Deputy Ministers Task Force on Public Sector Innovation

February 2020: A note from the co-chairs


The Deputy Ministers Task Force on Public Sector Innovation (Task Force) is mandated to play an action-oriented role in experimenting with emerging tools and approaches and helping provide public servants with the skills and knowledge to achieve better results for Canadians. The work of the Task Force will support relevant departments to examine broader trends and emerging technologies with the objective of advancing concrete initiatives that facilitate:

  1. Core systems transformation to address outdated systems and process (e.g., in the areas of grants and contributions, procurement, co-creation, and human resources); and
  2. Experimenting with disruptive technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, blockchain, machine learning, etc.) within government.

The Impact and Innovation Unit is the Secretariat to the Task Force, providing a unique opportunity to help identify and integrate important cross-government innovations into ongoing priorities of the Committee.

How it works

The Task Force is supported by GC Entrepreneurs (GCEs), group of employees from across the Government of Canada who participate as full members of the committee. GCEs work in small, diverse teams and across departmental lines to advance a portfolio of action-oriented innovation projects designed to have a positive impact on government operations and, ultimately, the lives of Canadians. They also play the role of ambassadors for innovation across the federal public service by working to raise awareness and inspire public servants to apply new tools and approaches into their work responsibilities. 

As part of the leadership program, GCEs receive customized training and support designed to strengthen innovation skills and capacity so it can be practically applied within their work environment.

GC Entrepreneur

Current Cohort of GCEs

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Brian Kowaluk
Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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Caroline Lebouthillier
Public Services and Procurement Canada

Headshot of Christine Dufour
Christine Dufour
Transport Canada

Headshot of Danielle Arsenault
Danielle Arsenault
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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Emma-Rose Beauchamp
Canada Revenue Agency

Hamid Boland
National Defence

Headshot of Hamza Momoh
Hamza Momoh
Canada Revenue Agency

Headshot of Jacob Topic
Jacob Topic
Treasury Board Secretariat

Headshot of Jenny Lo
Jenny Lo
Employment and Social Development Canada

Headshot of Joelle Trottier
Joelle Trottier
Naturel Resources Canada

Headshot of Juste Rajaonson
Juste Rajaonson
Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Headshot of Manon Hardy
Manon Hardy
Justice Canada

Headshot of Mathieu Provencher
Mathieu Provencher
Shared Services Canada

Headshot of Melissa Poon
Melissa Poon
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Headshot of Patrick Blanar
Patrick Blanar
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Headshot of Shasta Mund
Shasta Mund
Employment and Social Development Canada

Headshot of Victoria McLean
Victoria McLean
Indigenous Services Canada

Headshot of Elizabeth Dayler
Elizabeth Dayler
Infrastructure Canada

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