Join us in Charlottetown, P.E.I. for IPAC's 69th Annual Conference!

August 20-23, 2017

Strong Foundations

Sustainable Futures

In the spirit of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the theme of the conference is “Strong Foundations, Sustainable Futures.”

Conference participants will explore a number of sub-themes, including sustainability, policy innovation and leadership. Sustainability will be a key priority for all Canadians and their governments in the coming years. The conference will examine sustainability topics as they relate to the environment, energy, food and communities. Off-site tours will showcase Prince Edward Island’s progress in addressing these areas of interest.

Additionally, this conference will provide an opportunity to share knowledge and experience as well as further the dialogue on reconciliation and renewed relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit governments and organizations.

We are pleased to invite you to the 69th National Annual IPAC Conference which will be held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, from August 20th to the 23rd. Our theme this year, Strong Foundations – Sustainable Futures, is inspired by Canada’s 150th anniversary. The theme aims to open conversations about sustainability, leadership, and policy innovation, as well as their inherent relationships, in the context of Canada past, present and future. In keeping with IPAC’s 2017 National Year of Dialogue, the conference will also serve as a platform to share knowledge and experience about reconciliation and renewed relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit governments and organizations. Working through these themes, we will strive toward continuing excellence in the public service. We look forward to seeing you this summer and to welcoming you to the beautiful province of Prince Edward Island – come early and stay late to enjoy all that the island has to offer!

Welcome from our Honourary Co-Chairs

Karen Ellis

Associate Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada

Paul Ledwell

Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet / Deputy Minister

Policy & Priorities and Intergovernmental and Public Affairs

Be part of an interactive program on themes to strengthen the public service

Enjoy all that our beautiful island has to offer!

Come early. Stay late.

There's so much to see and do. 

Learn more about all this stunning island has to offer!

The Schedule

We've got an amazing lineup of sessions planned.


Dominic Barton

Chair, Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth

Julian Stodd 

Writer and consultant on the Social Age

Senator Murray Sinclair 

Former Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

William D. Eggers 

Executive Director, Deloitte Center for Government Insights

Karen Ellis

Associate Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada 

 Paul Ledwell

Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet, and Deputy Minister of Policy and Priorities

Bob Ashley

Chief Administrative Officer, City of Summerside, PEI

Gina Wilson 

Deputy Minister of Status of Women Canada

Joshua Frame

National Chair of the Federal Youth Network/Chair of the Future Leaders of Ontario 

Shauna Sullivan Curley

Ethics and Integrity Commissioner for the Government of PEI

Barbara MacQuarrie

Community Director, Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children, Western University

Bob Eckstein 

Director of Integrated Service Delivery, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Bobby Cameron

Manager of Policy, Planning, and FPT Relations

  PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries 

Carl Brothers

Founder and General Manager, Frontier Power Systems

Cheryl Hansen 

ADM of Treasury Board and CIO, Government of New Brunswick

Jennifer Hollett

Award winning Broadcast Journalist

Kyle Denny 

Jordan’s Principle – 1st Child Service Coordinator, Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI

Peter Crooks

Executive Director of Canada’s Smartest Kitchen

2017 Top 50 CEO

Richard Saillant 

Economist and author

William J. Montelpare

Scientific Lead for the PEI SPOR: Primary and Integrated Healthcare Innovation Network

Samantha Donaldson

Communications Director 

Partnership for Public Service

Robert Hughes 

Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Stratford

Richard Rochefort


Dare to Lead

Dr. Heather Morrison

Chief Public Health Officer

Government of PEI

Rodney Ghali

Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet of the Innovation Hub at the Privy Council Office, Government of Canada

Elizabeth Hardy

Lead, Behavioral Insights, Design and Policy Innovation, Privy Council Office 

Colleen Hanrahan

Managing Director, The Institute for the Advancement of Public Policy Inc.

Colleen McCormick

Director, Economic and Corporate Initiatives, Government of BC

Doug Keefe

Interim CEO, Startup Zone 

Greg Orencsak

Partner, Government and Public Sector, EY 

Chief Lisa Cooper

President & Chief of the Native Council of PEI

Nick Scott

Executive Director, Open Government and Innovation in Executive Council Office at the Government of New Brunswick

Michael Baldwin

Assistant Director, Growth & Community Services, City of Fredericton

Hon. Michelle Rempel

Member of Parliament, Alberta

Robert Shepherd

Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University

Ryan Conway

Program Director for Innoweave

Saäd Rafi

Partner and National Public Sector Leader at Deloitte LLP

Yazmine Laroche

Associate Deputy Minister, Infrastructure and Communities 

Alex Conliffe

Director, Policy Innovation Platform, Brookfield Foundation 

Alicia Bruce

Policy Analyst, Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning / Department of Rural and Regional Development, Government of PEI

Alma MacDougall

Cultural Support Worker, Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI Residential School Program

Chris MacPherson

Chief Administrative Officer, City of Fredericton

Chris Zhou

Prime Minister's Youth Council - Prince Edward Island Representative

Chrystia Chudzak

Executive Director for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


Clara Pasieka

York University 

David Cormier

Education Development Officer, Government of PEI

Where is it?

PEI Convention Centre

18 Queen Street 

Charlottetown, PEI


A preferential rate of $229 CDN (single/double room) has been reserved at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel for conference participants.

Be sure to state that you're with “IPAC – 2017” to receive our special group rate by July 24, 2017

Very limited availability at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel. BOOK NOW!

Call 1-888-890-3222 to reserve now

  • After July 24, 2017, reservations will be handled on a rate availability basis and rate adjustments after check in will not be made.
  • A deposit equal to one night's stay is required to hold delegate's reservation at the time of reservation. Cancellation of individual reservations made up to 24 hours prior to arrival will be accepted, and the deposit refunded for the full night stay.
  • No show charges will apply if a delegate does not arrive on the date of their reservation.

Book your room at one of the other hotels with discounted conference rates

(located within walking distance or a short ride to the Delta Prince Edward Hotel and Convention Centre)

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Fare Discount
Travel within Canada Business Class (flexible) 10 %
Business Class (lowest) 5 %
Premium Economy 10 %
Latitude 10 %
Flex 10 %

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Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

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Nova Scotia Department  Internal Services

Ville de Laval

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

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