A lot of excellent information was presented. Great resource material to follow up on. - Associate Vice-President, Financial Services
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 Two Program Agenda: Thursday, May 23, 2019
7:30 - 8:30        Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Julia Smith, Gender and Diversity Policy Expert, Executive Director, Elementary Literacy Inc.
8:45 - 9:45
Policy Innovation in a Digital World: How to Engage Canadians?
Deepika Grover, Free Agent, on assignment as a Senior Policy Advisor at Privy Council Office
  • How connectivity has shifted policy development
  • Digital capacity
  • Citizen engagement, social inclusion
  • New tools, new partnerships
  • Pilots, practices and the long-view
9:45 - 10:00        Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00
Digital Mindset, Skills and Tools for Today’s Policy Analyst
Anna Wong, Product Owner, Canada School of Public Service
  • Challenge the role of today’s policy analysts in the current environment e.g. explosion of data, decentralized role of policy making, and numerous new tools and approaches such as AI
  • Examine the application of digital to the policy arena and consider what the benefits are of cultivating a digital mindset
  • Highlight the current skills and tools that policy analysts should know - from design thinking to data analytics to programming – including how and where to find resources
11:00 - 12:00
The Governance of Natural Resources: Lessons from Brazil
Sasha Hanson Pastran, Researcher, Carleton University Global Governance of Natural Resources Project

Using the case of the Samarco mine disaster in Brazil, and connecting it to similar cases in Canada, this presentation aims to provide a forum for discussion of:

  • the role of state and non-state actors in policy and outcomes in the natural resource sector;
  • the challenges of conflict resolution and participatory decision making in large-scale resource projects;
  • Issues related to corporate social and environmental responsibility; and
  • Lessons learned on disaster management and community resilience
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 2:00
Leveraging Political Agendas
Marc Khouri, Digital Policy and Research, Chief Information Officer Branch, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Anticipating political trends
  • Associating multiple agendas for wider support
  • Maintaining political relationships
  • Aligning your goals with political think tanks
2:00 - 2:20        Networking Break
2:20 - 3:20
Leading Edge Approaches to Mainstreaming Gender Equality
Kelly Cooper, President, Centre for Social Intelligence

  • Which journals to follow to direct your research
  • Organizations with the most reliable research
  • How oversight bodies’ recommendations might aid in your policy development
  • Steps to take after recommendations have been made
3:20 - 4:10
With or For? Developing Policy Collaboratively
Alex Way, Managing Director, MASS LBP
  • The benefits of involving partners, end-users, and the broader public in strategic policy design
  • Examples of collaborative policy design
  • Skills & commitments for developing policy collaboratively
  • Questions to help determine whether and when collaborative policy development is worthwhile
  • Approaches to consider when seeking to develop policy collaboratively
4:10        End of Day Two



Event Partner

Institute of Public Administration of Canada

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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