SPA Events


10th Annual CAPPA Conference

Hosted by the School of Public Administration

May 25 - 27, 2022

‘Turning the Tide’


Registration is open! 


Please join us either

  • In person – The School of Public Administration is committed to providing a safe environment that is in accordance with public safety protocols. In addition to the virtual conference sessions, workshops and events will be available for in person conference participants to attend.
  • Virtually via Zoom – Plenaries and other sessions will take place between the hours of 8:00am PT and 2:00pm PT to facilitate access for participants throughout the country.

The 2022 conference theme ‘Turning the Tide’ will highlight key issues and opportunities facing the study, teaching, and practice of public administration, with a mix of individual researcher presentations and plenary sessions addressing the following topics:

Conference Presentations and Roundtables

• Accountability & Performance
• Border Management, Administration & Security in the 21st Century
• Communication in the Public Service
• Delivering Services in the Public Service
• Designs for Sustainable Change
• Institutions: Formations, Innovation & Conflicts
• Preparing Graduate Students to Work & Lead in the Digital Era
• Public Policy: Capacity, Intersections, & Inequalities
• Respecting Human Rights During International Scholarly Engagement
• Strengthening relationships between First Nations & government
• The Digital Era & the Use of AI & Mini-Sims
• What are Canada Scholars Working On?

CAPPA will also host its Annual General Meeting during the conference and every conference attendee is encouraged to attend.

Case Competition

"The National Annual Public Administration Case Competition is a joint projectof CAPPA and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). Canadian universities that have programs in public administration may compete. It is designed to highlight the excellence of Canadian public administration programs and students, and to provide a valuable learning experience for students."

The School of Public Administration is excited for our four SPA students who are competing in the 2022 Case Competition hosted by CAPPA (Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration). Dr. Kimberly Speers and Dr. Evert Lindquist are the SPA designated coaches working with Cora Larkins (MACD), Fion Lai (MPA Online), Carol Moreno (MPA Online), Mercedeh Mosavi (MPA on Campus) in preparation for their "real world" public administration case. They will receive their 'problem' on February 16, 2022 and have ten days to research and prepare a 30 minute presentation for judges on their solution to the problem. The closing ceremonies will be held on February 26, 2022 and is open to the public.


Congratulations UVic SPA Team!!!

 2022-uvic-case-slide-zoom-team screen shot

clockwise from top left corner: Fion Lai (MPA Online), Cora Larkins (MACD), Mercedeh Mosavi (MPA on Campus) and Carol Moreno (MPA Online)

Cases and results of the competitions will be published on the CAPPA website soon.




Past Webinars :

March 4, 2021 - Senator Yuen Pau Woo. Senator Woo will talk about a variety of issues related to his role as an Independent Senator and Leader of the Independent Senators Group in the Senate, Government of Canada. Topics include: strategic planning in the Senate, what it is like sitting as an Independent member of the Senate, decision-making in the Senate, and Canada's relations with Asia.

April 22, 2021 - Dr. George Abbott, former Member of BC’s Legislative Assembly (Shuswap) and Liberal Cabinet Minister, to speak about Big Promises, Small Government: Doing Less with Less in the BC Liberal New Era

April 29, 2021 - Dr. Richard Marcy, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Administration, UVic. This presentation will cover some of the distinct behaviours and cognitions of leaders within these socio-political vanguards, as well as discuss how this form of leadership is both similar to and different from other forms, such as the leadership of social movements and conventional political parties.

Sept 24, 2020: Budgeting for Well-Being and GBA+  with Dr. Helaina Gaspard, Director, Governance and Institutions, Institute for Fiscal Studies and Democracy, University of Ottawa 


Oct 1, 2020: Impact of Covid-19 on Local Governments Across Canada: What Happened and Now What? Voices from British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba with panelists Nicole Martel (Executive Officer, Policy and Advocacy, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association), Niall Paltiel (Councilor, District of Central Saanich), Suzanne Samborski (Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, District of Saanich MACD Alumnae) and Denys Volkov, (Executive Director, Association of Manitoba Municipalities)

(not recorded)

Oct 8, 2020: Encouraging Innovation in Ocean Policy Tools with Dr. Nikki Macdonald CEO, The Winsor Group and Executive Director, The Winsor Foundation, PhD, Public Administration, UVic

Oct 15, 2020: The Challenges of Tackling Wicked Problems in Society: Towards Solutions with Caitlin Brownrigg, Director, Technology Partner, Workforce Innovation, Skills and Training, Govt of BC; Lead, Policy Community of Practice; Chair, IPAC Victoria, Lynda Gagne, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration, Dr. Evert Lindquist, Professor, School of Public Administration and Editor, Canadian Public Administration (IPAC), and Kelly Roth, Executive Director, Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness

(not recorded)

Oct 22, 2020: Anti-Money Laundering: A Global Challenge with Carol Bellringer, President & CEO of the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation; former Auditor General, British Columbia and Manitoba

Oct 30, 2020: Post Election: What Happens in Canada’s Government Transitions and Why with David Zussman, Adjunct Professor, UVic School of Public Administration.

Nov 5, 2020  - Role of Ministry of Justice in theGovernment of BC with Dr. Julie Williams, Adjunct Professor, School of Public Administration

(not recorded)

Nov 12, 2020 - Storytelling and Photovoice: EmpoweringCommunities for Social Change with Precious Ile MACD, CAPM, Student Development Educator, SFU, Board Director with CityHive
SFU Alumni Association and IAP2 Canada

Nov 19, 2020From Studying to Working: Applying MPA training to build a successful career with Tamara Krawchenko, Assistant Prof, SPA, UVIC, Jeremy Pearce, Career Educator for HSD, Career Services, UVIC, Todd Pugh, Executive Director, CivicinfoBC, UVic MPA, and Katya Rhodes, Assistant Prof, SPA, UVIC

(not recorded)

Nov 26, 2020Developing an Ethical Rationale for Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation with Dr. Jill Chouinard, Associate Prof, SPA, UVIC and Dr. Brad Cousins, Professor, uOttawa

Dec 3, 2020 - Impact of COVID-19 on Non-Profits in Canada with Dr. Jill Chouinard, Associate Professor, School of Public Administration, Star Gale, Executive Director at L’Abri en Ville, Kelly Roth, Executive Director, The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, Kimberly Shearon, Director of Communications, Ecojustice, MACD alumni, Dr. Lynne Siemens, Associate Professor, School of Public Administration

(not recorded)

COVID-19 has drastically changed our lives. We have to had to adapt to our new realities by social distancing and working from home. While many conferences and talks have been put on hold, The School of Public Administration is proud to launch a bi-weekly online seminar series "COVID 19 - Governing, Managing, and Working Together".


Final Seminar:

July 30(2:30 - 3:30 pm PDT)

"Designing a Just Recovery in British Columbia" presented by Dr. Rob Gillezeau.

Rob Gillezeau joined the Department of Economics at the start of 2016. Prior to joining the department, he served as the Chief Economist in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition in Ottawa. He received his MA and PhD from the University of Michigan.

Rob's research applies causal methodology from labour economics to answer questions in modern American and Canadian economic history. His work has examined questions related to the interaction of the War on Poverty and the 1960s race riots, the growth of the North American trade union movement, and the role that the Transatlantic slave trade played in the development of ethnicity on the African continent.

Seminar presentations

Seminar One: Emergency Funding, Trust, and Fandom in Canadian Governments

Seminar Two: Justice – the Pandemic Push to Modernize

Seminar Three: Reinventing Public Administration for a Dangerous Century

Seminar Four: COVID-19 and the Cascadia Cross-Border Region: Implications for trade, travel, and collaboration with Dr. Laurie Trautman and Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly

Seminar Six: In a century of forthcoming crisis, what will be key to reducing risks?

June 25: Navigating the new normal - creating a roadmap for decision-making and communications *audio of presentation will be available soon