languages:
  • René-Nicolas Levasseur Building, 94 Dalhousie Street, Champlain Room, Québec, Quebec | French
  • Available across Canada by webcast | French with interpretation in English
Viewing Centre:

Library Square, 300 West Georgia Street, 4th floor, Vancouver, British Colombia | 10:00 am to 11:30 am (PST) | French


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