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Embracing Risk in Uncertain Times


As part of the rapid and decisive response to the challenges posed by the COVID‑19 pandemic, Canada's public service developed new programs, rolled out financial supports, and acquired and distributed critical supplies in a matter of weeks. Despite the challenges and pivots along the way, the experience has taught us that to meet the needs of Canadians, it is sometimes necessary to embrace risk and uncertainty.

The pandemic is far from over, and the possibility of future waves of COVID‑19 looms before us. It is important to take stock of the lessons learned thus far. As public servants, how must we continue to adapt during uncertain times and embrace risk over the longer term?

Join us as we speak with executives from Employment and Social Development Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. They will share the lessons they learned from their role in Canada's response to the global pandemic.


  • Cliff Groen, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Benefits and Integrated Services, Service Canada
  • Sally Thornton, Former Vice-President, Health Security Infrastructure Branch, Public Health Agency of Canada


Jean-François Fleury, Assistant Deputy Minister, Research, Planning and Renewal, Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

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