Can innovations in procurement lead to new ways of working?

By June 2017, the Public Engagement Team at the Privy Council Office (PCO) had received many questions from departments about digital engagement tools. The team began searching for these tools, only to find that while there were some great open source public engagement tools out there, none were immediately ready for Government of Canada (GC)...

For government innovation to take off, it needs to break out of the lab

A single team or lab could never create the volume of ideas needed to make hundreds of small improvements in all aspects of a complex organisation. That became obvious to me while working for the New Zealand Post. I was in the Total Quality Service team, which had a year to develop comprehensive strategies to...

Engaging Citizens: May/June 2018 issue

We are excited to share with you the May/June issue of Canadian Government Executive. In this issue, we have an interview with Patrick Borbey, President of the Public Service Commission of Canada. Other stories in this issue: Innovations in Public Engagement Being Canadian: Quebec’s Dialogue with the Rest of Canada Engaging on Engagement From Policy...

Innovating social services in Canada by giving clients greater choice, control, and flexibility

Everyone wants to change, become more efficient, and drive better value – all code for greater cost savings. But one important global trend in social services delivery that is only just starting to be investigated in Canada is that of providing greater choice and control to the client. True transformation in the sector For all...

Smart Technology for Social Equity

In July 2017, a local company unveiled a “virtual statue” on the Halifax Waterfront of philanthropist Ruth Goldbloom, who was a driving force behind the creation of Pier 21 Canadian Immigration Museum. This initiative speaks to a dynamic spirit in Halifax, one that embraces creative change and growth. New residential developments downtown, along with lively...

Forming a strategic vision

High in the Arctic, the Inuksuk is a timeless cultural symbol of the human journey. The Inuit stack rough stones in human form, traditionally as communal landmarks, cairns, or commemorations. They mark their way in a desolate territory without natural landmarks. Far from Canada’s North, the world is teetering on the brink of dystopia. The...

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...

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...

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...