GTEC thoughts and a pitch for PS Engage

Last week I was fortunate to attend the GTEC conference at the  new congress centre in Ottawa. There was lots of talk about changes to the Federal Public Service in Canada. Some of the things that stuck with me are that:
  • The new Shared Services Canada is focused on the consolidation of IT Infrastructure, but it is part of a larger effort to move to shared internal services. Departments are to become leaner, more collaborative, and focused on their mandate.
  • Canada has joined the Open Government Partnership which means it is now accountable to other nations with the requirement to produce an annual report. Wouldn’t it be neat if they somehow engaged the crowd to produce that report?
  • Tony Clement announced that the Cabinet would replace briefing binders with secure wireless tablets. Let’s hope that is the beginning of tablets for all!
  • Later that day I ran into the Occupy Ottawa folks marching down Sparks street, reminding me there is a global movement afoot.

Any way you look at it, whatever your role in government, big change is on the horizon.

PS Engage is a one day learning and networking event that focuses on helping you make the most of that change. By bringing new and relevant ideas for public service modernization to Ottawa we hope to stimulate new thinking that doesn’t just “make do” in times of fiscal restraint, but that seizes the opportunity it presents to invent a new, more sustainable status quo.

I have written about what makes PS Engage different  on my blog. People I talk to seem to agree that there is an awesome speaker line up and a jam packed program of relevant topics and interactive events.

Speakers include:

  • The Honourable Tony Clement,  President of Treasury Board and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario
  • Alan Silberberg, Founder of Silberberg Innovations and Gov20LA
  • Ken Cochrane, Partner, IT Advisory Services – KPMG Canada and former CIO Government of Canada and ADM for GCPEDIA
  • Lovisa Williams, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of State
  • Denise Amyot, CEO, Canadian Science and Technology Museums
  • Ina Parvanova, Public Affairs Director, Mayo Clinic
  • Andy Jankowski, Global Director, Intranet Benchmarking Forum
  • Steve Ressler, Founder

For the complete list please visit the web site at

One of the most common complaints I hear from government executives is that they don’t have enough time to think. Book some time today for you and your team to connect and learn by registering for PS Engage. The cost is modest at $499.00 for a full day and early evening, with group discounts you can send five people for less than $2000.00.

There are less than 4 weeks until the event and seating is limited, register at

I hope to see you on November 22, 2011.



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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