Seeking opportunity

This post is for those who might be interested in what I will be up to in 2010.

My Executive Interchange assignment with the Chief Information Officer Branch, Treasury Board Secretariat, Government of Canada  is drawing  to a close on February, 25 2010.  The last three years have been a tremendous experience. I feel personally honored and extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many visionaries and champions. I have met literally hundreds of people at all levels; from CIO’s and Deputy Ministers across the system, to emerging leaders  on the front lines of program deliver, it has truly been an enriching experience.

It has been a great ride, first promoting the ideas behind Enterprise Architecture and then introducing GCPEDIA, GCCONNEX and other parts of an Open Collaborative Workplace to the Government of Canada. It is not every day that the stars line up an you get the opportunity to participate in the birth of something really great. I really feel like I have been on a mission to bring positive change to the Public Service.

Those of you who are familiar with the project know that it’s more of a transformation effort than it is about technology. The service delivery team is coming together nicely and the policy work is well underway. There are still many challenges ahead, but I was  joined on my mission by many, many excellent people, and I am sure that the momentum we have created will continue.

And of course  I may remain involved as a consultant.

So what’s next?
Well the future is open to opportunity. What I can say for certain is that I will be teaching again this semester. A Persuasion course as part of the Advertising Program at Algonquin College and the Advanced Topics in the Interactive Multimedia & Design stream of the Bachelor of Information Technology Program at Carleton University here in Ottawa.

Beyond that, a return to consulting of some sort is the obvious path, but I am entertaining some less obvious directions as well. So if you know of a project that needs to change for the better or get off to a good start let me know. I have a pretty good record of bringing positive change to organizations and projects.  To see that record, check out my CV at

Thanks for reading and have a happy new year!


About Thom Kearney

Change agent, teacher, arts, science, open government, father, mentor, storyteller, husband, dog owner,collaborator, not necessarily in that order.
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