2015 Program

 All areas of the Canadian Public Sector are undergoing significant transformation in order to adjust to, and anticipate, economic challenges, fiscal pressures, stakeholder demands and the expectations of citizens. Transformation is not new, but transformation now goes beyond “doing more with less” and includes doing things differently and exploring innovation, new tools and new ways of working.

 In order for transformation to be successful and sustainable over the medium to long term, organizations need to embrace organizational excellence. What does this mean and how can excellence still be ensured when trying new methods?

 The Canadian Public Sector Excellence Network is continuing our tradition of public service excellence by developing the program for our annual Fair around the theme; Organizational Excellence and Transformation.

Join us to hear stories of organizations’ journeys of change and how they embraced excellence. Through key-note speakers, a series of Professional Development Sessions, and exhibitors, learn how organizations applied new tools and ways of working to transform, and how they are now excelling. The Fair will also provide you with opportunities to interact, learn and network with those dedicated to public sector excellence.  

In past years presentations have been made available to members after the Fair from this section of the Fair website. This year many of the sessions will be interactive and hands-on, therefore presentations may not capture the full nature of the learning opportunity. 


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 Canadian Public Sector Excellence Fair – 2015

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa

Theme: “Public Sector Transformation and the Journey to Excellence”
Program Item
Registration & Continental Breakfast
Arrive early, join us for a light breakfast while you connect with colleagues and check out the Exhibitors booths.
Welcome / Open Remarks
Phil Grandy & Jean Tourigny, Co-Masters of Ceremonies.
Opening Keynote Speaker 
 Karen Ellis, Associate DM, Veterans Affairs Canada
Travel to Professional Development Sessions #1
 Professional Development Sessions One

Three parallel Sessions featuring hands-on learning and the sharing of best practices.

1A:  Collaborative Strategic Planning for High Performing Public Sector Organizations – Édouard Larocque & Michael Hart   Presentation
1B:  Excellence through Healthy Workplaces – Paul CrookallDominique FrancoeurScott Stevenson &Steve Grieveson 
1C:  Protecting Canadians from Ebola and Other Nasty Viruses: A Case Study in Resilience and Agility – Dr. Theresa Tam & Jean-François Duperré

Health Break / Networking / Visit Exhibits
Talk-show: A panel with a twist.
Three engaging speakers will explore transformation in the public sector through a series of questions posed
by Craig Marchand, Moderator, allowing for a conversation between the panelists.
Lunch / Networking / Visit Exhibits
Professional Development Sessions Two
Three parallel sessions featuring hands-on learning and the sharing of best practices.

2A: Communities of Practice (CoP) – A Way to Learn, Improve and Share Best Practices – Édouard Larocque & John Thomas
2B: Using the Mintzberg approach to peer-coaching at the City of Toronto – Phil LeNirDr. Aaron PunClaudia Monostori  Presentation
2C: Developing an Innovative Workforce: Case Study of Natural Resources Canada – NRCan IN.spire HUB 
Health Break / Networking / Visit Exhibits 
Closing Keynote Speaker 
Lisa Sullivan,  Project Coordinator, Canada Revenue Agency and National Chair, Federal Youth Network
Award Presentation 
Joint Canadian Public Sector Excellence Network – Excellence Canada Public Sector Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award to 
Wayne Wouters, former Clerk of the Privy Council & Secretary to Cabinet. The Award will be presented by CPSEN Director, Paul Crookall.
Closing Remarks & Door Prizes
Join other Fair participants, speakers, and Mr. Wouters, our Award Winner, at a reception.
A great opportunity to share what you have learned, connect with colleagues and meet new people.
5:15pm FINISH



  1. The Program will be presented principally in English and there will several bilingual Professional Development Sessions.
  2. The details in this program are correct at time of publication [2015-10-01].