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Open Government with Tony Clement

UPDATE: Doors open at 4:30. Mr. Clement will speak at 5:15.


Third Tuesday is back with another blockbuster speaker: President of the Treasury Board, Tony Clement.

Tony Clement is well-known as a politician who maintains an active Twitter presence, sharing what is on his mind and what he's doing, and engaging in conversations with Canadians.

Tony Clement is also the President of the Treasury Board of Canada. That puts him in charge of Canada's public service and makes him responsible for setting the standards and rules by which social media is being introduced into the Government of Canada.

As a Minister, Clement has pushed forward with initiatives to enable Canada's public servants to use social media in the workplace and a broader initiative to introduce open government principles to the Government of Canada.

In just the past three months, Mr. Clement

- unveiled the Guideline for External Use of Web 2.0, the reference document that will be used by Canadian Public Servants in determining whether and how they should use social media in the workplace.

- announced that completed access to information requests now will be posted online.

announced the addition of 4,000 data sets to the Open Data Portal.

initiated a public consultation on Open Government. (The consultation closed in mid-January and the Treasury Board site promises that a final report on the findings will be posted in March 2012.)

- participated in a Twitter Chat on Open Government to give people a chance to raise issues, ask questions and engage with him online.

That's a lot of action in a short period of time. But, what's happening now? How are the Web 2.0 Guidelines being applied by Canadian public servants? What did Canadians tell the Minister during the consultation? What's on the agenda for 2012?

Third Tuesday participants will get a chance in February to ask these questions and talk directly to the Minister when he appears as our featured guest.

If you're interested in open government and the use of social media by government, this session will be of real interest to you. I'm looking forward to a great evening of discussion with a man who has matched his actions to his convictions. I hope to see you there.

Thank you to our sponsors

Third Tuesday is a community-oriented, volunteer-driven event. And we wouldn't be able to bring great speakers to Third Tuesdays across the country without the support of some like-minded sponsors. We've been lucky to have some great companies step up over the past several years to help us make Third Tuesday happen. Big thanks are due to CNW GroupRogers CommunicationsCanadian Internet Registration AuthorityRadian6 and Cision Canada for making the 2011/12 Third Tuesday season possible.

Student Admission

We want students to be able to participate. So, if you're a student, simply present your valid student ID at the registration desk and we'll refund your admission fee. Courtesy of Thornley Fallis.

Update: Cash Bar

The NAC contacted us to ask that we remind all Third Tuesday attendees that the NAC will not accept credit or debit cards at the event. Third Tuesday will provide finger food. However, please bring cash so that you can buy the beverage of your choice.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Tony Clement said government online has to reduce those silos, more seamless service to Canadians, need to use GCPedia better to transform the system, and government employees and entrepreneurs need to create applications to make all that data truly accessible. That all sounds good to me. He's a real role model, by doing it. My psychologist colleague and I wondered about how all that very inter-personal tweeting he's done has affected his behavior as a politician.

    February 16, 2012

  • Kristen S.

    Really enjoyed the event, particularly the open question and answer session. Interesting speaker and topic.

    February 15, 2012

  • Kirk H.

    A thought leader for Social Media in a government context.

    February 14, 2012

  • Melanie C.

    Good discussion - Read my blog post on Clement's comments here:

    February 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pas assez de temps pour la période de questions.

    February 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good - the Q&A part felt short...well, it was too short.

    February 14, 2012

  • Denise E.

    Good but would like to have heard some prepared questions on the two main topics from a moderator.

    February 14, 2012

  • Carolyn M.

    I was so looking forward to this event and was not able to attend due to an intensive sinus cold. Please pass on my regrets and appreciation to the organizers for creating this event. I hope they will invite Tony to speak again.

    February 14, 2012

  • Maxime G.

    Interesting conversations and delicious hors d'oeuvres!

    February 14, 2012

  • Robert G.

    Great to have a high level political speaker willing to attend and take some questions. Good atmosphere and location. Always a great networking opportunity.

    February 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great to have the TB Prez and suitably impressed as he is a very good speaker and politician - apart from realities of "Open Government" as oxymoron, he made several calls for ideas to make government more open within the "guidelines" so he presents a positive and forward thinking position. the mobile world IS here.

    February 14, 2012

  • Francois L.

    My first Third Tuesday and I'll make sure to stay tuned for others. Minister Clement was candid and open. Appreciated he took the time to speak to us.

    February 14, 2012

  • Dan I.

    Great event. Good to hear it from the top and bring this message back to my dept.

    February 14, 2012

  • Mark B.

    Another great 3TYOW event. MP Clement was insightful and interesting.

    February 14, 2012

  • Andy X.

    No doubt this promises to be interesting, Tony Clement is active on this platform, and his insights (I hope he shares!) will be invaluable particularly if you're coaching a high profile client on their twitter activity. Can't wait to hear the "Don't dos!"

    February 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This has the potential of being one of the most interesting meetings of the year... and it's only February!

    January 31, 2012

  • Joel E.

    Looking forward to this one!

    January 31, 2012

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