Career Boot Camp/Speakers2022

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DAY 1: JANUARY 18, 2022

Demystifying the Building Blocks of the GC Hiring Process (Bilingual)

Name Biography

Lynne Lariviere

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Lynne Lariviere currently holds the position of Assistant Director, Indigenous Recruitment, Retention and Advancement with Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC). She most recently worked with the Labour Program as Manager of Recruitment and Staffing. Prior to joining the ESDC, she was the Assistant Director of the Public Service Commission’s Toronto regional office (Ontario and Prairies region). Lynne has over 20 years of experience in the public service in Human Resources and Diversity and inclusion having worked in multiple departments mainly in staffing, recruitment, HR planning, outreach and talent scouting. Lynne is based in Toronto after having resided in the national capital region for many years. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa.

Stand-Out Resume Formats and Techniques (English)

Name Biography

Alexandria Sacca

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Alexandria is one of Canada’s Free Agents, energized by the awe-inspiring projects happening across the GoC and opportunities to collaborate with fantastic people.  Areas and projects where she thrives are Future of Work, Data Visualization, HR Innovation and using her Event Design skills for Change Management and preparing our workforce with skills mapping and gap analysis to realize the power of engaging in satisfying work. Her love of Quantitative and Qualitative Data, Research and Evaluation was ignited at Carleton University where she earned her B.A. and a spot on the Dean’s list and the flames have been fanned with the shift in taking a more human approach to skills-based work.

Ericka Stephens-Rennie

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Ericka is one of Canada’s Free Agent’s (read more here), and prides herself on being an “intrapreneur” passionate about trying new things, keeping things simple and finding solutions for all kinds of problems. She has been a federal public servant for over 10 years, but her work experience spans multiple levels of government, the social profit and private sectors. She has worked in a variety of disciplines such as policy, operations, project management, organizational development and communications. She brings policy innovation practices to all her work, including tools and approaches at the intersection of design, entrepreneurship and open government. This means creating with the end user in mind, iterating, bootstrapping, and working open-by-default whenever possible.  Ericka has been a fully remote employee since 2018, and loves sharing what she has learned along the way.

Zineb Lahyane

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Zineb has worked in Human Resources, both in the private and public sector, for approximately 5 years. While completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa in Human Resources Management, Zineb began her journey in the Government of Canada. Zineb is now a Human Resources Advisor, in a Developmental program, at the Public Service Commission of Canada. Much of Zineb’s role involves promoting the Public Service Commission’s programs for students and graduates and she can provide you with tips and tricks on applying to jobs in the federal public service.

Stand-Out Resume Formats and Techniques (French)

Name Biography

Natalie Crandall

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Natalie is one of Canada’s Free Agents, currently working as the Talent Manager for the Free Agent program.   Natalie has been working in HR innovation, performance and talent management, HR systems and skills mapping.  She is inspired by all of the excellent work happening across the government to help us meet our future of work here in the public service.   

Roxanne Brazeau

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Roxanne Brazeau worked as an office assistant and as a general human resources administrative technician at the Quebec provincial government for 4 years. Subsequently, in 2015, she became an Administrative Assistant in Human Resources (HR) within the Learning, Performance Management and Recognition team of the Courts Administration Service (CAS) department. In 2016, she worked at the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) as a non-EX Staffing Administrative Assistant and then was hired as an Administrative Assistant in the HR Coordination Team of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)’s Legal Services branch wherein she was promoted over the years to Team Leader – Business Management Services (HR). Graduated from a college diploma in Fine arts from the Cégep de l'Outaouais in 2008 and  having obtained a certificate in human resources management and supervision of the Cité collégiale in 2017, her academic background and her work experience in human resources allowed Roxanne to acquire various technical knowledge on staffing, classification, compensation (including the Phoenix system),  management of leave reserves, labour relations, learning and training performance management and recognition. In addition to using her creativity on a daily basis to solve issues related to human resources whose disciplines are interrelated, Roxanne has also been until recently a face painter for children for more than 10 years.

Alexandra Scott

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Alexandra holds a degree in Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa. She has been working in the federal public service for 6 years and is currently employed as a Human Resources Advisor in a development program at the Public Service Commission of Canada. Alexandra works in recruitment and will be able to provide you with tips and tricks to apply for jobs on the GCJobs platform!

DAY 2: JANUARY 19, 2022

When Demonstrating Your Experience, K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple S'il-Vous-Plait) (English)

Name Biography

Holly Palen

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Holly Palen is the Director of the Innovation and Youth Engagement Division at Environment and Climate Change Canada.  Previously, she held policy  and advisor positions in international climate policy, sustainable development, weather services and forest management and policy.  She worked at Natural Resources Canada, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and at Dalhousie University.  Holly holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Guelph, and holds a Masters in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University. Passionate about governance and engagement, she is also a certified change management practitioner.

Lily Spek

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Lily Spek has been a Free Agent for 5 years, and is currently the Recruitment Lead for Canada’s Free Agents as her 8th assignment. She has completed Free Agent assignments at the Heritage Canada, Federal Youth Network, Indigenous Services Canada, Canada’s Free Agents,  Immigration Citizenship and Refugees Canada, and the Privy Council Office. She completed her Masters of Public Administration at Queen’s University, as well as a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University. Lily helps facilitate weekly OneTeamGov virtual sessions on Mondays and Fridays; open to anyone interested in public sector reform, or looking for connection while we work from home.

Charlie Tsao

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Charlie has been a member of the Public Service Renewal Secretariat at the Privy Council Office since 2015, providing advice and support on outreach and engagement. In this role, Charlie is responsible for building relationships both internal and external to the public service; engaging on the current renewal framework, Beyond2020; and event planning, most notably for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Innovation Fairs, as well as the recent FEDTalk event in 2020 (FEDTalks – Beyond2020 in Action), where he served as lead project manager.  


Before joining the Privy Council Office, Charlie was an economist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada where he focused on the analysis of farm performance and structures.  


Charlie is always curious about new ways to engage audiences. Please feel free to reach out to him on social media (@RenewExcellence), or by Email at [[1]].    

When Demonstrating Your Experience, K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple S'il-Vous-Plait) (French)

Name Biography

Ioana Finichiu

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Enthusiastic and passionate about knowledge sharing, collaboration, and culture change in the Public Service, Ioana shares this in her current role with the Open Government team at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.


As a public servant since 2006, Ioana has worked in operations, headquarters, central agencies, internationally, and with a functional community office. Ioana thinks people – the public and colleagues in public sectors across Canada and beyond – are at the heart of what we do. She believes in doing the right thing, even when it is harder than doing things right.


Current motto: “I am not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it”

Audrey-Anne Racine

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Audrey-Anne Racine (Elle/She/Her) works as a Human Resources Advisor and her tasks are mainly focused on the needs of the students. She is the National Student Ambassador at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and co-chair of GC Students. Audrey-Anne completed her bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources in 2020 and is in the process of obtaining a master's degree in project management from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. She got her first public service job as a student in 2019, then went through the student bridging process in May 2021.

Rosa Montoya

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Rosa Montoya (she/her/elle) is a Senior Project Officer and the Co-Chair of the Latin American Employees Community at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). She holds a bachelor degree in Educational Sciences and has a Certificate in German Studies from the Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Rosa has been a public servant since 2010, mainly within IRCC. She implemented and led the first initiative in her organization to celebrate Latin American Heritage Month (LAHM) at IRCC Montreal local office in October 2019. Last year, she formed the Latin American Employees Community at IRCC and launched multiple LAHM events open to public servants. Rosa and has been recognized as a strong leader, a communicator, and a speaker in the areas of community building, anti-black racism, and LatinX subjects. 

Twitter: @RosaMontoyaMTL

LinkedIn : Rosa Montoya

Strategically Building Your Career in the GC (Bilingual)

Name Biography

Isabelle Racine

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Isabelle Racine has worked for the federal public service since 2001. She holds a BA and a Masters in sociology from the University of Ottawa.

Isabelle was appointed Executive Director of the National Managers’ Community in October 2020. Prior to that, she was the Director, Compensation Centre of Expertise & Business Transformation at the Canada Border Services Agency for three years where she was responsible for the nationalisation and transformation of the compensation program and led a Centre of Expertise and offices in eight regions across the county.


Isabelle started her government career as a management consultant for Government Consulting Services. She specialised in OD-HR and Governance projects. Isabelle also gained central agency experience namely during her four years at the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer where she worked on various Government priorities including collective bargaining and HR transformation.


Isabelle has also worked on a senior official development program at the Canada School of Public Service and on capacity building initiatives to strengthen the HR and Audit communities of practice.


Isabelle is a mother of two teenagers.

Marie-Chantal Girard

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Marie-Chantal Girard was appointed Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Employee Relations and Total Compensation (ERTC), in August 2021. She had served as OCHRO’s Assistant Deputy Minister for the Pensions and Benefits Sector since June 2019.


Before joining TBS, Ms. Girard held the position of Vice-President, Policy and Communications as well as various senior management positions within Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) and the Quebec Federal Council, where she liaised and coordinated horizontally with the federal community. During the 2000s, she worked on priority policy development issues related to income security and homelessness at Human Resources Development Canada and the National Secretariat for Homelessness.


Over the course of her career, Ms. Girard has developed a regional, national and international perspective, including as Canada's representative and Chair of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Regional Development Policy Committees, as well as during her years of work on labour market development and advocacy in the community and parapublic sectors. She continues to be involved on a voluntary basis.


Ms. Girard holds a Ph.D. in Labor Sociology from the Université du Québec à Montréal, as well as a Master's degree in Sociology and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Université Laval.

Natasha Cote-Khan

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Natasha is a regional Free Agent located in London Ontario where she has been working from home since March 2019. Natasha is currently on assignment at Transport Canada where she is a Senior Communications Advisor. Her areas of focus are UX and HCD design, Future of Work, Communications, Program Management and Events. Working off the “side of her desk” with FlexGC since their launch in February 2020, Natasha has had the opportunity to liaise with multiple stakeholders and colleagues across the Government of Canada to support and share new tips and ideas of working from home. With 6 children at home during the multiple pandemic lock downs, Natasha has been a passionate advocate for almost 3 years sharing her insights and teachings on how to manage working from home while maintaining good team culture and cohesion at work, and sharing how she balances her work expectations and her family.

Muhammed (Ali) Khan

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Ali is the Diversity and Inclusion lead with the Federal Youth Network and currently works at Indigenous Services Canada. He is a cofounder of the Anti Racism Ambassadors Network - a grassroots interdepartmental initiative aimed at supporting existing efforts in the public service to dismantle systemic racism with an intersectional lens. Ali maintains the Career Development In The Public Service site, which provides resources on mentorship and networking along with the Informal Learning Network that can be used by public servants across departments and levels to find project collaborators, mentors and/or guest speakers. Ali enjoys supporting employee driven networks across the government of Canada particularly those with a focus on career development and health and wellness.

Applying TikTok Principles to Interview Storytelling (English)

Name Biography

Sidra Mahmood

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Sidra is a civic tech designer, and a proud new member of the federal public service. With nearly a decade's worth of experience developing user-centred products and digital applications for government, healthcare and academic institutions, they lean heavily on lived experience, quantitative research techniques merged with intersectional analysis to design and code meaningful user experiences. Prior to being a Design Lead at Employment and Social Development Canada, Sidra was a recipient of the 2020 Code for Canada Fellowship and worked on delivering innovative digital policy analysis tools to the federal government. They started their civic tech career as a core member of the team that delivered the Open Data Master Plan to Toronto's City Council in 2018. Sidra's writings on user experience design and research in government have appeared in publications like UXDesign.cc, and they frequently give talks on gov tech and inclusion at events like Civic Tech for Good, FWD50, the UXR Conference, QueerJS, and more. Find them rambling about civic tech, social policy and dogs on their mostly-satirical Twitter @sidramatik

Maame De-Heer

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Maame De-Heer is an adept Public Health Professional with 9 years academic and professional expertise in healthcare. She serves as a Policy Analyst with the Government of Canada in the Public Health Agency of Canada division. Her role as a Policy Analyst is with the Mental Health for the Black Canadians Initiative where she contributes to building evidence and enhancing community-led, culturally focused mental health interventions that address mental health and its determinants for diverse Black communities across Canada. Within the Government of Canada, Maame engages in diverse leadership and executive roles where she supports the Co-Leads for the Black Employees Matter chapter within the Government of Canada, and is also an Inclusive Staffing Working Group Member where she imparts concepts and tenets that address challenges in a bias-free appointment process and identify areas in the appointment process where bias-related problems can occur. Recently, Maame was appointed Associate Editor for the Canadian Review Editorial Law Proposal, where together with the Advisory Board and Senior Editors, she assesses and examines Canada’s National Undergraduate Law Journal. Remarkably, Maame is the Founder of a grassroots initiative called the Power of Love Foundation Canada. This organization provides services and resources to Black women and girls in low-income setting, with the aim of improving their overall wellbeing. Maame acquired a Masters of Public Health in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, from the University of Toronto, alongside a Collaborative Specialization in Global Health, Health Services & Policy Research. Comprehensively, Maame’s lifelong goal is to impact members of the society through community engagement, mentorship, and service. Her life is guided by a famous quote from Muhammed Ali, which reads, "if your mind can conceive it and your heart can believe it, then you can achieve it."

Ève Grébert

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Ève is a policy analyst with the Open Government team at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS).  She joined TBS from Shared Services Canada (SSC), where she worked on women in science, technology, engineering, and math files and co-chaired SSC’s Young Professionals Network, Agora.  She is passionate about connecting people and fostering open and inclusive spaces to develop sustainable and innovative ideas.  When she’s not thinking of ways to engage the open government community across Canada, she’s working with the Federal Youth Network to expand diversity initiatives like the Panel Pledge, or dreaming up ways to improve onboarding in the public service.


When Ève isn’t at her desk, you can find her running along the canal training for her first half-marathon.


Connect with her on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Applying TikTok Principles to Interview Storytelling (French)

Name Biography

Jillian Leblanc

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Jillian LeBlanc (she/her/elle) is a feminist policy specialist who works for the Government of Canada as a Senior Communications Adivisor-Consultations. She is also the outgoing Head Delegate to the OECD representing the Young Diplomats of Canada.


In her previous role she was at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) as a Senior Analyst on Gender and Technology. . In this role she served as the Government Lead for the Dr. Robert Bondar Career Development Program and was the Creator and Chair of the Government of Canada's Gender and Technology Working Group. In 2019, Jillian was the lead for Feminist Open Government during th Global Open Government Summit, and led on the co-creation of the Guide to Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) and Inclusive Open Government.

Jillian was a Ryerson University Can Study US fellow and a 2021 delegate to the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Forum representing the United Nations Association in Canada.


Prior to joining the government, Jillian worked for Equal Voice National and Skills/Compétences Canada.


Jillian holds a BA from the University of Ottawa and is working to complete a Certificate in Law from Queen’s University.

Melanie Copeland

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Mélanie Copeland recently joined the ESDC Transformation Office (TO) as Senior Manager leading the TO Secretariat where she is responsible for overseeing the governance and communications functions of the Department’s Transformation efforts.


Prior to this, she was the acting Director for the Transport Canada (TC) Transformation Portfolio Office where she led a growing and vibrant team who worked on TC Transformation activities, on large-scale communications materials, and on employee engagement and change management within the organization. With an understanding of the changes brought on by the digital age as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, her team also contributed to the development and promotion of strategies to modernize how we work.


Mélanie is also an associate faculty member with the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS)’s Digital Academy, where she teaches and advocates for the modernization of public services.


Mélanie has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from Carleton University. She has a loving husband and two small children, and works from Ottawa. Please connect with her on Twitter @Copeland309 and LinkedIn!

DAY 3: January 25, 2022

Not Done Yet...Equip Yourself for Beyond the Process (English)

Name Biography

Caleigh Miller

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Caleigh Miller (she/her) is a Métis woman from Northern Saskatchewan, who now resides in Whitehorse, Yukon on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation and the Ta’an Kwach’an Council.  Caleigh started her career as a student and then moved into Human Resources.  She has worked in a variety of disciplines, like staffing, labour relations, health & safety, HR Planning, disability management, and on Isolated Posts issues.


Caleigh is a Free Agent with the Canada’s Free Agents program, currently working on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility at the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor). Caleigh has also chaired the BC & Yukon Interdepartmental Staffing Community of Practice since 2015. Caleigh is passionate about breaking down barriers and promoting HR as a partner in the achievement of business goals.  

Jessica Vis

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Jessica Vis has been with PSPC for 13 years. She has been involved with departmental and interdepartmental networks for many years, first as Chair of Vanguard, and Co-Chair of the National Capital Region Young Professionals Network (NCRYPN).

She was selected as the full time chair of the PRIDE at Work Network in April 2021 and was previously the vice-chair in a volunteer capacity.


Jessica has a background in facilitation and teaching, which includes volunteering as a primary teacher in Ghana. She is a solo parent to two elementary school kids, and identifies as a pansexual cisgender women.

Megan Young

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Megan Young is the Director of Acceleration, Integration and Emerging Technology within CBSA’s Border Technology Innovation Directorate. She joined the Agency in January 2021, and has followed a meandering route to her current position. Megan graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, and despite spending her work terms and summers working with HRSDC (now ESDC) and International Trade Canada (now part of GAC), she started her career in the private sector. Megan worked as an auditor at Deloitte, helped to shore up the Canadian automotive supply chain at Export Development Canada during the 2008 financial crisis, and joined the Royal Canadian Navy for a few years.


Upon the completion of her MBA in the Management of Technology and Innovation, Megan joined Gartner Consulting, working as a management consultant focusing on tech strategy, organizational design and operating models. She then took advantage of an opportunity to put theory into practice and spent a year at Shared Services Canada before accepting an offer to join CBSA.


Megan is a member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. She has lived in six provinces, a dozen or so cities, and has travelled to six continents.

Afreen Delvi

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Afreen began her public service career three years ago as a Communications Strategist for the Office of Public Service Accessibility (OPSA) at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS). Today, she for the Department of Finance where in her daily role as a financial analyst, she covers a wide array of policy objectives, focusing on curbing money laundering and financial crimes.


Afreen continues to champion for holistic solutions to address today’s most pressing issues, focusing on artificial intelligence, terrorism, national and financial security, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion.


As a Youth Accessibility Leader with the Enabling Accessibility Fund, and through working on the implementation of the Nothing Without Us accessibility strategy, she hopes to demonstrate leadership and commitment to building a more accessible Canada, void of barriers to the full and equitable participation and success of all Canadians, including persons with disabilities.


Afreen volunteers with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Innocence Canada on criminal justice reform and restorative justice. She enjoys learning languages and trying out making new recipes on the daily!

Not Done Yet...Equip Yourself for Beyond the Process (French)

Name Biography

Jean Cardinal

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Jean Cardinal is currently the Director of Open Government at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat


Prior to joining the Public Service, Jean worked in the private sector for 15 years, in a variety of sectors, including marketing, sales & high tech.


Jean joined the Public Service 13 years ago, starting at the National Capital Commission.

In 2012, he then joined the Canada School of Public Service where he has held a variety of leadership positions in learning and development related to specialized fields of study including, but not limited to: Information management & technology, access to information & privacy, human resources, finance, security, etc.


In 2021, he joined the Open Government team with the goal of continuing to champion Open Government and Data in the Canadian federal public service and beyond.


He is the proud father of two wonderful young ladies, ages 13 and 10

Raphaëlle Robidoux

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Raphaëlle Robidoux is originally from the NCR and began working for the public service as a graduate student in sleep psychology. After working as an assessment specialist at the Public Service Commission’s Personnel Psychology Center, she became the PCS’s youth engagement ambassador, coordinating the Emerging Leaders Network. She now combines her role as an ambassador with an assignment as a GBA+ analyst. She is the co-chair of the PSC’s Official Languages Working Group and a member of her organization’s Green Committee, Positive Space Sub-Committee and Women’s Sub-Committee, in addition to sitting on the board of the national GCWCC Youth Council. Outside of work, she teaches Pilates, sits on the board of a not-for-profit organization assisting brain trauma survivors, and is currently staging a play for a local school.

Dienabou Sow

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Dienabou is currently the Director, Strategic HR and Program Development at a Federal Government Agency. She is a seasoned HR professional and leader with over 10 years’ experience in human resources. She leads the design and implementation of national Human Resources strategies, programs, and policies. Her expertise ranges from diversity, equity and inclusion, talent management and leadership development, to employee relations and corporate planning to name a few. She values establishing solid and trusting partnerships through exceptional relationship-building.


Dienabou holds a master’s degree in Public Administration (Organizational Development) and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations, along with certifications in coaching, conflict management and workplace investigation. She is a member in good standing of l’Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec since 2007.

Influencing Your Reputation (English)

Name Biography

Maame De-Heer

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Maame De-Heer is an adept Public Health Professional with 9 years academic and professional expertise in healthcare. She serves as a Policy Analyst with the Government of Canada in the Public Health Agency of Canada division. Her role as a Policy Analyst is with the Mental Health for the Black Canadians Initiative where she contributes to building evidence and enhancing community-led, culturally focused mental health interventions that address mental health and its determinants for diverse Black communities across Canada. Within the Government of Canada, Maame engages in diverse leadership and executive roles where she supports the Co-Leads for the Black Employees Matter chapter within the Government of Canada, and is also an Inclusive Staffing Working Group Member where she imparts concepts and tenets that address challenges in a bias-free appointment process and identify areas in the appointment process where bias-related problems can occur. Recently, Maame was appointed Associate Editor for the Canadian Review Editorial Law Proposal, where together with the Advisory Board and Senior Editors, she assesses and examines Canada’s National Undergraduate Law Journal. Remarkably, Maame is the Founder of a grassroots initiative called the Power of Love Foundation Canada. This organization provides services and resources to Black women and girls in low-income setting, with the aim of improving their overall wellbeing. Maame acquired a Masters of Public Health in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, from the University of Toronto, alongside a Collaborative Specialization in Global Health, Health Services & Policy Research. Comprehensively, Maame’s lifelong goal is to impact members of the society through community engagement, mentorship, and service. Her life is guided by a famous quote from Muhammed Ali, which reads, "if your mind can conceive it and your heart can believe it, then you can achieve it."

Sean Boots

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Sean Boots is a policy advisor with the Canadian Digital Service (CDS). He previously worked as a product designer with VOTO Mobile, a Ghana-based social enterprise focused on empowering under-heard communities, and as a developer at Global Affairs Canada working on the Travel.gc.ca website redesign. He rejoined the federal government in fall 2016 to help launch CDS as a new digital service delivery initiative. Sean studied Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, and enjoys working at the intersection of technology and public policy.

Amanda Bernardo

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Amanda Bernardo is a cross-functional public servant known for her professionalism, grit, and ability to deliver results. Her career to date with the Government of Canada has largely focused on public policy, project management, change management, transformation and engagement. Amanda's background includes a strong understanding of machinery of government, including government spending and operations; program design and implementation; cabinet and legislative affairs; project management; and, digital government.


In her public service career to date, Amanda has worked on a number of complex, high-profile files where she has been able to support departments in achieving consistently high results by providing sound advice and demonstrating natural leadership. Presently, Amanda is the acting Director of the Change Management and Service Design Team within Shared Services Canada where she is tasked with supporting the advancement of SSC’s transformation efforts.

Influencing Your Reputation (French)

Name Biography

Jessica Zéroual

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Jessica Zéroual is the Chief of Staff for Digital Experience and Client Data at Employment and Social Development Canada. She has been working in the public service for 5 years, including in innovation, research and design. Jessica has experience in both departments and central agencies. She is passionate about working on complex challenges that focus on improving the lives of people, whether they are public servants or Canadians. Prior to joining the government, Jessica worked in the private and not-for-profit sectors, both domestically and internationally.

Brock Belliveau

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Brock Belliveau is the Manager of Specialized Pension Services at the Government of Canada Pension Centre in Shediac, New Brunswick with Public Services and Procurement Canada. After a 13 years as a Human Resources Professional in the Federal Public Service, he continues his pursuit of empowering people, fostering collaboration and pushing the boundaries of innovation and service excellence. An avid sailor and dedicated father, Brock’s pursuit of having a positive impact on those around him can be seen through his volunteer coaching with youth hockey and soccer as well in his active support for community organizations helping those in need.

Jennifer Thorne

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Jennifer has worked for the Public Service of Canada for over 20 years where she has developed expertise in policy, program management, communications, engagement, governance and client service.  An executive for over 10 years, she has held positions in multiple departments.  She has been working at the Privy Council Office since 2015, and has been a full-time virtual employee with the Public Service Renewal Secretariat since 2018, living and working in Mont-Tremblant.   

Weighing Variables of Different Positions (English)

Name Biography

Steph Percival

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After nearly 5 years as one of Canada's Free Agents, Steph Percival recently joined the Canada Revenue Agency's Research and Innovation Lab as a Senior Analyst. Steph has been fortunate to experience the public service through a variety of career opportunities in her 13 years as a public servant: in policy, communications, human resources, innovation, learning, client service and more. Reflecting on these experiences has helped her understand what she needs to thrive in her work. For her, she's happiest in roles where she can be creative, have autonomy, contribute to a bigger picture, and empower other public servants. Steph remains an active part of the public service community while she's on maternity leave with her second baby boy.

Nayla Mitha

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Nayla is a Senior Conflict Resolution Practitioner who is passionate about helping people gently stretch out of their comfort zones so they can reach their goals. She began her career in law and has over 15 years of experience in conflict resolution, coaching and leadership development. She is a certified coach with the International Coaching Federation. Nayla has been published by the Tiny Buddha website and was featured as a leadership expert on the Bolder Podcast.

Samantha Moonsammy

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Samantha Moonsammy, Section Head, Lead Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion, Materiel Group, National Defence


Samantha has spent over 15 years in the public service working in numerous communications, outreach and engagement initiatives that focuses on the people side of business.


But Samantha is much more than that. Her layers include being a woman, mother, partner, daughter, sister, community builder and immigrant. As an Indo-Caribbean Canadian she was born in Guyana, South America and immigrated to Canada as a toddler. From a young age, dating back to elementary school to the present, Samantha has been a leader in diversity, inclusion and equity always helping to amplify the voice of others and create sustainable change in organizations to build deeper respect and understanding for all humans. Samantha lives in the Ottawa area and spent some time in Toronto and Barbados during her Master’s degree in Communications and Culture. She is a passionate world traveller who has worked and studied in India, China, France and the Caribbean. Her daily mantra: Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Weighing Variables of Different Positions (French)

Name Biography

Melanie Copeland

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Mélanie Copeland recently joined the ESDC Transformation Office (TO) as Senior Manager leading the TO Secretariat where she is responsible for overseeing the governance and communications functions of the Department’s Transformation efforts.


Prior to this, she was the acting Director for the Transport Canada (TC) Transformation Portfolio Office where she led a growing and vibrant team who worked on TC Transformation activities, on large-scale communications materials, and on employee engagement and change management within the organization. With an understanding of the changes brought on by the digital age as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, her team also contributed to the development and promotion of strategies to modernize how we work.


Mélanie is also an associate faculty member with the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS)’s Digital Academy, where she teaches and advocates for the modernization of public services.


Mélanie has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from Carleton University. She has a loving husband and two small children, and works from Ottawa. Please connect with her on Twitter @Copeland309 and LinkedIn!

Paul Keller

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Paul is a former complex case collections officer and innovation ambassador at the Canada Revenue Agency.


He has been a project manager at the Quebec Federal Council’s Innovation Lab since February 2020 with a stint in the Public Service Renewal team at the Privy Council Office Secretariat. He has great interest in technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, philosophy, the human mind, graphic arts, and audio production.


Paul is a co-lead of the FlexGC Network, where he has been involved since April 2020. He has since developed a solid expertise in best flexible work practices and technologies, which he shares openly through various workshops, presentations and the products he helps develop.

Emily Smith

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Emily joined the federal public service as a student in 2017 at the Corporate Services Unit at Pearson Airport for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). In 2019 she moved to Ottawa and has been working for the Indigenous Affairs Secretariat of the CBSA ever since. She is currently an Engagement Officer, the co-chair of the CBSA’s Next Generation Network and an administrator for the GC Mentorship and Career Development (informal/unofficial) Facebook group. She is passionate about mentoring, mental health, and sharing information in engaging ways.


She has a Joint Honours B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics and a Master of Education from the University of Ottawa.

DAY 4: January 26, 2022

Nurturing Your Professional Support System (English)

Name Biography

Frank Assu

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Frank joined the ECCC’s Innovation and Youth Engagement Division (IYED) in May 2021 as a Senior Policy Analyst.  Since May 2018 Frank has worked remotely full time from Comox, BC on Vancouver Island. This is when he joined the Free Agent program after four years as a Border Officer with CBSA.  For the past three years Frank has worked for Service Canada, Canada School of Public Service, Public Service and Procurement Canada, and Indigenous Services Canada. Primarily on remote work files, future of work files, or as a Senior Advisory/Analyst. Frank is very supportive and always involved with projects. He is a co-manager/chair of two volunteer networks (GovernexxVI and BCFC Sustainable Development Network) and champion of Remote Work in the public service.  Frank has 4 kids (3 are adults) and a 7 year old granddaughter. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree with minors in Canadian History and First Nation Studies.

Anna Wong

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Designing and delivering inclusive, modern public services is at the heart of everything Anna does.  She is currently the director of the Digital Community Management Office at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat where she is focused on attracting, developing and recognizing talent in digital government.  You can follow @Anna_Wong10 on Twitter to stay up to date with Anna’s latest work and thoughts on digital government, talent and women in leadership.’

Susan Johnston

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Susan is passionate about dialogue and collaboration, and about how we as public servants can both work better together, as well as across jurisdictions and with partners in other sectors of society. Susan is part of the Free Agent program, currently based on the Priorities and Planning Team at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. She also serves as an Associate Faculty member at the Canada School of Public Service. Prior to that, she worked on public and stakeholder engagement at Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency and at the Privy Council Office, and in communications policy and international collaboration at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Susan is based in Ottawa. Find her on Twitter @joycuriosity, or tune into CKCU 93.1 FM | ckcufm.com early on Friday mornings

Nurturing Your Professional Support System (French)

Name Biography

Ève Grébert

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Ève is a policy analyst with the Open Government team at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS).  She joined TBS from Shared Services Canada (SSC), where she worked on women in science, technology, engineering, and math files and co-chaired SSC’s Young Professionals Network, Agora.  She is passionate about connecting people and fostering open and inclusive spaces to develop sustainable and innovative ideas.  When she’s not thinking of ways to engage the open government community across Canada, she’s working with the Federal Youth Network to expand diversity initiatives like the Panel Pledge, or dreaming up ways to improve onboarding in the public service.


When Ève isn’t at her desk, you can find her running along the canal training for her first half-marathon.


Connect with her on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Martin Choquette

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Martin joined the federal public service in 2015 through the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP), while completing his studies at the University of Ottawa (B.A. Honours, Communications and minor in psychology). Since then, he has taken on a number of roles across the federal public service, namely: chair and co-chair of Vanguard, Public Services and Procurement Canada’s (PSPC) Young Professionals Network, Project Lead - Change Management for PSPC’s Electronic Procurement Solution Project, and Communications Advisor - Social Media at Shared Services Canada.


Throughout his career, Martin has been actively involved in networks across government, seeking to foster increased engagement between public servants across organizations and greater collaboration.


Currently, Martin is the Team Lead of the social media team at Finance Canada where he leads important initiatives to communicate the government’s economic, fiscal and social priorities.

Taran Wasson

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Taran S. Wasson is an Acting Senior Manager of Strategic Policy at Shared Services Canada. In 2018-2019, he setup the innovative Canada’s Free Agents program at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) that envisions a new model for workforce mobilization for the Government of Canada. Previously, he worked in Open Government, TBS, and has worked with the Privy Council Office, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Labour Program, and Canada Border Services Agency.


Taran also currently serves as the Past Chair of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada – National Capital Region (IPAC-NCR), and has been with the IPAC-NCR Board since 2014. From 2012 to 2014, he wastheNationalCo-Chair of YMAGIN,ESDC’s youth professional network, which he led to become the largest departmental employee-led youth network and actively worked with senior management to advance key priorities (e.g., renewal and innovation). He was previously the YMAGIN Labour Co- Coordinator from 2009 to 2012.


He is happy to connect with like-minded professionals on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and GCcollab.

Strategically Building Your Learning Plan to Connect to Needs (English)

Name Biography

Helen Daniels

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Helen joined the GC in 2010 after 20 years working in non-profit, education, and private sectors. The transition was HARD. Since then she’s held 7 roles in 5 different departments (including 3 years with Canada’s Free Agents as a Talent Manager and Free Agent) and has now happily landed at CRA where she’s helping with the digital transformation of HR. She’s a learning nerd, coach, and evangelist for employee experience and effective talent management, she’s also a part-time instructor for Positive Spaces. Her personal experiences with mobility across the GC coupled with lessons learned from trying to modernize HR have taught her a lot about how to navigate a government career. Helen loves helping people find their flow state at work. Tweet at her via @freethetalent

Elissa Dodd

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Elissa Dodd began her career in the public service in 2009. She was the Ontario Region Chair for the CRA-YPN from 2016-2018. In 2018, she was awarded a CRA Award of Excellence in the category of Future Leader. She also fulfilled the role of Co-Chair of the Future Leaders of Ontario from 2018-2019. In 2019, Elissa was accepted as one of the Canada’s Free Agents and took on an assignment with the CRA to assist with the implementation of Character Leadership. The Character Leadership team was awarded the Michelle C. Comeau Human Resources Leadership Award in the Team category for 2019. She is passionate about employee engagement and leadership excellence.

Justin Ford

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Justin has worked at the Canada School of Public Service for 5 years, and is an advisor on the GBA Plus file, as well as events coordinator. Before his time in government, he worked as a special needs educator in high schools, focusing on vocational training for students with specific educational and accessibility needs. He completed his studies in special needs education and psychology. While his entrance into the federal public service was unexpected, he has nonetheless found his time at the School both enlightening and enriching, and believes education plays a pivotal role in government.

Strategically Building Your Learning Plan to Connect to Needs (French)

Name Biography

Robert Armstrong

Based in Halifax, Robert Armstrong is the Atlantic Regional Manager of HR Programs at Public Services and Procurement Canada. His team is responsible for a wide variety of workplace programs and initiatives including diversity, equity and inclusion, official languages, learning and development, workplace wellness, awards and recognition, and talent management. Before returning to PSPC, he spent 11 years at the Canada School of Public Service working on employee and organizational development across departments. Robert has years of experience working in virtual and dispersed teams before the current pandemic, and continues to adapt as the virtual workplace evolves. In addition to being an experienced moderator and facilitator, he is also a board member of IPAC Nova Scotia.

Derek Jones

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Derek has been a federal public servant for over 20 years in various human resources (HR) professional and management roles. He is currently a Senior Policy Analyst at the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) within the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS). He has worked in a variety of departments and agencies, including the Privy Council Office), the Canada Revenue Agency, Health Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Natural Resources Canada; and has experience in various areas of HR, such as learning and development programs, performance and talent management, and HR planning. Derek holds a BA in Sociology and he successfully completed all the requirements for the CHRL (Certified Human Resources Leader) designation from the Human Resources Professionals Association). He is a dad with two younger children, and, in his spare time, Derek is a professional, bilingual recording artist and performer.

Annie Therriault

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Annie is a dynamic, high-energy visionary who likes to do things differently. Her collaborative approach, with a focus on client excellence and social involvement, earned her a solid reputation as an authentic leader. She pursued a career in management so she could have a greater impact on improving well-being in the workplace, determined to make a difference and coach the people around her to become the best they can be.


Starting out as a high school teacher of French as a first language in her hometown of Sherbrooke, Québec, Annie became a lecturer in the Education Faculty at Université de Sherbrooke. After moving to the National Capital Region (NCR) in 1998, she took a position with the Public Service Commission as Language Assessor and then joined the Management Trainee Program (MTP) in 2002. She left the NCR for a regional assignment to hone her skills in financial management and supervision with Canadian Heritage in New Brunswick. Charmed by the beaches and the ocean, she decided to move permanently to Moncton, where she was able to work on the beginnings of the Canada School of Public Service Atlantic in 2004.


She designed, created and worked in the role of Regional Learning Advisor, developing a culture of Service Excellence in the Atlantic Region. She took on the role of Regional Manager of professional development programs and was in that job for seven years. Annie has been the Regional Director of the Atlantic Region and the Centre of Excellence in Language Training from 2012 to 2017. In September 2017, she got appointed as Director of Regional Delivery and became responsible for the 12 Canada School regional offices and the delivery of courses and events across the country to a client-base of 150 000 public servants. Annie has more than 18 years of experience in supervising employees and she managed virtual teams since 2003.

She is now the Director of Shared Human Resources Services pour Public Services and Procurement Canada, a dynamic group that offers the full range of HR services to Federal departments and Agencies.


DAY 5: January 28, 2022

CBC Power Panel: Ask Us Anything (bilingual)

Name Biography

Lynne Lariviere

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Lynne Lariviere currently holds the position of Assistant Director, Indigenous Recruitment, Retention and Advancement with Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC). She most recently worked with the Labour Program as Manager of Recruitment and Staffing. Prior to joining the ESDC, she was the Assistant Director of the Public Service Commission’s Toronto regional office (Ontario and Prairies region). Lynne has over 20 years of experience in the public service in Human Resources and Diversity and inclusion having worked in multiple departments mainly in staffing, recruitment, HR planning, outreach and talent scouting. Lynne is based in Toronto after having resided in the national capital region for many years. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa.

Isabelle Racine

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Isabelle Racine has worked for the federal public service since 2001. She holds a BA and a Masters in sociology from the University of Ottawa.

Isabelle was appointed Executive Director of the National Managers’ Community in October 2020. Prior to that, she was the Director, Compensation Centre of Expertise & Business Transformation at the Canada Border Services Agency for three years where she was responsible for the nationalisation and transformation of the compensation program and led a Centre of Expertise and offices in eight regions across the county.


Isabelle started her government career as a management consultant for Government Consulting Services. She specialised in OD-HR and Governance projects. Isabelle also gained central agency experience namely during her four years at the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer where she worked on various Government priorities including collective bargaining and HR transformation.


Isabelle has also worked on a senior official development program at the Canada School of Public Service and on capacity building initiatives to strengthen the HR and Audit communities of practice.


Isabelle is a mother of two teenagers.

Muhammed (Ali) Khan

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Ali is the Diversity and Inclusion lead with the Federal Youth Network and currently works at Indigenous Services Canada. He is a cofounder of the Anti Racism Ambassadors Network - a grassroots interdepartmental initiative aimed at supporting existing efforts in the public service to dismantle systemic racism with an intersectional lens. Ali maintains the Career Development In The Public Service site, which provides resources on mentorship and networking along with the Informal Learning Network that can be used by public servants across departments and levels to find project collaborators, mentors and/or guest speakers. Ali enjoys supporting employee driven networks across the government of Canada particularly those with a focus on career development and health and wellness.

Caleigh Miller

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Caleigh Miller (she/her) is a Métis woman from Northern Saskatchewan, who now resides in Whitehorse, Yukon on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation and the Ta’an Kwach’an Council.  Caleigh started her career as a student and then moved into Human Resources.  She has worked in a variety of disciplines, like staffing, labour relations, health & safety, HR Planning, disability management, and on Isolated Posts issues.


Caleigh is a Free Agent with the Canada’s Free Agents program, currently working on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility at the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor). Caleigh has also chaired the BC & Yukon Interdepartmental Staffing Community of Practice since 2015. Caleigh is passionate about breaking down barriers and promoting HR as a partner in the achievement of business goals.

Audrey-Anne Racine

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Audrey-Anne Racine (Elle/She/Her) works as a Human Resources Advisor and her tasks are mainly focused on the needs of the students. She is the National Student Ambassador at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and co-chair of GC Students. Audrey-Anne completed her bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources in 2020 and is in the process of obtaining a master's degree in project management from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. She got her first public service job as a student in 2019, then went through the student bridging process in May 2021.

Ève Grébert

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Ève is a policy analyst with the Open Government team at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS).  She joined TBS from Shared Services Canada (SSC), where she worked on women in science, technology, engineering, and math files and co-chaired SSC’s Young Professionals Network, Agora.  She is passionate about connecting people and fostering open and inclusive spaces to develop sustainable and innovative ideas.  When she’s not thinking of ways to engage the open government community across Canada, she’s working with the Federal Youth Network to expand diversity initiatives like the Panel Pledge, or dreaming up ways to improve onboarding in the public service.


When Ève isn’t at her desk, you can find her running along the canal training for her first half-marathon.


Connect with her on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Robert Armstrong

Based in Halifax, Robert Armstrong is the Atlantic Regional Manager of HR Programs at Public Services and Procurement Canada. His team is responsible for a wide variety of workplace programs and initiatives including diversity, equity and inclusion, official languages, learning and development, workplace wellness, awards and recognition, and talent management. Before returning to PSPC, he spent 11 years at the Canada School of Public Service working on employee and organizational development across departments. Robert has years of experience working in virtual and dispersed teams before the current pandemic, and continues to adapt as the virtual workplace evolves. In addition to being an experienced moderator and facilitator, he is also a board member of IPAC Nova Scotia.

Moderators

Name Biography

Katherine Leblanc

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Katherine LeBlanc is a Senior Advisor in Internal Communications at Employment and Social Development Canada. She has also been the Co-Chair of the New Brunswick Federal Youth Network (NBFYN) since September 2020. She began her career in the federal public service in 2015 as a student with the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. She has since held positions at Public Services and Procurement Canada, at the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and with Transport Canada.


She is used to young professionals networks, having sat on the network of each department she has worked. She has a passion for learning, networking and career development. Last year, she discovered a new passion: moderating panel discussions!


Katherine is a proud Acadian. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Ottawa, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Université de Moncton. She currently lives in Dieppe, New Brunswick with her husband Ghislain, and their pets Jack and Winston.

Brittaney Lewis

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A/Training Officer, Department of National Defence & Co-Chair, the Future Leaders Network of Nova Scotia.


Brittaney Lewis is the current co-chair of the Future Leaders Network of Nova Scotia - the Nova Scotia regional network of the Federal Youth Network. Brittaney has been with the network since 2018 and took over as co-chair in April 2020.


Originally from PEI, Brittaney graduated with her Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2017. Brittaney moved to Halifax, NS in 2018 and began working in Procurement for the Department of National Defence. She has been acting as the Training Officer for Base Logistics at CFB Halifax since April 2020, managing training for more than 500 military members and civilian personnel.


A member of Abegweit First Nation, Brittaney is passionate about Indigenous heritage and the importance of diversity and employment equity in government. In her spare time, Brittaney enjoys all things music and spending time with her fiancé Coady and 7-year-old son Liam.

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Maxine Byam

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Maxine Byam started her career in the federal public service as an FSWEP student with Canadian Heritage (PCH), while completing her undergraduate studies at McGill University. As a public servant, she has worked primarily in Grants and Contributions, including delivering the Canada 150 Fund at PCH, and more recently providing support to First Nations Police Services in Ontario through the First Nations & Inuit Policing Program at Public Safety Canada (PS). As a new member of Canada’s Free Agents, she is looking forward to broadening her skill set by exploring roles in policy and communications. Maxine is passionate about the arts, and in her spare time, serves on the board of Music at Port Milford and is a budding ceramic artist.

Alex Mercier

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Gina Scaramuzzi

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Elaine Edache

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Ella is a communications advisor at the Digital Engagement Office (Strategic Communications and Ministerial Affairs branch at the Treasury Board Secretariat). My team is involved in spearheading (from the communications side) the new GC wide platform GCxchange. I am also a writer for Living Digital, a blog on Canada.ca. as well as a volunteer for the Federal Youth network.

Nadia Descolines

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Nadia is on secondment from CBSA and works at the Government Operations Centre as a senior advisor in Emergency Management.  She has worked in various regions as well as at Headquarters, and has collaborated with several Departments and Agencies. Nadia managed to adapt to various fields of expertise, from Law Enforcement to Executive Governance, from corporate learning events to leadership development in non-traditional fields. Nadia was also CBSA’s Next Generation Network co-chair for four years, where she won a Public Service Award of Excellence for developing coast-to-coast professional development projects for young employees.

Morrell Andrews

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Morrell Andrews (she/her) currently serves as a Policy Advisor for the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations at Global Affairs Canada. Passionate about making the federal public service a better place for everyone, she helped found GAC’s Young Professionals Network to advocate for the concerns of young and precariously employed staff. Prior to joining GAC in 2018, she completed a fellowship with the Aga Khan Foundation in Nairobi and an internship with the UN Department of Field Support in New York. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of British Columbia (2017) and lives in Vancouver.

Alex Gunasselan

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Since 2016, Alex has been working at Environment and Climate Change Canada, in Quebec, for the Carbon Markets Bureau. If there’s anything involving data and project management, you’re bound to find Alex there! Since joining the department, Alex has witnessed an increased presence of youth employees, and as a result, youth networks have grown significantly. One of Alex’s fondest memories was acting as the Master of Ceremonies for an event hosted by the National Youth Network where he facilitated a Q&A session between the then Deputy Minister and students at ECCC.  

Justine Reynolds

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Justine Reynolds is from Infrastructure Canada where she works as the Departmental Liaison in the Deputy Ministers Office and is the National Capital Region Youth Professional’s Network (NCRYPN) Co-Chair, the interdepartmental network of YPNs across Government. Justine joined the public service 9 years ago, originally as a Co-op student through the University of Ottawa. She has worked in many federal government departments including Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard (DFO), Correctional Services Canada, and Statistics Canada. Her most recent role prior to her current position was working as Manager of Change Management on the “Beyond COVID” team at DFO, an interesting and rewarding challenge to assist in the departmental response to a pandemic that will hopefully happen once in a lifetime. Prior to this she worked as the lead for DFOs YPN, where she ably expressed the voice of YPNs at senior levels of Management at DFO. She also has a long history of running YPN-led events and initiatives within DFO and across Government. She lives in Ottawa and holds a double major in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Ottawa. Reach out to Justine anytime if you want advice on anything related to YPN, mentoring, career development, employee mental health and wellbeing, or just to chat!

Audrey-Anne Racine

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Audrey-Anne Racine (Elle/She/Her) works as a Human Resources Advisor and her tasks are mainly focused on the needs of the students. She is the National Student Ambassador at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and co-chair of GC Students. Audrey-Anne completed her bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources in 2020 and is in the process of obtaining a master's degree in project management from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. She got her first public service job as a student in 2019, then went through the student bridging process in May 2021.

Sarah Scott

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Sarah started her career at the CRA as a student in 2018 while completing her bachelor's degree in Political Science and Human Rights. She found a home right away, and got involved in the YPN before being elected as National CRA YPN Chair in September 2020.


Bridged in January 2019, Sarah helps young professionals grow personally and professionally through engagement and collaboration as YPN National Chair. Her goals are to lead the network in achieving its mandate of Engage, Support, and Innovate by facilitating meaningful contributions to the Agency and fostering a sense of community at a time when many employees feel isolated.


In her free time, Sarah volunteers for various local initiatives in her home of Ottawa, and is working on launching her own charity. Sarah also enjoys Sci-fi, creative writing, baking cookies, and dabbling in photography.

Maria Shurshilova

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Maria Shurshilova started her public service career with the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (TBS) in 2019. She has a formal degree from the University of Ottawa, where she studied Political Science and Criminology. She serves as co-chair of Renaissance, the TBS’ Young Professionals Network, and draws inspiration from the people around her to advance the goals and values of a high-performing public service.

Marcela Popowich

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Marcela is the Virtual Event Lead for the Federal Youth Network.  She loves bringing people together and providing a platform to share their lived experiences - from issues of racism, inclusion to career discussions.  Currently she plans, research’s and executes virtual learning events for the Federal Youth Network. This involves understanding the pulse of what's going on with the public service, the needs of young and new public servants and coordinating, at times massive amounts, of panelists, moderators and production crew.  Having worked within the Government of Canada for a while, she’s experienced the entry level work all the way to working as an HR Learning Advisor, and then Team Leader.  Marcela believes in giving back by volunteering in her community and looking for opportunities to help people become the best version of themselves.

Valerie Plourde

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Valérie Plourde holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Career Counselling from Laval University as well as a Master's degree in Organizational Development - Public Administration from ENAP. She is also a member of the Order of Guidance Counselors of Quebec. Since the start of her career, she has worked in the training and career development sector in various organizations such as DND, Desjardins, CSPS, CGI among others. Today, she is the Quebec and Nunavut Regional Lead for the National Managers' Community where she help managers cultivate/ build & maintain their professional support network.

Laura Jones

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Laura Jones (she/her/elle) is a Canada’s Free Agent who works, plays and raises a family in the prairies, on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and homeland of the Métis Nation.  Laura works hard to build trust, respect and comradery in diverse work teams so they can fully collaborate and deliver the best possible service to Canadians, having fun in the process!  Over her 12 years in the Federal Public Service, Laura has seized many learning and development opportunities that produce direct benefits for the organization.  She feels these are win-win scenarios and is pleased to moderate the session.

Marc-Andre Leblanc

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Marc-André LeBlanc is originally from Haute Aboujagane, New Brunswick. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Information-Communication from the Université de Moncton and a Master's degree in Communication-Media Studies from the University of Ottawa.


Marc-André has a lot of professional experience in project and team management in the world of communications and events. He was the Executive Director of the Fédération des jeunes francophones in New-Brunswick and has also worked in event management for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2019 World Acadian Congress.


As a hobby he produces and hosts the podcast Yousque t'es rendu?


He joined the public service in September 2019 as a communications advisor at the Department of Canadian Heritage. Since last May he has been a member of the Free Agents of Canada team. He works from his home in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Joshua Frame

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Joshua started his public service career in Ottawa in the Canada Revenue Agency and has held roles in management, project management, budgeting and service renewal over the last 10 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from York University and has lived in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Honolulu over the past 15 years. In his spare time Joshua participates in triathlons and running and cycling events across Canada and the United States.

He became the National Chair of the Federal Youth Network (FYN) in November 2016 and has been shaping the FYN to be a driver of innovation, regional engagement and career development, with regular webcasts on topics such as the Free Agent Program and the GC Talent Cloud, and in-person learning events such as Career Boot Camp 2018 and 2019. In March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Joshua helped to launch the FYN Virtual Learning Series that provides 1-3 webcasts per week, and has hosted over 75 webcasts from March to November 2020 and was recognized with the Canada School of Public Service’s Award of Excellence in Innovation for this project.