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Westminster Meets Digital: Are We Up to the Challenge?

Policy: Canadian Politics and Policy, March-April 2016, pp. 24-25 In Canada as elsewhere, governments are struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of social and cultural change – especially change associated with the rise of digital culture and technology. Digital governance may well be the most significant challenge facing governing institutions in the coming years – in a context where information knows no boundaries, power is dispersed and authority and accountability need to be reconceived. Is Canada up to… Read more

IOG Salutes Canada’s First Prime Minister

  Sunday January 11th, 2015 will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John Alexander Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister and the single most important founder of our country. We often hear that we Canadians do not celebrate our history and have a tendency to deprecate our leaders. We hear this because it’s at least partly true, and our first prime minister is a case in point. He and his partner in Confederation, Sir George-Etienne Cartier, have a… Read more

IOG Supports AmericasBarometer

IOG was pleased to partner with the Environics Institute in support of this important initiative, which includes rich trend data signalling the health of democracy across the hemisphere and tracking the evolving views of citizens towards their governments, institutions and civic life. Canadian participation strengthens the robustness of this project by providing benchmark data, and the IOG is proud to contribute to this objective. At the same time, a range of Canada-specific questions enriches our understanding of our own country… Read more

How public servants support democracy: a response to latest Canada 2020 study

Earlier this week IOG President Maryantonett Flumian and Executive Director Karl Salgo submitted the following Op-Ed to the Hill Times. A recent Canada 2020 report, ‘Renewal of the Federal Public Service: Toward a Charter of Public Service,’ suggests replacing the Clerk of the Privy Council as the de facto selector of deputies with the Public Service Commission, which Maryantonett Flumian and Karl Salgo say won’t work. In a newly-released Canada 2020 study, Renewal of the Federal Public Service: Toward a Charter of… Read more

A Risk Lens on Governance – A Public Governance Exchange Discussion Paper

Led by Karl Salgo, the Public Governance Exchange of the Institute on Governance held a workshop on July 3, 2013. The workshop put a risk lens on governance by discussing risk management approaches in the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. Through the examination conducted for this discussion paper, the IOG found two tendencies in public sector risk management practices. First, that governance issues constitute a distinct sphere of risk for public sector organizations, particularly the escalation of… Read more

The Role of Management Boards in the Public Sector – Proceedings Report

In the public sector, terminology is not always a reliable indicator of function, and the term “board” can refer to a range of very different entities. This is true even within a single jurisdiction. For example, the Government of Canada includes a number of organizations whose title includes the term “board” in a sense different from that used in this paper – referring variously to administrative tribunals (the Immigration and Refugee Board), organizations with a regulatory mandate (the National Energy… Read more

The Role of Management Boards in the Public Sector – Discussion Paper

In the public sector, terminology is not always a reliable indicator of function, and the term “board” can refer to a range of very different entities. This is true even within a single jurisdiction. For example, the Government of Canada includes a number of organizations whose title includes the term “board” in a sense different from that used in this paper – referring variously to administrative tribunals (the Immigration and Refugee Board), organizations with a regulatory mandate (the National Energy… Read more

PGEx Learning Conference: Oversight in the public sector; fostering effective relationships

On March 27 to 28, IOG’s Public Governance Exchange (PGEx) will present a two-day learning conference on oversight relationships in the public sector. This event will bring together senior officials and recognized subject-matter experts from both within and outside government for a multi-faceted, in-depth examination of oversight practices across the Canadian public sector. Balanced and effective oversight is critical to the success of any organization, but plays a distinctive role in the public sector. Public sector organizations, even those with… Read more

PGEx Workshop on Federal Crown Corporation Governance – Proceedings Report

The Public Governance Exchange held a workshop entitled Crown Corporation Governance Since the 2005 Review on Monday December 17, 2012. The purpose of the workshop was to examine the evolution of governance practices for federal Crown corporations in recent years, with the comprehensive 2005 Review serving to frame the issues. Specific issues were discussed such as accountability relationships, Board appointments and composition, transparency requirements, and the use of instruments such as letters of expectation and ministerial directives. Also, broad trends were considered… Read more

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