Integrity First

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Integrity First: Values and Ethics for a Modern Public Service

Throughout their working lives, public servants will confront many challenging ethical scenarios where an appropriate ethical path is not abundantly clear. Guided by organizational rules and values, some situations are easy to navigate. Others, however, are much more challenging and could potentially impact their ability to maintain public trust. Together with the Schulich ExecEd, Schulich School of Business at York University, IPAC has developed a training program focusing on key aspects of values and ethics in the public service, with a special emphasis on the development and maintenance of high ethical standards amid rapid change in the public service at all levels of government in Canada. Through this course, public servants will gain valuable information to protect themselves and others from challenging ethical scenarios and communicate to their employers and stakeholders that they are certified through IPAC and Schulich to uphold the highest ethical standards in their professional lives.
Date: May 30, 2024
This course focuses on key aspects of values and ethics in the public service, with a special emphasis on developing and maintaining high ethical standards amid rapid change in the public service at all levels of government in Canada. Content for the course is grouped into three themes:
  1. Values and Ethical Foundations for Public Servants
  2. Ethical Decision-Making
  3. Protections and Responsibilities
Upon completion, receive digital credentials from IPAC and Schulich ExecEd, showcasing your capability to uphold industry standards. The program qualifies for many Professional PD requirements. 
Schulich ExecEd brings its expertise having graduated over 2,000 public sector leaders. IPAC, with its celebrated history, is renowned for supporting excellence in the public sector since the 1900s.
Together, we aim to equip professionals with the tools and insights needed to navigate complex ethical challenges.

Program Features

Online Learning Platform
Participants will receive access to an online learning platform for access to the Zoom link, additional resources, and the final quiz. The link and login credentials will be sent to you upon your registration. The recording of the session will be available on the platform and will be available for reference for 3 months. 

Guest Speakers
This session will feature a speaker active in the Public Sector for a fireside chat to provide insight, experience, and connection to the topic of values and ethics. 

Christiane Fox, Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council

Christiane Fox was appointed Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet, effective January 27, 2024.

Prior to her appointment, Christiane held several deputy minister roles across the public service. She was the Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada from July 2022 to January 2024, the Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services Canada from September 2020 to July 2022, the Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs from November 2019 to September 2020, and the Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth from June 2017 to November 2019. She is also the Deputy Minister Champion of the Federal Youth Network.

Christiane has also held several positions at the Privy Council Office, including Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Communications and Consultations; Director of Operations, Policy, in the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Relations Secretariat; and Director General of Communications.

William Bromm, General Counsel and Special Advisor, Government of Ontario (retired)

William has 32 years of service with the Ontario Public Service, most of that providing advice and support to the highest levels of OPS Executive and Political Leadership. Prior to his retirement in 2023, William served as legal counsel and special advisor to five Secretaries of the Cabinet and two Deputy Attorneys General and held senior policy and legal positions with several Ministries, including Labour, Citizenship and the Ministry of the Attorney General. In 2019 William served as Executive in Residence at the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies. William’s expertise in the structure and operation of Government and the relationship between the Executive and Legislative Branches of Government was recognized in 2016 when he received the designation of General Counsel. William’s contribution to public law further recognized in 2023 when he was appointed King’s Counsel.

Post-program participants will have a quiz on key learnings from the module. Participants will have 7 days to complete the quiz from the end of the program date. The module will require a 80% passing grade; the quiz will consist of both multiple-choice and reflection questions directly related to course content.

Values and Ethical Foundations for Public Servants


This module will:


  • Reinforce the core responsibilities of public servants in ethics to increase awareness and identify best practices in the field.
  • Discuss core responsibilities of public servants, in areas of ethics to further unpack concepts of bolstering public trust, public interest, and political neutrality.
  • Identify how to apply concepts like fairness and the principle of natural justice directly to your work, team, and organization.  
  • Identify the intersection of values, rules and ethics and detail the interplay between public service values and ethical conduct.

Ethical Decision-Making


The module will:


  • Discuss various ethical scenarios in which public servants may be placed, including those involving abuse of authority and resources, cases of undue influence, data breaches and violations of customs and conventions to provide an opportunity for discussion and reflection.
  • Identify ethical and values breaches and find opportunities to discuss courses of remedy.

Protections and Responsibilities


The module will:


  • Discuss various protections available to public servants to ensure there is personal and peer accountability in place to hold each other to the highest ethical standard.
  • Review whistleblowing laws, public inquiries, reporting lines, codes of conduct, and the role of ombudspersons and various agents of Parliament to ensure participants have updated to knowledge and understanding of these key protection responsibilities. 
  • Identify outlets of recourses, including legal outlets, in which to report unethical actions or those that violate their respective codes of conduct or organizational values codes.

Pricing - $495

Terms and Conditions: Registrations will be processed upon completion of the online form. Once you submit your online registration, your registration is confirmed, and payment charges will apply. Payment is accepted via credit card only. Please note, payment charges apply to all registrations, including no shows or last-minute withdrawals. All fees are in Canadian dollars. Bulk registrations are available with an invoice.

Substitution Policy:
Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time up until May 23, 2024.  We do not offer a cancellation option. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule, refuse admission, or change speakers, location, or content at any time.

Please create an IPAC account or login to register for this event.

If you have any trouble registering for the event please contact Dianne Bukaka at [email protected] or 416-924-8787.

5/30/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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