Canada’s professional, non-partisan and permanent public service is a cornerstone element of governance in our country. All Canadians have a stake in the effective operation and renewal of the public service at all levels of government. Today, we find ourselves in an era of great change within public service, as governments seek to become more imaginative and collaborative in policy development, while generational change brings about a new focus on the next generation of public service leaders.
As Canada’s Public Policy Forum celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are keen to look back at the changes in public service across Canada over the last 25 years, and look forward to the opportunities presented by the continuing evolution of public service at all levels of government. Our work is closely linked to the federal public service and to provincial, territorial and municipal governments across the country. Public servants are essential leaders and practitioners of many of the policy outcomes of Forum dialogues, and we strive to ensure that, through our work, the public service is able to collaborate with representatives across all sectors in the formation of timely and effective public policy.
The Forum has, as its raison d’être, the goal of building better governments. While almost all Public Policy Forum work involves public service to some extent, much of our work focuses directly on the paramount importance of the public service to our country.
The Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture
This prestigious lecture, hosted annually in Ottawa, honours Mr. Osbaldeston's distinguished 35-year career as a public servant by raising awareness about the challenges, issues and opportunities facing Canada's Public Service. The most recent lecture was delivered by Allan Gregg, On Authenticity: How the Truth can Restore Faith in Politics and Government. Other lecturers include Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) CEO John Furlong, and former UBC President Martha Piper. Please click here visit the lecture site.
Workplace Innovation in Canada’s Public Service
Innovation in Government: Conversations with Canada's public service leaders
10 Tough Jobs 2010
The recent work of the Forum in the area of public service builds on a strong tradition of study seeking to explore new and creative ways to understand how to make public service institutions more effective and efficient.
Destination: Excellence (2008) which articulates a set of principles to guide the public service and puts forward 10 recommendations based on a national series of consultations. Please click here to read.
Chronic Disease: an app for that?
Article on innovating health care, Chronicle Herald, March 7, 2012
Government can work smarter
David Mitchell and Paul MacMillan, The Ottawa Citizen, July 5, 2011
Open Government: can BC take the lead in transparency?
Don Lenihan, Huffington Post Canada, June 27, 2011
Don’t Write Off the Public Service Yet
David Mitchell, The Globe and Mail, June 22, 2011
From the deputy churn to the deputy shuffle: keeping the best and brightest in Ottawa
David Mitchell and Ryan Conway, Policy Options, May, 2011