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Webinar on June 21 on “Code RED (Rapid Ethical Decision-Making): Insights from the Front Lines”

When: Noon to 1:30 Eastern time, Thursday June 21, 2018
Cost: Free to EPAC members, $40 to others ($15 to students).
“To act or not to act, that is the question” when faced with an emergency situation and there’s no time for calm deliberation. Must I? Should I? Will I?  Some situations are covered by SOPs... Read more >

May 8 Conference on “Ethical Standards, Culture and Leadership: ‘Back to the Future’ with the Tait Report”

When: May 8, 2018 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Doors open at 7:45.
Where: Amphitheater, Saint Paul University, 223 Main St., Ottawa
Cost: Until April 17: regular $200 ($175 for each of three or more from one organization); EPAC member $150; student $35. After April 17: regular $225 ($195 for each of three or more from one organization); EPAC member $165; student $40.
  Ethical Standards, Culture and Leadership:  ‘Back to the Future’ with the Tait Report Our full-day conference looking at John Tait’s 1996 report A Strong Foundation will take place at St.... Read more >

April 12, 2018 EPAC webinar on “Good Organizations, Bad Apples”

When: Thursday, April 12, 2018 from noon to 1:30 p.m., EST
Cost: Free to EPAC members, $40 to others ($15 to students)
The next EPAC webinar reflects the unfortunate rise in allegations of harassment, sexual misconduct and abuse of power in many sectors of society. Margaret Michaels, a highly experienced workplace... Read more >

Informal Lunch-time Round-Tables in Ottawa

When: Thursday, May 3 and Tuesday ,June 12, 2018, from 11:45am to 1:30pm
Where: Johnny Farina, 216 Elgin Street, Ottawa

Informal Lunch-time Round-tables in Ottawa

Our lunch-time round-tables are an informal get-together for networking and ethics discussion. We hold six per year, on different days of the week.

There are no set topics and the conversation covers whatever the participants wish. This is also an opportunity to share information with participants and make announcements about any ethics-related matters or events. There is no charge except what you choose for your lunch. Non-members of EPAC are welcome too. Please notify EPAC that you are coming at service@epac-apec.ca so that we can reserve sufficient places. Put the location and date of the event in the subject line of your email, as in “February 23 Round Table Ottawa”.  Looking forward to chatting with you.

November 29 Webinar on Civil Conversations about Ethics

When: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. EDT
Cost: Free to EPAC members, $40 to others ($15 to students)
A 2017 PEW Research Center U.S. survey shows that “the overall trust in government remains near historic lows”. Surveys conducted in Canada show that Canadians report a decrease of trust in... Read more >

Webinar on the Ombudsman Function

When: Noon to 1:30 p.m., June 23, 2017
Where: On-line (Webinar)
Cost: $40 for non-members, $25 for non-member students; free to EPAC members
How does an ombudsman office compare with other functions that help an organization to be true to its values and ethics? Our webinar will be led by two EPAC members of great distinction. Gregory J.... Read more >

EPAC Webinar on Whisteblower Systems held October 13, 2016

Whistleblowing: Managing Risks, Reducing Harm, Increasing Value

The purpose of this 90-minute webinar was to introduce members of organizations of all types and sizes to Whistleblowing Systems – a Guide. Published by the CSA Group in February 2016 and available free from CSA Group Communities, this Guide reflects research into best practices worldwide and applies it to Canadian contexts and conditions. The webinar dealt with the purpose, design and implementation of systems to encourage a culture of ‘speaking up’ where reports of suspected wrongdoing are used to manage risk, reduce harm and increase value. See the slides in “Resources – Articles”.

The presenters were Prof. Robert Shepherd of Carleton University and Sandy Boucher of Grant Thornton LLP, two of the main contributors to the Guide. Prof. Shepherd teaches in Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration; is President of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration; Past-Chair, Consortium of Universities for Evaluation Education; and author of the whistleblowing chapter of the upcoming revised version of Greene and Shugarman’s Honest Politics. Mr. Boucher is a specialist in fraud and corruption investigations. His investigator experience includes 12 years with the Royal Hong Kong Police and 17 years in the private sector.

June 2016 Webinar

Organisational Ethics and Bad Behaviour Investigations – Scorched Earth or Rebuilding?

Lawyer Kenda Murphy (Rubin Thomlinson LLP) brought insights from a proactive assessment of one organization’s harassment and discrimination policies and procedures before any type of PR or legal problem arose; and from the investigation of another organization where shortcomings became all too public. Change management consultant Margot Cameron amplified on how to evaluate constructive suggestions for change, achieve management buy-in and implement them. The slides from the webinar are now available in our Resources library.

April 2016 Webinar

“Charbonneau Commission Followup: Ethics Lessons for Quebec and Elsewhere”

See PPT slides here: Charbonneau Webinar April 2016 FINAL

The Charbonneau Commission spent four years looking into possible collusion and corruption in contracting and management of public contracts in Québec’s construction industry.  The Commission’s Report recommends better monitoring of public sector contracting, better support and protection of whistleblowers, and more internal expertise in organizations giving public contracts, such as the Transport Ministry; they also address the financing of political parties, ethical training for professionals, and the accountability of professional bodies.

Our speaker was Diane Girard, former director of EPAC and founder of RÉOQ, the Québec Organizational Ethics Network. Diane has been doing ethics training and consulting since 1997. She also teaches ethics at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management.

“This was a high-quality webinar on the Charbonneau Commission. Good moderation. Interesting and topical content. Well-designed slides. Flawless interface that made audience participation easy”.  – James De Monte, Office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner of Ontario

« Un gros merci à toute l’équipe qui a organisé le webinaire hier. J’ai vraiment aimé ce format. P.S. Je suis contente de vivre dans une province où les vilains ont plus de chance d’être arrêtés! »  – Monique Boivin, Gatineau (QC)

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