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Best Practices Forum on Official Languages

This year's Forum will be held virtually and is open to the entire public service. Join us for this annual event that brings together official languages champions, persons responsible for official languages and coordinators responsible for implementing measures to foster the development of Anglophone and Francophone minority communities, support their development and promote the full recognition and use of both French and English in Canada.

This year's Forum will focus on the theme of diversity and inclusion.

Discover the Forum's planned activities from March 1 to 5, 2021, on the GCwiki page.


From Linguistic Insecurity to Linguistic Security: Coaching, Resilience and Risk-Taking

How can coaching be leveraged to implement linguistic security? Are you familiar with the concept of linguistic resilience? Do you recognize the impact of leaders who make ongoing efforts to speak in their second language? Do you wish to discover a risk taking application that helps public servants mitigate their linguistic insecurity?

To answer these questions, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat has brought together experts who will share their experience with the competencies that enhance linguistic security on an individual and organizational basis.

Date and time:
March 3, 2021 | 10:30 am to 12:15 pm (ET)
Registration deadline:
March 2, 2021, 4:00 pm (ET)
Language:
Bilingual, with interpretation in both official languages
Location:
This event will be delivered virtually. A link to the live broadcast will be provided to registered participants.
Audience:
All public servants at all levels
Speakers:
  • Nancy Chahwan, Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Raymond Théberge, Commissioner of Official Languages
  • Louise Varagnolo, Strategic Advisor, Official Languages Centre of Excellence, Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • David Carter, Senior Advisor, Official Languages, Human Resources and Workplace Management Directorate, Corporate Management and Services Sector, Natural Resources Canada
  • Nikolay Slavkov, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Canadian Centre for Studies and Research in Bilingualism and Language Planning, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, University of Ottawa
  • Sue Duguay, President, Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française
Guest of Honour:

Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and to the Minister of Digital Government

Moderator:
Carsten Quell, Executive Director, Official Languages Centre of Excellence, Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Armchair Discussion on Official Languages Leadership: Walking the Talk Across Canada!

Canadian Heritage hosts public service executives recognized for their leadership in the promotion of English and French to share their experience.

The guest speakers will inspire you by discussing their leadership style with respect to official languages and how they help foster workplaces that are bilingual, inclusive and diverse within the federal public service. They will address a range of official languages topics, such as using our second official language, tolerance and linguistic security, awareness and the influential role of senior managers.

Date and time:
March 3, 2021 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (ET)
Registration deadline:
March 3, 2021, 10:00 am (ET)
Language:
Bilingual, with interpretation in both official languages
Location:
This event will be delivered virtually. A link to the live broadcast will be provided to registered participants.
Audience:
All public servants at all levels
Speakers:
  • Dr. Martine Dubuc, Associate Deputy Minister, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Valerie Gideon, Associate Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada
  • Daniel Quan-Watson, Champion for Visible Minorities, and Deputy Minister, Crown‑Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Vice-Admiral Haydn C. Edmundson, CMM, MSM, CD, Canadian Armed Forces
Guest of Honour:
Hélène Laurendeau, Champion of the Official Languages Community, and Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage
Moderator:
Stéphan Déry, Chair, Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions; Assistant Deputy Minister, Real Property Services Branch, Public Services and Procurement Canada

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