Past Meetup

Open Government and Open Dialogue in 2017

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Price: CA$10.00 /per person

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2016 was a big year for open government and open dialogue. It seemed that the federal government had at least a dozen significant public consultations open at any time. Ontario undertook a series of open government demonstration projects and joined the Open Government Partnership. And at the end of the year, both the Federal Government and Ontario were represented at the Open Government Partnership meeting in Paris.

Now we look ahead to 2017. What lies ahead for open government and open dialogue? What are the biggest challenges that we must deal with? What are the opportunities for forward movement? How can we - as public engagement peers - leverage each-other efforts to increase public engagement across sectors and throughout Canada?

Three experts in open government and open dialoguewill answer these questions at a special IAP2 Third Tuesday on February 1.

Don Lenihan is Senior Associate, Policy and Engagement, at Canada 2020. He is an internationally recognized expert on public engagement, Open Government and democracy. In April 2016, Don completed a year-long assignment as Ontario’s principal advisor on the Open Dialogue project, which used four demonstration projects to test and develop a public engagement framework for the Government of Ontario. In 2014, Don led an Expert Group process for the UN and the OECD on public engagement models to support the post-2015 UN agenda on sustainable development. He also served as Chair of the Open Government Engagement Team for the Government of Ontario in 2014 – 15.

Bruce Gilbert is the President of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Canada. Over the past eight years, Bruce served as a member of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s (GNL) senior executive team. During this time, he worked as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Rural Secretariat [masked]) and as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Office of Public Engagement [masked]). In these roles, Bruce and his team focused on citizen and stakeholder engagement processes, the development of cross-sector partnerships, and community-based research efforts developed collaboratively with community, business, labour, academic and government actors.

Kent Aitken is the[masked] Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow at the Public Policy Forum, studying and advising on governance in the digital age. He has spent the last three years researching public participation in governance and working in Open Government, and has been a board member for the Government Technology Exhibition and Conference (GTEC) and a deputy board member for the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Canada.

This event is being produced in partnership with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Canada. The admission fee will be refunded to any attendees who apply for IAP2 membership.