DND’s Blueprint 2020 National Symposium: From Ideas to Actions

Frances McRae, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Public Service Renewal Secretariat of the Privy Council Office, addresses the crowd at the Blueprint 2020 National Symposium on June 20.
Frances McRae, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Public Service Renewal Secretariat of the Privy Council Office, addresses the crowd at the Blueprint 2020 National Symposium on June 20.

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More than 200 Defence Team members, including 94 via video conferencing from across the country, participated in the Blueprint 2020 DND National Symposium on June 20 in Ottawa.

This year’s theme, En Route to Destination 2020: Collaboration and Innovation—From Ideas to Actions, was designed to encourage personnel to build excellence in the workplace. Participants—including those videoconferencing in from Esquimalt, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Petawawa, Gagetown and Halifax—shared their ideas and asked questions to find better ways to collaborate. In addition, all participants took part in discussion groups that identified various creative and innovative ideas regarding leadership, emerging technologies, workforce engagement, diversity, modernization, and healthy respectful workplaces.

Generating creative ideas is only the first step to success—the hard work truly lies in carrying them out. And the organizers are ensuring that action will be taken as soon as possible. All of the ideas from the day will be presented to the Blueprint 2020 Working Group and subject-matter experts to determine which of them should be further developed. The Deputy Minister is also dedicated to implementing a range of these business ideas.

The guest of honour, Frances McRae, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Public Service Renewal Secretariat of the Privy Council Office, gave participants an overview of the future of Public Service Renewal. She highlighted the importance of measuring the improvements of government organizations, and each department should have a dedicated place to test innovations.

“We have to give a voice to everyone,” said Ms. McRae. “We need fresh ideas to renew how we work. All employees have to feel comfortable sharing their ideas and suggestions.”

Participants also took part in a group discussion with Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Keren Hawkins, Director General of Training and Development at Canada Border Services Agency, and Ben Van-Vianen, Assistant Director of the Directorate of Knowledge and Information Management at the Department of National Defence (DND). These senior government leaders shared their own stories about turning innovation into action and expressed their commitment to implementing the best ideas.

A common theme among the speakers was the importance of diversity and inclusion. Although DND is already committed to creating a fair, respectful, inclusive, and diverse workplace, new initiatives that foster the respect of everyone and help measure the progress made in meeting this commitment will be brought forward in the near future.

Do you have an innovative idea that fits well with Blueprint 2020? Share it with the Blueprint 2020 Team at +BP2020-OBJ2020@ADM(PA)@Ottawa-Hull.

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