GovMaker Conference

GovMaker Conference

GovMaker 2019, April 29-30, Fredericton Convention Centre

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Briana Cowie

Briana has worked on research projects ranging from mapping cultural ecosystem services for the North Shore Micmac District Council to helping to find a cohesive, holistic environmental governance system for the Gulf of St. Lawrence region to contributing to frameworks for full-spectrum sustainability in the Arctic region with co-produced work presented in Tromso, Norway. Recognizing the interconnections that exist between environmental management and a collective sense of community, she has also volunteered as a member of the Sackville Refugee Response Coalition, the Mount Allison Indigenous Support Group and sat on a Waste Management Committee that helped to strengthen composting and waste management practices at Memorial University. With a background in political science, international relations and environmental policy, she has since worked as a Climate Change Program Manager for the environmental non-profit, Eastern Charlotte Waterways. Here she works on climate adaptation plans for Southwestern New Brunswick to strengthen community resilience and communication around climate risks, impacts and possible adaptive action solutions for the region. Fortunate enough to be raised in the reclusive, idyllic landscape of Darlings Island, New Brunswick, Briana continues to feel a strong draw to finding synergy between environmental and human interactions.

It is the last day to register for GovMaker IV…

It is the last day to register for GovMaker IV

and if you aren’t sure yet, consider this: Colleen McCormick, national expert on intrapreneurship, will be coming to inspire us with a closing talk that will unleash the intrapreneurial spirit within the public service and give food for thought to those in the community who want to work more closely with an open government.

To thrive as a public service of excellence, we can’t continue to place key challenges in the hands of a few – we must put them in the hands of many. Building an inclusive, democratic society starts with good government and responsible leadership. Responsible leadership begins with finding simple ways to deploy People Power – the wealth of collective intelligence, talent and expertise locked deep within the fabric of our institutions. In this talk, I’m inviting you to reimagine the next generation of public service – Now is our time to redefine our roles as public servants. Let’s see ourselves as social change catalysts, network-accelerators, compassionate convenors and relentless solution-seekers.

Hurry – registration closes at 11:59 pm TONIGHT!

If you want to get your hands dirty in open government…

If you want to get your hands dirty in open government…

… come to GovMaker IV and join in our fabulous suite of workshops. This year’s agenda is the best yet! Workshop highlights include:

Alex Ryan: Tabletop Prototyping for Policy Development

Moses Iziomon and Jury Konga: Accelerating Open Data Across Canada: Focus on Cities

Jamie Gamble: Wicked Evaluation: The Role of Evaluation in Solving Complex Problems

Susan Johnston and Rebecca Marland: Does Engagement Enhance Trust?

Judith Holton: Exploring Social Movements Thinking for Leading Large Scale Change in Health and Social Services Systems

Hurry – registration closes November 16th at 11:59 pm!

If you love innovation labs…

If you love innovation labs…

…don’t miss GovMaker IV! National experts, hands-on workshops, local content – whatever you are looking for about labs, you will find it at Eastern Canada’s premier open government conference.

Here are the main attractions:

Monday 20 Nov

10:30 am

Panel – Using Technology to Build a Better Society: Addressing Social Challenges through Digital Collaboration and Citizen Engagement

Natalie Frank, Manager, Employment and Social Development Canada Innovation Lab

Meghan Hellstern, Education and Community Program Manager, Code for Canada

Noon

News from NouLab

Learn about what NouLAB has been up to!  Updates from the Economic Immigration Lab and the Academy and how you can get involved! www.noulab.org www.economicimmigrationlab.org

 

Tuesday 21 Nov

8:30 am

Keynote IV – Long Tales: Stories of Making Labs Work Inside and Outside Government

Alex Ryan, Vice President of Systems Innovation and Program Director, MaRS Solutions Lab

9:15 am

Concurrent Workshop: Innovation

Tabletop Prototyping for Policy Development

Alex Ryan, Vice President of Systems Innovation and Program Director, MaRS Solutions Lab

Amanda Hachey, Director, NouLAB

 

Register today! Registration closes on Thursday November 16. Please note that with regret we cannot accept registrations on Friday November 17 or thereafter. There are no registrations at the door.

Don’t miss out!

Open Government: and where is the citizen in all this?

Open Government: and where is the citizen in all this?

Canada is a data and technological society. There is no sector that is uninformed by data or unmediated by code, algorithms, software and infrastructure. Consider the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, and precision agriculture; or smart fisheries, forestry, and energy and of course governing. In a data based and technological society, leadership is the responsibility of all citizens, a parent, teacher, scholar, administrator, public servant, nurse and doctor, mayor and councillor, fisher, builder, business person, industrialist, MP, MLA, PM, and so on. In other words leadership is distributed and requires people power.

Don’t miss Dr Tracey Lauriault’s keynote, Data and Technological Citizenship: Principled Public Interest Governing, which will close the first day of GovMaker IV.

Dr Tracey P. Lauriault is assistant professor of Critical Media and Big Data, Communication and Media Studies, in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.

Register today! Registration closes on Thursday November 16. Please note that with regret we cannot accept registrations on Friday November 17 or thereafter. There are no registrations at the door.

Don’t miss out!

 

Panels to Provoke Thought and Discussion

Panels to Provoke Thought and Discussion

At GovMaker we look forward to lively debate and a variety of viewpoints.  Don’t miss the great panels we have lined up for GovMaker IV on November 20 and 21 at the Fredericton Convention Centre, including:

Prioritizing Data and Information for Release

Monday 20 Nov 10:30 – 60 min Panel – Theme: People power

Four experts from different perspectives will present how they think government data should best be prioritized for release as open data.

Treasury Board Secretariat, Government of Canada – Moderator, Dr. Tracey Lauriault (Carleton University), Erin Flood (The Go-Do Project), Rob Davidson (Veracify)

Building the Open Government Movement in Canada

Monday 20 Nov 1:00 – 60 minute panel – Theme: People power

Open government (meeting citizen demands for participation, transparency and accountability) is most meaningful when it is based on strong, cross-sector collaboration and co-creation.

Thom Kearney (Treasury Board Secretariat, Government of Canada – Moderator) Richard Pietro (Founder OGT Productions, and noted creator of Civic Engagement as Art), Lisa Hrabluk (Wicked Ideas), Sara Taaffe (T4G and Open Data Atlantic), Sandi MacKinnon (Greater Fredericton Social Innovation)

For this and other high-value panels with experts from across Canada, check out the agenda for GovMaker IV.

Register today! Registration closes a week from Thursday, on November 16. Please note that with regret we cannot accept registrations on Friday November 17 or thereafter. There are no registrations at the door.

Don’t miss out!

 

Evaluation can be Wicked

Evaluation can be Wicked

Most of the persistent challenges of our time are “wicked.” They are difficult to address, and change with every attempt to address them, and they have causes and drivers that are interdependent and filled with uncertainties. Developmental evaluation is an approach to evaluation that helps social innovators to more effectively learn and navigate the complexities of wicked problems.

Jamie Gamble is principal of the New Brunswick-based consulting company, Imprint Consulting. Jamie’s recent article on developmental evaluation in Canadian Government Executive will be known to many, who won’t want to miss his seminal workshop at GovMaker IV, Wicked Evaluation – The Role of Evaluation in Solving Complex Problems (Monday 20 November at 1 pm). This workshop will introduce the concept of developmental evaluation, look at examples of when it is a suitable approach to take, and explore what innovation and complexity means for evaluation.

For this and other high-value workshops with experts from across Canada, check out the agenda for GovMaker IV.

Register today! Registration closes a week from Thursday, on November 16. Please note that with regret we cannot accept registrations on Friday November 17 or thereafter. There are no registrations at the door.

Don’t miss out!

GovMaker IV Non-Profit Bursaries

GovMaker IV Non-Profit Bursaries

Applications Close Nov 6, 2017

“Open” is a movement in which organizations in all sectors of the community have a role to play – governments, businesses, academia, and non-profits. It is often difficult for non-profit community organizations to participate in opportunities for learning and networking such as GovMaker because of the registration cost that organizers must charge to be able to put on such conferences without sustaining a loss.

It has become possible, at this late date, for GovMaker IV to offer five bursaries in the form of complimentary registrations to New Brunswick non-profit organizations. To be considered, please send the organizing committee of GovMaker IV a maximum of 150 words answering the following two questions:

  1. How would my organization’s attendance at GovMaker IV contribute to the conversation around open government in New Brunswick?
  2. How would our attendance advance the strategic goals of our organization?

Please send your entries to info@rrps-nb-sprn.ca by November 6th at 4:30 pm Atlantic time. The organizing committee will advise of successful applications on November 9th. The successful applicants will be sent a code for a complimentary online registration, which includes the snacks and lunches on both days.  Please note that no other costs will be covered (i.e., travel, accommodation, other meals, etc., will be at your own or your organization’s expense).

If you are already registered to attend GovMaker IV representing a non-profit organization, you are still eligible to apply for a bursary. If you are successful you could choose either a refund or the opportunity to bring another member of your staff or board at no charge. Of course if you are able you may choose not to apply, so that the conversation can be broadened to include more New Brunswick non-profits!

Those who are eligible for the student rate are not eligible for this bursary.

Opening Keynote Announced: Hillary Hartley!

GovMaker IV News – Oct 30, 2017

Opening Keynote Announced: Hillary Hartley!

HH for WOn Nov 20, 2017 GovMaker IV will kick off with a keenly anticipated keynote from Hillary Hartley, the Chief Digital Officer for the province of Ontario. Hillary will speak on “Ontario’s Change Mission in a Digital Age.”

In today’s world, people expect government services to be as simple and intuitive as streaming a show on Netflix or booking a vacation through Expedia. To meet these expectations, innovative public sector organizations are applying user-centred, lean and agile methodologies, and modern tech, to radically transform the design and delivery of services. Ontario has become a North American leader in the global movement to improve the online experience for people.  Ontario’s first Chief Digital Officer, Hillary Hartley, joins us to share her organization’s bold vision of change, and discuss how the Ontario Digital Service is partnering with all parts of government to make services simpler, faster and better in the 21st century.

As the Deputy Minister for Digital Government, Hillary leads the Ontario Digital Service, a team of designers, developers, and product specialists tasked with making government digital services easy for the people of Ontario. Previously, Hillary was the Deputy Executive Director of 18F, the U.S. government’s digital office, and a former Presidential Innovation Fellow.

Register today!

GovMaker IV Talks Transformation

21 September 2017

For Immediate Release

GovMaker IV Talks Transformation

Fredericton, NB –  The New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network (NBSPRN) will host the fourth annual GovMaker Conference at the Fredericton Convention Centre on Nov 20 and 21, 2017. The premier Open Government conference in eastern Canada, GovMaker advances open government theory and practice.

GovMaker IV is entitled Leadership, Innovation, and People Power: A Framework for Digital Transformation.  “At the frontiers of 21st century democracy, GovMaker IV showcases stories and experiments that demonstrate how citizens and governments have been putting theory into practice at this transformative time in our culture,” said Karina Leblanc, Acting Executive Director of NBSPRN “GovMaker IV offers participants an exciting range of presentations on projects that have made or will make our institutions more open – by small steps or quantum leaps.”

GovMaker IV has drawn diverse submissions from across Canada on three themes.

Leadership – Participants will hear from those who have experience of coordinated, multi-departmental approaches as an integral part of the culture change to open/digital.

Innovation – Innovation is the art of the new, while government has been too often the home of the tried and true. How can we support and embolden government staff to embrace innovation as a discipline during a time of digital transformation? How are innovative citizens and businesses collaborating with government, particularly in today’s digital world? What’s in it for our municipalities?

People Power – The heart of any government is people: the people it serves and the people who do the work to serve. Uniting those two groups in a practical way proves that one plus one is often far more than two. How can government leverage citizens’ passion and expertise, and collaborate with them to solve public problems? How is the open government movement in Canada progressing?

“The response to the call for abstracts showed that People Power obviously touched a chord as a theme. Whatever sector you come from, GovMaker IV will bring you actively into the very latest conversation on open government,” Leblanc continued. “And you will leave us with the best practices and connections you need to go to the next level.”

As always, the line-up of star Canadian GovMakers is remarkable and includes keynotes and/or workshops from:

  • Alex Ryan, VP of Systems Innovation and Program Director of the MaRS Solutions Lab, who co-founded Alberta CoLab, the first provincial government innovation lab in Canada;
  • Colleen McCormick, Director, Economic & Corporate Initiatives, Ministry of Jobs, Trade & Technology, Government of British Columbia, and founder of Social Innovators Network;
  • Tracey Lauriault, Carleton University and Canadian Open Data Leader of the Year 2016;
  • and Jamie Gamble, principal of the New Brunswick based consulting company, Imprint Consulting. Jamie’s recent article on developmental evaluation in Canadian Government Executive will be known to many GovMakers, who won’t want to miss his seminal workshop, Wicked Evaluation – The role of evaluation in solving complex problems.

“It is hard to believe this is the fourth edition already. GovMaker has become a highly-anticipated fixture in the event calendar in New Brunswick; if this is November, it must be GovMaker!” Leblanc concluded.

The Diamond Sponsor for GovMaker IV is The Government of New Brunswick. For sponsorship opportunities contact Shawni.Beaulieu@rrps-nb-sprn.ca

Tickets for GovMaker IV can be obtained at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/conference-govmaker-conference-tickets-35940002515. Full bios of the keynotes and general information can be found at http://govmakerconfer.wpengine.com/speakers.

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Media contact:

Karina Leblanc

NBSPRN

506 471-7411

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