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    Featured Expert Events

Busy professionals keep their edge by regularly upgrading their knowledge, keeping up with the latest in best practices and adding new skills. To help, we are proud to offer networking events featuring national and international experts on current topics such as government, security and policy, leadership and other matters important to Canadians today.

Our featured expert events provide opportunities to build and strengthen key relationships and stay current as knowledge evolves and new trends emerge.

The Professional Development Institute (PDI), a notable convener of the best experts from government, industry and academia, is pleased to host a variety of quality events.

To register, choose event and follow the online registration process.


GovTech Breakfast with ThinkOn

When:  January 29, 2020  8:30 AM  - 12:00 PM
University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 4101, Ottawa, Ontario 

ThinkOn’s GovTech Breakfast is a half day government facing educational event co-presented with VMware. ThinkOn's service delivery infrastructure is the only Canadian cloud offering that has the potential to offer secure cloud services to the Government of Canada, thus mitigating the risks associated with data governance and security. Know more.

DisGovr GovTech Summit and Expo

When:  February 12, 2020  7:30 AM  - 15:00 PM
Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario 

The DisGovr GovTech Summit and Expo in Ottawa will be the fourth GovTech summit led by DisGovr Canada, a division of the Capital Hill Group. The objective of the expo is to enable collisions between the Canadian governments and the tech community, leading to stronger connections, relationships, and collaboration opportunities. Read more

An Evening with Ambassador Dominic Barton

When:  February 20, 2020  6:00 PM
University Club, 380 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario 

An evening with Dominic Barton, Canada's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. The dinner event will feature a talk by Ambassador Barton on Canada's Relationship with China: Promoting our Interests and Protecting our Values. Know more.

Public Sector Innovation Show Canada 2020

When:  February 25, 2020
Where: Ottawa Convention Centre, 200 Conventry Rd, Ottawa, ON K1K 4SE

Featuring 30+ speakers with both international and local case studies, this business-critical conference will ensure you stay up to speed with the latest innovations in digital transformation, the future of work, process improvement and the latest tools and technologies. Back office transformation to create an interconnected organization will be a key focus area. Three key streams will be dedicated to People, Processes and Technology. Visit the exhibition and gain insights into leading-edge technology innovations for all levels of government. Plus, be sure to visit the GovHub offering practical demonstrations from across government departments. Use discount code <PDI50> for a 50% discount! Know more (external registration site)

Future Risks for National Security: The Dutch Perspective ** Lunch & Learn **

When:  February 27, 2020
Where: University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, ON 

The future is fundamentally uncertain and complex; the world is changing at an unprecedented pace. With strategic foresight, it is possible to look beyond the daily headlines to what lies over the horizon in terms of future risks. Gain insight into the Dutch perspective on National security threats and how this compares to the Canadian threat landscape. Read more.

The Prime Ministers Series 2020

When:  March 3, 2020
Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario 

The Prime Ministers Series—a partnership between the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute and the Canada School of Public Service—highlights transformative policy initiatives of Canadian Prime Ministers. The purpose of this annual event is to inform, educate and inspire policy makers and public service leaders to conceive and deliver change. This year’s event features the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, who will reflect on his experiences as Prime Minister of Canada. 

A Convergence of Disruptors 2020

When:  April 20, 21, 2020
Ottawa Conference and Event Centre

As Canada progresses into the 21st Century its place in the world is increasingly dependent on security, economic strength and technological evolution. These issues are inseparable as Canada strives to keep pace with unfolding disruptive issues related to geopoliticssocioeconomics, the environment and cyber-information. Know more.

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