February 20 & 21, 2019 | National Arts Center

Policy Community Conference 2019


A rich virtual experience, no matter where you are.

The Conference-in-a-Box (CIAB) is a treasure chest of resources that you can explore. The CIAB is designed to complement the virtual broadcast of the 2019 Policy Community Conference by providing materials for learning, practicing and sparking conversations.  

There are two ways to engage with the Conference content now :

  1. Rewatch the webcast of the plenary sessions and speakers from the National Arts Centre from the convenience of your desk;
  2. Gather your colleagues and host your own mini-event and choose the materials you want to use from the Conference-in-a-Box!

Activities (2018)

How Might We Design Public Engagement Experiences? (60-90 min)
How Might We Co-Create Policy? (60 min)
How Might We Rethink the Policy Cycle? (45-60 min)
Parallel Thinking Workshop (120 min)
TRIZ Exercise (40 min)

Activities (2019)

The Public Impact Fundamentals Self-assessment Tool - CPI (60-90 min)
Reflective Practice: River of Life (15-30 min)
Storytelling - Apolitical (60-90 min)
Developing a Problem Statement - NouLAB (75 min)
Reflective Practice: 10-Year-Old You (15-30 min)

Webcast Videos (2019)

Day 1


Elder Mac Saulis

Shifting perspectives: Implementing an Inuit Nunangat policy

Natan Obed, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Creating Great Choices

Jennifer Riel, Adjunct Professor, Rotman School of Management

Language: Revitalizing the language of policy

Moderator: Rachel Wernick


Elder Mac Saulis;

Georgette LeBlanc, Parliamentary Poet Laureate;

Nitika Agarwal, Chief Operations Officer, Apolitical;

Isabelle Mondou, Associate Deputy Minister Heritage

The Clerk in Conversation

Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council;

Jennifer Riel, Rotman School of Management

Day 2

Welcome to Day 2

MC Kaili Levesque

Margins are the Majority

Nadia Duguay, Exeko and CKX Fellow;

Will Prosper, Hoodstock

Policy Innovation

Moderator: Kaili Levesque


Graham Flack,Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development Canada;

Rodney Ghali, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Impact and Innovation Unit, Privy Council Office;

Leanne Labelle, Canadian Digital Services

Digital, ethics and inclusion: why policy practitioners should care

Moderator: Neil Bouwer


Anna Wong, Digital Academy;

Meghan Hellstern, Brookfield Institute;

Brent Barron, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research;

Serge Joly, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada

Closing Remarks

MC Kaili Levesque

Trust and Legitimacy

Nadine Smith, Centre for Public Impact


Georgette LeBlanc, Parliamentary Poet Laureate

Policy Community Champions closing remarks

Rachel Wernick, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development Canada;

Neil Bouwer, Vice President, Canada School of Public Service