Professional Development Week (PDW)

What is PDW?

PDW is the premier training event for public sector IM, IT and Digital Professionals. Discuss your desire to attend with your immediate supervisor and obtain his/her commitment to approve your attendance and update to your learning plan today!

 For more than 50 years, DPI has been providing leading edge learning and networking events, and this year’s event promises to provide opportunities to engage, network, knowledge share, learn and grow. We will continue to bring our delegates a great balance of technology, communication and leadership topics: from building digital capacity and AI to the importance of avoiding burnout and designing for all – inclusion and accessibility. As we all continue to build and navigate roads in our professional careers, DPI is a pillar that can provide essential learning and development opportunities to support you along the way.

Will PDW be held virtually?

Yes, due to Covid-19 restrictions, PDW will be held virtually this year. We hope to return to a hybrid model (in-person and virtual) in 2022.

What is the cost to attend PDW?

Employees within organizations that have purchased an Enterprise Pass will then be eligible to register for an account on our virtual platform at no additional cost. Please consult our “Registration” page under the “Professional Development Week” section on our website for further details on which organizations have purchased enterprise passes. For Enterprise Pass Costing please email

Note: DPI incurs costs for every registered participant. Please only register if you intend to attend and if you need to cancel, please inform

What is the process to purchase a pass?

Please consult our “Registration” page under the “Professional Development Week” section on our website for further details. There are different ways to purchase passes for the conference.  The preferred method of payment is by credit card but we also offer other alternatives, like Purchase Orders (PO).  Your organization can contact the DPI Office by email at or by phone at (613) 7-DPI-DPI to discuss the purchase process.

Are the number of virtual passes we will receive based on the number we purchase?

The pricing for the Enterprise Pass is based on the number of CS employees in the organization, but many other classifications may be interested as well. We want to welcome IS, SP, ES, PM and more! PDW is a great experience for those in UX, information management, data science, digital government, and more!

How do I know if my organization has purchased tickets?

Please consult our “Registration” page under the “Professional Development Week” section on our website for further details on which organizations have purchased enterprise passes.

What if we have a credit from PDW 2020?

For those that purchased and paid for passes for PDW 2020 and did not request a refund, we will apply it as a credit against the purchase of these enterprise passes and if there is still a credit we can hold the credit for the following year (PDW 2022) or issue a refund for the difference.

What virtual platform will you be using for PDW 2021?

PDW 2021 will be held using the Pheedloop platform. In preparation for the event all attendees should watch Pheedloop’s detailed tutorial video for attendees available at the following link:

Is the Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony included in the PDW event?

Each year, DPI holds an annual Gala and Awards ceremony where we recognize the accomplishments of the community and provide some fun entertainment. Registration for this event is done separately from PDW.

The evening includes presentations of the DPI Lifetime Affiliate and Fellow awards and the TBS Digital Government Community Awards.

This event is open only to DPI affiliates and invited guests.  DPI Affiliates can attend for FREE and registration will be done through the DPI Website.

Event Platform

Can I share my PDW2021 account/pass with other people?

There are a few reasons why you cannot share your account/pass with other people. However, the good news is you don’t need to share your account because unlike previous PDWs, where passes were limited, this year we are piloting an Enterprise Pass model. This means that if your organization has purchased an enterprise pass, anyone in your organization can attend at no additional cost!

  • Sharing undermines trust. Your access to the event is based on your account profile (name, email address and password) and as such should not be shared with anyone else. If our participants aren’t really who they say they are, a whole portion of the event experience (i.e. networking, communication, prizes, etc.) is compromised.
  • Sharing puts people at risk. Sharing account profile information makes it impossible to verify identity. Incorrect identity makes it impossible to enforce behavior during the event and violates our code of conduct.

How do I get access to the PDW2021 event?

If your organization has registered for an Enterprise Pass (confirmed organizations are listed here), you should receive an email with instructions on how to register for the event platform. If you have not received the email, please contact your organization lead.

What are the technical requirements for participating in the virtual event?

To ensure the best user experience, it is recommended that you disconnect from VPN and access the conference using a modern browser (Google Chrome , Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari) on a laptop or desktop with an internet connection of at least 25 Mbps. (Note: Internet Explorer is not supported. Depending on your organization’s firewall rules, the site may be blocked so ensure you test in advance and be prepared to join using a personal device if you encounter problems.)

Is the event down or is it just me?

It’s very possible something has gone wrong! We’re going to be posting tech status updates on our twitter feed: @dpi_canada. Check in there to get updates, or report an issue by tweeting us!

Are any sessions being offered in French?

We are happy to announce that we will be providing closed captioning in both official languages (English and French) for all sessions. To ensure the best experience, we are asking speakers and sponsors to speak in one language only, so that the captioning software can consistently translate into French.

Will the event be accessible?

We are happy to announce that we will be providing closed captioning in both official languages (English and French) for all sessions. This helps us move the bar further with respect to accessibility and inclusion.

Will recordings of the session be available and can I get a copy of the speaker’s slides?

Some of our presenters will allow us to share a recording of their presentations and slides. You will find this content on the Pheedloop platform and presentations will be posted in the Affiliates Only section of our website! Unfortunately, for copyright reasons, we cannot share all the presenters’ presentations. (We have some recordings from our past events in the Affiliates Only section, too, if you want more DPI!)

What do I do if I witness or experience unacceptable behaviour?

Contact us immediately! If you witness or experience unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, you are encouraged to come forward immediately, either via direct messaging to the host at one of our virtual events or by emailing


Who can become a DPI Affiliate?

Affiliation in DPI is free and open to any public sector information professional, 18 years of age or older, who is an employee (Indeterminate, Term, full time or student) of a federal, provincial, or municipal government, public sector agency, Crown Corporation, educational institute or other public authority.  The term “employee” does not include contractors or people hired through an agency.

Is Affiliate status limited to only those employees who are in the CS (Computer Systems) classification?

Any public service employee working in the digital field, whether they are CS, AS, PM or from another group and classification, are eligible for affiliation in DPI.  The organization provides a wide variety of breakfast seminars and workshops ensuring to have something that would be of interest and value to all IM/IT professionals.

Why should I join DPI?  What are the benefits?

The primary benefit the Association has to offer is the excellent opportunities in learning, career development and networking.  DPI provides free access to seminars and mentoring sessions throughout the year.  DPI fully supports and provides access to the Information Systems Professional (ISP) certification (through DPI’s affiliation with the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS).

How much does it cost to become an affiliate?

It is free to become a DPI Affiliate!

How do I register to become a DPI affiliate?

Registration is simple, just complete the online application form.


How do I become a sponsor of DPI and what are the benefits?

Corporate sponsorship assists DPI in offering free seminars throughout the year and providing PDW at such a low cost to participants.  Our sponsorship portfolio will be more than happy to provide you with the latest information on the benefits of working with DPI.  For further details, you can contact our Sponsorship team at


What is a Spot Code?

This is a Code placed somewhere within, for example, the DPI Website, Exhibitor booth, feedback form or a Tweet. The Spot Code is a short representation related to what the spot code is connected to, and is typically capitalized with no spaces (numbers may also be used). For example, “DPIREG” may be used within the DPI Webpage under Affiliate Registration. Some Spot Codes may be issued to you if you visit an Exhibitor Booth.

For a full list of eligible spot codes visit our Gamification page.

What do I do with a Spot Code?

Each Spot Code has a certain number of points allotted to it. Within the Gamification Option on the sidebar of the Pheedloop platform, enter your code, click on Claim Points, and watch your points soar! Collect as many points as you can. There is a leaderboard to see how your friends and colleagues are doing. These accumulated points can be used for chances to earn prizes.

Can I enter the same code twice?

No, codes can only be entered once per attendee per event. Once entered, you cannot remove the code either.


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