These recordings from our Annual Policy Community Conferences are shared with the original audio. Transcripts are included in both French and English where available. 

Videos from 2019


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

In this presentation, we will explore integrative thinking as a methodology and mindset for policy practitioners in the federal public service. When faced with clear either-or alternatives – between ideas, perspectives or people – how might we do something other than simply evaluate and choose? How can we experiment with using the tension between opposing models – different views of the world – to create better answers? Show less
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Language: Revitalizing the language of policy

Moderator: Rachel Wernick

Panel: Elder Mac Saulis; Georgette LeBlanc, Parliamentary Poet Laureate; Nitika Agarwal, Chief Operations Officer, Apolitical; Isabelle Mondou, Associate Deputy Minister Heritage

As a community of practitioners we both think a lot and think a little about the words we use and their impact. But we rarely discuss what language we need when multiple world views mingle, how we want to understand our better selves and what we might be missing in our current interpretation of the world. So how are we doing? Where is the practice of choosing, using and renewing our words taking us? What worlds is it making? What impact does it have on the inner life of policy practitioners? How does it shape our organizational cultures? Where are we stuck and why? Why does this matter? Where are the new possibilities? Why does this matter? Who can help us think about this - help us become wiser? Show less

The Clerk in Conversation

Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council; Jennifer Riel, Rotman School of Management

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Welcome to Day 2

MC Kaili Levesque

Margins are the Majority

Nadia Duguay, Exeko and CKX Fellow; Will Prosper, Hoodstock

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Policy Innovation

Moderator: Kaili Levesque

Panel: 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, Vice President, Canada School of Public Service

Panel: Anna Wong, Digital Academy; Meghan Hellstern, Brookfield Institute; Brent Barron, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research; Serge Joly, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada

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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

Videos from 2018

Your Policy Community

Rachel Wernick and Neil Bouwer

Measurement Matters

Jason Saul

Building Trust in Innovating Policy Making

Nitika Agarwal

Being a Modern, Relevant, and Impactful Policy Practitioner

Marta Morgan and JF Tremblay

Discussion with the Clerk

Michael Wernick

AI & Disruptive Tech in Policy Making

Gayemarie Brown

Working as One Team

Kit Collingwood