Interview with Annette Antoniak, CAO, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta

In 2016, the community of Fort McMurray, Alberta, located in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), was ravaged by a wildfire conjuring up images indelibly etched in the minds of all Canadians. The fire, which began in May of 2016 and raged on throughout much of the summer, burned up to 5,900 square kilometers and wasn’t finally extinguished until...

An interview with Marcia Nelson, Deputy Minister, Alberta Executive Council

At the 2017 IPAC conference in Charlottetown, George Ross, Editor-in-Chief of CGE sat down with Marcia Nelson, Alberta’s Deputy Minister of the Executive Council, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Alberta Public Service. Ms. Nelson assumed her current role in April of 2016 and before that has had a distinguished career in Ontario and Alberta,...

An interview with Hillary Hartley, Deputy Minister, Ontario Digital Government

Recently, George Ross, Editor-in-Chief of Candian Government Executive sat down with Hillary Hartley, Ontario’s Deputy Minister responsible for digital government. Here is the full interview. First, Hillary, I think CGE readers will be quite interested in your background and how you came to the mission of digitizing government: a daunting and perhaps unglamorous job. So...

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...

FEAR OF REPRISAL AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WHISTLEBLOWING

An Interview with Joe Friday and Craig Dowden The Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner (PSIC) has just released The Sound of Silence: Whistleblowing and the Fear of Reprisal, a white paper based on new research. Patrice Dutil, the Editor of Canadian Government Executive, exchanged with Joe Friday, the Commissioner of Public Sector Integrity...

New Horizons on Policy Research: An Interview with Jean-Pierre Voyer

There is a new buzz in policy circles. Advances in data analysis, the rising levels of computer literacy, and the new awareness of behavioural factors are combining with a stronger demand coming out of governments who must reconcile a scarcity of dollars with a demand for performance. CGE Editor Patrice Dutil discussed the new horizon...

Q&A Interview with Chrystia Chudczak

In 2015, the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) launched the Service Lab to respond to a recognized need for better government service experiences for Canadian businesses. Shereen Benzvy Miller, Assistant Deputy Minister of Small Business, Tourism and Marketplace Sector, led the charge. CGE Editor Patrice Dutil caught up with the Executive Director...

Toronto’s Celebrations of Canada’s 150th

An Interview with Larry Ostola, Toronto’s Director of Museums and Heritage Services As Canada prepares to celebrate its Sesquicentennial in 2017, public servants from coast to coast are planning a variety of special events and commemorations, bringing out their best artifacts and using new technologies to help citizens discover and gain a greater appreciation for...

The Interview with Allan O’Dette, President of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, on Government Services to Business

Is government doing a good job in providing services to Canadian businesses? In October, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (which represents 60,000 small businesses) published Obstacles and Opportunities: The Importance of Small Business in Ontario, and asked for a “regulatory concierge service” to make it easier for small business to deal with the three levels...

Mario Dion, Chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) on Being Ahead of the Curve

Mario Dion has been noted for the fresh approach he has brought to his office since his appointment as Chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), Canada’s largest independent administrative tribunal, in January 2015. Mr. Dion came to the IRB with almost 35 years in the federal public service. A Montréal native, Mr. Dion obtained a law...