July/August 2017 issue: Breakthrough Evaluation

We are thrilled to offer the July/August issue of Canadian Government Executive on Breakthrough Evaluation. In this issue, we have stories on: Confronting the Wicked: Using Evaluation to Boost Innovation The Case for Strategic Foresight as Design Tool APEX: Serving the Needs of Public Sector Executives Accountable Anonymity in Achieving Collaboration: Github’s Promise? Using Behavioural...

Fort McMurray’s wildfire a year later: ‘a whole of society effort’

At this time a year ago, the 88,000 displaced people of Fort McMurray began their heartbroken journey back to what was left of their homes and belongings in their fire-ravished city. Located in northeast Alberta, the city of Fort McMurray was combined with Improvement District No. 143 over twenty years ago to form the Regional...

Government appointments and the Trudeau Government

During the general election in 2015, Justin Trudeau, the leader of the 3rd party, made a number of commitments to rebuild many of Canada’s important governmental institutions including the House of Commons, the Senate, and the “first past the post” electoral system. After more than 18 months into its mandate, the Liberal government has made...

The Fraud Triangle: Looking for Signs

“Former Metro banker stole $73,000.”  “Enbridge sues ex-employee.”  “Woman stole $51,000 from employer.”  “Former NASA official accused in $9.6M scam.”  You don’t have to look far to find a story reporting fraud. They are everywhere. Fraud seemingly has no boundaries; local businesses, charitable organizations, banks, public companies. The list of victims goes on and on,...

Seven Steps to Create Better Digital Services (Faster!)

The recent introduction of the new Government of Canada (GC) IT Strategic Plan 2016-20201 and the Treasury Board Policy on Results2 provide an opportune time to test new approaches in creating better digital services for Canadians. This article lays out a simple seven-step model for transforming the way an organization can deliver Information Technology (IT)...

Canada @150: Muddling Through

So, what can be said about Canada’s public administration as the country celebrates its 150th anniversary? Quite a lot, actually, far more than what I can squeeze into this column. The reality is that the public service of the government of Canada is actually older than the country itself. The three provinces (United Canada, Nova...

Making the Leap from Province to City: An Interview with Peter Wallace, City Manager, City of Toronto

Peter Wallace has been working in the public service for over thirty years. He joined the Ontario Public Service through the Ministry of Industry and Tourism and worked his way up the ranks. He served as Associate Secretary of Cabinet with responsibility for Policy in Cabinet Office, Deputy Minister of Energy, Deputy Minister of Finance...

Being Accountable in Collaborative Security Networks: Lessons from the Attack on Parliament of Canada

On the morning of October 22, 2014, I lived an extraordinary event on Parliament Hill. We were having our weekly management meeting when we were brusquely interrupted and informed that a ceremonial guard at the Canadian National War Memorial, across the street from our location, had been shot. Being security practitioners, we all ran down...

Untangling the bureaucracy

The way forward to engaging Millennials in the public sector Passionate, innovative, and highly skilled Millennials have so much to offer. But compared to generations before, there are fewer of them taking their talents to the public sector. As we watch the Baby Boom generation and the public service age together, it becomes clear that...

Creative Change By Jennifer Mueller

Innovation is prized and praised these days at work, even in government. We are supposed to relish creative change. But what if the reality is that humans instinctively reject such change? Jennifer Mueller, a social psychologist at the University of San Diego who has focused on creativity, is making waves with her claim that our...