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Speaking Truth to Power


One of the fundamental roles of a public servant is to provide their best advice. When points of view conflict, fulfilling this role can sometimes be challenging.

Join us for real accounts of "speaking truth to power" from individuals who have navigated challenging situations in providing their best advice. We will discuss how core public service values can guide us in this endeavour and suggest tips and tools for creating an environment that encourages frank discussion at all levels.

Keynote Speaker:

Taki Sarantakis, President, Canada School of Public Service


  • Sabrina Andee, Director, Policy Suite Integrity, Priorities and Planning Sector, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Eric Costen, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch, Health Canada
  • Alexandra Dostal, Director General, Aquaculture Policy Directorate, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Kym Shumsky, Senior Policy Analyst, Transferable Skills, Canada School of Public Service


Serge Bijimine, Director General, Programs Directorate, Pan-Canadian Framework Implementation Office, Environment and Climate Change Canada

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