Hope you had a safe and happy new year, I did, despite accidentally (read: foolishly) putting my car into a snow bank on New Year's Eve, but that is a story for another time. I figured I should take the time to share a couple of upcoming events (listed by date) that may be of interest:
Open Government Consultation (ends January 16th)
If you didn't know the Government of Canada is currently conducting a public consultation on the issue of open government, the consultation ends January 16th. If you have something to say, here is your chance.
(Disclosure: I have not yet provided input into the consultation, but hope to write an open letter that I will cc my blog on).
Collaborative Management Day (January 25th)
The next instalment of the Collaborative Culture Camp series, a series designed to build capacity for working together openly and embracing a culture of collaboration. This is a free learning series wholly organized by public servants for public servants and should prove to be worth your time.
Details can be found here; the program even boasts regional participation for those of you outside the National Capital Region.
An annual event organization by various federal government young professional networks in partnership with the National Capital Region Young Professionals Network (NCRYPN). The event is a blend of workshops, professional development, hand-on learning, and networking geared towards new public servants.
Details can be found here; this year the conference is on pace for 300 attendees and seems like a great opportunity to meet your colleagues.
(Disclosure: I am sitting on a panel with Simona Ioffee and Blaise Hebert to discuss Virtual Engagement to Enhance Job Performance).
Crises in Canadian Government: Enable the emerging workforce! (February 9th)
A peer-to-peer roundtable conversation to discuss how the government can enable the emerging workforce and what technologies, policies and ways of thinking/operating could make a difference. This event is connected to the One Million Acts of Innovation campaign and is free to attend.
Details can be found here; I've spoken with the organizers and the discussion should prove interesting should it bridge the gap between those who would be entering the public service and those who are ready to retire from their careers in it.
(Disclosure: I've been invited to attend the event and help animate the discussion, but won't be doing any formal presentation).
Unconfirmed Travel Rumours
You might be able to find me in Toronto, Winnipeg and Regina in the next two months, but nothing has been nailed down just yet. I'll provide more intel when I get it, in the interim if you are in those areas and want to connect, let me know.