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Opening public service employment

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 07/12/2016 1468334981
As a public servant for the past 25+ years, I have witnessed or participated in running several competitions to hire new staff. My observations in the .... Read more

As a public servant for the past 25+ years, I have witnessed or participated in running several competitions to hire new staff. My observations in the context of attracting and developing talent are as follows:

  • it has become the habit of most managers and HR departments I've seen, when faced with hiring staff, to restrict hiring to the simplest and least time-consuming route possible, given the complexities and lost time associated with this convoluted and lengthy process. What this usually means is that the PS almost never gains new talent. We just shuffle it around from job to job, because the internal processes of deployments and assignments, etc., is so much easier than a country-wide advertised open process that might attract thousands of applicants to sort through... This is a disservice to the countless extremely bright and motivated young people who could add so much in terms of innovation and fresh ideas to our public service. So I would recommend an overhaul of the hiring system to facilitate bringing outside people in for the normal run-of-the-mill competitions so we are not stagnating.
  • Secondly, I have seen that the strictly structured method of interviewing with defined sets of standardized questions, while intended to reduce subjectivity, does not permit the flexibility needed for managers to hire good people, quickly. It is not uncommon for a competitive process to take 7-10 months to complete. And if you find anyone good, they are gone by the time an offer is made because that step alone requires a month or two because of all the rules. I would recommend a system in which broad overarching principles are set out, and within that big "circle", managers have lots of flexibility and discretion to hire good people, knowing they must be able to justify it. Too-tight rules makes for a cumbersome, inefficient, unattractive process that accomplishes little. People need to be given the respect and trust that they can do a good job hiring good people. I have an example from our office where a casual employee who performed a job superbly for 15 years intermittently has never been able to be hired - even though we wanted her and she wanted us. That is good talent wasted. Youth need an open public service where they can compete easily for jobs so the PS has a dynamic work force - and managers need to be able to hire the best candidate, not the easiest one to move into a position, with flexibility and speed.

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Attracting talent to Canada

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 11/04/2016 1478290826
To attract talent to Canada we must first create  world leading companies with brands  like the "Nortels" & "Blackberry " of the past and probably .... Read more

To attract talent to Canada we must first create  world leading companies with brands  like the "Nortels" & "Blackberry " of the past and probably QNX in the future. This will arrest  brain drain from Canada and attract students ,researchers , Industrialists & professionals from  all over the world , which means we also need to focus on making our universities attract talent(both students researchers and teaching staff) with the correct curriculum, areas of research .

To reinvent the Silicon Valley of Califiornia USA in Canada  we need to provide a platform for Canadian born companies to scale and develop into Global companies. What Canada lacks  today  is expertise in Market research and  International Marketing and doing Global business, we require market  Channels to be created to create world class Canadian Brands.

Though we may have the Technical knowledge and talent to innovate we lack the talent in  scaling product to capture world wide markets and get recognition. , if we can develop a sustaining model of University, Research organizations, groups  working with Innovators and Entreprenurs to start up companies that then get scaled to international companies we may stand a change to kick start that cycle.

One must learn the lessons of how innovations that started in garages scaled to be world leading brands like Apple, Microsoft, Google...There has to be the promise of unlimited opportunity for companies to scale and this will trigger a chain of migration of Talent to Canada.

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Whole Girl, Whole World through Digital Filmmaking

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 09/23/2016 1474645330
Digital filmmaking has become more pervasive than ever in all areas of life. The influential broadcasting quality of the film medium is apparent on vi .... Read more

Digital filmmaking has become more pervasive than ever in all areas of life. The influential broadcasting quality of the film medium is apparent on virtual platforms like YouTube, where millions of young people view independent films every day. With this distribution power, young women’s perspectives can impact their families, peers, communities, and the world.

Credit: Chantal Drolet

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