Gold: Alberta Health's Consumer eHealth Team
IPAC Award for Innovative Management

August 02, 2019 - Every year, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) recognizes world-class innovators who are changing the face of public service in Canada. The IPAC Award for Innovative Management (sponsored by IBM), launched in 1990, distinguishes government organizations that have shown exceptional innovations that address the wide variety of issues facing society today. 
The 2019 IPAC Award for Innovative Management winners were presented at IPAC's 71st Annual Conference held in Winnipeg. The winners this year were:

Gold Consumer E-Health, Government of Alberta
Silver ASD Advisory Services, New Brunswick
Bronze City of Vaughan, Fire and Rescue Service

Governments are facing challenges that are increasingly complex and often spread across departmental mandates and jurisdictions. These issues affect citizens and stakeholders in both predictable and unintended ways. Although resources are increasingly limited, citizens still have expectations and assume that governments will work together to address them through new and creative approaches.

The IPAC Award for Innovative Management Award aims to recognize and encourage innovation in all public organizations and across all orders of governments. Our program also provides an opportunity to share these good ideas with others. Past award recipients have developed new approaches to combat homelessness, tax fraud, climate change, and a declining manufacturing base, and improve opportunities for Aboriginal communities. This year we continue to encourage submissions that: 
  • Transform public administration 
  • Advance knowledge management systems and structures
  • Enhance the use and management of public funds
  • Improve transparency, accountability and responsiveness
  • Increase public participation 
In an era of economic restraint, the timing, leveraging, and funding of these programs are more crucial than ever. We collectively demand new approaches to public services that are relevant, cost effective, efficient, transparent and are especially...... Innovative
Silver: Beth Bell (IBM), Travis Bergin (Government of New Brunswick), Scott Thompson (IPAC)
Bronze: Beth Bell (IBM), Chief Deryn Rizzi (City of Vaughan, Fire and Rescue Service), 
Adriano Solis (York University), Scott Thompson (IPAC)
Khrystyna Lazar (IPAC Manitoba ), Scott Thompson (IAPC), Jeanne Brassard  
Léveillé (Government of Canada), Jessica Drakul (IPAC Manitoba)
Gloria Leung & Jeanne Brassard Léveillé: Winners of IPAC's Promising New Public Servant Award
August 02, 2019 - The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) is pleased to announce that Gloria Leung, Digital Experience Architect with Service Alberta and Jeanne Brassard Léveillé, Analyst, at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada are the recipients of the 2019 Promising New Public Servant Award.

IPAC's Promising New Public Servant Award was created in 2010 to honour an individual who, having worked for less than five years within the public service, has already distinguished themselves as a leader, demonstrates a positive attitude towards their work and learning, embodies the ideals and values of public administration; and uses initiative to improve service delivery and the work of public servants in their region and/or across Canada.

Gloria joined Service Alberta in 2017, and has consistently demonstrated her abilities as a leader, working tirelessly to transform and modernize the delivery of public services. Having spent the previous four years with IBM in Edmonton, she brought significant transformational skills and experience to her current role of Digital Services Architect.

For those who work with her, Gloria has become well-known as a problem-solver who applies a user-focus in designing and delivering citizen-centred government services. One notable example of her empathetic approach to helping citizens in need was her integral role in transforming the MyAlberta Evacuation Payment System to be more accessible, efficient and responsive. She also led the redesign of Alberta's user interface, enabling citizens to scan the barcode on their physical ID cards, decreasing response times and frustration.

Gloria is also recognized by her peers for creating and applying an open-end collaborative culture in her workplace. Like IPAC, she believes in the importance of recognizing and celebrating jobs well done.

As one of Gloria's supporters expressed it: "Gloria's work is critical to the digital transformation of a government because it allows Albertans to access public services online - securely, conveniently and efficiently."

Jeanne joined the federal public service in 2016 and since then she has demonstrated a strong commitment to advance the professional and human development of her co-workers. Her strong leadership skills also shone through in her work on the Accelerated Growth Initiative, which contributes to simplifying government for Canadian businesses.

Her commitment and dedication to improvement through continuous learning and by engaging diverse communities and individuals has been a fundamental asset to the workplaces where she has been employed and to the stakeholders she has connected to.

On of Jeanne's main focuses has been New Professionals and here she has been extremely active in various networks and has provided a key contribution to the planning and delivery of the 2019 New Professional workshop in Ottawa by volunteering as the Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee.

Jeanne is dedicated to public administration values, which can be demonstrated in her commitment to continuous improvement, respectfulness and transparent governance for a better delivery of high-quality services to Canadians.
We also take the opportunity to acknowledge the contributions made by the other finalists:

Benjamin Orr
Government of Saskatchewan
Esteban Naranjo Canada Revenue Agency
Harry Timla Canada Revenue Agency
Jenny B. Ge Government of Ontario
Loreen Seblani Canada Revenue Agency
Natacha Despes Canada Revenue Agency
Sarah Bleiwas Government of Canada (Ottawa)
Susan Suarez Government of Saskatchewan
Tyffany Amy Government of Saskatchewan
"IPAC created the Promising New Public Servant Award because of the importance to encourage and distinguish leadership among all public servants and recognize the role new professionals can play" Scott Thompson, IPAC CEO stated. "This award is premised on the fact that new professionals in the public service are at the heart of tomorrow's public sector.''

The Promising New Public Servant Award was presented at IPAC's 71st Annual Conference held in Winnipeg. This conference brings together public servants from all orders of government, academics and guests from around the world to share knowledge and celebrate innovation and transformation in Canada's public sector.
Jessica Drakul (IPAC Manitoba), Travis Bergin (Government of New Brunswick), Scott Thompson (IPAC)
IPAC Award Regional Group Excellence Award

August 02, 2019 - The IPAC Regional Group Excellence Award recognizes the importance and contribution of regional group programming and services to the overall vitality, growth and value of IPAC as a national membership-based organization. Regional groups were formed soon after IPAC's inception. Their goal is to pursue the national mission at local and regional levels. RGs provide opportunities for a broader range of participation in the Institute. Since the 1960s, these groups of volunteers have become the organizational backbone of IPAC. The RG that has most distinguished itself through innovative programming and initiatives during the year will receive the award.

The 2019 winner of the IPAC Regional Group Excellence Award is the Fredericton Regional Group.

The Fredericton Regional Group distinguished itself this year not only in developing a strongly engaged calendar of events on key areas of interest to public administration, but also focused on collaborative efforts and increased its membership in a very substantial way.
Announcement of the 2018 J.E. Hodgetts Award

2019 Annual Conference of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada

Each year the J.E. Hodgetts Award is awarded to the finest article in English appearing in the previous year's volume of Canadian Public Administration (four issues). This annual award was created in 1992 by the Institute of the Public Administration to honour the contributions of Ted Hodgetts, who passed away in 2009.  Professor Hodgetts received the Order of Canada in 1989, in honour of his lifetime of achievement and public service. He also was awarded IPAC's Vanier Gold Medal in 1981 in recognition of his exceptional leadership and significant contribution to the field of public administration. 
This year, CPA's award committee was comprised of: Michael Atkinson (Saskatchewan), Amanda Clarke (Carleton) and Luc Juillet (Ottawa). Committee members independently reviewed all of the English articles in the 2018 volume of Canadian Public Administration and met to compare their respective rankings. The committee noted that their decision was made difficult by the fact that several outstanding articles were published over the year, tackling a wide range of issues and offering a wealth of insights on public administration in Canada.
The committee is pleased to announce the 2018 winner of the J.E. Hodgetts Award is:
Susan D. Phillips, "Dancing with giraffes: Why philanthropy matters for public management." Canadian Public Administration v.61:2 (June 2018), pp. 151-183.
Over the years, philanthropic foundations have become important players in promoting social change and shaping public policy in many countries. However, in Canada, the role of private foundations in public management remains insufficiently acknowledged and poorly understood. Based on a study of Canada's largest family foundations, a group of 38 foundations that together hold nearly $13 billion in assets, Phillips argues that these foundations play an important role in Canadian governance, funding some causes but not others, shaping public discourse, supporting the nonprofit sector and co-creating policies with governments. Their rise presents new opportunities for the public sector, but also raises important questions of democratic governance. In awarding the J.E. Hodgetts Award to this article, members of the committee noted that it exemplifies how academic research can improve our understanding of public administration and draw attention to important contemporary trends that could impact its practice. A well-written and thought-provoking contribution, the article should inspire a new research agenda in the field of Canadian public administration going forward.
Andrea Rounce (CAPPA), Marie-Thérèse Dugas (Bronze, ENAP), Clayton Neufeldt (Silver, Simon Fraser University), Keith Da Silva (Gold, Johnson-Shoyama)
IPAC and CAPPA National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration

The National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration is a joint initiative of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA). The award recognizes and showcases the top talent emerging from Canadian programs each year. 

CAPPA members from across Canada solicit and judge entries (best paper, best professional report, or best graduating student) from their students and select a winner at the undergraduate or graduate levels.
This year at the 71st IPAC Annual Conference, held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the jury recognized the following participants as winners:

Gold Keith Da Silva, Johnson-Shoyama
Silver Clayton Neufeldt, Simon Fraser University
Bronze Marie-Thérèse Dugas, ENAP
For more information, please contact Andrea Migone at  [email protected]

About IPAC
The Institute of Public Administration of Canada, founded in 1947, is a dynamic association of public servants, academics, and others interested in public administration. Anchored by its 19 Regional Groups, it is a membership-based organization that creates effective knowledge networks; leads public administration research in Canada; and fosters innovation and excellence in public administration. Since the early 1990s, it has been a major player in exporting Canadian public -sector expertise around the world.