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This is Canada Series

Canada Series

Are you interested in learning about how the realities of each region in Canada influence the development of policies and programs? We’ve got the event for you! This is Canada provides a snapshot of the socio-political, economic, and cultural outlook of a particular region, and how these elements should inform decisions.

This is Canada Series: Atlantic Outlook

On January 14, 2020, join colleagues from the Atlantic Region to discuss their working realities, learn new facts about the region, and explore current local trends. The event will include 1 plenary session, each with 2 separate panels lasting approximately 1 hour. The first panel will explore the local economic, political, and cultural trends, and the policy decision-making process in the National Capital Region (NCR). The second panel will focus on the development of policy, from idea to implementation, with examples of good implementation and those that went a bit sideways.

Panel 1: Differing realities: the Atlantic region versus the federal public service


  • Francis McGuire, President, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Jim Bickerton, Professor of Political Science, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Stefanie Beck, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Privy Council Office

Panel 2: From Policy to Implementation


Daryell Nowlan, Vice-President, Policy, Programs and Communications, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency


  • Kasi McMicking, Director General, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Denise Frenette, Director General, Small Craft Harbours, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Carsten Quell, Executive Director, Official Languages Centre of Excellence, Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Natasha Kim, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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