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Employer of Choice? Workplace Innovation in Government

by Graham Lowe, University of Alberta

Subject: Employer of Choice? Workplace Innovation in Government
(Executive Summary)

Dr. Lowe, author of The Quality of Work: A People-Centred Agenda, is the Canadian Policy Research Network’s Director, Work Network. He will speak on the future of work and CPRN’s Human Resources in Government Study that lends its title to the Salon, to be published in January 2001.The study examines the impact of extensive downsizing and restructuring in the public service during the 1990s in five jurisdictions, the federal government and the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. It argues that Canada’s governments want to become "employers of choice." Many are striving to be more flexible, knowledge-intensive and learning-based. Reaching these goals will require nothing short of a bold new human resource strategy that can promote change within each government workplace – a strategy that encourages innovative ways of organizing, managing, supporting and rewarding people. How a government meets these challenges will determine its success in providing citizens with the high quality services they need and want.

Date: Monday, January 29, 2001

Location: Courtyard Restaurant, 21 George (in the Byward Market, in the first block East of Sussex) 241-1516

Time: 5:30 to 9:00 pm

Cost: Cost: $10 to cover expenses, plus dinner. Persons cancelling less than 24 hours before the meeting will be charged the registration fee.

For more information and RSVP by Thursday, January 25th to:
Eleanor Glor, ph. 1-613-954-8575; email:

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Next Meeting:

Thursday, February 15, 2001:
Ian Wilson, National Archivist: Information Management and Communication Across Time (dinner compliments of the Archives)


Updated January 25, 2001