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Policy Crunch

Welcome to the IOG Policy Crunch! 

Policy Crunch is IOG’s free, virtual monthly speaker series that explores the themes of Disruption and Innovation in our professional, personal and political lives. 

Policy Crunch Format

Policy Crunch takes place from 5:30 to 7:30, via Zoom and the IOG Youtube channel. IOG staff discuss the event live on Twitter (#PolicyCrunch) and Slack. Each event is organized into three parts:

  • 5:30-6:00 – E-Networking and engagement
  • 6:00 – 7:00 – Panel discussion 
  • 7:00 – 7:30 – Small group discussions with panelists 

We're On Slack

Your feedback from Season Two was to be more engaged in the Policy Crunch. For season three, we've added a Slack Workspace for the Policy Crunch Community. We will be posting updates, new events, and live-slacking each event in case you can't attend. We will also post the Zoom link, YouTube livestream link, and the recording there. 

You can use our Slack Workspace to talk about the events, ask questions, share your ideas, give us your feedback and more! To join our IOG Policy Crunch Slack Workspace, click here. We can also send you an invite if the tech mojo to join is too complicated; email us at rhollett@iog.ca to get an invitation to your inbox. 

Policy Crunch Season Three Lineup

Watch on Youtube -> Governance through COVID19: Lessons from Disruption - October 6th, 2020

In this age of disruption, as Canada moves tentatively toward an uncertain future, how we govern ourselves, how policies and practices are made, executed and scrutinized is very important. In partnership with the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, the first session will examine the world as reshaped by COVID and the Canadian experience of it.

Watch on Youtube -> Vaccines and Bioethics: Unpacking the Blackbox- November 10th, 2020

As of 15 September, there were 29,155,581 confirmed cases of the SARS COVID-19 virus around the world, including 926,544 deaths (according to the World Health Organization). As the pandemic enters its ninth month, scientists around the world continue work to understand how the virus operates and why it affects many people differently. Meanwhile biochemists race to develop an antidote to the virus, which will likely come in the form of a vaccine.  This panel will explore how vaccines are made and the ethical questions that arise from rushing a vaccine and mandating inoculations.

Watch on Youtube -> Distraction or Disruption - December 8th, 2020

Canada is in the midst of an opioid crisis. In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has consumed much of our public discourse on health services, our health care system, and even on drug trials, production and distribution. This panel will explore the impact of COVID-19 on the opioid crisis.

Watch on Youtube -> What’s Happening to our Legacy Technologies and Services? - February 2nd, 2021

This panel will discuss the history of technology and the impact that COVID could have on some of our most beloved legacy technologies and services.  

Watch on Youtube -> Innovation Showcase - March 2nd, 2021

IOG teams up with Code for Canada to host a different kind of Policy Crunch. Join us and hear from three living case studies; partnerships that are leveraging digital skills to improve public policy and or service delivery in partnership with federal, provincial, and municipal governments in Canada. 

Watch on Youtube -> Innovation in the Arctic - April 6th, 2021

Join us for a conversation to imagine the future of social, economic and green infrastructure in Canada’s Arctic.  

Disruption in the Lab: Government Science and Innovation in the New Normal - May 4th, 2021

During the pandemic, federal public servants have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve, support, and care for their fellow Canadians. We applaud them and are grateful for what they do. This panel will explore the impacts of the pandemic on one of the lesser discussed federal government functions: regulatory science and related scientific activities. This critical government function supports the policies and programs that enforce compliance and safety standards across a myriad of commercial functions from food safety and medical devices to commercial transport to border scales. Join us for early insights from the ongoing IOG-led collaborative research initiative, Government Science and Innovation in the New Normal.

Virtual Parliament - June 1st, 2021

Do you have ideas that you think we should Crunch? Email us at info@iog.ca. 

Policy Crunch is for everyone

We keep the Policy Crunch free of charge because we believe everyone should all have access to these conversations. After the successful events in Season Two, we're looking into how we can make Policy Crunch Season Three better. We invite you to consider sponsoring Policy Crunch. Email us at info@iog.ca to learn more. 

Are you interested in sponsoring the Policy Crunch series?

We have full and partial series sponsorships available. You can download this document to see season two performance and email us at info@iog.ca to learn more. 

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