2019-09-27 09:00:00 2019-09-27 14:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Keeping Up With the Speed of Disruption: Session 1 – The New Biology Bayview Yards Innovation Centre,7 Bayview Station Rd., Ottawa

Friday September 27, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Bayview Yards Innovation Centre
7 Bayview Station Rd., Ottawa

About the Event

We’ll be talking about CRISPR, synthetic biology, engineering: how new technologies are changing the way we interact with biological information and biological systems. PPF Fellow Rob Annan will be our keynote speaker and Dan Munro will facilitate the exciting day on Friday, Sept. 27 that runs from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Bayview Yards (7 Bayview Station Rd.).

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.

Next sessions

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.


$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

$ 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

Keynote - Rob Annan
Moderator and speaker - Dan Munro
Facilitator - Jen Hunter
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