Canada’s Public Service Digital Leadership

About the project: In a landscape of ‘Digital Darwinism’ the Government of Canada needs to continuously adapt to meet – or exceed – the expectations of Canadians. However, digital transformation in government raises unique challenges due to its size and structure. The Public Policy Forum and Amazon Web Services Institute are collaborating to engage change leaders in Government and build on the recommendations of a roundtable of senior leaders in November 2017 and two workshops on data strategy and workforce development in June 2018. This project will result in a report on digital leadership and gender equity by Dr. Wendy Cukier, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Founder of the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University. Findings will be validated at a roundtable of key leaders in government and launched publicly in January 2019, providing clear, actionable insights on ways in which a change mentality and digitally savvy leadership can be propagated throughout government.

Methodology: Identify key digital transformation issues with senior leaders in government; engage a small working group composed of senior federal public servants (director general and above), academics, technology firms and consultancies with successful track records implementing technological transformations in the public service; policy paper; paper validation at a roundtable.

Timeline: October 2018 – January 2019.

Partners: Amazon Web Services Institute

Contact: Charlie Carter

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