February 20 & 21, 2019 | National Arts Center

Policy Community Conference 2019

Contributors

Shawni Beaulieu

Since 2013, Shawni Beaulieu has been working in the non-profit ecosystem in New Brunswick. She has years of experience in event planning, marketing and logistics having undertaken the role of project manager and chair for the annual GovMaker Conference (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) as well as the logistics chair for the 2016 Canadian Open Data Summit. She loves understanding the intricacies of systems and processes and figuring out how they might work more effectively and efficiently. With social innovation lab experience, she manages operations, co-designs labs, assists with research and helps build strong partnerships as Lab Manager. Shawni holds a B.A. (hons) in Anthropology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and is moved by the opportunities that exist in New Brunswick to embrace and expand our sense of humanity as we try to tackle complex challenges. Shawni is the founder of Wolthers Consulting.

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Since 2013, Shawni Beaulieu has been working in the non-profit ecosystem in New Brunswick. She has years of experience in event planning, marketing and logistics having ...

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Ethan Bowering

Ethan Bowering is a senior associate at the Centre for Public Impact (CPI), a not-for-profit foundation. Based in London, he leads their work on CPI’s Public Impact Fundamentals - a practical tool that helps people in government increase the likelihood of their initiative being a success. Ethan joined CPI after five years in the Australian Public Service, where he worked across a broad range of domestic policy issues. He also has experience working with the Behavioural Insights Team in London, the United Nations in Beijing and within the Australian Parliament. Ethan now dedicates his time to working with policymakers to achieve better outcomes for people.

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Ethan Bowering is a senior associate at the Centre for Public Impact (CPI), a not-for-profit foundation. Based in London, he leads their work on CPI’s Public Impact Fu...

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Helen Daniels

Helen Daniels has been a student of generative listening for over fifteen years and is still honing her skill daily. She only teaches what she has relentlessly ‘kitchen-tested’ in her roles as a coach, facilitator, manager, educator, friend, parent, and partner. In her day job, Helen is a Free Agent exploring innovations in learning and talent development with the Canada School of Public Service. She gets her fresh ideas by dog walking in the woods while listening to podcasts and the wind in the trees.

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Helen Daniels has been a student of generative listening for over fifteen years and is still honing her skill daily. She only teaches what she has relentlessly ‘kitch...

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Jonathan Dewar

Jonathan Dewar is the Executive Director at the First Nations Information Governance Centre in Ottawa and holds a PhD focused on healing and reconciliation from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University, where he also holds an appointment as Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He has been recognized as a leader in healing and reconciliation and Indigenous health and wellbeing education, policy, and research for over a decade. He has published extensively on these subjects, with a specialization in the role of the arts in healing and reconciliation, and has lectured nationally and internationally. From 2012 to 2016, Jonathan served as the first Director of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre and Special Advisor to the President at Algoma University, where he led research, education, curatorial, and community service programming, and taught courses in Political Science and Fine Arts. Jonathan is of mixed heritage, descended from Huron-Wendat, French-Canadian, and Scottish-Canadian grandparents.

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Jonathan Dewar is the Executive Director at the First Nations Information Governance Centre in Ottawa and holds a PhD focused on healing and reconciliation from the Scho...

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Alexandre Enkerli

Last September, Alexandre Enkerli joined the Public Engagement Team at the Privy Council Office for his first tour of duty in the Government of Canada. Now on his second casual assignment with our team, Alex’s work is filled with data, departmental capacity building and sharing his passion for learning. When not soaking up all he can about Government and Civic Tech, Alex is an ethnographer, professor, and technopedagogue. His passion for electronic music and making musical devices with Raspberry Pi micro-computers keeps him up at night.

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Last September, Alexandre Enkerli joined the Public Engagement Team at the Privy Council Office for his first tour of duty in the Government of Canada. Now on his second...

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Natalie Frank

Natalie Frank has been in the federal public service since 1999. She entered Government with a background in cultural studies and communications, and has worked in various positions at the Department of Canadian Heritage and Employment and Social Development Canada, often leading through transitions and transformative change. She was the first Manager of the Innovation Lab at ESDC, and is currently senior advisor on Innovation and Experimentation at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. Natalie is passionate about finding new pathways of solutions to sticky problems.

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Natalie Frank has been in the federal public service since 1999. She entered Government with a background in cultural studies and communications, and has worked in vario...

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Véronique Gilbert

Véronique Gilbert is a Policy Analyst and GBA+ Focal Point at Infrastructure Canada. She previously worked for Canadian Heritage and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and also has experience in international development organizations. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, and her research focused on gender, sexuality and power in Senegal. In her spare time, Véro takes taiko drumming lessons, enjoys sewing, and volunteers at the Ottawa Tool Library.

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Véronique Gilbert is a Policy Analyst and GBA+ Focal Point at Infrastructure Canada. She previously worked for Canadian Heritage and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada...

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Tamara Girard

Tamara Girard has twenty years professional experience across the public, private and non-profit sectors, which includes working in policy positions at the Departments of Canadian Heritage and Foreign Affairs; as Director of the London Arts Council; as a freelance writer; and in the investment industry. Throughout her career she has also returned to academia, receiving an MA, and working toward a PhD. Tamara’s experience in and knowledge of these sectors and how they function, combined with her academic background, and experience in journalism, provide her with a unique perspective and understanding of key issues. In today’s increasingly interconnected world, and with the complex issues we face, this multidisciplinary experience and expertise is a great asset. Where does she get her fresh ideas? “Fresh ideas are everywhere, both in the outside world and inside us,” says Tamara. “We just need to be awake to them, aware of their presence, make the connections, especially between seemingly unconnected things. Always be looking.”

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Tamara Girard has twenty years professional experience across the public, private and non-profit sectors, which includes working in policy positions at the Departments o...

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Jordana Globerman

Jordana Globerman has worked internationally, across industries, to bring caring, creative transformation to services, products and organisations. Having worked extensively with Blue-Chip companies throughout the private sector, Jordana is excited to apply her human-centered approach to the complex challenges of government as she joins ESDC’s Innovation Lab. Whether graphic facilitating or co-creating with diverse teams, Jordana strives to spark imagination and foster compassion with each endeavour. Talk to me about: Visualising strategy; Embracing emotion; Communicating with pictures; Life in the UK; Baby animals

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Jordana Globerman has worked internationally, across industries, to bring caring, creative transformation to services, products and organisations. Having worked extensiv...

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Susan Johnston

Susan Johnston is passionate about dialogue, and creating new spaces for people to learn and collaborate on topics they care about. Susan has explored these interests across the public service and broader Ottawa community, using her skills to support public engagement and partnerships, conflict resolution, international affairs, the arts, and well-being. Susan is a Free Agent, and is presently part of the Transferable Skills team at the Canada School of Public Service. She seeks out fresh ideas through conversations with people working across disciplines and living diverse experiences.

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Susan Johnston is passionate about dialogue, and creating new spaces for people to learn and collaborate on topics they care about. Susan has explored these interests ac...

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Peter MacLeod

Peter MacLeod is the co-founder and principal of MASS LBP, an innovative firm based in Toronto which works with forward-thinking governments and corporations to deepen and improve public consultation and engagement. Since 2007, MASS has led some of Canada’s most original and ambitious efforts to engage citizens in tackling tough policy options while pioneering the use of Civic Lotteries and Citizen Reference Panels on behalf of a wide array of clients.

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Peter MacLeod is the co-founder and principal of MASS LBP, an innovative firm based in Toronto which works with forward-thinking governments and corporations to deepen a...

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Lewis Muirhead

Lewis Muirhead is a storyteller and entrepreneur. For the last 10 years he has been creating films, taking photos, travelling and organising for change. During this time he recognised the need for having diversity around the decision-making table and then capturing the results from these conversations. He currently works full-time for NouLAB, New Brunswick's Social and Public Innovation Lab as their Knowledge Manager. He holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia and an M.Sc. in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology. Lewis is the founder and principal of Alternate Future Design, a consultancy focused on developing, tracking and evaluating systems change.

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Lewis Muirhead is a storyteller and entrepreneur. For the last 10 years he has been creating films, taking photos, travelling and organising for change. During this time...

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Amy Noonan

Amy Noonan leads on external relations at the Centre for Public Impact (CPI), a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping governments to achieve better outcomes for people. She is responsible for managing CPI’s global networks, partnerships and programme of events. Amy previously worked as Manager of the Public Chairs’ Forum, a network that works closely with the UK Cabinet Office and Institute for Government in supporting the Chairs of public bodies. Before this, Amy worked as Communications and Policy Advisor to the Chair of the Learning and Skills Council in the UK. Amy is currently establishing CPI’s first People's Panel to ensure we stay connected to the issues and ideas that resonate with people from different walks of life. She also tutors students from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them achieve the grades they need to get into university - an initiative led by the Access Project in the UK. 

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Amy Noonan leads on external relations at the Centre for Public Impact (CPI), a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping governments to achieve better outcomes for...

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Lee Rose

Lee Rose is a curious and accidental social innovator with a knack for working across systems to drive change. He has led the creation and development of the Community Knowledge Exchange in his role as the Director of Community Knowledge at Community Foundations of Canada, and now as its founding CEO. Talk to me about: Shift Disturbing; Reflective Practice; Hosting & Facilitation

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Lee Rose is a curious and accidental social innovator with a knack for working across systems to drive change. He has led the creation and development of the Community K...

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Steven Schiffer

Steve Schiffer is a Policy and Research Advisor for the Atlantic Region in the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH). Relatively new to the Public Service, he’s been working out of the Halifax office of PCH for a little over two years. Steve is also a trained social anthropologist, having completed a Master’s in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. In 2016, he was the Harrison McCain Visiting Professor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Religion, and Politics at Acadia University. His academic research focuses on religion in everyday life, utopianism, and communal living in North America. In his spare time, he likes to play golf, hockey, and an endless number of games of online chess.

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Steve Schiffer is a Policy and Research Advisor for the Atlantic Region in the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH). Relatively new to the Public Service, he’s been w...

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Kelsey Spitz-Dietrich

Kelsey Spitz-Dietrich pulls from her diverse experiences with theatre, sociology, karate, youth activism and social innovation to support others to achieve social change. She was part of the final four years of Social Innovation Generation (SiG), where she co-authored “Social Innovation Generation: Fostering a Canadian Ecosystem for Systems Change” to capture the lessons of the SiG story. She also served as a social innovation specialist at the Centre for Social Innovation. She shares her time between CKX and Social Innovation Exchange (SIX).

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Kelsey Spitz-Dietrich pulls from her diverse experiences with theatre, sociology, karate, youth activism and social innovation to support others to achieve social change...

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Dr. Theresa Tam


Dr. Theresa Tam was named Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer on June 26, 2017. As the federal government’s lead public health professional and advisor to the Minister of Health, she is championing the reduction of health inequities impacting all Canadians. Dr. Tam’s areas of focus for prevention and promotion include cannabis, opioids, and alcohol; eliminating tuberculosis; healthy children and youth; sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections; anti-microbial resistance; and healthy built environments. Dr. Tam works closely with governments, jurisdictions, agencies, health professional organizations, and countries on public health matters and applies a Canadian perspective to public health issues around the world. Dr. Tam is a physician with expertise in immunization, infectious disease, emergency preparedness and global health security. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Nottingham in the U.K. She completed her paediatric residency at the University of Alberta and her fellowship in paediatric infectious diseases at the University of British Columbia. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has over 55 peer-reviewed journal publications in public health. Dr. Tam is also a graduate of the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program.

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Dr. Theresa Tam was named Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer on June 26, 2017. As the federal government’s lead public health professional and advisor to the Mi...

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