A tribute to our respected CPSEN Member & Director, Richard Alan Balson

On behalf of myself and the Board of Directors, I wish to acknowledge the passing of CPSEN Member and Director Richard Alan (Rick) Balson.

Long-time CPSEN Members, who also participated in meetings of the Canadian Public Sector Quality Association (CPSQA) and its predecessor the Interdepartmental Quality Network, will have met Rick – a loyal member and major contributor to these organizations.

Rick was a founding member of CPSQA. For a time, in the early 2000’s when volunteers were scarce – until 2006 – Rick single-handedly organized quality-related meetings for public sector personnel and arranged for a broad range of speakers who shared with us their quality knowledge and experience. These networking sessions made a big difference and inspired many to pursue organizational quality in their workplaces.

When the demands of family and his leadership roles with the United Church Presbytery took precedence, Rick contributed his photography skills at the annual Fairs and Symposia to provide a photographic record of events.

When CPSQA became the Canadian Public Sector Excellence Network, Rick was elected a Director and member of the CPSEN Board Advisory Committee – a Board committee responsible for monitoring the operation of CPSEN to help ensure whether or not the CPSEN Board is conducting itself in a way that best meets the goals and objectives set for it when CPSEN was formed in 2014. Rick’s contributions to that Committee has helped ensure CPSEN performs as planned.

Members will report that Rick always had a smile on his face and kind words for us all. Rick passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 13th. He will be missed by all his friends at CPSEN.

Phil Grandy
Chair – Canadian Public Sector Excellence Network

Welcome to the Canadian Public Sector
Excellence Network (CPSEN)

20 years serving the greater public sector

CSPEN (and CPSQA) is celebrating 20 years of service to Canada’s broader public sector.

Together we have served the public sector with quality and, now, excellence quarterly networking meetings and with our one-day annual events. We hope you will find your visit worthwhile as you learn more about what CPSEN has to offer all those working in the broader public sector.

Our Mission Statement:

We support public sector professionals in implementing organizational excellence by:

  • Engaging members in practical and affordable professional development events;
  • Providing information on successful practices via our website;
  • Facilitating professional networks, communities of practices and knowledge sharing
Our Vision:

Our vision is to be recognized as the leader in supporting a dynamic community of practice implementing organizational excellence within the public sector.

Our Events:

CPSEN has two different events.

First, there are Quarterly Networking Meetings, an opportunity for public servants to network and develop professionally. The Quarterly Networking Meetings are half-day events that feature speakers, panels and – more particularly – networking and learning opportunities. Visit the Networking Meeting page to learn more. Then there are the annual one-day Symposiums. The last one-day event was CPSEN’s Public Sector Excellence Fair in 2015.

The Fair program contained keynote speakers, a Talk Show panel, professional development sessions, excellence awards, exhibitors, and prizes. It was intended to hold a one-day Excellence Symposium in 2017 following a similar format but it became clear that there were too many one-day events competing for a limited body of attendees. The event planned for 2017 has been moved and is being considered for 2019.

Clockwise from front left – Louise Archer, Craig Marchand, Michael Hart, Paul Crookall, Jean-Baptiste Sawadogo, George Chin, and Phil Grandy (Chair). [Don Wilson photo]

The CPSEN Board meets to kick off work leading to the development of CPSEN events. You are invited to volunteer to help with event planning and administration by contacting CPSEN Volunteer Director Elizabeth Mah at elizabeth@cpsen.ca. You can also help to promote CPSEN events by downloading event posters and posting them to your department’s bulletin board, adding it to your newsletter, or sending it to friends and colleagues. These posters will be made available for download.