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LeadersGC Spotlights Virtual Teams on August 18

LeadersGC Spotlights Virtual Teams on August 18

August 8, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

All public servants are invited to the next LeadersGC event on Thursday August 18 at 8 p.m. (EDT), where the topic of discussion will be virtual teams.

The President of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), Janet King, will be the special guest Executive host for this event:

In the spirit of the topic, Ms. King will host the event live from Iqaluit.

In the meantime before the next event, all public servants can participate in the #LeadersGC discussion on Twitter and catch up on highlights from past series below:

  1. November 5, 2015 – “Embrace the Social Leader in You” with Andrew Treusch
  2. November 12, 2015 – “The Essence of Social Leadership” with Nancy Chahwan
  3. November 19, 2015 – “Building the Workforce of the Future” with Denise Amyot
  4. November 26, 2015 – “Engagement and Pride in the Public Service” with Clerk Janice Charette
  5. January 21, 2016 – “Raising Awareness Around Mental Health and Stopping the Stigma” with Debbie Beresford-Green
  6. February 18, 2016 – “Leadership and Innovation in the Public Service” with Graham Flack
  7. March 17, 2016 – “Official Languages in the Public Service” with Graham Fraser and Donna Achimov
  8. April 15, 2016 – “Coaching and Mentoring in the Public Service” with Dan Couture
  9. April 20, 2016 – “Blueprint 2020 Innovation Fair: Recruitment in the Public Service” with Anne Marie Smart
  10. May 19, 2016 – “23rd Annual Report and Priorities for the Public Service” with Clerk Michael Wernick
  11. June 16, 2016 – “Celebrating Diversity in the Public Service” with Christine Donoghue
  12. July 14, 2016 – “Celebrating Wellness in the Public Service” with Yaprak Baltacioglu
Secretary of the Treasury Board Inspires With Public Service-Wide Discussion on Wellness

Secretary of the Treasury Board Inspires With Public Service-Wide Discussion on Wellness

July 20, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Last week was the much anticipated public service-wide LeadersGC discussion on wellness, which featured Yaprak Baltacioglu, Secretary of the Treasury Board, as the special guest Executive host.

Ms. Baltacioglu received a standing ovation at last month’s APEX Symposium, when she gave an inspiring talk to EXs about the stigma around mental health:

From a soccer field in Ottawa to all the way in Sydney, Australia, participants all across Canada and the world were ready to jump in to the discussion on wellness:

Highlights

Question 1) What leadership styles are conducive to workplace wellness?

Question 2) What role does a government-wide mental health plan play in public service renewal?

Question 3) Who is responsible for creating an environment supportive of workplace wellness?

Question 4) What actions can we take collectively, to stop the stigma around mental health?

Question 5) What activities do you do in your personal time to help manage stress?

Question 6) How can we best support colleagues who may be experiencing mental health or wellness challenges?

Question 7) How does emotional intelligence contribute to wellness in the workplace?

Question 8) How can improved workplace wellness influence service to Canadians?

Other Links

Read the official Storify from the LeadersGC discussion on wellness in the public service by clicking here.

Before next month’s event, all public servants can participate in the #LeadersGC discussion on Twitter and catch up on highlights from past series below:

  1. November 5, 2015 – “Embrace the Social Leader in You” with Andrew Treusch
  2. November 12, 2015 – “The Essence of Social Leadership” with Nancy Chahwan
  3. November 19, 2015 – “Building the Workforce of the Future” with Denise Amyot
  4. November 26, 2015 – “Engagement and Pride in the Public Service” with Clerk Janice Charette
  5. January 21, 2016 – “Raising Awareness Around Mental Health and Stopping the Stigma” with Debbie Beresford-Green
  6. February 18, 2016 – “Leadership and Innovation in the Public Service” with Graham Flack
  7. March 17, 2016 – “Official Languages in the Public Service” with Graham Fraser and Donna Achimov
  8. April 15, 2016 – “Coaching and Mentoring in the Public Service” with Dan Couture
  9. April 20, 2016 – “Blueprint 2020 Innovation Fair: Recruitment in the Public Service” with Anne Marie Smart
  10. May 19, 2016 – “23rd Annual Report and Priorities for the Public Service” with Clerk Michael Wernick
  11. June 16, 2016 – “Celebrating Diversity in the Public Service” with Christine Donoghue
Secretary of the Treasury Board to Host Next LeadersGC on Wellness: Thursday July 14

Secretary of the Treasury Board to Host Next LeadersGC on Wellness: Thursday July 14

July 13, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Tomorrow starting at 8 p.m. (EDT), all public servants are invited to the next installment of LeadersGC that will discuss wellness in the public service.

The Secretary of the Treasury Board, Yaprak Baltacioglu, will be the special guest Executive co-host:

Ms. Baltacioglu received a standing ovation at last month’s APEX Symposium, when she gave an inspiring talk to EXs about the stigma around mental health:

In the meantime before Thursday’s event, all public servants can participate in the #LeadersGC discussion on Twitter and catch up on highlights from past series below:

  1. November 5, 2015 – “Embrace the Social Leader in You” with Andrew Treusch
  2. November 12, 2015 – “The Essence of Social Leadership” with Nancy Chahwan
  3. November 19, 2015 – “Building the Workforce of the Future” with Denise Amyot
  4. November 26, 2015 – “Engagement and Pride in the Public Service” with Clerk Janice Charette
  5. January 21, 2016 – “Raising Awareness Around Mental Health and Stopping the Stigma” with Debbie Beresford-Green
  6. February 18, 2016 – “Leadership and Innovation in the Public Service” with Graham Flack
  7. March 17, 2016 – “Official Languages in the Public Service” with Graham Fraser and Donna Achimov
  8. April 15, 2016 – “Coaching and Mentoring in the Public Service” with Dan Couture
  9. April 20, 2016 – “Blueprint 2020 Innovation Fair: Recruitment in the Public Service” with Anne Marie Smart
  10. May 19, 2016 – “23rd Annual Report and Priorities for the Public Service” with Clerk Michael Wernick
  11. June 16, 2016 – “Celebrating Diversity in the Public Service” with Christine Donoghue
Public Servant Recipient of Prestigious Meritorious Service Medal

Public Servant Recipient of Prestigious Meritorious Service Medal

July 5, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

The Governor General recently presented fifty-two Canadians with Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) and a federal public servant was one of them.

Nick Frate from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) received the honour for advancing diversity and inclusion, namely for volunteer work with LGBTQ2 youth in Montreal.

The Civil Division recognizes individuals who have performed an exceptional deed or activity that brought honour to their community or to Canada.

In addition to his work in the community, Nick Frate is also well known across the federal public service for being a champion of social leadership and diversity.

His colleagues at the CRA recently covered Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in a video that went viral to support the Agency’s launch of its new internal diversity website.

The lyrics were reworked to reflect the message of diversity and in addition to the website launch, the hashtag  was created to promote awareness on social media:

Nick Frate is also the brainchild of the successful LeadersGC initiative in the public service.

Joining him are the Collaborators, a team of engaged public servants from across departments.

Each event is guest hosted by a senior Executive in the federal public service.

All public servants can participate in the #LeadersGC discussion on Twitter and catch up on highlights from past series below:

  1. November 5, 2015 – “Embrace the Social Leader in You” with Andrew Treusch
  2. November 12, 2015 – “The Essence of Social Leadership” with Nancy Chahwan
  3. November 19, 2015 – “Building the Workforce of the Future” with Denise Amyot
  4. November 26, 2015 – “Engagement and Pride in the Public Service” with Clerk Janice Charette
  5. January 21, 2016 – “Raising Awareness Around Mental Health and Stopping the Stigma” with Debbie Beresford-Green
  6. February 18, 2016 – “Leadership and Innovation in the Public Service” with Graham Flack
  7. March 17, 2016 – “Official Languages in the Public Service” with Graham Fraser and Donna Achimov
  8. April 15, 2016 – “Coaching and Mentoring in the Public Service” with Dan Couture
  9. April 20, 2016 – “Blueprint 2020 Innovation Fair: Recruitment in the Public Service” with Anne Marie Smart
  10. May 19, 2016 – “23rd Annual Report and Priorities for the Public Service” with Clerk Michael Wernick
  11. June 16, 2016 – “Celebrating Diversity in the Public Service” with Christine Donoghue

Video

Watch the cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” here:

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Other Links

Read the Governor General’s official news release here.

Follow Nick Frate on Twitter here.

Public Servants Get Real About Diversity in the Public Service

Public Servants Get Real About Diversity in the Public Service

June 28, 2016 | By | 1 Comment

Yesterday was Canadian Multiculturalism Day, which the Clerk and departments/agencies were promoting awareness of online:

The topic of diversity in the public service has been a recurring one this month.

First, Public Works and Government Services Canada produced a short video starring public servants titled, “Show Your Colours” to promote awareness around fighting homophobia and transphobia:

Secondly during National Public Service Week, the Clerk was direct with his remarks during his first television interview when he stated that, “the public service has work to do in all aspects of diversity, frankly.”

This was followed by public servants continuing an honest and open discussion on diversity in the public service, as it was the theme for this month’s LeadersGC event.

This month’s LeadersGC was co-hosted by Christine Donoghue, President of the Public Service Commission.

When public servants were asked which HR tools are needed so that leaders at all levels can benefit from inclusion in the workplace, many public servants responded by saying that staffing processes need to be reevaluated so that hiring managers can ‘cast a wider net’ and hire based on best fit.

The Public Service Commission did recently launch the new direction in staffing on April 1, meant to give hiring managers more flexibility and the ability to tailor staffing requirements according to their own unique business needs.

Highlights

Question 1) The terms diversity and employment equity are often used interchangeably. What is the difference between them?

Question 2) With Canada’s changing demographics, do you think that employment equity groups reflect Canadian society?

Question 3) What are the risks of not adopting an approach that encourages diversity and inclusion at work?

Question 4) Tell us about how your contribution through your own diverse identity has led to a successful outcome at work.

Question 5) What are some ways to effectively manage the challenges associated with diversity in a team?

Question 6) What action is the public service taking to foster an inclusive workplace and increase the understanding of diversity?

Question 7) What HR tools are needed so that leaders at all levels can benefit from inclusion in the workplace?

Question 8) What kind of efforts and initiatives would you personally undertake to ensure a commitment to diversity and inclusion?

Other Links

Read the official Storify from the LeadersGC chat on diversity in the public service by clicking here.

Public Servants Pay Tribute to Andrew Treusch

Public Servants Pay Tribute to Andrew Treusch

June 21, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Andrew Treusch, humbly transitioned from active public servant to retired public servant at the end of National Public Service Week last week:

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Public servants spanning across departments and agencies thanked Andrew Treusch for his leadership and the difference he’s made not only at the CRA but also his legacy in the public service and his service to Canadians:

Throughout his time at the CRA, the Agency has been repeatedly named a top employer for youth, a top employer to work for, and recipient of healthy workplace awards.

Under Andrew Treusch’s leadership, the CRA is one of the only departments/agencies to ever break Twitter and have the hashtag for an internal agency event trend in the number one spot, across the country.

Andrew Treusch’s career in the federal public service began in the early 1980s.

He joined the department of Finance in 1984, and then moved to the Privy Council Office, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development in positions of increasing responsibility.

In 2007, Mr. Treusch was named Executive Director to the Competition Policy Review Panel, chaired by L.R. Wilson. The Panel’s mandate was to review competition and investment policies and to report to the Minister of Industry.

Mr. Treusch was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Environment Canada in June 2008 and later Associate Deputy Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada in September 2009.

In December 2012, Andrew Treusch was appointed Commissioner of Revenue and Chief Executive Officer of the CRA.

In 2014, he was National Chair of the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC) and quickly earned the status of social leader, having a strong presence on social media and being accessible and visible to public servants at all levels.

Then in 2015, Mr. Treusch was the first special guest Executive to co-host the inaugural LeadersGC event, a monthly Twitter chat started for public servants by public servants.

Hopefully he will continue to stay active and visible on social media, continuing to be a role model to so many public servants and sharing the next chapter of his adventures with all.

From the Archives

Watch Andrew Treusch as a panelist at IPAC’s “What Keeps Deputy Ministers Up at Night”:

Andrew Treusch rocking it out at the GCTalent Show for the 2014 GCWCC:

Andrew Treusch gets buckets of cold, hard change dumped on him to raise funds for a good cause:

Andrew Treusch in the 2015 video for the GCWCC:

Other Links

Stay in touch with Andrew Treusch and follow him on Twitter here.

With files from here.

Clerks Says Diversity and Generational Change are Biggest Challenges

Clerks Says Diversity and Generational Change are Biggest Challenges

June 16, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

In his first television interview in his capacity as Clerk, Michael Wernick told CBC television that his biggest challenge will be presiding over the generational change that is taking place in the public service.

This is in line with recruitment being one of his priorities for the public service this year in his latest annual report.

In the interview, the Clerk said that’s why it will be important to ‘professionalize HR’ in the public service and to be able to recruit people from the outside right into the senior ranks of the public service.

This is one of the reasons why the Privy Council Office (PCO) has put out a request for proposals (RFP) for, “services to develop and help maintain an inventory of potential candidates for consideration by the Privy Council Office for possible appointments to senior leadership positions in the deputy minister cadre.”

After the creation of the inventory, it is expected that PCO would draw on it as it supports the Prime Minister by identifying deputy minister candidates for consideration.

It is anticipated that after initial creation of the inventory, it would need to be updated every two months.

When asked about diversity, the Clerk admitted the challenge in having a public service that looks like Canada, most notably in the senior ranks.

“We have work to do in all aspects of diversity, frankly,” the Clerk said.

“However, I’m quite confident that in a few years, you’ll see a very different looking senior public service.”

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To continue the discussion on diversity, participate in today’s LeadersGC online chat happening at 8 p.m. (EDT) with the President of the Public Service Commission.

Other Links

Read the original request for proposal here.

Video

Watch the Clerk in his own words here: (starts at the 21:45 mark)

Clerk Kicks Off National Public Service Week Monday With Town Hall About Empowerment

Clerk Kicks Off National Public Service Week Monday With Town Hall About Empowerment

June 10, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

On Monday June 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (EDT), all public servants are invited to kick off National Public Service Week by joining Clerk Michael Wernick for an interactive town hall discussion about empowering young public servants.

Are you a young public servant eager to make a change in the public service but aren’t sure how?

Then this is your chance to ask questions and share ideas about how you can empower yourself and influence change in the public service.

All public servants can participate by webcast. To confirm your attendance, log in to your Canada School of Public Service account and register there.

This event is brought to you by the Federal Youth Network, LeadersGC, the Canada School of Public Service and the Privy Council Office.

Other Links

Confirm your attendance and register by logging into your Canada School of Public Service account here.

President of Public Service Commission to Guest Host Next LeadersGC: June 16

President of Public Service Commission to Guest Host Next LeadersGC: June 16

June 7, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Following one of the most popular LeadersGC events ever last month with Clerk Michael Wernick, the momentum continues this month as Acting President of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Christine Donoghue, guest hosts the next LeadersGC installment, celebrating diversity in the public service:

Ms. Donoghue led the Commission’s recent launch of the public service-wide new direction in staffing, meant to give hiring managers more flexibility and the ability to tailor staffing requirements according to their own unique business needs.

The PSC received positive reaction from public servants online for its proactive and consistent approach in communicating the new direction in staffing across the public service via a variety of digital tools:

The new direction in staffing also received interest from other public services, overseas:

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The next LeadersGC event with Ms. Donoghue takes place during National Public Service Week, Thursday June 16 at 8 p.m. (EST).

LeadersGC is the brainchild of Nick Frate, a well known champion of social leadership and engagement in the public service and host of each LeadersGC event. Joining him are the Collaborators, a team of engaged public servants from across departments.

Each event is guest hosted by a senior Executive in the federal public service.

In the meantime, get involved in the #LeadersGC discussion on Twitter and catch up on highlights from past series below:

  1. November 5, 2015 – “Embrace the Social Leader in You” with Andrew Treusch
  2. November 12, 2015 – “The Essence of Social Leadership” with Nancy Chahwan
  3. November 19, 2015 – “Building the Workforce of the Future” with Denise Amyot
  4. November 26, 2015 – “Engagement and Pride in the Public Service” with Clerk Janice Charette
  5. January 21, 2016 – “Raising Awareness Around Mental Health and Stopping the Stigma” with Debbie Beresford-Green
  6. February 18, 2016 – “Leadership and Innovation in the Public Service” with Graham Flack
  7. March 17, 2016 – “Official Languages in the Public Service” with Graham Fraser and Donna Achimov
  8. April 15, 2016 – “Coaching and Mentoring in the Public Service” with Dan Couture
  9. April 20, 2016 – “Blueprint 2020 Innovation Fair: Recruitment in the Public Service” with Anne Marie Smart
  10. May 19, 2016 – “23rd Annual Report and Priorities for the Public Service” with Clerk Michael Wernick
Highlights From the Clerk’s Online LeadersGC Chat With Public Servants

Highlights From the Clerk’s Online LeadersGC Chat With Public Servants

May 24, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Last week was the much anticipated online #LeadersGC chat with Clerk Michael Wernick, where public servants had the opportunity to interact with the Clerk on Twitter and for the first time, on the Clerk’s new Facebook page.

The event likely set new records for engagement and participation with public servants outside of normal working hours.

The chat got underway at 8 p.m. (EDT) and public servants were able to ask questions and discuss the Clerk’s priorities for the public service this year, set out in the Clerk’s latest annual report to the Prime Minister.

As per usual, it wasn’t long before the event began trending on Twitter but this time reached the number two spot nationally.

Participation was strong not only across the country, but extended internationally, as well:

Hundreds of public servants took part with over 4,000 tweets going out and potentially over 3.7 million accounts on Twitter being reached.

The discussion visualized:


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Image via @ToferC

Frequency distribution of hashtags throughout the discussion:

It was clear that for many public servants, the work the public service has done so far on mental health in the workplace was one accomplishment that they were most proud of and reiterated that it should continue to be a priority for the public service.

Some highlights from the event:

Highlights

Question 1) The Clerk’s report lists many public service accomplishments; what are you most proud of?

2) The Clerk’s report outlines my priorities for the public service. What are your priorities? How can we better serve Canadians?

3) To deliver on the Government of Canada’s mandate, the public service must adapt. What cultural changes do you think are needed?

4) How do we set a course towards a public service we want to become?

5) Recruiting the right people to meet future needs of Canadians is critical. What skills will be required?

6) As the world evolves, the public service must evolve with it. But what will or must remain constant for the public service?

7) The Clerk’s report highlights the importance of wellness and mental health in the workplace. What does this mean to you?

8) How can the public service be more results-focused?

Closing

Video

Other Links

Read the official Storify from the LeadersGC chat with the Clerk here.

Catch up on highlights from past series below:

  1. November 5, 2015 – “Embrace the Social Leader in You” with Andrew Treusch
  2. November 12, 2015 – “The Essence of Social Leadership” with Nancy Chahwan
  3. November 19, 2015 – “Building the Workforce of the Future” with Denise Amyot
  4. November 26, 2015 – “Engagement and Pride in the Public Service” with Clerk Janice Charette
  5. January 21, 2016 – “Raising Awareness Around Mental Health and Stopping the Stigma” with Debbie Beresford-Green
  6. February 18, 2016 – “Leadership and Innovation in the Public Service” with Graham Flack
  7. March 17, 2016 – “Official Languages in the Public Service” with Graham Fraser and Donna Achimov
  8. April 15, 2016 – “Coaching and Mentoring in the Public Service” with Dan Couture
  9. April 20, 2016 – “Blueprint 2020 Innovation Fair: Recruitment in the Public Service” with Anne Marie Smart