You may recall that our inaugural Public Sector Ethics Conference: Building Trust in Government, was held in Toronto in September, 2016. The goal was to bring a diverse group of professionals together to discuss public sector ethics. I believe it is fair to say, based on the feedback we received, that the event was a great success. As I have noted on many occasions, it is important for those of us who work in this field to discuss the collective challenges and issues that we face.
The proceedings of the conference, as well as a short video synopsis, have been published by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), whose partnership was critical to the conference’s success.
As it was my hope that the 2016 conference was just the beginning, I am pleased to announce that we will be hosting a second conference this year, entitled Building Trust in Government – 2018.
This all-day conference will take place on Friday, June 1st, with registration, a reception and keynote speech the night before. It will consist of four expert panels, covering, just like last time, an engaging array of public-sector ethics issues:
- Do blind trusts work? Who can own what and who must sell what?
- What are some of the most important recent efforts in ethics law reform?
- What are some of the emerging issues and challenges in the areas of inclusion, equity and diversity?
- What is the appropriate relationship between elected officials and public servants?
Our keynote speaker at the May 31 opening reception is the remarkable Penny Collenette. Former Senior Fellow of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and now Adjunct Professor of Common Law at the University of Ottawa, Ms. Collonette has enjoyed a unique career spanning the worlds of business, academia, politics and public policy. She has written and commented extensively on ethics, corporate responsibility, governance and leadership.
We are again fortunate to assemble an excellent conference advisory committee, including academic luminaries Anita Anand and Lorne Sossin, as well as Joe Friday, David Wake and Valerie Jepson, integrity commissioners in the federal government, Ontario, and Toronto respectively.
And once again, we are pleased to partner with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), whose CEO, Dr. Robert Taylor, continues to be invaluable. As with our 2017 conference, IPAC will assist in preparation of the post-event publication.
We’re sure the conference will again prove to be a valuable contribution to public service ethics discourse.
Reserve the dates in your calendar – May 31 & June 1, 2018.
Additional information on the conference will be available soon through the IPAC website.
Sidney B. Linden