Build Back Better: What do we have to unlearn in the public service?
The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, bringing devastation to millions around the world and putting the spotlight on governments and leaders in how they are responding to this unprecedented event. Politicians may be the “face” of government but there are hundreds of thousands of people working in government that are contemplating what the future will look like and how government can best serve citizens during “regular” times and future crises.
Join us to hear from intrapreneurs working within government on what they believe we need to unlearn in order to build back a stronger, inclusive and sustainable future for all.
Chi has spent the past twenty years in the social change sector, and consults and advises on how these movements can build stronger bridges to disrupt systems of harm. She has also worked for some incredible do-gooding organizations including Social Innovation Canada, White Ribbon Canada, United Way Toronto, CBC and MASS LBP. She is a member of the BMW Responsible Leaders network, and the Global Diplomacy Lab. Her work has been recognised for improving the lives of women and girls throughout Canada by the Governor General (2004) and the YWCA (1999). She holds an MSc in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, and loves her most important job as mom to Sam and Ellis.
Chryssa Koulis thinks of herself as Goldilocks, but without the three bears. She earned her B.Sc. from the University of Toronto in Psychology and Criminology and assumed she would be content to work in the non-profit sector. However, she felt something was missing so she went back to school to get an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business. She quickly realized that she did not fit into that world either. She wasn’t sure what she was looking for until she heard about the School for Social Entrepreneurs and joined the first Canadian cohort. At the School she was able to bring her business degree together with her desire to make a positive social impact. She launched her social enterprise, Sidekicks, and started building the workforce of the future. This finally felt right, so right that Chryssa became the Managing Director of the School for Social Entrepreneurs in 2018 and has been unlearning what that means since then.
Dr. David A. Bray has served in a variety of leadership roles in turbulent environments, including bioterrorism preparedness and response from 2000-2005, time on the ground in Afghanistan in 2009, serving as the non-partisan Executive Director for a bipartisan National Commission on R&D, and providing leadership as a non-partisan federal agency Senior Executive. He accepted a leadership role in December 2019 to incubate a new global Center with the Atlantic Council.
Privy Council Office
Deepika thinks creatively about identity and belonging, agency and change. Underpinning all of her endeavours is an integration of deep knowledge and practices on intersectionality, equity and inclusion.She is passionate about systems change and being a good ancestor. As paid work, she works with the Government of Canada, as part a member of its Free Agent program, taking on assignments related to public sector innovation and organizational design. As a volunteer, she belongs to the Maitri Platform, a network of networks that aligned during the COVID-19 period in order to pursue global equity initiatives in the context of the global south, during and beyond the pandemic period. In her personal time, she supports BIPOC kids as they face the harsh realities of ongoing racism in Canada. She also parents a spritely 13 year-old, so my most important work likely consists of braiding hair, observing the robins who built a nest by the back door, feasting together on a new book, and listening to the family’s biggest Star Wars fan discuss intricate details of force-wielders, etc. in Star Wars’ cannon.
City of Edmonton
Miki Stricker-Talbot is working to make the public good better. Based in Edmonton, Alberta (Treaty 6 Territory), she works in the world of strategic design and complex project management. Using people-centred design methodologies, unlearning practices, and systemic design approaches, Miki creates space for the emergence of co-created solutions for complex projects and challenges. She approaches life with an innate curiosity, and a deeply unabashed optimism. Miki is an Avenue Magazine Top 40 Under 40 alumna, a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal, and an Apolitico.co “Influential Innovator to Follow.” She is an Unlearning Facilitator with the School for Social Entrepreneurs Canada, and an Intrapreneur with the City of Edmonton. She’s currently pursuing an M.A. in Human Geography at the University of Alberta, examining planning challenges and opportunities in the nighttime ecology of cities. Importantly, Miki is also a mom (x2), a maker of jewelry, and a not-quite-enthusiastic runner. She loves connecting with others who are making change for good from within their organizations.