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


I really appreciated this. I’d take more of it, honestly, and I’d really like a follow up. In particular, I really liked speaking to experts, exchanging with fellow public service executives and discussing how these technologies will impact our ways of doing things. If I had three words to describe the experience, I’d say: awakening, urgency and impressive. The number of top thinkers and doers you mobilized was frankly impressive and so was their openness with the participants.” – Hugues, Canada Revenue Agency

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Session I: The New Biology (Aug. 16, 2019)

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

Data Literacy Primer (Aug. 29, 2019)

  • All participants are invited to attend a hands-on session about data literacy – interpreting the myriad facts and figures that come at us every day and understanding how they fit into both day-to-day work and the big picture.

Session II: The New Intelligence (Sept. 27, 2019)

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

Session III: The New Community (Oct. 18, 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 (Nov. 22, 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.


$ 2,250 (+HST) per person for members of the Public Policy Forum

$ 2,950 (+HST) per person for non-members

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Contact : Jonathan Perron-Clow

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