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Building Bench Strength with Canada's Free Agents


Finding employees with specific skill sets to fill specialized positions within the Government of Canada can be challenging. In this session, we will explore how Canada's Free Agents program can help you quickly fill a resource gap to get your initiative successfully underway.

Join this interactive event to learn about Canada's Free Agents program and walk through the breadth of assignments that free agents are called upon to fulfill. Participants will also learn about leaders' experiences with onboarding free agents in key functions, the varied skill sets that free agents bring to the table, and how to apply for the program.


  • Kimberley Accardi, Deputy Director General, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Pamela James, Senior Advisor, Change Management and Transformation, Transport Canada, and Business Manager, Canada's Free Agent Program
  • Daphne Guerrero, Acting Manager, Research and Guidance, Policy, Research and Parliamentary Affairs Directorate Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • Jen Ferris, Free Agent, Foresight Lead for the Future of Learning, Canada Revenue Agency


Neil Bouwer, Vice-President, Innovation and Skills Development Branch, Canada School of Public Service

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