Smart Cities – March/April issue

We are excited to share with you the latest issue of Canadian Government Executive. In this issue, we have two interviews, one with Annette Antoniak, Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta and Janice Fukakusa, Chair of Canada Infrastructure Bank. Also, we are thrilled to announce a new section in CGE called Game...

In Search of Innovation

Today’s global and local environments require public servants at all levels of government to explore and undertake innovative and even transformative changes. The desire and in some cases the demand for innovation is prevalent in the discourse of duly elected politicians, their senior public sector leaders and in many cases from citizens themselves. The desire...

Game Changers: Lisa Witter and Robyn Scott, Co-Founders of Apolitical

We would like to introduce a new section on Canadian Government Executive – Game Changers. In this section, we will profile executives who are contributing to making a difference to the public sector community both in Canada and overseas, as a game changer. In this inaugural Game Changers piece, we are excited to announce Game...

Is government doomed to repeat mistakes, or can it stop losing its mind?

Can government remember? Is it condemned to repeat mistakes? Or does it remember too much and so sees too many reasons why anything new is bound to fail? The case for a permanent civil service is that it organises its memory well, and it is certainly better than governing systems which periodically purge their top...

Stepping up to the smart cities challenge

Welcome to the era of Smart Cities where connectivity will drive your daily commute, where internet infrastructure will be as critical as any bridge, hospital or highway in guaranteeing a safe, accessible, healthy and prosperous community for you and your family. Technology and data will be the new tools for urban planners to improve the...

Ethics Rules

Over the past two decades, codes of ethical conduct have become virtually mandatory in both public and private sector organizations. Codes of ethics check a number of boxes: they establish the values and principles that define the organization; they draw parameters around what constitutes ethical behaviour; and, they identify the consequences for noncompliance. Codes usually...

How to scale up social impact — the challenge of the 21st century

“Nearly every problem has been solved by someone, somewhere. The challenge of the 21st century is to find out what works and scale it up.” Boiled down, Bill Clinton’s famous dictum has three parts: innovate, learn and scale. He was half right about the innovation, and only half, because that problem solving hasn’t stopped. Every...

Skills Development and Digital Literacy

As the world grows more digital – and increasingly mobile – workforce development inside of government and digital literacy across all of society are interrelated challenges facing all countries. Government’s threefold task is to: first, nurture new skill sets for its own employee base (comprising multiple and distinct demographic segments); second, innovate and incentivize the...

Evaluating Innovation in Practice: A GP for Me

Throughout Canada, healthcare systems are challenged by population growth, aging, and physician retirement and relocation. These, among other factors, have added demands to and limited the capacity of the healthcare system. Such challenges require a combination of initiatives, including community-driven efforts to first understand and then respond to local and regional needs. In British Columbia,...