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Public Sector HR 2015: Transformation, Innovation, and Performance

Wednesday February 4 - Thursday February 5 2015 Fairmont Château Laurier Ottawa, Ontario

Our most interactive and future focussed HR event.

Conference Overview

It’s time for a major rethink of public sector HR design and delivery.

In the last decade, we’ve witnessed ongoing budget cuts, a rush of new technologies, and the impact of demographic change. Now a new generation of public servants have reached critical mass and come of age, and are taking on increasingly responsible roles. The pressure to perform continues to grow, and now there’s added attention on performance and absenteeism.

Shared services and even outsourcing are back on the agenda in some organizations. Whatever model you choose, you must raise your game as the environment changes, and as talent issues once again dominate the HR agenda.

We’ve designed an agenda packed with new ideas and interaction

Last year’s delegates told us loud and clear that they’d like to see more interaction at this event. So for 2015 we’ve built the agenda around three interactive sessions on the vision for HR, Diversity and Innovation, and Performance and Culture. You’ll have the chance to roll up your sleeves and work with new ideas as you pick up useful new approaches and perspectives.

We’ve added an emphasis on action

We are delighted to have teamed up with Actionable Books to help really pack the agenda with new thinking focused on action. They will deliver a short introduction that will help you translate all you learn over the course of the event into an action plan to improve HR. And they will share the learnings of four key books – we are all starved for time so you’ll see huge value of having experts translate the content of four books into simple action items you can begin implementing the day after the event. Topics covered include curiosity, innovation, teams, performance and diversity. 

Learn how to leverage the energy of a new generation, and use it to drive a new, positive culture that supports high performance.

Public sector employees face immense pressures at work, and many also encounter angry citizens who criticize their pay, pension, sick day allowances, and work effort. Your employees may know better, but they’re discouraged nonetheless. How can you replace stress and pressure with motivation and productivity?

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.

What is your organization’s strategy for employee wellness?
Hear about the proven Standard on Mental Health in the Workplace

Stress, absenteeism, disengagement, and poor health are too often the distinguishing features of today’s workplace, and nowhere more so than in the public sector.

Many private sector employers are trying to gain a competitive edge with employee wellness programs, and are seeing measurable returns and improved performance. Is your organization capitalizing on wellness to drive results?

You’ll hear the latest from the Mental Health Commission of Canada—including how their insights have been applied in a public sector organization 

Take the lead on employee wellness.

Conference Board research has demonstrated that wellness efforts can generate a positive return on investment. Others’ experiences can also provide the facts you need to demonstrate the value of wellness.

You’ll learn from public sector case studies that have proven the value of wellness programs. Learn how to build your wellness business case, create a more engaged and productive workforce through wellness, and prove your program’s value.

Talent, talent, talent.

As governments strive to become more responsive and transparent, talent increases in importance. Many boomers have already left the public service and, as the economy grows, the competition for talent from the private sector will increase. You must work to make your organization a more attractive employer for top talent.

HR must take on a more critical strategic role in this area—this is an opportunity for HR to shine and renew itself to make a significant contribution to organizational performance.

Some things will never change—you’re still expected to do more with less.

Cutting staff and not services means a greater workload for those left behind. HR has a critical role to play here as well, in sustaining morale, and in supporting change and transformation. Find out from the innovators how new processes and ways to work can reduce the pressure on employees.

You’ll also learn how your peers have addressed the negative fallout from change - fear, anxiety, and inaction - and built on the elements that support innovation, such as trust, the ability to fail, collaboration, and more.

Build your vision for a modern, flexible, adaptive, agile, high performing public service.

You can’t build a future on fear. The same demographic pressures, disruptive technologies, and social changes that have caused so much turmoil and fear in recent years also hold hope for the future. A vibrant, new, high energy generation is influencing change in the public sector, new collaborative technologies are beginning to deliver on their promises, and a new informality is starting to take hold.

Initiatives such as Workplace 2.0, Blueprint 2020, and Destination 2020 reflect a new future-focused and positive view of the possibilities of the public service. We’ll explore what this means for HR and the potential it creates for your entire organization.

But rather than just hear about new initiatives, you will have the opportunity to think, imagine, discuss and debate as you work through a future vision for HR with your peers.

Learn about practical solutions from the experts.

Discuss solutions to common challenges with other public sector HR leaders, including how to:

  • refine recruitment and retention with social media
  • drive new efficiency in existing processes and programs
  • build a robust business case for workplace wellness
  • develop the next generation of public sector leaders
  • use social media to communicate more effectively inside and outside
  • motivate younger workers to build their careers in your organization
  • turn diversity into a performance driver
  • improve your change management expertise
  • engage people and build a robust culture with limited resources
  • encourage innovation
  • create a succession plan that will work in your situation

Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to meet the innovators and discuss the latest issues with the experts and your peers.

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.

Sponsored by

Marketing Partners

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Institute of Public Administration of Canada logo

Saskatchewan Association of Human Resources Professionals logo

Special Contributor

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

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Optional Workshop

Don’t miss the optional workshop Human Resources Measurement and Scorecarding, taking place the day before the conference!

Register for the Conference and the Workshop and save an additional $100!

2014 Event

The last Public Sector HR conference took place February 5–6 at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa.

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Sponsor this event!

Don’t miss this chance to showcase your organization to some of the top leaders in the country. To learn more about exhibiting, reception and luncheon sponsorship, and exclusive sponsor benefits, please contact Rhonda Bradbury at (416) 481-1904 or

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Marketing Partners

Actionable Books
Institute of Public Administration of Canada
Saskatchewan Association of Human Resources Professionals

Special Contributor

Data on the Spot