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Our first annual New Professionals seminar is happening virtually on:

NOVEMBER 9-10 2021

Our focus is to foster an environment for continued learning to engage and grow future leaders of public service. 













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jessica drakul

“IPAC has made me the public servant I am today. Participation has enriched my mind, provided endless career opportunities, challenged my biases, and broken down my silos. It has also allowed me to build a personal cross-country, pan-public sector network that helps me every day in my work. It’s the center of the public service world for me.”

Jessica Drakul, Manitoba

"IPAC offers a variety of opportunities and welcomes professionals from all disciplinaries. Learning from a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives and professions offers an experience that is rare and one of a kind. As a career woman, wife and mother of three, IPAC has allowed me to maintain and grow my professional life, while also raising my three children. I am so grateful for that."

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Tanessa Boutin, Saskatchewan

jessica drakul

“IPAC has played a positive role in my career path in the public sector. IPAC has provided me the opportunity for professional development and to learn from top experts in the broader public and private sector.”

Joana Jabson, Ontario

"I knew right before completing my undergraduate degree that I want to work in the Public Service sector one day. I had attended an IPAC Vancouver event a couple of months before graduation and it was then I made a decision that I would volunteer with IPAC Vancouver to learn more about Public Administration and the Public Sector in Canada.”

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Namomba Shaputu, British Columbia

layla clarkson

"I attended an IPAC event a handful of years ago. It was great to connect with folks interested in all kinds of different policy topics and working together to better public administration. From there I decided to volunteer with my regional chapter and join the their board. I like being able to take on leadership opportunities, learn from experiences across the public sector, and expand my network. I’d encourage all to check out an IPAC event or get involved. "

Layla Clarkson, British Columbia

What to expect from our seminar

Our event program guarantees several networking sessions for audience, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors to exchange ideas and contact information. The event program is a mixture of both panel discussions and workshops.

Agenda Day 1: November 9, 2021 


1:00 PM

Opening Remarks from MC

Land Acknowledgement

1:10 PM

1:15 PM

Keynote Speaker | Senator Tony Dean

1:45 PM

Health Break

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

Health Break

3:15 PM

4:00 PM

5:00 PM


Agenda Day 2: November 10, 2021 


1:00 PM

Opening Remarks

1:15 PM

2:00 PM

Health Break - Networking

2:15 PM

3:00 PM

Health Break - Fire Chat with ADM

3:30 PM

4:15 PM

Networking Opener | Clare Isman

4:45 PM


Our confirmed Speakers

Tony Dean 



Lucy La Grassa, PhD

Coach and Chair for The Executive Committee 

Dr. Laurence B. Mussio

Special Advisor to the Office of the Chief Executive Officer,BMO Financial Group

Hillary Hartley

Chief Digital and Data Officer, Deputy Minister,Ontario Digital Service (Ministry of Finance)

Hon. Roy Cullen

Senior Public Policy Consultant

Brian Marson

International Expert on Public Management at Advisor to the OECD and the Asian Productivity Organization

Dan Batista

Executive Director Institute for Citizen-Centred Service (ICCS)

Drew M. Lafond

Partner,MLT Aikins LLP

Manjit Bains

President,Bains Strategies Inc.

Frank Graves

President,EKOS Research Associates Inc. 

Heather Scriver

Assistant Deputy Minister,Ministry of Corrections and Policing

Sara Bergquist

UX manager,Government of Yukon, eServices for Citizens

Winter Fedyk

Director,Silo Strategy

Helen Caldwell

Campaigns and Communications Project Manager, Apolitical

Isa David

Learning Specialist, Manager,Canada School of Public Service’s Digital Academy

David Arbuckle

David Arbuckle

Executive Director

Philippe Thompson

Chief Finances,Results and Delivery Officer (CFRDO), Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)

Abiola Sunmonu

Trade Advisor,Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation,Government of Alberta

Richard Karsseboom

Emergency Planning Specialist - Improving Emergency Management & Business Continuity Planning at York Region

Gary Dussard 

Integrated Wraparound Caseworker-Social Services Branch- Community and Health Services Department Co- Lead for Anti Black Racism Advisory Group

Stephenie Agnew

Supervisor of Information Asset Management and Administration at York Region

Shirley Zhu

Program Coordinator of Planning and Business Performance with the Environmental Services Department at York Region

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Joseph Silva

Director, Strategies and Partnerships York Region

Clare Isman

President and CEO at Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority

Loleen Berdahl

Executive Director, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina


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About IPAC

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) is Canada’s leading professional organization dedicated to excellence in public service. IPAC aims to enhance the development of good public administration and management practices and policies in Canada. The IPAC community includes public servants from all levels of government as well as subject matter experts, academics, and students of public administration. IPAC is also active internationally and exports around the world.

IPAC New Professionals aims to create a space of learning and engagement opportunities for new professionals from all levels of government, schools of public policy, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. IPAC New Professionals is committed to providing professional development opportunities to all levels and functional areas within the public policy profession and foster a culture of career champions.


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