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Conference: Ethical Standards, Culture and Leadership: ‘Back to the Future’ with the Tait Report

May 8

The continued focus on ethics in the Canadian public sector is indebted to John Tait’s 1996 report, A Strong Foundation: Report of the Task Force on Public Service Values and Ethics. This landmark Report launched two decades of heightened attention to public sector ethics.

The Conference takes a critical look at achievements as well as shortcomings since the Report’s publication in 1996. It will also look ahead at perennial and emerging ethical challenges for a resilient and trustworthy public sector.

The conference will appeal to students, leaders, and anyone with an ethics related portfolio or interest in public or private sector ethics.

The program includes many distinguished speakers; a keynote address; three panels of three speakers each; and time for Q&A, lunch, dialogue and networking.

Panel 1: The Tait Vision of Public Sector Ethics: Articulating a Culture
The Tait Report, A Strong Foundation, sought to describe the very identity of the public sector, its current needs, challenges, and ambiguities at the end of the 20th century. Did this values based approach capture the reality and the ideals of public sector culture? How well has it stood the test of time?

Panel 2: A Legacy of Public Sector and Organizational Ethics
The Tait Report partially explains the arrival of public sector ethics related leadership responsibilities, codes, dialogue-based ethics awareness programs, ethics courses for employees, reporting requirements from central agencies, and much more. How much have these initiatives transformed the institution? To what extent has public administration been strengthened by this work? To what extent has it fallen short?

Panel 3: Public Sector Ethics: The Next 20 Years
Changes in technology, Canadian society, and geopolitics are profoundly impacting governance. Which developments pose the greatest challenges for public sector ethics today and tomorrow? Which elements of the Tait legacy should we rethink in order to sustain public trust in the public sector of the future?


May 8


EPAC with Carleton U and St Paul U


St Paul University
223 Main St.
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
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