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Approaches to Innovation in Government


Governments must innovate continuously to address the increasingly complex internal and external pressures to which they are expected to respond. Successful innovation in government requires a public service that understands, tests and embraces new ways of doing things.

Join this event to explore the importance of innovation in government and the different approaches to innovation being taken by governments around the world. Participants will learn about three examples within the Government of Canada, drawing on the activities of the Innovation Hubs and Labs community to explore:

  • successful models of each innovation practice
  • structural barriers each had to overcome
  • how areas of collaboration lead to the greatest benefits


  • Neil Bouwer, Vice-President, Innovation and Skills Development Branch, Canada School of Public Service
  • Kent Aitken, Acting Director, Learning Strategy, Policy and Partnerships, Canada School of Public Service
  • Jeannie Dempster, Director, Innovation Lab, Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Pierre-Olivier Bedard, Advisor/Economist, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Heather Buisman, Innovation Analysis and Stakeholder Engagement, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Anne White, Manager, Research and Innovation Lab Service, Innovation and Integration Branch, Canada Revenue Agency

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