Exploring Ideas and Practices Webinar Series

The School of Public Administration is committed to providing a webinar series where our guest speakers discuss timely topics related to public administration, public policy, and community development. We encourage questions, debate, listening, and knowledge-sharing. We hope you can join us for the Exploring Ideas and Practices Webinar Series and please extend an invitation to others.

The series can be accessed through Zoom and is free of charge. Each session will have different speakers from the School of Public Administration or from the community.

You can find more information on our events page or by contacting Kimberley Cook at paservice2@uvic.ca

Post Election:
What Happens in Canada’s Government Transitions and Why


October 30, 2020

11:00 - 12:30 pm (PT)


with Dr. David Zussman

Adjunct Professor, UVic School of Public Administration

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David Zussman is an adjunct professor at the School of Public Administration at University of Victoria and Senior Fellow at the GSPIA at the University of Ottawa.

David has held a number of executive positions in academia, government and the non-for profit sector. In academia, he held the Jarislowsky Chair in Public Sector Management at University of Ottawa, was a professor in the School of Public Administration at University of Victoria and served as Dean of the Telfer Faculty of Management and Director of the GSPIA at the University of Ottawa.

In the not for profit sector, David was President of the Public Policy Forum for seven years in the mid 1990’s, and in government he was Assistant Secretary to the federal Cabinet for Machinery of Government and served, for seven years, as Commissioner of the Public Service Commission.

David has authored many articles in refereed journals, published a number of books in Canadian public administration and has had a regular public policy column in the Ottawa Citizen and Canadian Government Executive. Currently, David also serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Victoria, is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and is a member of the Environment Canada and Climate Change Audit Committee.

In 2017, Dr David Zussman was awarded the IPAC Vanier Medal. The Institute of Public Administration awards the Vanier Medal as a mark of distinction and exceptional achievement to a person who has shown distinctive leadership in public administration and public service in Canada, or who has made a significant contribution in the field of public administration or public service in Canada.

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More information can also be found on our events page

Upcoming Seminars:

  • Nov 5, 2020 (2:30 - 3:30 pm PT) - Role of Ministry of Justice in theGovernment of BC with Dr. Julie Williams
  • Nov 12, 2020 (2:30 - 3:30 pm PT) - Story-telling and photovoice with Precious Ile
  • Nov 19, 2020 (2:30 - 3:30 pm PT) - Policy Justice with Sarah Wiebe and Cassandra Wajuntah
  • Nov 26, 2020 (2:30 - 3:30 pm PT) - Developing an Ethical Rationale for Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation with Jill Chouinard and Brad Cousins
  • Dec 3, 2020 (2:30 - 3:30 pm PT) - Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits in Canada

 Past Seminars :

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)

Oct 8, 2020: Encouraging Innovation in Ocean Policy Toos 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, Linda 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

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


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