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Theme: Bringing our Values to Life

This event occurred on
April 19, 2011
8:00am - 5:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Toronto, Ontario

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On April 19, 2011, during World Creativity and Innovation Week, the Ministry of Government Services and the Ontario Public Service (OPS) Innovation Community of Practice sponsored its first TEDxOntarioPublicService (TEDxOPS) event.

Sponsored by the Transformation, Innovation and Excellence Branch of the HR Modernization Division, TEDxOPS attracted 14 speakers from across the OPS, as well as three musical performances, one spoken word artist, and two hosts.

The conference theme for the first TEDxOPS event was "Bringing Our Values to Life." The free event attracted more than 150 applicants, plus more than a dozen volunteers. Only 100 places were available for OPS employees to attend. The event was held at The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library.

Videos of the TEDxOPS talks were made available on the OPS intranet site, OPSpedia. Below is the final program.

Act I:

Welcome: By Neill Kernohan (CSS) and Brad Johnston (CSS), Co-Artistic Directors
David Tallan (MGS): OPSpedia: Bringing our values to life (Video)
TED Video: Our Loss of Wisdom by Barry Schwartz
Cecilia Gauvin (MTO): The Strategic Zone (Video)
Paul Gerard (MRI): Public Servant Entrepreneurs (Video)

Act II:

Musical Performance: Careless (feat. Mike Doherty and Hari Viswanathan)
Andrew Miller (FIN): Chimpanzee Values (Video)
Nisha Haji (MGS): Restoring our values (Video)
TED Video: How to succeed? Get more sleep by Arianna Huffington
Trudi Wright (MTO): Workplace Training Design
Noelle Campbell-Smith (CAB): How people think about what they see

Act III:

Musical Performance: The Horns (feat. Pauline Harnum)
TED Video: Why work doesn't happen at work by Jason Fried
Neill Kernohan (CSS): Positive Space: What were we thinking?
David Webb (REV): Telework: Can it really work here?
Christine Karcza: I can do this!
Tim Higgins (MGS): AccessForAll

Act IV

Musical Performance: Brian Watts
Whitney Miller (EDT): Speaking for Ourselves (Video)
Dorianne Emmerton (OFA): Spoken word - hol(l)o(w)
TED Video: Looking past limits by Caroline Casey
Michael Hay (OMAFRA): Aspiring to Excellence (Video)
Karen Prokopec (MGS): Closing remarks and challenge (Video

The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario, M4W 2G8
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