Policy Community Conference 2023: Transforming the Policy Landscape – The Rise of Adaptive Policymaking (FON1-E17-V)

Product code: FON1-E17-V

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November 23, 2023


10:30 am to 4:00 pm (ET)

English, with interpretation in French

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Delivery method

Delivery method




Two Days



All public servants at all levels



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The current state of policymaking in the Government of Canada can be characterized as dynamic, unpredictable, and potentially turbulent, which requires policy practitioners to exhibit a high level of adaptability.

Featuring the esteemed Clerk of the Privy Council, John Hannaford, exceptional keynote Speakers including Jesse Wente and Terry Irwin, and multiple exemplary panels, this fifth Policy Community Conference explores adaptive policymaking across three key themes: lessons learned from major policy transformations, reconciliation efforts, and systemic policy design. The event provides a valuable space for policy practitioners across the federal public service and beyond to gather, share experiences and seek advice.

Participants will gain new insights on how to continually reassess and adjust government policies based on new variables to improve future policy design and implementation.



  • John Hannaford, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet
  • Pablo Sobrino, Distinguished fellow, Canada School of Public Service
  • Serge Bijimine, ADM Champion, Policy Community Initiative and Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy, Transport Canada 
  • Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro Ottawa
  • Dr. Alika Lafontaine, Physician and Former President of the Canadian Medical Association
  • Deborah Richardson, Deputy Minister, Treasury Board Secretariat, and Secretary of Treasury Board and Management Board of Cabinet, Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat
  • Nadia Ferrara, Ombudsperson, Indigenous Services Canada
  • Vanessa Vermette, Vice-President, Innovation and Skills Development Branch, Canada School of Public Service, and member of the Policy Community ADM Steering Committee
  • Richard Sharpe, Director, Black Equity Branch, Treasury Board Secretariat, Ontario Public Service
  • Terry Irwin, Professor, School of Design, and Director of the Transition Design Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jutta Treviranus, Director and Professor, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
  • Darren Swanson, Senior Associate, International Institute for Sustainable Development and Director, Novel Futures Corporation
  • Roda Muse, Deputy Minister, Francophone Affairs, Government of Ontario
  • Gail Mitchell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Departmental Programs and Operations, Women and Gender Equality
  • Eric Belair , Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Priorities and Planning, Privy Council Office
  • Mark Schaan, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Heather Sheehy, Assistant Secretary, Government Operations Sector, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Catherine Charbonneau, Director, Policy Community Partnerships Office



Date modified: 2023-03-20