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University of Saskatchewan

Strategic Policy Development for The Public Sector

Develop policies that will spark interest and make change

May 22 - 23, 2019 · Ottawa, Ontario
Day One Program Agenda: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
8:40 - 9:40
Smart Policy Through Thorough Analysis and Evidence: GBA+ Primer
Julia Smith, Gender and Diversity Policy Expert, Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre
  • Describing how the lens works and what the ‘+’ really means
  • Improved decision making through thorough analysis
  • Applying the lens beyond obvious decisions in the social policy realm
  • Application at different points of the policy cycle
  • Practical examples of how to increase impact with the lens
9:40 - 10:00        Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00
Implementing Altruistic Policy: A Case Study of Health Canada’s Fentanyl Policy
Graham Robertson, Policy Analyst, Health Canada
  • Researching in the face of a crisis
  • Environmental Scanning Procedure
  • New Drug Tests
  • Quality Control and Dollar Store Test Strips
  • Music Festivals and Amnesty Boxes
11:00 - 12:00
The Blockchain/Cybersecurity/Identity Trinity
Nadia Diakun-Thibault, Senior Aviation Security Policy Advisor, Transport Canada
  • Blockchain – the ledger
  • Cybersecurity – the aspiration
  • Identity – the notional and functional definitions
  • Confidentiality – Information is shared with appropriate parties and sensitive information is share exclusively with the informed consent of appropriate parties
  • Integrity – only authorized parties can change data, and that changes do not threaten the accuracy or authenticity of the data
  • Availability – authorized users have the use of data or resources when needed or wanted
12:00 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Research and Development: How Data Collection Shapes Policy
John Burrett, Principal, Haiku Analytics Inc.
  • Identifying key issues, where the research begins
  • Following the web: building policy with universal concerns
  • Survey protocols; getting the most out of crowd sourced information
  • Leveraging statistics
  • Aligning with departmental research to establish partnerships
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:30
Improving Employee Buy-in to Administrative Policies
Lewis S Eisen, Policy Consultant, B.A., J.D., C.I.P.
  • How policies and directives reflect an organization's culture
  • Changing the dynamic around compliance in the office
  • Identifying hidden negative messaging in your policies
  • The role of policy wording to support a respectful workplace
3:30 - 4:30
Navigating Lobbyist and Special Interest Groups
  • Trustworthy sources, understanding your partnerships
  • Building unbiased policy that still benefits your backers
  • Aligning private interests with public funding: bridging the gap with great policy
  • Warning signs of a bad deal, from skewed research to illegitimate funding
  • Writing universal policy, uniting multiple interest groups under one cause
4:30        End of Day One



In attempting to develop meaningful policy, finding balance between special interests and political agendas can be difficult to navigate. Whether you have issues finding proper funding, aligning your policies with the right departments and organizations, or drafting strong and persuasive copy, you risk deterring potential partnerships, missing implementation deadlines, and failing your constituents with any wrong move. Without the expediency of a streamlined workflow, your policies are at continuous risk of falling into obsolescence and obscurity.

At Infonex’s “Strategic Policy Development for the Public Sector’ conference, public sector professionals will shed light on the shifting landscape of policy development. From the implementation of policies ranging from the municipal to the federal levels, hear from policy development professionals on everything from the gender based analysis process, to networking protocols to find the strongest partnerships throughout the government, to the specifics of policies concerning the opioid crisis, national homelessness issues, climate change, and immigration. This in-depth educative event will focus on real cases offering you proven strategies that ensure your policies are properly developed, ensuring their implementation.

These seasoned policy advisors and developers will guide you through the tangled web of policy implementation from the ground up, showing you how to expedite the surveying and data collection process, how to write the best policy copy that will capture your audience’s attention, how to procure partnerships on multiple levels of government, and how to acquire funding throughout the public sphere. The focus maintains a push for shared experiences and strategies that have been proven to improve your chances at having your policies taken seriously by those that can make nation-wide change, thereby bettering your profile and impressing your constituents and partnerships.

Don’t wait! Sign up today and be a part of the policy development conversation so you too might effect change nation-wide.

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