How can government make the most of AI without threatening rights?

Governments everywhere are announcing new strategies for artificial intelligence. From France, which has pledged $1.85billion in funding for research in the field, to Canada, which plans to cultivate a batch of AI specialists in its universities, it’s clear political leaders see AI as an area they need to get good at fast. As well as being an economic...

How to help a new professional increase their chances of scoring a permanent government position

Have you ever had a stellar employee on your team, but were unable to turn their contract into a permanent position because someone returned from their secondment, or because their position opened up to competition? Perhaps you have been in a similar situation at some point in your career, and you might be able to...

Five ways governments can keep their staff — without a pay rise

The UK Department for Education (DfE) doesn’t have an easy mandate: it’s responsible for children’s services, education and child protection at a time when resources are stretched thin. But the department has another problem to grapple with — it can’t seem to retain staff. “Churn is a really big challenge,” said Rebecca Johnson, People Leader...

Jan/Feb 2018 issue: Public Service Leadership

The January/February 2018 issue of Canadian Government Executive is on the theme of Government built for continuity. In this issue, we are honoured to carry interviews with two top civil servants who are leading the digital transformation for the Government of Canada. Hear from Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary of the...

A New Deal for Political Advisers?

Over the past forty years, ministers have grown remarkably more media-sensitive and government affairs more complex (World War II was actually far more complicated, but we’re not dealing with the same thing; you know what I mean). At the same time, they have come to rely on personal assistants (call them political aides or, as...

In interview with: Benoit Gauthier and the ‘International Year of Evaluation’

This year is the “International Year of Evaluation”, an area that is still budding in the Canadian public sector. To discuss the state of the profession and of the practice of evaluation, CGE Editor Patrice Dutil caught up with Benoît Gauthier, President of the Canadian Evaluation Society. Gauthier has been an evaluator for more than...

Respect public service: Candidate

In Leadership On August 10, 2015 0 770 0

Public Servants received some praise from an unlikely source last week — an aspiring politician. Whatever your political leanings, the speech highlighted some of the problems that public servants, as a whole, would like to see fixed by Canada’s new government....

Plan of action: Retiring from public service

In HR On July 2, 2015 0 1K 0

Retirement planning requires a great deal of time and patience. It’s also vital to have an ally in your corner when preparing to make the journey into post-work life....

Social leadership and a public servant’s pride

In Renewal On April 8, 2015 0 644 0

As a new assistant director in the Human Resources Branch at Canada Revenue Agency, I would like to share my thoughts on two topics that I am extremely passionate about: social leadership and a public servant’s pride....

Leader as Hero: The Power of Commitment

When times get tough, we turn to leaders for courage. Yet rarely is courage found in the competency profile of any leadership position. Selection systems cannot abide responding to queries from rejected candidates with “You were not found to be courageous enough for the job.” No one wants to be rejected on the basis of...