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The Role of Trusted Advisors in the Era of Converging Crises


Against the backdrop of geopolitical, social, environmental, economic, and global health uncertainty, the role of public servants as trusted advisors is tested like never before.

This event will focus on what it means to be a trusted advisor and on how to analyze the intersection and integration of contextual elements to develop effective policies.

Noted strategic advisor Sanjay Khanna will discuss the five principles for understanding the 21st century risk environment when crafting policy.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on what it takes for today's pandemic-tested public servants to act as trusted advisors at a time when Canadians' faith in the public and private sector is waning.


  • Sanjay Khanna, Strategic Advisor and Foresight Expert, NOW Partners
  • Carol Devine, Humanitarian Advisor, Doctors Without Borders, Médecins Sans Frontières Canada
  • Dr. Tom Armstrong, President of Madison River Group and former executive director of the US Global Change Research Program


Taki Sarantakis, President, Canada School of Public Service

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