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In Partnership with the University of Ottawa Centre on Governance

A public policy forum dedicated to exploring
evolving ideas in public policy and public administration

Designed for Public Servants

The Administrators’ Colloquium is a discussion forum where books on public policy and guest experts and speakers have been selected to stimulate thought and generate dialogue to explore evolving ideas in public policy and public administration.  Designed for public servants, and others interested in public policy issues, the Colloquium provides an excellent informal setting to discuss subjects of mutual interest with peers and experts. Some of the policy issues discussed by the Colloquium include:

  • defence procurement
  • health policy
  • immigration issues
  • voting behaviour
  • security and intelligence problems
  • Aboriginal and northern matters
  • international politics

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 season of the Administrators’ Colloquium was held exclusively online. Because of continuing restrictions on the University of Ottawa campus, at least the first two sessions of the 2021-22 program will be conducted as Zoom webinars and will start at 7:00 p.m. on October 26, 2021 and November 30, 2021 respectively. Registrants will be sent instructions and pass words for each session about a week before the event. 

When University of Ottawa protocols and public health rules permit, we will return to face-to-face sessions at the excellent facilities at the University of Ottawa – Social Sciences Building (FSS) at 120 University Private. We hope to make this transition in January 2022, but even when we are able to return to in-person sessions, we will continue to offer limited access through Zoom for those who are unable to attend.  As we receive more information from the university about reopening plans, we will provide registrants with updates.  

Under the traditional Administrators’ Colloquium format, each in-person session begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker is introduced at about 7:45 p.m., and by 8:00 p.m. the participants are engaged in an open, lively exchange. Evenings under the in-person format usually end by 9:15 p.m. We will return to this format as soon as it is safe to do so.

To encourage open discussion, all sessions, whether in person or online, will continue to be conducted under the Chatham House rule: participants are free to use information from the discussion, but are not allowed to reveal who made any comment.


Mandatory vaccination for everyone returning to campus

Following uOttawa’s announcement, vaccination will be mandatory for all persons (students, faculty, staff, and visitors) who intend to access the uOttawa campus as of September 7th (first dose) and October 15th (complete vaccination), 2021. The University will require proof of vaccination for all individuals present on campus or anyone participating in academic activities. Although the October and November sessions of the Administrators’ Colloquium will be held on Zoom, participants should be aware that this requirement is likely to continue in January 2022 and beyond.

Please refer to the mandatory vaccination webpage for more details.

Recent News

Is the government picking the wrong place to start regulating algorithms?

In preparation for our October 26th evening we’ve here republished discussion leader Sara Bannerman’s article Is the government picking the wrong place to start regulating algorithms?  Originally published on Policy Options May 31, 2021. Bill C-10 – the current proposed revision to Canada’s Broadcasting Act – proposes to regulate the discoverability of Canadian content (CanCon) online. Discoverability is a key feature of online platforms like Netflix, YouTube or Spotify. These services make it easy to

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Robert Calderisi, author of Quebec in a Global Light, will be the Discussion leader for the May 25 meeting discussion

Robert Calderisi, author of Quebec in a Global Light, will be replacing Michael Behiels as Discussion Leader, Tuesday May 25, 2021. Here is a brief profile of Mr. Calderisi – An economist, writer, and Rhodes Scholar, Robert Calderisi studied at the Universities of Montreal, Oxford, Sussex and London. He worked at the Department of Finance and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Ottawa, as well as at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

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