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IPAC Saskatchewan Speed Networking Event, November 21, 2017.

Speed Networking Social Event_2017

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Public Policy Book Club – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens CoverOn the evening of Monday, May 29th, the Public Policy Book Club will be discussing “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari.  The meeting will start at 6:00pm.  If you are interested in joining, please email for further details.

You can also check out policybookclub to see what other books are on the reading list.

From the publisher:

100,000 years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the earth. Today there is just one.


Homo Sapiens.

How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical — and sometimes devastating — breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power…and our future.

Announcement: Annual General Meeting to be held on June 28, 2017

Attention all IPAC members.

The IPAC Saskatchewan Regional Group Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in the Second Floor Boardroom 210 at 2 Research Drive, University of Regina.

The AGM will commence at 3:30 pm and will wrap up at 4:00 pm.

Immediately following the AGM, IPAC Sask is presenting a live webinar, Engaging Indigenous Governments and Businesses in the Canadian Economy.

The 2015/16 AGM Report can be found on the IPAC Sask website.

Upcoming Live Webcast: Engaging Indigenous Governments and Businesses in the Canadian Economy


The IPAC Saskatchewan Regional Group is pleased to invite you to a live webcast:

Engaging Indigenous Governments and Businesses is the Canadian Economy


KellyKelly Lendsay - Indigenous Works Lendsay, President and CEO of Indigenous Works, asks “Why do First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities continue to be excluded from the mainstream economy?” Canada’s GDP could grow by $270 billion and social remedial costs reduced when Indigenous peoples attain the same levels of education and employment. The benefits to be gained on all sides are clear, yet there remains a great divide between Indigenous businesses and organizations and corporate Canada.

Indigenous Works has just completed baseline research that provides new insights into the current state of relationships between major Canadian businesses and Indigenous peoples.  Kelly Lendsay will present the study’s findings, and discuss the role that all governments and others can play in bridging the divide and fostering beneficial partnerships.

Webcast moderated by: Christian Kittleson, Associate Partner – Ernst & Young – Victoria Practice Lead – Government & Public Sector Advisory

June 28, 2017

Second Floor Boardroom 210 at 2 Research Drive, University of Regina

IPAC Sask Annual General Meeting: 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Webcast: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Networking and refreshments to follow

Hors d’oeurves will be served. Cash bar.

$10 non-member, free for members.  Pay at door (cash only).  Registration required by June 26, 2017 to

Please note that the IPAC Saskatchewan Regional Group Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be taking place just prior to the webcast at 3:30 pm.  Non-members are welcome to attend the AGM but cannot vote.  The webcast will begin promptly at 4:00 pm.

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New Professionals Speed Networking Event

The New Professionals Subcommittee of IPAC Saskatchewan invites you to join us on Wednesday, June 7th for a speed networking event.

If you are a new professional in the public service that is interested in expanding your network in a fun and casual atmosphere, join us for an evening of speed networking, where you will have the chance to connect with other new professionals in Regina.

The event will be held at Crave Kitchen & Wine Bar, 1925 Victoria Ave. Informal networking will begin at 5:00 p.m., with the event starting at 5:45 p.m. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

For additional information, or to RSVP, please contact Meaghen Boiteau at

Please RSVP by June 2nd, 2017.


5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – open networking

5:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. – opening remarks, event explanation

5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. – speed networking

IPAC New Professionals - Speed Networking Event

Call for Nominations: 2017 IPAC Saskatchewan’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award

Morrow Doris picI encourage you to consider nominating a public servant, or a public service team, for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award of the Saskatchewan Regional Group of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC).

This prestigious medal recognizes a person or work team that has demonstrated distinctive leadership and exceptional achievement in public administration in Saskatchewan. The Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan will present this award on September 21, 2017 during a ceremony at Government House hosted by the Saskatchewan Regional Group of IPAC.

Previous recipients of this award include meritorious public servants from all levels of government and a variety of fields of interest and public sector specialization across Saskatchewan.

Annually we also accept nominations for an award to honour promising new public sector professionals in Saskatchewan.  I invite you to nominate an outstanding new professional for the Saskatchewan Regional Group of IPAC’s Promising New Professional award.

This Promising New Professional award recognizes an individual or team of individuals with less than five years of cumulative experience in public service who demonstrates:

  •  leadership potential within the public service;
  •  the ideals and values of public administration; and
  •  the ability and potential to contribute to excellence in public service in Saskatchewan.

Nomination packages for both awards are available at  The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2017.  Please direct any questions regarding the awards to Alison Hamilton at


Doris Morrow
President, IPAC – Saskatchewan Regional Group


Public Policy Book Club – Weapons of Math Destruction

Math DestructionOn the evening of Monday, April 24th, the Public Policy Book Club will be discussing “Weapons of Math Destruction” by Cathy O’Neil.  The meeting will start at 6:00pm.  If you are interested in joining, please email for further details.

You can also check out policybookclub to see what other books are on the reading list.

From the publisher:

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated.

But as Cathy O’Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination: If a poor student can’t get a loan because a lending model deems him too risky (by virtue of his zip code), he’s then cut off from the kind of education that could pull him out of poverty, and a vicious spiral ensues. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a “toxic cocktail for democracy.” Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.

Tracing the arc of a person’s life, O’Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These “weapons of math destruction” score teachers and students, sort résumés, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health.

O’Neil calls on modelers to take more responsibility for their algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their use. But in the end, it’s up to us to become more savvy about the models that govern our lives. This important book empowers us to ask the tough questions, uncover the truth, and demand change.

Public Policy Book Club – Pre-Suasion

presuasionOn Monday, March 27th, the Public Policy Book Club will be discussing “Pre-Suasian: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade” by Robert Cialdini.  If you are interested in joining, email You can also check out to see what other books are on the reading list.

From the publisher:

The author of the legendary bestseller Influence, social psychologist Robert Cialdini shines a light on effective persuasion and reveals that the secret doesn’t lie in the message itself, but in the key moment before that message is delivered.

What separates effective communicators from truly successful persuaders? Using the same combination of rigorous scientific research and accessibility that made his Influence an iconic bestseller, Robert Cialdini explains how to capitalize on the essential window of time before you deliver an important message. This “privileged moment for change” prepares people to be receptive to a message before they experience it. Optimal persuasion is achieved only through optimal pre-suasion. In other words, to change “minds” a pre-suader must also change “states of mind.”

His first solo work in over thirty years, Cialdini’s Pre-Suasion draws on his extensive experience as the most cited social psychologist of our time and explains the techniques a person should implement to become a master persuader. Altering a listener’s attitudes, beliefs, or experiences isn’t necessary, says Cialdini—all that’s required is for a communicator to redirect the audience’s focus of attention before a relevant action.

From studies on advertising imagery to treating opiate addiction, from the annual letters of Berkshire Hathaway to the annals of history, Cialdini draws on an array of studies and narratives to outline the specific techniques you can use on online marketing campaigns and even effective wartime propaganda. He illustrates how the artful diversion of attention leads to successful pre-suasion and gets your targeted audience primed and ready to say, “Yes.”

Saskatoon Event Announcement: Partners in Public Service – Collaboration Across the Public Sector


The Partners in Public Service: Collaboration Across the Public Sector, promises to be  an evening of learning and connecting with colleagues across all levels and areas of the public sector. The event will feature a multi-disciplinary panel of public sector leaders discussing the importance of collaboration across jurisdictions and sectors,  and how we as a collective public service can better serve our citizens.

This evening will also provide you with an opportunity to forge new partnerships with your counterparts and to learn more about our host organizations.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Delta Bessborough
601 Spandina Crescent E
Saskatoon, SK

Appetizers and a cash bar will be provided.

Please register with Katie Chesterton ( by Monday, March 20, 2017.

The following panel of esteemed leaders are confirmed to be attending this event:

Chief Lorie WhitecalfChief Lorie Whitecalf

Lorie made history when she became the first woman to be elected Chief of Sweetgrass First Nation in 2011. She is currently serving her third term of office.  Lorie is a proud mother of three children, Kylie, Whitney and Austin.  Being raised on a farm, usually considered men’s work, provided Lorie with strong work ethic and a belief system that women can do anything.  She continues to raise cattle alongside her father. Chief Whitecalf practices a traditional lifestyle of hunting and gathering. She currently sits on numerous boards:  Saskatchewan First Nations Natural Resources Centre of Excellence, FSIN Executive Council, Treaty 6 Education, Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre, BATC Executive Council, and BATC Community Development Corporation.

Catherine GrybaCatherine Gryba

  • Worked for the City of Saskatoon for the past 32 years and is presently the General Manager, Corporate Performance Department.
  • Board Member and Past Chair of the Board, Saskatchewan Blue Cross.
  • Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Saskatoon and Area United Way, and the Cabinet for United Way
  • Board Member for the Jeux Canada Games Foundation
  • Co-Founder and Member of Executive Women of Saskatoon – a peer mentorship group consisting of women in executive positions
  • Graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and served as an alumna committee member for a variety of CIS Championships, including hockey, basketball, volleyball and track and field, and most recently the Vice-Chair of the 100th Anniversary of Huskie Athletics.
  • Married to Shawn and have 3 children.


Rob Norrisrob-norris

After almost a decade of serving in the Saskatchewan Legislature, Rob returned to the University of Saskatchewan on 1 January 2016; he serves as the University’s Senior Strategist for Partnerships within the Office of the Vice-President Research. His core responsibilities include advising:

1) the Canadian Light Source (CLS) Synchrotron, where he is working on partnership development opportunities in the Middle East, Europe and across Canada; 2) the Vaccine Infectious Disease Organization and the International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), where he focuses on relations with the Canadian government and partnership development in East Asia; 3) the Sylvia Fedoruk Centre for Nuclear Innovation, where he works to enhance relations with various Canadian and global partners; and 4) the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS).

Norris also works with the University’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Agriculture and Bio-Resources as well as the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition regarding outreach and engagement; he serves as a strategic communications and community-engagement advisor to a University-led, Canadian-sponsored food and nutritional security program in Ethiopia.

Finally, as needed, he offers advice to the Vice-President Research – including as a member of the Canadian Neutron Initiative working group – and other senior administrators.

From November, 2007 – December, 2015, Norris served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan (MLA) for the constituency of Saskatoon-Greystone. First elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011, he served in Premier Wall’s Cabinet as: Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour; Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board; Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration; Minister responsible for SaskPower; Minister responsible for Innovation, Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Research Council as well as the Premier’s Legislative Secretary for First Nations and Metis Peoples. He was a member of Treasury Board and the Board of Directors of Saskatchewan’s Crown Investment Corporation as well as other executive bodies. Upon announcing his departure from executive government, Norris concluded his elected tenure with membership on two legislative committees: Crown and Central Agencies as well the esteemed Public Accounts Committee of the Legislature.

Known for being both collaborative and decisive, Norris had dozens of ministerial accomplishments which helped to transform Saskatchewan.

In the post-secondary sector, he oversaw record funding for advanced education and skills training initiatives, including focusing on Indigenous education and institutions and facilitating historic federal-provincial infrastructure investments across Saskatchewan; he also created, as well as implemented, Saskatchewan’s Graduate Retention Program. Regarding the promotion of university-based research, in partnership with University of Saskatchewan, he fostered the creation of the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation, supported the establishment of the Global Institute for Water Security and played a key role in negotiating the creation of the public-private Global Institute for Food Security. He also laid the foundation for Saskatchewan’s International Education Strategy. Rob also supported numerous initiatives at University of Regina and other post-secondary institutions across the province.

Regarding SaskPower, as Minister Rob guided through cabinet and launched historic investments in Canadian green energy infrastructure, including the $1.5 billion, world-first, Boundary Dam 3 carbon capture and storage project in southern Saskatchewan as well as the concomitant establishment of the $60 million public-private Shand Carbon Capture Test Facility.

Importantly, Norris also developed and enacted the Wall Government’s inaugural Immigration Strategy (June 2009) to foster provincial population growth, international student retention and foreign direct investment; the foundations of this strategy continue to foster record population growth in Saskatchewan and robust international investment across the province.

In the labour portfolio, he led the modernization of Saskatchewan’s labour law, including within the construction sector.

As Minister, Rob also represented Saskatchewan on numerous pan-Canadian / federal-provincial – territorial committees, which had functional themes ranging from Advanced Education to the Status of Women and beyond. He also led Saskatchewan delegations to other regions of Canada, Western and Central Europe, the Middle East, Southeast and South Asia and the United States. As MLA, he also participated in Commonwealth Parliamentary missions to Alberta (including the Fort McMurray Oil Sands) and Western Australia and served with the Washington-based National Democratic Institute as an election observer in Tunisia (2014) and an Institute of Public Administration Canada governance expert in Malawi (2015).

Prior to holding public office, Norris served within the University of Saskatchewan’s senior administration as Coordinator for Global Relations, 2004-2007, where he helped the University analyze, articulate and act upon its global interests, including enhancing the profile and prestige of this campus community. In 2005, he helped secure and coordinate the campus visit of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh. He joined U of S International in 1999. Rob took political leave from the University from November 2007 – January 2016.

From 1997 – 1999, Norris served as a Legislative Assistant in the Canadian House of Commons, with a focus on Canadian foreign policy. As part of his duties, he worked closely with the House of Commons Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade as well as focused on policy issues and options relating to various geopolitical regions and international organizations.

Having earning various student scholarships and bursaries, Norris graduated with an Associate Arts Diploma, Red Deer College (1990), a B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science, University of Lethbridge (1992) and a M.A. in Political Science, University of Alberta (2004).

In addition to his current University duties, Norris comments on both local and global issues. For more than a decade, his articles, essays and reviews have been published in both the popular and academic press. He also works to build youth-focused bridges between Canada and the world; as a community contribution, he serves as Board Chair for Ottawa-based, Canada World Youth.

He is married to Carol Norris, a chemist within the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; within their blended family, they have three children: Jacqueline, Emmet and Hayden

Laurie PushorLaurie Pushor

Laurie Pushor is the Deputy Minister of the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy. This ministry’s mission is to advance economic growth to generate wealth and opportunity in Saskatchewan. The ministry includes the government’s major economic, resource and labour market development functions.

Laurie Pushor first joined the Ministry of the Economy serving as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister. Prior to joining the Ministry of the Economy, he spent four years as a Chief of Staff with the Government of Saskatchewan. He was fortunate to serve as the Chief of Staff with Minister Harpauer in Social Services, with Minister Boyd in Energy and Resources, and Minister McMorris in Health. Prior to joining the Government of Saskatchewan, Laurie was the Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the University of Saskatchewan. This role included responsibility for Canadian as well as international recruitment and international student activities.

Moderator: Kristin BruceKristin Bruce

Kristin finished an undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 2011. Following this, she took a year off to work and travel. Upon returning to Saskatoon, she started a Masters of Public Policy degree at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School (JSGS) of Public Policy. While at JSGS she completed a thesis looking at water governance and planning for future uncertainty in Saskatchewan under the supervision of Murray Fulton and Patricia Gober. After finishing the program in 2016, Kristin accepted a position with the Strategic and Business Planning Division at the City of Saskatoon as a Performance Improvement Coordinator.

The host committee would like to thank our sponsor, MNP, for its generous support.


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