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What will the public service of the future look like?

How can we continue to grow in our careers and equip ourselves with the skills to be able to most effectively serve our communities?

Join the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) Toronto Region for the annual new professionals conference being held at Bay Adelaide East in downtown Toronto on October 28, 2022. Centered around the theme “Growing in Tomorrow's Public Service”, the conference will be held in-person and live-streamed for virtual attendees. 


Registration & Breakfast - 8:30-9am


Opening Remarks - 9-9:15am


KEYNOTE: Fireside Chat with Ontario’s Secretary of the Cabinet - 9:15-10:15am

Michelle E. DiEmanuele, Ontario’s Secretary of the Cabinet, Head of the Public Service and Clerk of the Executive Council will reflect on her career that has spanned over 30 years working in both the public and private sectors in a fireside chat moderated by the Chair of the Board of Directors of IPAC Toronto Region, Joseph Silva.


Morning Break & Networking - 10:15-10:30am


A Path to a Fulfilling and Continuously Evolving Career - 10:30-11:15am


Three public sector leaders will discuss moments in their career that have informed their career choices towards finding a fulfilling and continuously evolving career.


Moderator: Bindi Doshi - Manager of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions



     Natasha Cote-Khan: Free agent in the Government of Canada and Principal Advisor at Infrastructure Canada

     Tony Marzotto: Director, Director of the Tourism Policy and Research Branch, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

     David Arbuckle: Executive Director, Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO)


Tomorrow’s Public Service: What will it Look LIke? - 11:15am-12pm


Senior leaders from the 3 levels of government will offer their vision for the public service- What skills will be in demand? What will the future of work look like? How will government be delivering services? How can we work towards building an equitable and inclusive public service?


Moderator: Lily Clark - Principal and Co-Founder, Beam Group



     Mary Ann Triggs: Assistant Deputy Minister of Service Canada Ontario Region

     Jane Albright: Chief Human Resources Officer, Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario

     Crystal Moss: Top Talent Development Coach, People, Equity and Culture Team, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, The Regional Municipality of York


Lunch - 12-12:30pm


Why is Change the Only Constant? A Workshop on Change Management - 12:30-1:30pm


Sponsored by Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University, this hour-long session will explore the differences between planned and unplanned change as it affects our daily lives. But how much change is actually needed? This question will be answered by looking at the three common levels of change that impact an organization through an engaging exercise. Finally, we will look at the most popular reasons why people resist change and what you can do about it.


Workshop facilitator: Frank Miller, Director of Executive and Corporate Education at Ted Rogers School of Management


Positioning Yourself for Leadership: A Case Study in Talent Management - 1:30-2pm


This year, the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training & Skills Development underwent an exercise to identify successors to 250+ leadership roles over 4 months. Trisha will discuss how her team worked to socialize talent across the ministry, identify qualified successors and guide development efforts to increase their readiness. Trisha will also speak to what new professionals who aspire to leadership can do to position themselves as potential successors.


Session delivered by: Trisha Sharma - Talent Management Lead, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD), Ontario Public Service


Afternoon Break & Networking -  2-2:15pm


Presentation of Recipient of Emerging New Professional Award - 2:15-2:30pm


How do I grow in the public service? Tips & Strategies for Career Growth - 2:30-3:15pm


Hear from public servants how they grew in their career & hear their tips and strategies for career growth. They will discuss topics such as transitioning into management, identifying job and professional development opportunities, personal branding and networking strategies. 


Moderator: Joana Jabson - Senior Program Advisor, Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General



     Alicia Seifert - Coordinating Member, Refugee Protection Division, Immigration & Refugee Board

     Erin Donahue - Manager of Reform, Partnerships and Leadership Development, Leadership and Management Fundamentals Unit, Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General

     Elysha Mahmud - Manager of Business Transformation, City of Vaughan


Speed Mentoring - 3:15-4:20pm

This is your chance to get career advice from executives! Participants will have conversations with at least 4 executives from the 3 levels of government.


Closing Remarks - 4:20-4:30pm


Speakers & Moderators

Meet some of the speakers & moderators!


Meet some of the executives participating in the speed mentoring session!



To obtain the discount, use the promo code provided in a recent IPAC Toronto newsletter, or contact IPAC Toronto to obtain the promo code.



Group discounts are available. To obtain a group rate, contact [email protected]


This conference is being hosted on the traditional territory of many Indigenous nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabek, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples.


For any enquiries or to request an accommodation, please contact [email protected].