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Public Sector HR 2016

Tuesday February 23 - Wednesday February 24 2016 Fairmont Chateau Laurier Ottawa, Ontario

Conference Overview

As the public sector changes HR must step up to the plate

We live in a time of unprecedented change – new and disruptive technologies are transforming whole industries, the millennial generation are taking on more responsibility in the workplace, are taking on ever more responsible roles, and citizens will never demand less from their governments.

These are just some of the changes that pose significant challenges for HR – challenges that this event will address through expert insight, case studies storytelling and peer-to-peer dialogue.

Leadership disengagement threatens the performance of the public service

A recent study by The Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) painted a grim picture of leaders in the federal public service. They concluded that almost one third are actively disengaged or have “mentally checked out”. And even for those who are engaged, their level of commitment has fallen over the years.

This disengaged leadership results in many negative effects including:

  • Presenteeism
  • Poor attitude spreads to other team members
  • Inability to retain the talent needed for change
  • Actively working against the organization
  • Lack of trust

Applying the new Key Leadership Competencies

In 2015, the Clerk announced the latest update to the Key Leadership Competencies in response to the changing environment. Aligned with the vision for a public service that is collaborative, innovative, streamlined, high performing, adaptable and diverse, this new competency profile reflects the complexity and challenge of federal public service leadership roles.

At this event we will discuss and explore the critical areas this document emphasizes including:

  1. Creating vision and strategy
  2. Mobilizing people
  3. Upholding integrity and respect
  4. Collaborating with partners and stakeholders
  5. Promoting innovation and guiding change
  6. Achieving results

Meet and learn from established and emerging HR leaders.

Find out from your peers how they’re building stronger teams, fostering greater collaboration, and creating a resilient and positive culture that delivers on performance targets. It may not be easy, but these examples will demonstrate that it can be done.

The Conference Board has research that can help.

The Conference Board is a leader in workplace wellness, and you’ll hear the latest from our thought leaders on mental health at work, and an exciting new project on healthy brains. We’ll discuss how to address and reduce bullying, how to tap the full potential of employees with disabilities, and how to measure the right things to ensure you’re getting the job done.

As always, at this event we will address an eclectic mix of current and emerging issues. As we develop the agenda we continue to find great examples of excellent HR practices in the public sector, and will deliver compelling sessions that address your priorities. Discussion topics being explored include:

  • revitalizing recruitment in the public sector
  • Blueprint 2020 - getting there from here
  • new leadership competencies and development
  • engagement at all levels of the public service
  • is there a crisis of leadership?
  • increasing collaboration
  • is Gen Y ready to lead?
  • succession and the talent pipeline
  • culture and engagement
  • harassment and bullying
  • mental health in the workplace
  • reducing sedentary behaviour
  • social media for greater engagement and collaboration

Building on success.

The Conference Board is Canada’s most respected independent research and conference development organization. This event attracts the top public sector HR leaders, and provides an insightful and enlightening learning experience for conference participants.


We’d like to thank our generous sponsor for their contribution to this event.

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Contributing Sponsor

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Ivey Business School at Western University logo

Marketing Partner

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The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

Full Agenda Available!

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hrpaoHRPA Recertification Approved
The Conference Board of Canada’s HR programs are now pre-approved for recertification credits. This event has been approved for 12 CPD credits by HRPA.

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Morneau Shepell

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Ivey Business School at Western University

Marketing Partner