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Fostering a Safe and Respectful Workplace

Fostering a Safe and Respectful Workplace

The Government of Canada has taken steps to address harassment and violence in the workplace through a number of initiatives. Yet, public service employee surveys and other evidence indicate that problems persist.

The Clerk of the Privy Council created a Deputy Minister Task Team on Harassment, which tabled a report in August 2018. In Safe Workspaces: Starting a Dialogue and Taking Action, they state, "We are acutely aware that many cases of workplace harassment are never reported. It can be difficult for victims of any form of harassment to come forward. Victims may not know who to turn to, do not always feel safe, and, in many cases, fear reprisal."

This event will feature notable speakers focusing on workplace bullying, disrespectful behaviour, and shifting the culture away from the fear of reprisal.

You are cordially invited to come and hear about the best practices being adopted by organizations to foster and maintain safe and respectful workspaces.

This event is jointly sponsored by Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Health Canada.

Event Information

This learning activity is designed for all public servant groups and levels and is offered at no cost.


Date and time:

November 29, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EST)


Valerie Cade, Author and expert on stopping workplace bullying


  • Waheed Khan, Co-Chair, Environment and Climate Change Canada Respectful Workplace Committee
  • Elizabeth Young, Senior Director, Business Management, Integration and Engagement, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Marc Gosselin, Director, Workplace Wellness Programs, Health Canada


  • Anna Pittas, Communications Officer, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Melissande Gaucher, Policy Analyst, Environment and Climate Change Canada


Bilingual, with interpretation in both official languages

  • Collaboration Lounge, Académie De-La-Salle, 373 Sussex Drive (Guigues Avenue entrance), Ottawa, Ontario
  • Available across Canada by webcast


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