Location: Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall. This second meeting of the 2016 season was held at another new location and was co-hosted by CPSEN and CareerJoy.
Subject: “Career Literacy: Navigating and building success in your Public Sector career”
Presentations: None available at this time.
The meeting opened with a presentation by Alan Kearns who outlined the plan for the morning’s meeting. He drew most successfully on his career experiences and quickly captured the attention of all attendees. He was followed by Greg Zador who also had everyone’s attention. And attendees were quite prepared to participate – raising questions for our speakers.
Alan then introduced the Panel for a most interesting interactive session that engaged both Panel members and attendees alike.Panel: There were five panelists who each made a major contribution to the meeting.
- Tienne Chenier, Senior Policy Advisor, International Policy Coordination, with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Over 13 years, Tienne has served in analyst, management and leadership capacities at IRCC and, prior to that, at Employment and Social Development Canada, where she was recognized for her outstanding contribution to the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills.
- Joanne Wilkinson, Director of Operations, Social Policy Development, Privy Council Office. Joanne Wilkinson is Director of Operations, Social Development Policy, Privy Council Office. She has served in various senior capacities with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, including as Regional Director General, in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Yukon Territory.
- Susan Seally, Principal of Human Resources, Office of the Auditor General of Canada. Susan Seally is Principal, Human Resources, at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. She has over 25 years of experience working in Human Resources in the public sector and has assisted hundreds of individuals along their own journeys.
- Marie-Christine Huard, Chief of Staff to the Senior Executive Director, Canada 150 Federal Secretariat. Previously working for Non-Violence International located in Bangkok, Thailand, and progressing to Special Advisor for two Vice-Presidents at Parks Canada, Marie-Christine’s goal has always been to make a difference in the lives of Canadians; and
- Richard Rochefort, former Assistant Deputy Minister, Canada School of Public Service. Richard is an expert in learning, leadership development, culture change and service excellence. During his decades of federal government experience, he was the recipient of several major awards for Valuing and Supporting People.
- The vast majority of respondents (66%) found the knowledge level of speakers and panelists “excellent,” one-third (28%) said they were “very good,” and 4% of respondents found them “good.” As for the materials/topics presented, less than half of the respondents (42%) appreciated them as “excellent,” while 42% found them “very good” and 14% “good.”
A large majority of the respondents (90%) rated the panelists’ ability to answer questions “excellent” and “very good” while 9% rated it “good.” Again, in terms of appreciating the panelists and speakers in general, a vast majority 94% of respondents found them “excellent” and “very good.”
- The majority of respondents liked the panel, Alan’s presentation, and the free flow of honest information as well as the practical suggestions. Many wrote that the panel was excellent, helpful, and shared good ideas. The respondents also appreciated the venue, the natural light and seating arrangements. In general, respondents enjoyed the session, its broad appeal, relevancy, as well as the opportunity to connect and network.
In terms of constructive feedback, respondents would have enjoyed receiving handouts, copies of the presentations and more visual aids to compensate for the quality of the LCD projection. They would have also appreciated the opportunity to connect better with an Ice Breaker activity and/or actual workshop activities in small groups; and
- 92% of respondents said they would recommend CPSEN events to their colleagues as an opportunity to network, learn and broaden professional circles.