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Leadership Program

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Unleash Your Public Intrapreneur

In·tra·pre·neur·ship (n) 1) Successful adaptation of entrepreneurial attitudes and strategies inside of a bureaucratic organization. 2) Implementation of start-up practices within a large organization, producing valued innovation.
Join us as we reimagine the role of the public servant and explore the impact social leadership and intrapreneurship are having on both the leaders of today and tomorrow in the public sector.
This interactive full-day program, built on a framework that looks at the organizational and human dimensions of leadership, will also deliver experience-based, practical ideas and approaches that delegates can implement for themselves, in their own organizations, and specifically within the public sector.

Participant Objectives:

  • Learn what is driving the need to refresh your leadership skills and competencies to lead in today’s fast-paced digital world

  • Gain hands-on instruction on how to leverage social media to brand YOU

  • Leave this session with a professional social profile and the skills to continue your social journey

Who Should Attend:

  • Current business and technology leaders, in the public sector, who are looking to augment their leadership prowess

  • High potential employees, within the public sector, who are interested in developing their leadership skills and building their social media brand


7:30 – 8:30 AMRegistration/Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 8:45 AMWelcome & Overview of the Day
Michele Lajeunesse, Executive Director, GTEC


8:45 – 9:30 AMMobilizing Minds: Reimagining & Redefining the Role of the Public Servant

    Colleen McCormick, Director, Economic Development & Corporate Initiatives, Government of British Columbia

To thrive as a public service of excellence, we can no longer place complex public challenges in the hands of a few – we must put them in the hands of many. Welcome to the next generation of public service – where the mobilization of minds through intrapreneurship takes us to a new level of peak performance, exquisite delivery and deep impact.


9:30 – 10:15 AM – Armchair Discussion: Culture-Driven Leadership

  • Alex Benay, President & CEO, Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation


An effective leader of a culture-driven organization will be recognizable by several traits. When others try to describe him or her, they think of the vision first. The leader is thought of more as a person devoted to a cause than as a manager running an organization. He or she articulates and spreads the values of the organization in a way that is explicit rather than implicit, and his or her personal commitment to success is obvious and frequently verbalized. The culture-driven leader constantly demonstrates passion and energy for the work to be done and is not alone in doing so, the style of leadership itself is emulated at all levels of the organization.
10:15 – 10:45 AMHealth Break


10:45 – 11:30 AMEngaging Millennials

In 2015, only 13% of employees worldwide were engaged at work and two-thirds reported ‘lack of collaboration with leadership’ as a major barrier to innovation. Wilkin and Convery share their vision for how organizations can engage the enormous Millennial demographic while demolishing traditional barriers to success.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PMLunch


12:30 – 1:15 PMBecoming a Social Leader & Building Your Social Identity

    Nicolino Frate, Director, Official Languages, Employment Equity & Diversity Division, Human Resources Branch, Canada Revenue Agency

With the arrival of new tools and technologies in the workplace, adaptation is vital in order to thrive in this shifting environment. Developing one’s transferable skills and competencies is an essential part of what it means to be a professional in the social media age.
Nick, creator of the #LeadersGC Twitter Chat Series, delivers a session on the concept of social leadership and the key components of a social leader. He provides an in-depth presentation on social branding and demonstrates its importance on one’s professional and personal life.
The session will begin with a discussion on social leadership and its five key components: meaningful communication, authentic leadership, ongoing recognition, real visibility and strong emotional intelligence. The points that follow will cover the concept of social branding by providing an overview of important tools to use when building one’s personal brand. The presentation will conclude with the importance of building a constructive network for exponential growth and having opportunities to collaborate with experts outside one’s normal reach

1:15 – 3:15 PM#LeadersGC Lightning Breakout Stations – Leveraging Social Media for Your Brand
Participants will learn how to use social media platforms strategically and receive tips from #LeadersGC collaborators on how to leverage online tools to build a more unique and authentic brand. Participants will have the liberty to walk around and attend any station of their choice in any order.

    Mini Breakout Stations:

  • Station 1 – Self Social Media Sign-up
    Participants will have access to laptops and be able to create social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat*, Linkedin, Periscope*, Tweetdeck,
    *Snapchat and Periscope will have to be signed up on participants’ phones.

  • Station 2 – Reverse Mentoring
    Participants will receive tips on how to use different types of social media to promote their brand and demonstrate how to combine other platforms to enhance their social media performance (i.e. Twitter and Periscope, LinkedIn and

  • Station 3 – How to Build and Maintain Real Networks Online
    This is the social of social media. Participants will receive tips on how to use social media platforms to build real relationships that go beyond tweets and likes. The session will share strategies on how to blend professionalism with personal and demonstrate that the two can coexist.

  • Station 4 – Managing a Team and Yourself on Social Media
    This station will share strategies on how managers can use social media to not only manage their brand, but also how to develop strong team linkages and build better working relationships.

  • Station 5 – Professional Head Shot
    Participants will have the opportunity to receive high quality professional headshots taken by a professional photographer. Pictures will be sent to participants’ email accounts in real time.

3:15 – 3:30 PMClosing Remarks

    Nicolino Frate, Director, Official Languages, Employment Equity & Diversity Division, Human Resources Branch, Canada Revenue Agency

Advisory Committee:

  • Ellen Corkery-Dooher, Chair of CIO Working Group, ITAC

  • Nicolino Frate, Director, Official Languages, Employment Equity & Diversity Division, Human Resources Branch, Canada Revenue Agency

  • Sylvie Séguin, Director, Financial Policy and Community Development, Office of the Comptroller, General, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada

  • Colleen Tiernan, Senior Analyst, Community Enablement, Chief Information Officer Branch, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

  • Nicholas Wise, Executive Director, Service and GC 2.0 Policy and Community Enablement, Chief Information Officer Branch, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat