Since 2006, the Public Policy Forum has hosted the annual Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture to help examine and understand the vital role the public service plays in preserving a democratic and vibrant Canadian society. Named after one of Canada's most revered public service leaders, this prestigious lecture honours Gordon F. Osbaldeston's distinguished career by raising awareness about the challenges, issues, and opportunities facing Canada's public service.
An aging population, globalization and interdependence requires an innovative and modern public service. This means an organization that can vigilantly identify and creatively respond to the complex issues that will shape our world. It means considering new approaches, adopting new tools and developing new skills. And it demands a public service that understands emerging public administration and policy trends.
The Annual Gordon F. Osbaldeston Lecture aims to encourage this understanding through dialogue about and within the public service. Every year, a prominent and accomplished Canadian from business, academia or government speaks to the challenges facing the public service and how it might best respond. This annual event honours Gordon Osbaldeston's distinguished 35-year career as a public servant, which included three years as Clerk of the Privy Council (1982-1985). The lecture raises awareness about the challenges, issues and opportunities facing Canada's public service.
"How Canada can Lead on the Economy and the Environment"
Lorraine Mitchelmore, President and Canada Country Chair, Shell Canada Limited
and Executive Vice President Heavy Oil for Upstream Americas