A note from the co-chairs

Colleagues,

As you know, some changes were announced regarding the structure of deputy-level committees, in an effort to align them with Cabinet Committees and the implementation of the Government’s top priorities. As a result, the Deputy Ministers Task Force on Public Sector Innovation will no longer continue in its current form.

The work of the Task Force has grown significantly since its inception in 2012 as the Committee on Social Media and Policy Development, the Deputy Minister Committee on Policy Innovation and most recently, the Task Force on Public Sector Innovation. There is much to be proud of. Throughout this time, the work of the Task Force has been action-oriented, stimulated tangible change inside the public service, and included the unique GC Entrepreneur leadership model.  The Task Force has dug into some of the complex factors that allow for, and detract from, public sector innovation, engaging experts from within and outside the public service to seek out novel solutions and approaches to improve upon the status quo. With our open by default approach, we have been unique in making presentations available on GCpedia for all public servants in an attempt to accelerate, deepen and institutionalize innovation across the Government of Canada.

Importantly, the work of the Task Force will not cease with the changes in deputy-level committee structures. Rather, significant pieces of our work and mandate will be taken up by the Board of Management and Renewal (BoMR), a senior Deputy Minister Committee chaired by the Clerk, to continue into the future.

With the recruitment of Reverse Mentors, and the subsequent cohorts of GC Entrepreneurs, the Task Force has supported a unique opportunity to upskill the federal public service and build the capacity required to support innovative and experimental programming across departments. While the GC Entrepreneur model will not continue in the new DM committee structure, the GC Entrepreneurs will be supported by PCO’s Impact and Innovation Unit to ensure their current project work comes to a natural end by approximately March 31, 2020, reporting back to BoMR with final results.

It has been our pleasure engaging with you on such a variety of important topics that we truly believe are instrumental in creating the public service of the future over the past eight years. We thank you for your insights and participation in our discussions and we hope you continue to intentionally and relentlessly drive innovation within your own organizations moving forward.

Sincerely,
TF-PSI Co-chairs,

Graham Flack
Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development Canada

Matthew Mendelsohn
Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Results & Delivery), Privy Council Office

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