responding to an uncertain world



February 5-6, 2018

Toronto, Ontario

The Dynamic Leader: Responding to an Uncertain World will:

IPAC's National Leadership Conference

  •  Provide public servants the opportunity to enhance their leadership capacity through sharing perspectives and experiences, acquiring updated knowledge, understanding and approaches to meet the leadership challenges currently facing the public service across Canada.
  • To position the Conference as a premier opportunity to explore the essence of leadership styles and skill sets required to meet ever changing circumstances, requirements of people involved and the particular challenges facing the organization through facilitated workshops.
  • To offer to participants the opportunity to expand networks and develop potential partnerships.
  • To share current practices in Leadership in the public sector, publicly funded organizations, and others.

The IPAC National Leadership Conference will provide an opportunity for over 200 leaders, practitioners, academics and students working in the public service or not-for-profit sector to explore the dynamic leader. 

Register by Dec. 15 for Early Bird Pricing

We are part of a global system that is continually being challenged by a confluence of political, economic, societal, technological, environmental and legislative forces. Public sector institutions and leaders must be prepared to respond to an uncertain world.


Dynamic leadership allows a leader to react to changes by being proactive. Dynamic leaders employ a fluid, adaptive style of leadership that adjusts as required to who they are leading and the ‘circumstances’ in which they find themselves.

World-renowned thought leaders will focus on three key themes

Leading in an uncertain world

Integrating dynamic leadership in your organization

How Dynamic Leaders work with their teams

What will the next 10 years look like? Are our government institutions positioned to respond? Are our public sector leaders up to the challenge?

Our conference responds to these questions and is focused on looking forward – preparing our public institutions’ and leaders for the next decade.

Dr. Marc Hurwitz & Samantha Hurwitz

Keynote Speakers

Nikolas Badminton


Co-founders of FliPskills Consulting

Early Bird Deadline December 15, 2017

single/double room  ($151 Triple; $181 Quad)

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto



  • After January 19, 2018, reservations will be handled on a rate availability basis and rate adjustments after check in will not be made.  
  • A deposit equal to one night's stay is required to hold delegate's reservation at the time of reservation. Delegates must cancel their reservation at or before 4:00 p.m. Toronto time, on the day of arrival in order to avoid forfeiting ONE (1) night’s room and tax charges.  
  • No show charges will apply if a delegate does not arrive on the date of their reservation or if notice of cancellation after 4:00 pm on the day of arrival.  

Be sure to state that you're with 

“IPAC – Leadership Conference”

to receive our special group rate by January 19, 2018.

33 Gerrard Street West

Toronto, Ontario

M5G 1Z4 Canada

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto



Or call 1-800-CHELSEA(243-5732) or 416-595-1975 to reserve now

Plenary: Marc and Samantha Hurwitz, FliPskills Consulting

Exponential Possibilities: How to Magnify the Impact of Your Team

4:45 - 6:45 pm | Mountbatten Lane


8:15 - 8:30 am | Mountbatten


Morning | The Uncertain World

Monday February 5th

Lunch and Leadership Awards – Sponsored by Deloitte

7:15 - 8:15 am | Mountbatten

2:30 - 3:45 pm

Registration Open, Networking Breakfast & Connecting with Exhibitors

8:30 - 9:15 am | Mountbatten

Opening Keynote: Nikolas Badminton, Futurist

Signals of Change - Our Path to the Future

4:15 -4:45 pm | Mountbatten

9:15 - 10:10 am | Mountbatten

Break and Networking

10:10 - 10:40 am | Mountbatten Lane

(Click sessions to view description)

Break and Networking

1:15 - 2:15 pm | Mountbatten

3:45 - 4:15 pm | Mountbatten

10:40 - 11:55 am

Breakout Sessions – Becoming a More Dynamic Leader

Breakout Sessions – Looking to the Future – Implications for government





Reception and Networking

Sponsored by Korn Ferry Hay Group


Afternoon | The Dynamic Leader

2:15 - 2:30 pm | Mountbatten Lane


Closing Keynote: The Authenticity Principle – Unlocking the Power of Differences

Ritu Bhasin, President of bhasin consulting inc. and Author of The Authenticity Principle

11:55 am – 1:15 pm | Mountbatten

7:30 - 8:30 am | Mountbatten

9:30 - 10:15 am | Mountbatten



Tuesday February 6th | The Dynamic Organization

12:00 - 1:30 pm | Mountbatten

8:30 - 9:00 am | Mountbatten

(Click sessions to view description)

Opening Keynote: Gemma Piemontese, Chief People Officer, Toronto Transit Commission

Shaping a Dynamic Organization – Making the Culture Shift

9:00 - 9:30 am | Mountbatten

Plenary: Shaun Loney, Canadian social entrepreneur

An Army of Problem Solvers: Reconciliation and the Solution Economy

13:30 | Mountbatten

8:15 - 8:30 am | Mountbatten

10:15 - 10:45 am | Mountbatten Lane

Break and Networking


10:45 - 12:00 pm

Plenary: Navigating Dynamic Environments (Interactive Session)

A Framework for strategic decision-making, adapting leadership, and leading change in public organizations

Evert Lindquist, Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria

Breakout Sessions – Leading Practices in Innovation and Change

Closing Remarks


Registration Open, Networking Breakfast & Connecting with Exhibitors

Welcome – Conference Co-chairs

Mountbatten David Fulford, former Assistant Deputy Minister, Government of Ontario

Mary Ann Triggs, Assistant Deputy Minister, Service Canada

2017 Public Sector Leadership Awards

Leadership of public sector organizations is one of Canada’s most important assets. Recognizing and building the cadre of public sector leaders is a critical ingredient in the success of our country and communities. The IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards program recognizes organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership by taking bold steps to improve Canada, through advancements in public policy and management.

Come celebrate the best of the best for 2017 Public Sector Leadership Awards Finalists


Land Title and Survey Authority of BC

ParcelMap BC

Pond-Deshpande Centre at UNB

Halifax Regional Municipality & Nova Scotia Health Authority 

Government of Prince Edward Island

Government of Nunavut

City of Toronto 

Building Nunavut’s Leadership Capacity:

The Hivuliqtikhanut Program

Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec

Norway House Cree Nation

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

NouLAB: New Brunswick's Public and Social Innovation Lab

Lake Nipissing Fishery: Strategic Collaboration on a Shared Resource

Mobile Food Market 

Atlantic Workforce Partnership

The PEI Bridge Model

Atlantic Workforce Partnership

Embracing Disruptive Technology and the Sharing Economy: Transforming legislation for Vehicle-for-Hire by regulating Uber in Toronto

Department of Internal Services, Government of Nova Scotia

Automated Reimbursement of Medication for Road Accident Victims

Consolidation of Information Access and Privacy Services across Government of Nova Scotia

Norway House Cree Nation Health Centre of Excellence



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