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Plan of action: Retiring from public service July 2
Retirement planning requires a great deal of time and patience. It’s also vital to have an ally in your corner when preparing to make the journey into  read more...

The art of mentorship June 30
Mentoring can be one of the most critical – as well as challenging and rewarding – tasks we undertake in the workplace. Sometimes it’s formal. Sometimes  read more...

The five threats to independence June 29
Independence has long been regarded as a cornerstone of the auditing profession. This is underscored today by the title of the auditor’s certificate. It is  read more...



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Fail: Canada's social media strategy backfires July 20
Tip #1: Combining government departments and changing them into "themes" wouldn't work in real life. It also doesn't work  read more...

Unions file challenge over sick leave changes June 30
CBC, June 30, 2015 - Twelve federal public service unions have filed a legal challenge to the budget bill passed earlier this year arguing that the bill's plan to save $900 million by overhauling sick leave and disability programs violates the  read more...

Open data: inclusion, innovation, policy and standards May 25
The International Open Data Conference kicks off this week in  read more...

Technology
Fail: Canada's social media strategy backfires July 20
Tip #1: Combining government departments and changing them into "themes" wouldn't work in real life. It also doesn't work online.  read more...

Fail: Canada's social media strategy backfires July 20
Tip #1: Combining government departments and changing them into "themes" wouldn't work in real life. It also doesn't work online.  read more...

Hacker’s paradise July 14
Last week Alexandra Sweny wrote about the MTLWiFi project [http://itincanadaonline.ca/index.php/mobility/1240-when-you-re-downtown], an initiative to provide free wireless Internet access across downtown Montreal and the Old Port. From a security perspective, there are three primary concerns with wide area WiFi hotspots: sniffing, hacking hotspot users, and spoofing access points.  read more...

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The art of mentorship

Mentoring can be one of the most critical – as well as challenging and rewarding – tasks we undertake in the workplace. Sometimes it’s formal. Sometimes it’s informal. But always, when effective, it’s important.





The right balance: The case for strong plural, public and private sectors

In recent years, it has been customary for government – and government executives – to be looked down upon, while business has been exalted. Somebody who hasn’t succumbed is management guru Henry Mintzberg.




   
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Is it time to ditch the "deck"?
on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 13:07
Decks have some utility - primarily for a discussion of problem definition and work program to resolve what you think…

Is it time to ditch the "deck"?
on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:27
An interesting read ... thanks. In coming up with my idea, I reflected on the meaning of the word "briefing",…

Is it time to ditch the "deck"?
on Thursday, 21 May 2015 15:45
Any ideas on what can replace decks?

Rebuilding Canada's international capacity: Diplomatic reform in the age of globalization
on Friday, 17 April 2015 10:09
Enjoyed it.

The evolution of service delivery
on Friday, 27 March 2015 08:31
"outcomes rather than process" Love it.

Ave atque vale… June 17
It took me more than 20 years in the public service to arrive in the procurement arena. One lesson I learned is that the crux of effective procurement is making sure that procurement professionals know what it is like to be in line operations:  read more...

When a simple KISS is insufficient May 14
I have often written about what to me are the unusual and sometimes strange characteristics and actions of federal government procurement, but recent experience has shown me that we are not alone. During work with a client in the broader public sector, I found several procurement elements that caused me to shake my head.  read more...

Leveraging defence acquisition for Canadian innovation May 5
The release of the Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS) in February 2014 has significantly transformed the way equipment is acquired by the Canadian Armed Forces. For Industry Canada, the goal is now to leverage the major recapitalization effort underway...  read more...

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Dispatch - #IODC15 - An International Perspective May 29
Sameer Vasta and Richard Pietro are at the Canadian Open Data Summit and International Open... Listen

Dispatch - #IODC15 - Day 1 Recap May 29
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Dispatch - #IODC15 - Gamifying the legislative process May 28
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City recognized for green engagement
As a municipality that truly believes in fostering a culture of innovation, the City of Grande Prairie is a trailblazer for implementing new ideas that enhance  read more...

The digital town hall: Meeting citizen expectations through government websites
The Green Governance Award won by the City of Grand Prairie demonstrates that every day there are new examples of how citizens’ expectations of local  read more...

Grande Prairie recognized for online innovation
The City of Grande Prairie in Alberta has received a "green gov" award from Santa Monica-based Vision Internet, a government website  read more...

    Celebrating the best
The Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada recently honoured public service leadership with its annual Awards of  read more...

Make your executive assistant key to your success
Congratulations. You’ve achieved professional recognition for your performance and the public service keeps heaping more responsibility on your shoulders. It means more work and more stress but it  read more...

Ave atque vale…
It took me more than 20 years in the public service to arrive in the procurement arena. One lesson I learned is that the crux of effective procurement is making sure that procurement professionals  read more...

 
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