Development Day: Elevate your Career (In-Person)

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Development Day: Elevate your Career

A full day of events to choose from: Keynote, Seminars, Mentoring & Lunch. You can participate in the sessions of your choice or the full day.

February 27, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm ET

Free In-Person events, open to DPI affiliates
Shaw Centre, Trillium Ballroom, Fourth Floor


08:30 - 09:00 - Registration & Continental Breakfast
09:00 - 10:20 - Keynote Speaker
10:30 - 11:30 - Speed Mentoring 
11:30 - 12:30 - Lunch
12:30 - 04:00 - Terraform Training delivered by HashiCorp Canada - Register Here
12:30 - 02:00 - GC Panel

Keynote – Not All Leaders Wear Capes 

It’s been rattling around in there for years, that idea, that dream, of becoming the very best leader you can be”. 

Motivational Speaker Rick Denley’s message of radical possibility combined with his ‘Blueprint to the very best you” from his best selling book Reinvent Yourself, leaves audiences not only inspired but also equipped with a plan to transform the seemingly insurmountable. His formula for achieving impossible goals demystifies daunting tasks by harnessing fear energy and creates inspiration through action and self accountability. 

Rick uses his life experiences to demonstrate and remind us it’s never too late to change and create your dream self. 

As a result of this keynote, attendees will: 

  • Understand 4 critical steps to overcoming BARRIERS impeding you reaching your peak performance 
  • Identify the #1 FEAR that holds you back from changing 
  • Have your fire REIGNITED 
  • Develop a 5 step plan of action to become the leader/hero the world needs 

Rick Denley

Rick Denley, a Leadership visionary, change catalyst, and growth expert. With over three decades of experience leading Fortune 500 companies like Schneider Electric, Emerson Canada, and Phoenix Contact, Rick has driven hyper-growth and embraced positive change. As a renowned keynote speaker and author of the best-selling book "Reinvent Yourself," he has inspired thousands to achieve their full potential. Rick's unique coaching style and practical frameworks empower individuals and organizations to navigate challenges, and setbacks, and create their own reinvention stories. Engaging with Rick means unlocking remarkable growth, resilience, and leadership excellence. Get ready to embrace change, ignite transformation, and achieve extraordinary results with Rick Denley. 

Speed Mentoring - Ace Your Interviews: Mastering the Art of Impressive Communication 


Chris Clissold | CIO and DG IT/IM Administration and Privacy, Veterans Affairs Canada

I am an IT leader who enjoys engaging conversations, new technologies, new ways of working, and helping others achieve their goals. Look forward to speaking with you!




Jessica Zeroual | Senior Advisor to the Associate Deputy Minister for Enterprise Pay Coordination, Public Services and Procurement Canada 

Jessica Zéroual-Kara is the Senior Advisor to the Associate Deputy Minister for Enterprise Pay Coordination at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). She is also a part-time faculty member at the Canada School of Public Service. Jessica has worked on two major Government of Canada digital transformation initiatives including the Benefit Delivery Modernization Programme at Service Canada and the Enterprise Pay Coordination portfolio at PSPC. She brings experience in research design, stakeholder engagement, outreach, project management and policy.


GC Panel - Career insights from across our community

Curious about charting your course to success within the Government of Canada? Join us for a dynamic panel discussion during our Development Day! 

Explore pathways never imagined:  

  • What if there wasn’t a single path forward or a one size fits all journey for everyone?  
  • What if your career could play out as a choose your own adventure?  
  • What are the elements crucial for making the leap from a digital professional to a leadership role?  
  • What skills can you develop to help bridge the digital skills gap in the public sector? 

Why Attend? Gain insights directly from Government of Canada leaders, understand the evolving career landscape, and position yourself for success in an ever-changing world.  


Beth Ford | Strategic Advisor to the Digital Community, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat 

Beth has 30+ years of work experience including almost two decades as a leader. She possesses a wealth of leadership knowledge and applicable real-life skills that she has gained working in IT. Her leadership and mentoring are ideal for those looking for a boost to their career by getting really clear on their own strengths.

LinkedInBeth Ford | LinkedIn 



Shannon Kenney | A/Chief Information Officer, Shared Services Canada 

Shannon Kenney is currently the acting Chief Information Officer for Shared Services Canada. Shannon began her career in Ottawa’s private technology sector and then spent 18 years leading a number of strategic change initiatives in the public sector with the City of Ottawa in Human Resources and Payroll, Governance, Security, and migration to the Cloud.  She joined Shared Services Canada in April of 2020 where she has led several internal technology and employee experience initiatives, including the digital shift to M365, the implementation of Cloud Managed Desktop, the development of an Innovation and Experimentation Program, and more. 

Shannon is passionate about leadership and contributing to corporate and local communities.  She has held several elected positions on community associations in the National Capital Region, is a long-time mentor and the co-founder of a women’s networking organization.


Thiago Fernandes de Lima | Director Strategic Policy and Integration, Health Canada 

Enthusiastic public servant with a M.A. in Public Administration and a BSc. in Computer Science. He is currently the Director of the Office of Strategic Policy and Integration at Health Canada’s Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch. Thiago has over fifteen years of work experience in the Government of Canada working on diversity, youth, health and Veterans issues, as well as infrastructure, transportation, and immigration.  



Francois Brunet | Chief Digital Officer, Canada School of Public Service 

Francois Brunet is an accomplished leader with a track record of driving digital transformation and innovation projects in the public sector. With extensive experience in information management, technology adoption, and strategic planning, Francois has made significant contributions to various projects within The Canada School and Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS). 

He has recently delivered the new Digital Learning Platform of the School, and made it an Enterprise solution so other Departments can also benefits from it. 

He initiated and adopted the cloud first policy at TBS and the Canada School. 


February 27th, 2024 from  9:00 AM to  2:00 PM


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