CSPS Digital Academy Events
|About the Digital Academy
|Upcoming CSPS Events
The Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) Digital Academy offers a series of learning events as part of its mandate to help public servants gain the knowledge, skills and mindsets they need in the digital era. A list of upcoming events is available on the CSPS Events page.
Event recordings are accessible by public servants through the VPN and can be found on our GCxchange page.
The list below includes information on upcoming virtual events offered by the Digital Academy.
|Paving the Path to Digital Identity for All
|Postponed until further notice
The list below includes information on the most popular past virtual events offered by the Digital Academy since June 2020.
|Annual Digital Government Forum: The Need to Build Modern Services for All
|Citizens' expectations of government services are changing. They increasingly want easily accessible and flexible services that are available at any time and on any device. Eighty percent of Canadians think navigating government services would be simpler with more digital tools.
This learning event will show participants the importance of improving how we deliver secure, modern, equitable services that are available to all. Leaders in the digital service realm will discuss how the context for service delivery is changing, the challenges organizations are facing, and how government can meet people's current, as well as future, needs and expectations.
The event will be available online and in person. We encourage you to register early as space at the event location is limited.
|November 22, 2022
|Annual Cyber Security Event: Cyber Safety - Your Behaviour Counts
|It is estimated that 95% of global cyber threats have a human element. There is a lack of awareness of how our online behaviours can put us, our organizations, the data we use, and the citizens we serve at risk.
This event features senior leaders and top cyber security experts who will share their insights on current and emerging threats and demonstrate best behavioural practices, using real life examples and by testing the knowledge of attendees. Participants will be invited to attend a panel discussion, breakout learning sessions, and interactive activities, where they will receive relevant and practical advice, guidance, as well as learn strategies that they can use to recognize potential threats, vulnerabilities and other risky cyber behaviour.
|October 17, 2022
|Adopting a Multidisciplinary Approach to Working in the Digital Era
|Adopting a multidisciplinary approach to work is important to the creation of robust, future-ready digital solutions in the public service. Digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics are being integrated into science, policy, research, health, engineering, and other sectors, to help deliver stronger programs and services for all.
This informative event will emphasize the strategies needed to adopt a multidisciplinary approach for the public service in the digital age. Experts will share real-life examples of working as part of a multidisciplinary team and discuss the potential challenges, ethical and social issues, and successes that can be realized when a multidisciplinary approach is intertwined with digital technologies.
|September 7, 2022
|Combatting Misinformation and Disinformation with Artificial Intelligence (rebroadcast)
|Every minute, there are at least 98,000 tweets posted, 60 million emails sent, 600 YouTube videos uploaded; 270,000 texts sent every second and 23 billion texts sent per day. Online sources allow many people and organizations to find and share information. Yet, how do we decipher if the information is accurate, misleading or biased? Only 21% of Canadians verify the accuracy of the information they find online.
This rebroadcast event further probes the concepts of misinformation and disinformation and shows how artificial intelligence, machine learning and other digital technologies can be used for good, to tackle and prevent misinformation and disinformation. Experts across the public service, private sector and academia share their stories and best practices.
|August 10, 2022
|Moving Forward with the Government of Canada's Digital Ambitions
Digital government is about modernizing government programs and services so that they can be more effective, efficient, and adaptive to changing needs. To enable this, public service leaders are seeking to create a government that is more open, more collaborative and that provides improved digital first, user-centered and barrier-free services and programs.
|June 14, 2022
|Building a Digital Democracy for All
Digitization and the technologies that come with it, save time and money, and bolster accountability and transparency. Yet, if misused or not correctly controlled, they can also impact civil rights and undermine democracies.
|June 15, 2022
|CSPS Annual Digital Disruption - Combating Misinformation and Disinformation with Artificial Intelligence
|Every minute, there are at least 98,000 tweets posted, 60 million emails sent, 600 YouTube videos uploaded; 270, 000 texts sent every second and 23 billion texts sent per day. Online sources allow many people and organizations to find and share information. Yet, how do we decipher if the information is accurate, misleading or biased? Only 21% of Canadians verify the accuracy of the information they find online.
This event will further probe the concepts of misinformation and disinformation and show how artificial intelligence, machine learning and other digital technologies can be used for good, to tackle and prevent misinformation and disinformation.Experts across the public service, private sector and academia will share their stories and best practices.
|May 26, 2022
|Unlocking the Potential of Cloud
|The adoption of cloud technologies in the public service continues to increase, but their full potential has yet to be realized. Almost three quarters of public sector executives worldwide expect their organization's cloud computing capacity to more than double in the next two to three years. Such an increase would provide the Government of Canada with greater opportunities and flexibility.
This event will explore how cloud applications are currently being deployed across the public service, bringing to light the strong business value of using these technologies. Participants will better understand the impact of using the cloud, including some of the risks, challenges and misconceptions associated with it, and learn more about the mindsets and skills needed to optimize how the cloud can be used to better serve Canadians.
|April 12, 2022
|Recognizing Data Bias
|Public servants at all levels are expected to use and leverage the data available to them when making decisions, designing processes, and interacting with clients and stakeholders. However, to do this successfully, they must recognize and understand data biases.
This event builds upon past discussions to further the conversation on how to identify, prevent and correct data bias, while considering privacy, equity, ethics and security at all times. Speakers will share concrete tips on how to get the most out of your data, while ensuring that the data is used in a way that benefits all citizens.
|March 30, 2022
|A New Approach to Harnessing the Potential of Quantum Computing
|Quantum computing is a reality that many public servants are interested in and want to know more about. Hosted in collaboration with the National Research Council, this event will focus on a different approach to harnessing the power of quantum computation called quantum annealing.
|February 16, 2022
|Understanding Aging in Place: Improving Quality of Life Through Innovation
|The Canadian population is aging, and in the next 20 years, the senior population is expected to grow by 68%. We will all experience the impact of aging in some way, from those of us who are thinking of retirement to those who will be caring for loved ones. Innovations that support aging in homes and communities of choice will be critical.
|January 12, 2022 - 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm (ET)
|Tackling Data Bias in Artificial Intelligence
|Artificial intelligence (AI) plays an important role in our everyday lives. To use it properly, we must understand the data, which forms the foundation of any AI algorithm.
|November 30, 2021
|Annual Digital Open Government Forum: The Future of Work - Shaping the Public Service of Tomorrow Together
|In less than two years, the global pandemic changed the future of work forever. For example, 83% of workers worldwide identified a hybrid model as the most optimal for the future of work. What was once an unthinkable way of working for many organizations, including the public service, has now become an immediate reality.
|November 25, 2021
|Maintaining Open and Safe Cyber Security Design for All
|Cyber threats can come from anywhere within an organization, and as a result, cyber security must be a shared responsibility. A recent study of 2,000 Chief Information Officers found that 61% of them increased investment in cyber security this year. Organizations are looking ahead in preparation for a post-pandemic future where remote work, cloud computing, increased automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and working in the open will be the norm.
|October 7, 2021 - 10:45 am to 2:30 pm (ET)
|How to use Accelerators to Drive Innovation in the Public Service
|The accelerator community, though dispersed, is growing and driving innovation worldwide. While their meaning, impact and value have yet to be fully realized, accelerators are a valuable asset.
|August 17, 2021 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (ET)
|Moving Quantum Computing from Theory to Practice
|Quantum computing is a disruptive technology that has the potential to revolutionize government, security, and the workings of society. It is estimated that the global market for quantum computing hardware will exceed $7.1 billion by 2026.
|June 16, 2021 - 10:30 am to 4:15 pm (ET)
|Embracing Digital Disruption
|We are living in a society, fueled by a digital economy, supported by disruptive technologies, and where people are digitally connected more than ever. Yet, many of you may be wondering what digital disruption means, how it impacts you, and how it affects delivery of our services to citizens.
|May 27, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm (ET)
|Policy Considerations Shaping Digital Transformation
|There is a high degree of consensus that digital transformation is key to meeting the rising expectations of citizens and clients. Success, however, will require significant structural and cultural reforms within the public service.
|April 12, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (ET)
|Succeeding in a Digital World
|Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, technology and digital were a part of almost every aspect of our professional and personal lives. In the public service, every program, problem, and potential solution involved some form of technology. In 2021, the writing is on the screen: digital is here to stay.
|March 16, 2021 - 12:15 pm to 3:30 pm (ET)
|Understanding Quantum Computing and What It Means for the Public Service
|Quantum computers have the potential to revolutionize computing, calculating in minutes what a supercomputer would take more than 10,000 years to do.
|February 5, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (ET)
|Removing Bias and Building Trust in Your Data (Rebroadcast)
|Let's continue the discussion! Join us for a rebroadcast and follow-up discussion on Removing Bias and Building Trust in Your Data. If you missed the September 2, 2020 event or if you participated in the initial event and have more questions, this is your opportunity to engage with the speakers and other participants.
|January 15, 2021 - 12:15 pm to 2:15 pm (ET)
|Let's Talk Accessibility First in the Digital Age
|Join top national and international experts to better understand what accessibility means in the digital age and how you can integrate an accessibility first mindset into your work. Learn why this is not a technological issue, but rather a policy, social, economic, legal, cultural and human rights issue that all public servants need to understand.
|December 7, 2020
|Annual Digital Open Government Forum Harnessing the Power of AI
|Gain practical insights from national and international policy and data experts, regulators, researchers and many others who will showcase real-life AI projects being developed across government departments and agencies. Our experts will demystify AI and help you better understand its impacts and limitations, values and ethics, and rules and regulations so you can benefit from its potential.
|November 24, 2020
|Understanding the Human Side of Cybersecurity
|Top experts empower you to better navigate the cybersecurity environment. Through panel discussions, keynote addresses and breakout sessions, learn what cybersecurity risk behaviours look like and how to protect yourself, your organization and your family from cyber threats.
|October 8-9, 2020
|Removing Bias and Building Trust in Your Data
|A thought-provoking discussion where top national and international experts help you better understand data in the context of government decision-making. Learn to identify data biases; how to ask questions about your data; the role of the public service in building data literacy in this digital age; and other relevant topics.
|September 2, 2020
|Fast Tracking Digital
|How does the public service prepare its employees and leaders to work in this digital reality, today and in the future? Senior leaders and experts share their insights with you. Learn about the various skills, competencies, tools and mindsets you need to thrive in a digital environment.
|June 22, 2020