Day One: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

10:00 EDT

10 min

Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair

10:10 EDT

60 min
Caroline Pinto Bridget Howe

Defining and Framing Issues for Effective Public Policy Development

Caroline Pinto, Founding Partner, Counsel Public Affairs

Bridget Howe, Account Director, Federal Advocacy, Counsel Public Affairs Inc.

  • Goals and objectives of public policy design
  • Nature and scope of the public issue and interest
  • What are the interests, authorities and capacities of government(s)?
  • Appropriate tools of intervention to achieve valid public goals
  • Impact of policy culture on tools selected
  • Horizontal impacts and implications, and how they should be managed
  • Examples, practical insights and experience in framing and addressing policy

11:10 EDT

50 min
Lewis S Eisen

Writing Policy: A Value Based Perspective for Stakeholder Buy-In

Lewis S Eisen, Speaker, Consultant, Author

It’s no secret that often new policies are a hard sell. We can spend an inordinate amount of time justifying our policies to other stakeholders, trying to get buy-in. But in many cases that effort is avoidable if we word the policy differently.

  • Properly distinguishing policy from procedure
  • Leveraging the organization’s values
  • How corporate culture is reflected in policy wording
  • Integrating the value of “respect for others”

12:00 EDT

60 min


13:00 EDT

45 min
Katerina Kalenteridis Mauriene Tolentino

Influencing Mental Health Policy During COVID-19 and Beyond

Katerina Kalenteridis, Policy and Research Analyst, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Mauriene Tolentino, Policy and Research Analyst, Mental Health Commission of Canada

  • The MHCC and mental health policy in Canada
  • The role of policy analysis work at the Commission
  • Applying foundational cross-cutting principles to mental health policy work: Importance of health equity, lived and living experiences, and collaboration
  • Lessons learned from the MHCC’s COVID-19 Policy Response Project
    • Taking stock of national mental health and substance use health impacts through polling and research
    • Building collaborative capacity in the sector through the Mental Health and Substance Use Health Policy Network
    • Influencing policy action through knowledge mobilization

13:45 EDT

45 min
Sanjeev Chib

How Consumer Spending Trends Were Used to Map the Economic Disruption Caused by COVID

Sanjeev Chib, VP & Managing Director, Data and Insights Solutions, Moneris

  • How consumer spending trend data can be used to influence  policy and decision making by all levels of government
  • Regional and national insights used to assist in making policy decisions relating to business development, impact of Covid restrictions on the business community, public transit, etc. (use case review)
  • Economic impacts on infrastructure projects on the local business communities
  • How spending data helps informs research studies and forecasting models

14:30 EDT

45 min
Azra Dizdarevic

Gender-Based Analysis for Better Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation

Azra Dizdarevic, Senior Analyst, Global Affairs

  • How does the evaluation function provide an opportunity to rigorously examine considerations related to GBA+
  • How can an evaluation provide ways to further improve design and implementation of the policy or program?
  • What is the role of evaluation in the project management cycle and GBA+?
    • Integrating GBA+ into the approach and methodology
    • Considering diverse target population groups
    • Addressing gender and other intersecting factors
    • Identifying any limitations related to GBA+, the impact of those limitations, and how they could have been mitigated to ensure the validity and reliability of finding
    • Identifying areas for action and impact on diverse target population groups
  • From the evaluator’s perspective: Developing capacity in the evaluation function for GBA+
  • From the evaluator’s perspective: Challenges and ways forward

15:15 EDT

45 min
Ruben F.W. Nelson

Strategic Foresight 2.0: The New Kid on the Block. How Strategic Foresight 2.0 Contributes to Designing Better Public Policies

Ruben F.W. Nelson, Executive Director, Foresight Canada

  • The Background to Every Policy:  Deepening VUCA-driven Cultural Incoherence.
  • Making Reliable and Explicit Sense of It All:  A New Requirement.
  • Will better Public Policy be enough?
  • When and Why was Public Policy Invented?
  • What does sound Public Policy do for us?
  • Strategic Foresight 2.0 is to Policy what Policy is to Operations.
  • The Emerging Focus on Differing Worldviews/Forms of Civilization
  • What future does most of today’s Public Policy anticipate?
  • Differing Mindsets:  Strategic Foresight 2.0, Policy Development and Procedures.
  • Practical Advice from the Front Lines.

16:00 EDT

End of Day One

Day Two: Wednesday, March 16, 2022

10:00 EDT

10 min

Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair

10:10 EDT

65 min
Margareta Drzeniek

Challenge-Based Innovation and Transformational Policy

Margareta Drzeniek, Managing Partner, Horizon Group

  • Future possibilities: A new approach to policy development
  • Impact of future possibilities
  • Systemic change required for transformational policies
  • Global transformation in the economy
    • Hyperconnected devices, data and people
    • New perspectives on health
    • Net Zero Economy – Low carbon solutions
    • The circular economy
    • New agriculture and biomaterials
    • From ownership to usership
  • Leveraging future possibilities
  • Building back better

11:15 EDT

45 min
Rafael Gomez Akshay Mohan

The Need to Question Assumptions in Developing Public Policy in a Time of Crisis: A Framework for Evaluating Canada’s Covid 19 Income Support Programs / Lessons Learned

Rafael Gomez, Professor, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto

Akshay Mohan, PhD Candidate, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto

  • Criticism of Income support programs introduced for workers during the first wave of COVID-19 lockdowns
  • Did these programs negatively impact labour supply?
  • What assumptions were made about work disincentives embedded in restrictive assumptions about work
  • Did unquestioned assumptions lead to suboptimal design of crisis support policies?
  • Alternative crisis income support programs predicated on more realistic assumptions of labour markets and human motivation
  • What is the goal of crisis labour market policies?
  • How might we have better balanced efficiency, equity and voice?
  • How might we have better achieved stated public health objectives?

12:00 EDT

45 min


13:30 EDT

45 min
Andrea Greenhous

Why Government Communication is a Crucial Component of Policy Design and Implementation

Andrea Greenhous, President and Chief Internal Communications Strategist, Vision2Voice Internal Communications Inc.

  • How efforts with new programs and policies can be undermined by poor, vague or delayed communication
  • How much effort should we put into proactively, rather than retroactively addressing disinformation
  • Need for more regular and transparent communication, sharing scenario analysis and contingency plans, and outlining trigger points for changes in policy direction.

14:15 EDT

15 min


14:30 EDT

45 min

Development of Public Policy in the Context of Federal-Provincial Relations: Long Term Care (LTC) – Is it Time for a Fundamental Redesign?

Steven Shrybman, Partner, Goldblatt Partners, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

  • Systemic LTC issues exposed by Covid
  • Covid death rates in Ontario in for-profit, non-profit and publicly owned homes
  • What evidence was collected and what did it tell us?
  • Should the federal government be playing more of a role in LTC as a matter of health care?

15:15 EDT

45 min
Kim Hyshka

Public Dialogue and Deliberation on Polarizing Policy Issues

Kim Hyshka, Principal, Dialogue Partners

  • Building participant knowledge and understanding
  • Fostering productive discussion
  • Generating detailed input on public policy options
  • Methods for dialogue-based public deliberation on public policy issues

16:00 EDT

End of Day Two