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Open Government and Open Dialogue in 2017

  • February 1 · 5:30 PM
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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.

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  • Bob P.

    Ambushed by RL at the last min, so wasn't able to sit in this evng. But just wanted to say how pleased I am to see Third Tuesday return. Looking forward to next time, when I promise get my ducks better lined up. Bests to all...

    February 1

  • Tom H.

    Is this an event only for liberals or are conservatives and non-partisan people welcome and their ôints of view respected. The comment from Robin below makes me wonder.

    January 31

    • Tom H.

      Here are some of my articles on this topic (did a number of radio interviews as well right after the events (I attended three federal government town halls on climate and one provincial government one and they were all biased and, to varying degrees, suppressive of alternative points of view on the issue)): http://www.torontosun...­ and http://canadafreepres...­# and http://www.torontosun...­ and see the last few minutes of http://proxy.autopod....­.

      February 1

    • Tom H.

      also, concerning the Ontario climate change town hall, please watch: https://www.youtube.co...­

      February 1

  • Nyree C.

    HI all, I am no longer able to attend tonight. If you know of anyone looking to attend, I have two tickets.

    February 1

  • Robin

    Perfect timing for this Joe. Especially when Canada has a Prime Minister who is currently demonstrating how much he values face-to-face respectful, dialogue - no matter how tough the questions - and the US has, well, you know. ;-)

    3 · January 26

    • Tom H.

      Yes, the US has someone who does not care about political correctness. A welcomed change from what we are used to, I would say.

      January 31

  • Karine

    Hi! Will this also be a Facebook event? I would love to share with friends who aren't MeetUp subscribers.

    January 24

    • Joseph T.

      Hi Karine. You should be able to share via share buttons on the page. You must be signed into your Meetup account to see them.

      January 24

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