an African leader of tomorrow scholar: My experience with ipac at the ipac 70th annual conference in Quebec, 2018
In addition, IPAC supported my studies with a mentor whom I wasn’t lucky to have any fruitful time with, so that ignited my curiosity about IPAC’s role in Canada’s Public Policy/Administration. As a graduate student in Public Policy (Environmental Policy) with little interaction with public administrators unlike in Cameroon where I participated in inter-ministerial meetings, I sought for opportunities to feel the realities of public administration in Canada to compare and draw lessons for Public Administration in Africa, especially after winning the policy competition of NL. I was lucky to participate in the 70th Annual Conference in Quebec, 2018.
Coming from a small city, Corner Brook, in NL, my entry into the big and beautiful Quebec City blew my mind and raised my expectations of the conference although my accommodation wasn’t welcoming. The conference organization, the set up and presentations blended with the great oldest North American city. In fact “l’apparance n’etait pas trompeuse” as the level/magnitude of the conference was complementary with beauty and maturity of the city. The choice of “maturity” likened to age and great comportment to describe the Quebec is as a desire to reveal my take of take of the IPAC Conference.
Key take home lessons from the Quebec conference
The choice of the conference theme, Public Administration Under Pressure, and most of the workshops was on point in this era where things move at a convulsive speed. The frank talks, conviviality and the desire to continuously learn despite years of experience was breath taking. There were good take home lessons with recommendations such as;
Author: Tamufor N. Emmanuel. M.A. Candidate in Environmental Policy, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada (ALT Scholar).
The Pacific Innovation Fair co-hosted by the British Columbia Federal Council (BCFC) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) showcased innovative and transformative initiatives occurring at all levels of government including federal, provincial, municipal and First Nations. Discussion topics included: innovative service delivery; collaborative working; healthy workplace creation; First Nation reconciliation; institutional reform, and; enabling tools and approaches.
Take away thinking points included:
The respect that Canada enjoys internationally stems largely from the integrity of its public institutions and social policies. The ability to innovate, think creatively, combine new ideas and leverage those insights to create new sources of social and economic value will determine the future of public service delivery in Canada.
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