Ontario’s chief talent officer and associate deputy minister, Office of the Public Service Commission Treasury Board Secretariat, Brian Fior, was the guest speaker at the annual Ontario Public Service (OPS) Breakfast presented by York University’s School of Public Policy & Administration (SPPA) on Oct. 6.
More than 100 participants attended, eager to learn about OPS human resources priorities outlined in these extraordinary times faced with a multitude of policy challenges and a remote work environment.
In her opening remarks, SPPA Director Alena Kimakova acknowledged how the OPS adapted to the new conditions and maintained continuity in providing co-op and other valuable work placement opportunities for students of public policy and administration.
Participants were given the opportunity to engage with Fior in a Q-and-A session moderated by Professor Naomi Couto, director of the School’s executive-style Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) program. The Q-and-A was followed by randomized Zoom breakout rooms for professional networking.
The OPS Breakfast provides an opportunity for faculty and students to meet SPPA alumni to help develop and broaden their networks. It is one of the key extracurricular activities the School provides for its undergraduate and MPPAL students during the academic year.
Networking Event -- 2020
Networking Event co-sponsored by our graduate and undergraduate student associations (GSAPPAL and PPASA), alumni network (YUSPPAAN) and the School.
The School of Public Policy and Administration hosted a reception "Celebrating Public Service" on March 21, 2016. Policy makers, public administration practitioners, faculty and students came together to network and discuss current challenges facing governments.