Past Events

March 25 2015
Demystifying Federal Central Agencies
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Demystifying Central Agencies

Do you know what federal central agencies are and what they do?

Join IPAC-NCR for a discussion on the roles and responsibilities of the Privy Council Office, Finance Canada and Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat featuring senior management panelists from each central agency.

• Mr. Jean-François Tremblay – Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Operations), Privy Council Office.
• Ms. Diane Lafleur – Assistant Deputy Minister, Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy Branch, Finance Canada.
• Mr. Roger Scott-Douglas – Assistant Secretary, Priorities & Planning, Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada

Registration Closed

February 17 2015
The Changing Shape of Federalism: A discussion with André Juneau
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The Changing Shape of Federalism

How has the role of federalism evolved and where is it headed?

Join IPAC for a talk by André Juneau, Fellow at the Queen’s University Institute of Intergovernmental Affairs, and national IPAC president. Mr. Juneau will speak to his personal experience performing nearly every kind of intergovernmental job with the federal government during his 35 year career. Additionally, his talk will focus on the changes to federalism during the past decade, as well as examine how the upcoming 2015 federal election may frame future changes.

5:00pm registration, networking and light refreshments
5:30pm presentation
6:00pm Q&A session
6:30pm adjournment

Tickets:     IPAC members - $15
IPAC new professional members - $10
IPAC student or retired members - $5
Non-members - $20

Registration Closed

December 10 2014
2014 Holiday Party
The National Capital Region’s Chapter of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) is pleased to invite you to celebrate the holiday season with us.

In appreciation to our IPAC members and friends, please join us to mark the holiday season while enjoying the company of fellow public administration colleagues.

IPAC members - Free
Sponsored by an IPAC member - $10
Non-members - $20

Registration Closed

November 27 2014
Deputy Ministers in Canada: A discussion with Jacques Bourgault on Comparative and Jurisdictional Perspectives

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Deputy ministers command an impressive array of government budgets and employees in Canada, but despite their importance, they have not been the subject of systematic study until now.

Join IPAC for a talk by Dr. Jacques Bourgault, who co-edited the recently-published book, Deputy Ministers in Canada: Comparative and Jurisdictional Perspectives. Based in Montreal, Dr. Bourgault is the 2012 recipient of the IPAC Vanier Medal, in recognition of his lifetime of important contributions to the public administration literature. This talk will focus on the role of deputy ministers both federally and provincially, taking into account social, political, and administrative history; the socio-economic characteristics of deputy ministers; the politicization of recruitment processes; the impact of the New Public Management movement; and political-bureaucratic relations. Order forms for the book will be available at the event.

Registration Closed

November 12 2014
Shattering the glass ceiling: How the public service can and should provide an environment for individual career ownership

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Join the Institute of Public Administration of Canada as we engage three federal public service leaders on how the public service can and should empower women to take ownership of their careers. This important discussion will focus on what can be done to:

• Reinvigorate the public service identity and ensure that this identity reflects the realities women are facing.

• Create a more flexible work environment.

• Empower individuals at all levels to take ownership of their career and consider what this means for women at different stages of their careers.

• Connect employees with senior management and break down traditional vertical accountability structures by being open and networked.

Our panelists:
• Krista Outhwaite, Associate Deputy Minister, Public Health Agency of Canada
• Nancy Chahwan, Assistant Deputy Minister, Parliamentary Precinct Branch, Public Works and Government Services Canada
• Lisa Sullivan, Chair, Federal Youth Network

Registration Closed

September 18 2014
National Capital Region Link and Drink Event
The Institute of Public Administration of Canada invites you to attend the National Capital Region Link and Drink Event.

Join us at the Lieutenant’s Pump for a great evening of networking with other new professionals and government executives.

Free Registration:      
Register at
by Tuesday, September 16

Registration Closed

August 19 2014
The New Government Leader 2014 Summer Policy Conference
The Institute of Public Administration of Canada, National Capital Region
What’s the 2014 Summer Policy Conference about?

In an age where citizens expect government to be available to them in the same manner that they interact with companies as consumers, our siloed public institutions struggle to keep pace with an ever-changing, connected, and complex citizenry. What types of skills does The New Government Leader need to survive and thrive in this environment? Join the Institute of Public Administration of Canada for its inaugural Summer Policy Conference. Interact with panels of officials, academics, and expert observers on the skill sets of The New Government Leader.

Tickets: $50 for IPAC members (all categories), $75 for non-members
Register: Online at by August 17
Dress code: Business casual or casual

8:30am Registration, networking, and light breakfast
9:00am Welcome
9:15am Towards Destination 2020: A panel discussion with Louise Levonian, Peter Edwards, and Kaitlin Alkema
10:30am Harnessing emerging policy tools: A panel discussion with Siobhan Harty and Tim Barber
11:30am The skillsets of the public servant of tomorrow: A panel discussion with Abby Hoffman, David Mitchell, and Niall O’Dea
1:00pm The big think: A panel discussion on collaboration, data analytics, and networked policy development with William Pentney and Nick Charney
2:00pm Adjournment

Registration Closed

June 25 2014
Annual General Meeting 2014 Featuring Dr. David Zussman on The Art and Science of Government Transitions
About the presentation:
One of the most pivotal events in the electoral cycle is the transition of a newly elected political party from opposition to government. The incoming prime minister or premier must assemble a competent team of ministers, advisors, and staff ready to govern, without disrupting the day-to-day functioning of their country or province. How should the public service handle these politically-sensitive moments? Dr. David Zussman, Jarislowsky Chair in Public Sector Management at the University of Ottawa and a Strategic Advisor to Deloitte, offers his perspective for successful transitions based on his experience in leading the transitions of both Chrétien governments in 1993 and 1997. Join us for this important presentation from Dr. Zussman as the next general federal election looms in 2015.

About the annual general meeting:
IPAC NCR members will receive the Chairperson’s Report and the Treasurer’s Report, outlining the events and programs that IPAC has hosted in the past year. Members will also elect the Regional Group Executive and Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Please join us for our annual general meeting and meet the volunteers who deliver IPAC programming in the National Capital Region.

About the IPAC National Capital Region:
Founded in 1947, IPAC is an association of public servants, academics, and others interested in public administration. In the National Capital Region, IPAC strives to present an event each month between September through June. With close to 400 members, we seek to connect all orders of government, practitioners, academics, and the private sector across the region and provide a neutral space for the exchange of ideas around public administration. These events allow IPAC members to network with each other and to contribute to the evolution of public administration.

5:00-5:30pm Registration and cash bar
5:30-6:15pm Annual General Meeting and Elections
6:15-7:30pm Presentation from Dr. David Zussman on government transitions
Price: Complimentary for members, $20 for non-members
RSVP: Online by June 23 at

Registration Closed

May 13 2014
UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA CANADA-EU WORKSHOP SERIES Opening Up Canadian Federalism the European Way
The University of Victoria (UVic) European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) and the Department of Political Science are running a series of six workshops to disseminate and discuss the findings of a three year research project comparing Canadian and European Union (EU) approaches to governing social policy.

The Ottawa workshop compares how Canada and the EU ensure that all of their citizens can participate fully in society, and identifies some of the coordination challenges facing Canada. For example, the federal government provides income support to seniors, the unemployed, and children, and redistributes income through the tax system. Provinces provide last-resort social assistance. Municipalities also play a key role, especially in relation to housing and homelessness. Yet there are no overarching pan-Canadian goals or strategies as it relates to social inclusion, inequality, poverty, child care, or homelessness. Each jurisdiction is working through problems on its own.

For more information on the workshop and to register, visit Registration is free for IPAC Members but mandatory as there are only limited seetings.

Registration Closed

April 03 2014
The National Capital Regional Group of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada presents
An IPAC Signature Series Event: In Conversation with Graham Flack

What questions would you ask Graham Flack, one of Canada’s most respected senior public servants? The Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Plans and Consultations and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Privy Council Office, Mr. Flack’s passion for the public service and policy development has been a central feature of his career. Prior to the PCO, his appointments have included Public Safety Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Finance Canada.

This special IPAC Signature Series Event is limited to 25 participants and will be conducted according to Chatham House Rule to encourage open dialogue with Mr. Flack about the challenges confronting the federal public service.

Dress code: Business casual

Ticket info:
$65 for IPAC members, $85 for non-members

Dinner info:
Includes soup or salad, 2 main course choices, 2 dessert choices, and coffee

Registration Closed

January 23 2014
Fearless advice and loyal implementation: Re-examining the political-bureaucratic interface in policy development
Andrew Griffith

Policies developed by governments profoundly impact the daily lives of Canadians. But few are aware of how the interplay between elected officials and public servants can shape public policy. Join us for a talk with Andrew Griffith, former Director General of the Citizenship and Multiculturalism Branch at Citizenship and Immigration Canada, for an inside look into the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels. Mr. Griffith will draw on his experience in advising the government in reshaping citizenship and multiculturalism policy in the late 2000s.

In 30 years of public service, Mr. Griffith served in various departments at home and abroad, including assignments in Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Geneva and Los Angeles. He was awarded the Public Service Award in both 2007 and 2010, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Registration Closed

Central Agencies Event

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