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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.


Future of our Planet - Sustainability Conclave
Date:  January 28, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Where: Online 
A conclave of leaders share insights on the combined efforts required to tackle climate change and build a sustainable future. As we enter 2021 - "The Decade of Action" and the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, leaders from government, business, international organizations and civil society must work together to advance sustainable development. A  panel of experts share expertise on how to harness technology and collective action to accelerate the roadmap towards Net Zero emissions for companies as well as countries.

Closing the Skills Gap - Cloud Computing Launch Event
Date:  January 28, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Where: Online 
The Professional Development Institute (PDI), in close partnership with Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), is proud to launch cloud computing programming focused on ensuring technologists and digital management professionals upskill and preserve their leadership position at the cutting edge of cloud innovation.

The Peaceable Kingdom?: A History of Terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the Present - Morning Brief
Date:  February 25, 2021 9:00 am - 10:00 am 
Where: Online 
Join February's Morning Brief to hear SET Program Director, Phil Gurski, present the main findings of his latest (6th) book on terrorism, The Peaceable Kingdom?: A History of Terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the Present.

Lessons Injustice: Screening and Discussion
Date:  February 26, 2021 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Online 
In association with UDOCS, and in conjunction with Black History month, PDI invites you to the screening of "Lessons Injustice" a HotDocs original documentary. The screening will be followed by a brief presentation by Marlon Hylton on the Black North initiative and by a panel discussion.  This live engaging program on equality, diversity and inclusion will appeal to all professionals interested in better understanding the challenges faced by racialized individuals in Canada and improving their intercultural competencies to address issues of systemic racism in the professional workplace.

Contact Us

For additional information regarding upcoming events, please contact us at 613-562-5802 or at PDInstitute@uOttawa.ca.

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