Innovations in Public Engagement

The federal government has dramatically increased the scope and scale of its consultations and engagement in the past two years. The goal is to make it easier for public servants, citizens and stakeholders to work together to solve common problems and improve outcomes. My team at the Privy Council Office monitors the success and impact...

The Up, Down and Out of Leadership: Lessons from the World of the Municipal CAO

In Uncategorized On June 7, 2018 0 217 0

“Local government touches all of us intimately every day of our lives: the water we drink, the transit system that takes us to work, the first responders who keep our cities safe. Those services are only as good as the people who deliver them, and the quality of the people at the working level is...

$238 million to be invested in Nova Scotia infrastructure

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Nova Scotia Premier Hon. Stephen McNeil reached a bilateral agreement to invest in the province’s wastewater and public transit systems....

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Doctors reject Ontario government’s proposed fee agreement

The association representing more than 42,000 physicians and medical students in Ontario has voted against a doctor’s fee deal proposed by the province. Following weeks of debate over the proposal, 63.1 per cent of the Ontario Medical Association’s members voted against the tentative Physician Services Agreement (PSA)....

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Peer-2-Peer Knowledge Network for Public Innovators: Learning and Development Crowd-Resourcing Program Proposal

In this month’s blog, I would like to test out an idea. I have been toying with this idea for some time now. As I share it around, some people seem to think it is interesting albeit disruptive, and others get excited about its potential. Today, I would like to make a pitch to you...

None of Us Have it All Together

Ducks look like they have it All Together. Above the water, all is calm. They glide, expressionless and serene. Below the water, they’re paddling madly trying to stay afloat and to avoid getting eaten. It’s like they’re in an endless, hidden panic. We’re not so different from the ducks. If the world discovered that we...

Impossible Dreams

I blogged in November 2012 about seeing Dr. Bernard Meyerson, VP Global Innovation, IBM, at that year’s GTEC. Dr. Meyerson spoke to why innovation matters and how it is linked to growth and growth happens when good people pursue grand challenges to accomplish the seemingly impossible. Last week while watching an episode of Second regard on tou.tv, a similar comment came up in an...

Carpe Diem: Finishing public service reform

In Uncategorized On July 21, 2014 0 1.7K 0

In many respects, the future looks pretty grim through the eyes of Canada’s public service leaders despite the country’s much heralded economic resilience....

The pride of public service

In Uncategorized On July 15, 2014 0 1.7K 0

Although we have much to be proud of, I’ve come to the conclusion that we’re missing a sense of pride and identity in the profession of public service in Canada....