Disruption, Change, Shifting Mindsets, February 11-12 2019, chelsea hotel, toronto

IPAC’s National Leadership Conference is designed to provide leaders, practitioners, and academics working in or with the public sector the opportunity to connect with and learn from leading edge experts who successfully tackled disruption and change.

  • Give you key information, tools and examples of how you can successfully manage change, tackle disruption and shift the mindset of an organization.
  • Engage you with cutting edge leadership development workshops that will enhance your ability to lead in a fluid, shifting environment.
  • Provide you with access to renowned experts who led public sector organizations through complex, disruptive times and successfully implemented changes that reshaped and improved their organizations and teams.
  • Showcase IPAC’s new Excellence in Public Service Award.
IPAC's National leadership conference
Disruption, Change and Shifting Mindsets will:

Increasingly leaders must manage disruption along with change. In an environment where disruption is both sought and feared, where change has become a permanent requirement for both individuals and organizations, leaders across the globe are increasingly looking at how to shift the mindset of their organizations.

You can develop a set of skills that will enable you to shift mindsets and successfully manage disruption while enabling your organization to thrive in and respond to an increasingly fluid world. Our conference will provide you with the ideas, insights, and tools to succeed in your transformational leadership path.

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Leading change and shifting mindsets
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Transforming your organization for the 21st century
Our Conference will focus on 3 key themes

How can we lead change in a time of disruption? How can public sector organizations best respond to these trends? What strategies can be applied to shifting the way in which organizations ‘think’ and ‘work’ in an age of rapid and fluid change?

Our conference will tackle these critical questions and is focused on helping you navigate and succeed in the landscape of disruption by unlocking the key tool of shifting the mindset of your own organization. 

Be sure to state that you're with 

“IPAC – Leadership Conference”

to receive our special group rate by February 10th, 2019. 

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

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

  • After January 18, 2019, 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.
  • All reservations must be cancelled 48 hours (2 days) prior to arrival by 4 p.m. EST.
  • Cancellations made within 48 hours of arrival will result in a charge of a one night's stay plus taxes and fees (subject to change without notice).
  • 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.  

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

33 Gerrard Street West

Toronto, Ontario

M5G 1Z4 Canada





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Porter Airlines is proud to offer a 10% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from the IPAC 2019 Leadership Conference. The discounted fares are available for booking from January 21, 2019 to February 13, 2019 and available for travel:

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Feb 09, 2019

Feb 11, 2019

Feb 13, 2019

Feb 12, 2019

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Anne Bermonte

OPS Executive Fellow (2018)

Department of Politics and Public Administration

Ryerson University

Robert Smith

Executive Director, 

Innovative Solutions Canada, Innovation, 

Science and Economic Development Canada

Jennifer Reynolds


Toronto Financial Services Alliance

Barbara Swartzentruber

Director of Strategy,, Innovation and Intergovernmental Relations 

City of Guelph

Deryn Rizzi

Fire Chief

Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS)

Enid Slacks

Director of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG), Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto

Secretary of the Treasury Board

Social Entrepreneur

Chief Information Officer of Canada

Vince Pranjivan

Senior Advisor to the Commissioner

Dan Batista

Dan Batista, Executive Director

Institute for Citizen-Centred Service (ICCS)

President and CEO,

Ontario Northland Transportation Commission

Nadine Huggins

Executive Director of People Management and Community Engagement, OCHRO

Treasury Board Secretariat

Margaret Froh


Métis Nation of Ontario

Jennifer St Germain

Chief Strategy Officer,

Métis Nation of Ontario 

Nicholas Lal

Managing Partner, 

Ontario Public Sector

Gartner Consulting

Juliet Jackson

Director of Culture and Inclusion,

Region of Peel 

Kerry Pond

Chief Human Resources Officer,

Trillium Health Partners

Jim Pine

Chief Administrative Officer,

County of Hastings

President and Chief Executive Officer,

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

denise amyot

President and CEO, 

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)

matthew mendelsohn

Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet,

Government of Canada

bianca wylie

Senior Fellow,


rupert gordon

Assistant Deputy Minister, 

Community and Developmental Services, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

david fulford


Research and Policy,

Colleges Ontario

kent campbell

Deputy Minister, 

Trade and Export Development, 

Government of Saskatchewan

paula kwan


Civic Innovation Office,

City of Toronto

larissa rutquist

Senior Analyst, National Policy,

 Indigenous Justice Program, 

Justice Canada 

rodney ghali

Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, 

Impact and Innovation Unit, 

Privy Council Office

jean stephane bernard

Associate General Secretary,

Secrétariat du Québec aux Relations canadiennes,

Ministère du Conseil exécutif

thozamile javu

PNS Innovation Garage Manager,

IBM Global Business Services,

IBM Canada

taran wasson

Talent Manager,
Canada's Free Agents Program 

bryan evans


Ryerson University

taran wasson

Procurement Director, Strategic and Advisory Services, Ministry of Citizens' Services, 

Government of British Columbia 

wendy feldman

Senior Policy Advisor, Agency Governance, Office of the Public Service Commission Treasury Board Secretariat, Ontario 

wendy feldman

Senior Manager, Strategic Workforce Policy & Programs Branch, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities 


Centre for First Nations Governance

barbara gray

General Manager, 

Transportation Services, 

City of Toronto

Hillary hartley

Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Minister, 

Ontario Public Service

christopher johns

Executive Director, 

Attorney General, 

Modernization Division, Innovative Office

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Monday February 11, 2019

7:15 - 8:30 am | Churchill Court

Registration Open, Networking Breakfast & Connecting with Exhibitors

8:45 - 9:00 am | Churchill Ballroom

Indigenous Prayer - Cat Criger 

9:00 - 9:30 am | Churchill Ballroom

Opening Keynote: Working Toward Better in a World of Change

10:45 - 12:00 pm | Breakout Sessions – Pressures Driving Change




12:00 – 1:00 pm | Churchill Ballroom

Lunch and Excellence in Public Service Awards

1:00 - 1:30 pm | Churchill Ballroom

2:45 – 3:00 pm | Churchill Court

Break and Networking

Afternoon | Leading Change and Shifting Mindsets

Morning | Managing the Drivers of Disruption

3:00 – 4:00 pm | Churchill Ballroom

8:30 - 8:45 am | Churchill Ballroom 

10:30 - 10:45 am | Churchill Court

Break and Networking

1:30 - 2:45 pm | Breakout Sessions – Shifting Mindsets

Shifting your Mindset: Leadership Development Workshop




4:00 - 4:45 pm | Churchill Ballroom

4:30 - 6:30 pm | Churchill Court

Reception and Networking


9:30 – 10:30 am | Churchill Ballroom

Wren Room - 3rd Floor

Churchill Ballroom - 2nd Floor

Seymour Ballroom - 2nd Floor, down one flight of stairs

Wren Room - 3rd Floor

Churchill Ballroom - 2nd Floor

Seymour Ballroom - 2nd Floor, down one flight of stairs

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Tuesday February 12, 2019

7:15 - 8:30 am | Churchill Court

Registration Open, Networking Breakfast & Connecting with Exhibitors

8:30 - 9:10 am | Churchill Ballroom

9:10 - 10:00 am | Churchill Ballroom

10:00 - 10:30 am | Churchill Court

Break and Networking

10:30 - 11:45 am | Breakout Sessions – Learning from Successful Transformations 




11:45 am – 12:30 pm | Churchill Ballroom


12:30 pm – 1:20 pm | Churchill Ballroom

Morning | Transforming your Organization for the 21st Century

8:15 - 8:30 am | Churchill Ballroom 

Opening and Welcome: Conference Co-Chairs

1:20 pm | Churchill Ballroom

Conference Closing Remarks: Conference Co-Chairs

Wren Room - 3rd Floor

Churchill Ballroom - 2nd Floor

Seymour Ballroom - 2nd Floor, down one flight of stairs

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