Keeping up with the Speed of Disruption

Back by popular demand, the Public Policy Forum’s professional development seminar series Keeping Up With the Speed of Disruption will be offered for a third time.

aPolitical has recognized PPF and this program as one of 100+ teams teaching government the skills of the future.

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Who should attend

The series is for executives, policy directors, and practice leads in the Government of Canada and in other sectors who seek a better understanding of digital government trends and digital-era governance challenges.

This series of learning modules, designed for current and prospective government executives in consultation with the Digital Academy, provides a deep dive into a selection of emerging technologies, likely areas of disruption and impact, and an exploration of how governments around the world are reacting – or not – to a quickly shifting technological landscape. For each session, we’ll explore the common threads of information security, privacy, ethics, regulatory implications and sustainability.

What to expect

  • Discussion, learning, and critical thinking about emerging technologies, the challenges for governments in leveraging, regulating, or predicting impacts
  • Building capacity for understanding and navigating emerging trends and pressures
  • Creating a core group of ambassadors for change

Participants have heard from amazing speakers during the course of the first two offerings including:

  • Allan Dafoe, Director of the Governance of AI Program, at the Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford
  • Steffen Christensen, Senior Policy Researcher, Policy Horizons
  • Marc Saner, Chair of the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, University of Ottawa
  • Rees Kassen, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa
  • Rob Annan, PPF Fellow and Vice-President, Public Affairs and Communications, Genome Canada
  • Christina Lomazzo, Consultant & Blockchain Leader, Deloitte
  • Erin Kelly, CEO of Advanced Symbolics Inc.
  • Eric Swedersky, Senior Vice President, Delivery and Public Sector, SecureKey

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Session I: The New Biology (Sept. 27, 2019)

  • This session will explore the technologies that are changing the way we interact with biological information and biological systems.

Session II: The New Data (Oct. 18, 2019)

  • This session will explore the wide world of data: how it can be collected, interpreted and put to use.

Session III: The New Intelligence (Nov. 22, 2019)

  • This session will explore the technologies and applications arising from artificial intelligence and the big data movement.

Session IV: The New Community (Dec. 6, 2019)

  • This session will explore networks, including blockchain technology, and the many ways they are (and soon will be) connecting people and communities.


$ 2,250 (+HST) per person for PPF members for all sessions and enhanced leadership programming

$ 2,950 (+HST) per person for non-members for all sessions and enhanced leadership programming

$400 (+HST) per person for PPF members for each individual session

$600 (+HST) per person for non-members for each individual session

$250 (+HST) per person for non-profits for each individual session


Contact: Jonathan Perron-Clow

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