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Past Armchair Discussions: 2018

NOTE: Past Armchair Discussions are available through interlibrary departmental loans, in DVD format. To borrow a video, visit your departmental library and specify the title and date of the Armchair Discussion that you would like to watch.

Engaging People Through Digital Technology – The New Rules for Project Success

Join us for a discussion on effective project management with a leading authority in the field. Dr. Ed Hoffman, former chief knowledge officer at NASA, will share his unique expertise about managing projects in an increasingly complex digital age of rapid advances and new technologies.

Roch Huppé, Comptroller General of Canada, will first address the Community of Practice. Then, Dr. Hoffman will explore ways to cultivate a public service that engages people and harnesses new technologies—including, for example, through social media. He will also discuss the direct relationship between knowledge and trust, as well as the importance of communication and engagement, and outline strategies and tools for putting all of these insights to work.

Regardless of your level or field of work, project management is a critical skill. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a celebrated leader as part of the Investment Planning and Project Management Community of Practitioners Professional Development Day.

Date and Time:

February 7, 2018 | 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (EST)

Speakers:
  • Dr. Ed Hoffman, founder and Chief Executive Officer, Knowledge Strategies, LLC; Columbia University; Senior Advisor, Project Management Institute
  • Roch Huppé, Comptroller General of Canada
Language:

English with interpretation in French


The African Diaspora in Canada

Many Canadians learn about the Underground Railroad: the network of sympathetic allies who helped African-American slaves to escape into Canada. But in fact, Canada was also among the places where slaves were owned and traded, and just as in the rest of the world, that history has left a long and bitter legacy.

Join us for an engaging discussion with Nii Tawiah Koney, Executive Director of the Nile Valley Foundation Learning Centre, founder of the Afrika Diaspora History Library and publisher of the "Nile Valley" journal. Mr. Koney will discuss the past and present experiences of African Canadians as well as the Black-Indigenous shared understanding.

During the discussion, Mr. Koney will explore how African Canadians and Indigenous communities can work together to repair past conflicts and establish solidarities at local and national levels. He will also discuss the tension between celebrating Canada and the community's experiences with the Canadian state and society.

Date and Time:

February 8, 2018 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (MST)

Speaker:

Nii Tawiah Koney, Executive Director of the Nile Valley Foundation Learning Centre

Language:

English with interpretation in French


Continuing the Conversation: A Regional Approach to Innovation

We've heard in our past armchair discussion with Dr. Neil Turok that the "Four Cs" of innovation are curiosity, courage, creativity, and collaboration. To demonstrate how to channel these traits, speakers from within and beyond government will share their stories about regional grassroots innovations.

Our panelists come from backgrounds that range from publishing and design to tax auditing and weather forecasting. Across disciplines, they have applied the "Four Cs" to benefit Canadians. Come hear about the results of the $1,500 FedStarter project grants and how a not-for-profit organization created a space between art and engineering that is open to everyone.

Find out more about these projects—what worked and how they overcame challenges—and get inspired!

Date and Time:

March 6, 2018 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (MST)

Speakers:
  • Mary Anne Moser, President and Co-founder, Beakerhead, Calgary, Alberta
  • Chris Harder, Auditor, Canada Revenue Agency
  • Brian Wiens, Director, Operations and Planning, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Catherine McNalty, Tree Ring Technician, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta
Language:

English with interpretation in French


International Women's Day
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics...and Women

Women are more educated than ever, yet the number of females working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is still low. Why? How can we make STEM careers more enticing for women? Having more females working in these fields not only benefits women, it benefits everyone.

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Imogen R. Coe on how to create gender balance in STEM. Dr. Coe is the founding dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University and a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology. She will tell her personal story and share her wealth of experience: how she found her way into a STEM career and her struggles and successes as a woman in science. Dr. Coe will also talk about the importance of work-life balance for everyone working in STEM.

Come and learn how women can thrive in a STEM career.

Date and Time:

March 8, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EST)

Speaker:

Dr. Imogen Coe, Founding Dean of the Faculty of Science, Ryerson University and Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology

Moderator:

Gina Wilson, Deputy Minister, Status of Women Canada

Language:

English with interpretation in French


Sustainable Government: The Atlantic Growth Strategy

The Atlantic Growth Strategy was launched as a federal–provincial partnership in July 2016 to create well-paying middle-class jobs, strengthen local communities and grow innovative, world-class companies in the Atlantic region.

Since that time, the Strategy has been following a two-year plan to guide collaborative, results-focused action that reflects the priorities of the four Atlantic provinces and the Government of Canada.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Strategy: its objectives, its priorities and its results to date.

Date and Time:

March 20, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (ADT)

Speaker:

Wade Aucoin, Director General, Policy, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Language:

English with interpretation in French


Inclusion in the Workplace and Its Advantages

Diversity and inclusion are important cultural values in Canada and in the federal public service. Come and learn about this subject through the inspiring personal story of a public servant living with a disability who will talk about his journey and the challenges he faced before being better integrated into his workplace.

Patrick Tanguay has been a human resources advisor at the Canadian Space Agency since 2003 and has worked in the federal public service since 1999. Mr. Tanguay has a rare disease called Morquio syndrome. He will draw on his experiences to illustrate the accessibility hurdles that disabled persons must overcome and the importance of making room for everyone. Mr. Tanguay will draw parallels with accommodation measures (for visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, parents, etc.) to highlight the advantages of effective inclusion in the workplace.

Date and Time:

March 22, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)

Speaker:

Patrick Tanguay, Human resources advisor, Canadian Space Agency

Language:

English with interpretation in French


Preparing for Climate Change in the Government of Canada

The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change is Canada's plan to meet emissions reduction targets, grow the economy and build resilience to a changing climate.

Since public servants across federal organizations will play a key role in achieving these goals, a common understanding of climate change and its impacts is essential. At this session, leaders from various organizations will explore what's involved in preparing for climate change within the Government of Canada and discuss the initiatives and practices already underway.

Date and Time:

April 25, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)

Speakers:
  • Ellen Burack, Director General, Environmental Policy, Transport Canada
  • Madame Julie Lax, A/Manager, Adaptation Policy Development, Strategic Policy Branch, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Jean-Rock Tourigny, Senior Director, Environment, Health and Safety, Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Amanda Wilson, Director General, Office of Energy Research and Development, Natural Resources Canada

Moderator:

Dominic Cliché, Director, Environmental Management, Environment Programs, Transport Canada

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in official languages


Socio-economic inclusion in 2030

The Government of Canada has signaled a commitment to socio-economic inclusion and growth. As part of Canada Beyond 150, a Canada-wide group of new public servants was challenged to explore how emergent trends in areas like technological development, demography, and immigration can present opportunities to fuel greater prosperity and social cohesion. Hear how this group examined the future of work, well-being, digital health, and the future of capital and debt.

Canada Beyond 150 was a professional development program in which participants used foresight and design thinking to engage with partners and explore complex policy challenges through a lens of diversity and inclusiveness. The program aimed to support a shift toward a more open, collaborative, and innovative public service, and to prepare public servants to serve Canadians by addressing future policy challenges.

Date and Time:

April 27, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)

Speakers:

  • Aaron Henry, Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada
  • Kazia Peplinskie, Senior Advisor, Health Canada
  • Annie Xie, Analyst, Statistics Canada

Moderator:

Eric Ward, Senior Director, Policy Horizons Canada

Language:

Bilingual, with interpretation in official languages


Emotional Intelligence at Work: The Art of Maintaining Collective Well-Being

This session presents ways to use emotional intelligence to improve well-being at work. It is the perfect prelude to National Mental Health Week, which takes place from May 7 to 13, 2018.

Emotional intelligence promotes improved self-understanding and better interpersonal relationships through an understanding of people's feelings.

During this dynamic discussion, Stéphanie Milot will provide you with concrete tools that will allow you not only to better manage your own emotions, but also to help your colleagues and employees to do the same.

You will discover practices that promote healthier and more constructive attitudes, leading to increased individual and organizational well-being.

Date and Time:

May 3, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)

Speaker:

Stéphanie Milot, speaker, educator, businesswoman and author

Language:

French with interpretation in English


The Power of Social Labels on People's Lives

Australian speaker, writer and human rights advocate Wayne Herbert knows a thing or two about labels and how they can affect people's lives. Combining humour with straight talk, Wayne will use his unique personal insight to shed light on the effects—good and bad—of labels. While promoting the rights of and opportunities for people with disabilities and people in the LGBTQ2 community, he will challenge us to face our biases head on so that we understand the transformative difference well-paid employment can make in an individual's life.

Join us for this engaging and thought-provoking armchair discussion.

Ottawa

Date and Time:

June 7, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)

Speaker:

  • Wayne Herbert, public speaker, presenter, advocate, writer

Moderator:

  • James Van Raalte, Director General, Accessibility Secretariat, Employment and Social Development Canada

Language:

English with interpretation in French


The Road to Indigenous Economic Reconciliation

This session will examine the bold steps needed to make progress towards Indigenous economic reconciliation and how public servants can contribute to this process.

Guest speakers Miles Richardson and Carol Anne Hilton will share their personal perspectives and expertise on the principles, frameworks, and practices needed to lay the foundation for transformative change.

Vancouver

Date and Time:

June 13, 2018 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pm (PST)

Speakers:

  • Miles G. Richardson, Haida Nation. Executive Director, National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development, and Senior Advisor for the Indigenous Guardians Program
  • Carol Anne Hilton, Nuu-chah-nulth Nation. CEO, Indigenomics Institute, and Senior Advisor for the Federal Finance ‎Minister's Canadian Economic Growth Council

Language:

English with interpretation in French


Treaty Relations

Join this discussion to learn about the impact and significance of the Post-Confederation Treaties for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada. In many ways, their effects are still felt today.

Dr. Jean Friesen will explain some of the motivations behind the Post-Confederation Treaties, the first of which was entered into in August 1871 at Lower Fort Garry, Manitoba. Dr. Friesen will also explore the historical context of these treaties, as well as how they were altered—with far-reaching consequences—by the Indian Act of 1876.

Winnipeg

Date and Time:

June 21, 2018 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pm (CDT)

Speakers:

  • Dr. Jean Friesen, Professor of History, University of Manitoba
  • Loretta Ross, Treaty Commissioner, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba

Language:

English with interpretation in French


Let's Talk Digital First

Join Alex Benay, Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada, Aaron Snow, the first Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Digital Services; and Aneeta Bains, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Digital Officer at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, in an interactive session about digital government.

Come and discuss with them how they are working together to support the Government of Canada digital agenda, what matters to them, where we are heading and where we want to be in the future.

Ottawa

Date and Time:

June 27, 2018 | 9:30 am to 11:00 am (EDT)

Speakers:

  • Alex Benay, Chief Information Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Aaron Snow, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Digital Services

Moderator:

Aneeta Bains, Chief Digital Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Digital Transformation Services Sector, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in official languages


Learning a Second Language

You may be aware that being bilingual is useful for your career, but did you know that learning a second languagehas other advantages? On the 10th edition of Linguistic Duality Day, our guest speakers will talk about the challenges, benefits and amazing opportunities that come from learning a second language. Come and let us inspire you!

Ottawa

Date and time:

September 13, 2018 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)

Speakers:

  • Debbie Beresford-Green, Chair of the Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions and Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services Branch, Health Canada
  • Patrick Borbey, President, Public Service Commission
  • Raymond Théberge, Commissioner of Official Languages
  • Monika Jezak, Assistant Director, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, University of Ottawa
  • Carsten Quell, Acting Executive Director, Official Languages Centre of Excellence, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Moderator

Louise Varagnolo, Director, International Senior Advisor and Official Languages Champion, Canada School of Public Service

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in official languages


The ABCs of Creating and Maintaining a Respectful Workplace

In this session, representatives from Health Canada's Respect in the Workplace Office and the Informal Conflict Management Office will discuss the responsibilities of managers and employees in creating and maintaining a respectful and harassment-free workplace.

Join us to learn about behaviours that will enable you to lead by example and signs that will help you recognize an unhealthy workplace. You will also gain best practices for managing the difficult conversations that are often necessary to improve the work environment.

Montréal

Date and time:

October 19, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)

Speakers:

  • Pascal Audit, Conflict Management Practitioner, Health Canada
  • Marc-André Cousineau, Advisor, Respect in the Workplace Office, Health Canada

Language:

French with interpretation in English


Logistical Planning of the 2018 G7 Charlevoix Summit: Lessons Learned

The logistical planning and delivery of a G7 Summit is one of the most ambitious, high-risk projects that public servants can undertake, demanding huge investments of time, money and people and a whole-of-government approach that involves various levels of government.

As Canada's 2018 G7 presidency reaches its end, this presentation will outline some key lessons from this experience that will help the Government of Canada to lead the way in planning future major international events.

Montréal

Date and time:

November 13, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EST)

Speaker:

Daniel Desfossés, Director General, Planning, Summits and Major Events

Language:

French on site with interpretation in English by webcast


Addressing Gender-Based Violence with Filmmaker Attiya Khan

The past year has been defined by many powerful stories from survivors of gender-based violence, and movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have shone a spotlight on the harsh realities and challenges that continue to hold us back.

Join us for a conversation on gender-based violence with special guest Attiya Khan, the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed documentary A Better Man. A panel of community leaders will discuss their vital role in assisting survivors to rebuild their lives and how the Government of Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence will help improve outcomes.

The full version of A Better Man is available for free viewing on TVO's website until November 24, 2018. (Video available in English only.)

Ottawa

Date and time:

November 15, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EST)

Speaker:

  • Attiya Khan, filmmaker
  • Lisa Smylie, Director of Research and Evaluation, Status of Women Canada
  • Irene Compton, Culture Program Manager, Minwaashin Lodge
  • Mercy Lawluvi, Executive Director, Immigrant Women Services Ottawa

Moderator:

Todd Minerson, Senior Advisor at Status of Women Canada and former Executive Director at White Ribbon Canada

Language:

English with interpretation in French


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