Survey: Professional development

Professional development is tremendously important to members of Canada’s public sector. Canadian Government Executive has teamed up with Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada to create a survey to better understand the challenges you face in your job, as well as how continued professional development affects you. Effective budgeting and operational planning is the backbone of...

Confidence and Supply in British Columbia

Public servants are responsible for providing advice and support to the government of the day. Normally, though not necessarily, the government is composed of a single political party. British Columbia is trying something new: though the minority government has only New Democratic Party (NDP) members around the cabinet table, the support of the Green Party...

InCiSE Index Results 2017

The International Civil Service Effectiveness (InCiSE) Index project, a collaboration between the Blavatnik School of Government and the Institute for Government produced their inaugural report recently. The aim of the report is to assist countries in determining how their central civil services are performing and to learn from each other. The project, which is supported...

Bookshelf: The Captain Class

Yogi Berra, Maurice (The Rocket) Richard, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, and Derek Jeter. Five elite athletes who led championship teams. However, there’s a difference between them – a critical difference – that could be important to government executives seeking to be more effective at work. Three of those stars – Berra, Richard, and Russell –...

Delivering Complex Projects

In this episode, J. Richard Jones talks with Jocelyn Turgeon, Program Director – Master of Business in Complex Project Leadership at Telfer School of Management, about this unique program that is being offered in the region.  ...

From Silos to Synergies: Collaboration and Cabinet in a Networked Era

The Trudeau Government’s decision, in August 2017, to split the Indigenous Affairs Ministerial portfolio offers a potentially important inflection point in Canadian Westminster governance. Although skeptics have good reasons to be concerned that such a move is mere political window dressing and, worse yet, could yield the creation of two underlying and eventually even more...

From Procurement to the Commissioning of Public Services

Today, the challenges facing governments are increasingly shifting away from traditional, simple problems to those that are more complex and interconnected. At the same time, fiscal constraints and a growing demand from citizens for core services seem to have become a constant in government operations. Although resources are increasingly limited, citizens still have expectations and...