Innovation Fair 2019 Agenda

Main Stage – Babs Asper Theatre (webcast/livestream)

Time Event Description Session
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony
Elder Manitok Thompson
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Thinking Outside the Public Service
Christiane Fox, Privy Council Office
Consistent with Beyond 2020 Themes of an agile, equipped and inclusive public service, Christiane Fox will discuss her own public service career, as well as insights gained from working with provincial and territorial governments and with youth, in order to inform ideas for the federal public service of the future. 1a
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. SSC-Equipped Gov
Raj Thuppal, Shared Services Canada
Luigina Polidori, Microsoft Canada
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Meet Governor General’s Innovation Awards Laureates
The Right Honourable David Johnston, 28th Governor General of Canada (Moderator)
David Brown, 2017 GGIA Laureate
Mary Gordon, 2018 GGIA Laureate
This panel discussion moderated by The Rt. Hon. David Johnston, 28th Governor General of Canada, will feature the extraordinary stories of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards (GGIAs) laureates. The GGIAs celebrate innovation across all sectors of Canadian society and inspire Canadians, particularly Canadian youth, to be entrepreneurial innovators. For more information: 1c
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Keynote Address
Sarah Paquet, Shared Service Canada
Midia Shikh Hassan, Co-founder & CEO of Dextra
Ian Shugart, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Theatre Space Break    
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Future Gov: Seminar by Alex Benay
Alex Benay – Chief Information Officer
The possibilities of the fourth industrial revolution are endless. This thought leadership piece, presented by the Chief Information Officer of Canada, will focus on how emerging technologies such artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, biohacking and others will transform a Government’s service relationship with citizens over the next 50 years. 1e
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Storytelling
Sal Patel, Shopify

FEDTalks – Le Salon (webcast/livestream)

Time Event Description Session
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Where Do We Go From Here? Women in STEM
Sarah Paquet, Shared Service Canada and Jennifer Thieverge, University of Ottawa
The 1950s and 1960s were an exciting time for women in computer science. Margaret Hamilton’s code helped to put humans on the moon (1969), Grace Hopper invented COBOL (1959), Beatrice Worsley was the first Canadian woman to receive a PhD in computer science (1952)…and yet, Katie Bouman’s 2019 algorithm is seen as a giant leap women in STEM. 2a
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Canada's Culture of Innovation Index
Barbara Gibbon, Innovation, Rideau Hall Foundation
Innovation is critical to our success as a country. Canadian innovations have made enormous contributions to our country and to the world. But how pervasive is innovation in our everyday national culture? Canada’s Culture of Innovation Index is derived from the results of an original survey of how we, as Canadians, approach and value innovation in all sphere of our society. The Index provides a guidepost to how we are making sure that we are all participants in an innovation-supporting culture. 2b
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Solution for the Revolution
Anil Arora, Statistics Canada
Statistics Canada recognizes that demands for data are ever-increasing and Canadians expect near real-time access. That’s why the agency is adapting and innovating to support a Canada’s data-driven society and economy. Listen in as Anil Arora speaks about innovative pathfinder projects, data literacy, hackathons and more.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Changing the staffing paradigm
Patrick Borbey, Public Service Commission 
Changing the staffing paradigm : Exploring the potential to shift behaviours in staffing. 2d
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. The importance of building positive work relationships
Dany Richard, Association of Canadian Financial Officers
For the past 75 years, the National Joint Council has worked hand-in-hand with unions and the Government of Canada to co-develop public service labour relations. 2e
1:45 – 2:15 p.m. The Neuroscience of Change Agility
Catherine Frels, NeuroLeadership Institute
Please join the NeuroLeadership Institute’s Catherine Frels as she introduces The Neuroscience of Change Agility. This session is designed to highlight the benefits of growth mindset and will provide context on how the brain can become flexible, positive, and engaged in the face of change.
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. People with disabilities driving innovation
Yazmine Laroche, Treasury Board Secretariat
3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Enough Talk, time to launch the second act!
Etienne Laliberté, Free Agents
How data and measurement can inform HR decisions, staffing, and talent management. 2h

Mental Health and High Performance – Fourth Stage

Time Event Description Session
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. How to Measure Mental Health in the Workplace
Statistics Canada
This workshop aims to bring people together from across the public service to share their challenges, needs, and desires when it comes to using data to make decisions on workplace mental health. We will create a picture of what data you currently use versus what you wish you had and bring it together to build a conceptual dashboard based on your input. The content will be built in real-time as you respond to our live polls! 3a
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mental Health Stigma @ Work
Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer
So you think you know all about mental health stigma… but are your workplace investments successfully helping to reduce self, social and systemic stigma? In this session, you will learn about the three types of stigma and explore what over a decade of global and domestic research suggests are the key ingredients for impactful interventions that improve stigma-related knowledge and attitudes. 3b
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up
Jerry Colonna
One of the start-up world’s most in-demand executive coaches—hailed as the “CEO Whisperer” —reveals why radical self-inquiry is critical to professional success and healthy relationships in all realms of life. Jerry helps leaders make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being. “Work does not have to destroy us. Work can be the way in which we achieve our fullest self.” 3c
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Learning to Thrive Through Change
Catherine Frels, NeuroLeadership Institute
In this interactive session, attendees will participate in activities designed to help them apply and embed a growth mindset. Additionally, participants will learn how to inspire others on their team to adopt a growth mindset, ultimately resulting in faster problem solving, increased focus, and improved performance across the public service. 3d

Agile – Canada Room

Time Event Description Session
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Pitching Innovation: 12 Tips to Make Your Case to Do Things Differently
What We Learned from Being Entrepreneurs in a Bureaucratic and Hierarchal Organization.  Distill some lessons/tools/techniques GCEs have learned over our year to help Innovation Fair attendees think about how they can approach their work with more agility. 4a
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Experiments in government: How to design and implement them
Treasury Board Secretariat
From defining a hypothesis to designing the experiment itself, Join Experimentation Works for a learning journey into the world of experimentation.
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Can You Think Like a Futurist?
Policy Horizons Canada
During this session, you will get to engage with some of the recent foresight work conducted by Policy Horizons to explore how the changing nature of work will impact their roles in the future public service. 4c
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Repair Café
Canada’s Free Agents
Attendees can bring problems to the Fair and have a few Free Agents tackle them using a variety of skills and expertise. 4d

Inclusive – Canada Room

Time Event Description Session
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Innovative Academic Partnerships: The Gains, the Pains, and the Value
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Ontario College of Art and Design
IRCC will be engaging the room in a conversation around the mindsets and behaviours that were embodied during the development of the Client Experience Branch/Settlement and Integration Policy Branch projects in partnership with academic institutions. This talk will focus on the experimentation, expanding partnerships, as well as co-creating by bringing different perspectives to the table. 5a
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The National Joint Council: 75 years of Unions and Employers Working Together!
National Joint Council
The NJC is the Forum of Choice for co-development, consultation and information sharing between the government as employer and public service bargaining agents.  It’s played an important role in that regard for 75-years now and the products that it develops have an impact on most everyone’s terms and conditions of employment.  The NJC Directives, which are deemed to form part of the collective agreements, are extensive and include such topics as Travel, Occupational Health and Safety, Relocation, Bilingualism Bonus, as well as the Public Service Health Care Plan but to name a few.  Come discover how the “co-development” process works and take the opportunity to participate in the deliberations of an actual grievance.
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Regional Innovation
Regional Federal Councils

AFC: David Burton, AFC Chair of the Official Languages Subcommittee (Regional Director General - Canadian Heritage)  BCFC: Caitlin Williamson, Project Lead, MOU between BCFC and First Nations Public Service Secretariat (Environment Canada and Climate Change)



PFC: Kevin Turner, PFC Innovation Champion (Director of Small and Medium Enterprises, Western Region, Public Services and Procurement Canada)

QFC: Vicky Lefebvre, Champion of the QFC’s Wellness and Mental Health in the Workplace priority (Regional Director General, Eastern Region, Courts Administration Services)

The Atlantic, Quebec, Northern, Ontario, Prairie, and British Columbia Federal Councils will be presenting 6 unique initiatives that can only be found in the regions using a FedTalk format. Come and learn about the AFC Official Language Internship Program and the new AFC OL Recognition Award, the QFC Wellness and Mental Health in the Workplace Report, the NFC Territorial Tables, the OFC Communities of Practice, the PFC FedStarter Program, and the BCFC work with the First Nations Public Service. These programs can support regional employees from all departments and levels; come and learn about them and how you can get involved.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. So I have Biases. What Now?
Department for Women and Gender Equality
Being aware of our unconscious biases is essential to challenging our assumptions and creating inclusive Government initiatives. However, identifying our biases is not enough; we must learn how to mitigate for them. Enter GBA+. Applying a gender and inclusion lens is one way that we, as Public Servants, can ensure that our initiatives are effective and inclusive. Not only will the intersection of GBA+ and renewal lead to a more inclusive public service, but also to more inclusive GoC initiatives. 

Equipped – Canada Room

Time Event Description Session
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Designing with users: how to optimize your digital content
Digital Transformation Office, Strategic Communications & Ministerial Affairs
Come see how we’re designing for, the trusted digital brand for the Government of Canada. In this workshop, you will learn about running content improvement projects. We will go through the approach that the Digital Transformation Office at TBS is using to design content that you know will work for your users, as well as a run-down of the simple content design changes that have had the most impact on user success in our projects over the past year. 6a
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mini-Design Jam: Experimentation
Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Participants will learn about co-creation and human-centred design, which entails bringing the people you are designing for into the design process. This approach was used for ISED’s work on public service renewal. 6b
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Build your own data-driven culture with Statistics Canada's Innovation Ecosystem
Statistics Canada
A workshop with StatCan’s Innovation Ecosystem. We are partnering with many departments to unlock the power of data and innovation to support evidence-based policy-making.  We’re ready to work with you to build data literacy and a data-driven culture in your team!  Members of StatCan’s Innovation Ecosystem will walk you through practical tips and tools including the Innovation Radar, Picasso, hackathons and more.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Beyond2020: Agile, Inclusive, Equipped Workplace and Workforce
Public Services and Procurement Canada, Shared Services Canada, and Canada School of Public Service

Reconciliation/Accessibility – Rossy Pavilion

Time Event Description Session
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Reconciliation: Kairos Blanket Exercise
Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
The Kairos Blanket Exercise has long played an important role in bringing a deeper understanding of the legacy effects of residential schools to Canadians to work towards reconciliation.  While the public requires a broad brush stroke approach to events of the past concerning Indigenous people, public servants have an opportunity to delve deeper into the issues given their proximity to the inner mechanics of government, and most particularly their comprehension of the role of policy. While spoken of less frequently, policy decisions have largely been the root of all decisions made regarding the treatment of Indigenous peoples since the time of first contact. This specific blanket exercise will align policy decisions with events that have proved to have had a profound effect on Indigenous peoples in Canada. The goal is to inspire public servants to comprehend the vast power they hold in their hands in their every-day work as agents of policy and program development. By learning from the past, we are able to build stronger policy models and make more informed business decisions. Behold the power of the pen! 7a
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Everyday Innovators
Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Accessibility: Indoor Navigation/Inclusive Meeting Spaces
Treasury Board Secretariat

Indoor Navigation / Déplacements intérieurs

Jeffrey Stark, Accessibility, Accommodation & Adaptive Computer Technology (AAACT) Program, Shared Services Canada

As the Government of Canada seeks to make its buildings more accessible, come learn about the work and technologies being used to support navigating around federal buildings.

Inclusive Meeting Spaces

Graham Spero, Junior Program Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada

With a ton of new Government of Canada workplaces, learn how you can create inclusive meeting spaces within your office.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Accessible Built Environment/Service Design
Treasury Board Secretariat

Véronique Faille, Project Manager, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Dan Napier, Senior Director, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch, Public Services and Procurement Canada

PSPC is modernizing the buildings and grounds throughout the Parliamentary Precinct.  As part of this process, the department is modifying these important spaces to be more accessible to all Canadians.  Come learn how the Branch is moving toward becoming a leader and model in the planning and development of accessible environments.

Julianna Rowsell, Head of Accessibility, Canadian Digital Service / Responsable de l’accessibilité, Service numérique canadien

At the Canadian Digital Service (CDS), we design for accessibility early and often.  We have made mistakes. We have stumbled, but from that we have also grown and learned. It has helped us create better practices and processes to improve the service design process. We apply a service design lens to accessibility and inclusion. This process takes a holistic approach to building in accessibility from the beginning of the service design process. Learn how researching, co-creating and raising awareness can lead to developing accessible designs and products.


Modernization – O’Born Room (webcast/livestream)

Time Event Description Session
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Digital Academy
Taki Sarantakis (moderator)
Canada School of Public Service
The Government of Canada has a Digital Academy! Learn about the Digital Academy and test your digital savviness. 8a
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Behavioural Insights
Sasha Tregebov, Behavioural Insights Team Canada 
You’ve heard a lot about Behavioural Insights, but what does it mean and how can you apply it to your work? 8b
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Mindset Matters
Bill Roche, PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs (Moderator)
Dr. Sarah Lubik, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Beedie School of Business
Amy Mifflin-Sills, Innovation, Rideau Hall Foundation
Mindset Matters is a short documentary film that captures the stories of four students as they participate in PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs, a dynamic experiential learning program. Students Josh, Emma, Muhamet and Abel are all tasked with creating their own business ventures. They must take charge of their learning, make their own decisions and are free to make mistakes. Using the Mindset Matters documentary as a backdrop, this session will feature a dynamic panel discussion that explores how an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset can empower Canadians to create their own pathways to success in our rapidly changing world. The panel will also illustrate how key messages can be used to further develop a culture of innovation in public sector teams.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Agile Transformation
Julie Leese, Transport Canada
Join us for a discussion on Transport Canada’s transformation journey! In response to a rapidly changing transportation sector and evolving traveler expectations - and to align with the Government of Canada’s digital and Beyond2020 direction - Transport Canada is reinventing how it works. Transport Canada will highlight how it is taking a digital-first approach to the design and delivery of its programs and services while also building a modern, inclusive workforce to ensure that Transport Canada is an organization that is agile, smart and trusted.
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