Keeping Up with the Speed of Disruption: Session 1

Date & Time

Friday August 16, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards
7 Bayview Road, Ottawa, ON, K1Y2C5

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The Public Policy Forum is offering a professional development opportunity for public service executives to better understand disruptive technologies and the way they are challenging policy and governance approaches. Government reactions often lag long behind technological changes; how can governments not only catch up, but reorient their organizations to reliably keep up in the future? It starts with understanding a panoply of powerful technology developments and their broader social and economic impacts.

This series of learning modules, designed for current and prospective government executives, 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, sustainability and data.

What you can 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 interested ambassadors for change

The sessions will be facilitated by a team of experienced moderators and consist of short presentations by leading experts and guest speakers, interactive learning modules and roundtable discussions.

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.

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 Intelligence (Oct. 18, 2019)

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

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

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

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

  • Our final session runs longer than the first three and focuses on the themes of 1) actual government pilots implementing disruptive technologies, 2) regulatory responses to disruptive technologies and 3) the government-wide ramifications brought on by disruptive technologies. During this session, the participants will be divided into three groups, each corresponding with one of the three themes. Each group will develop a proposal related to the theme.


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