Innovate On Demand

Todd Lyons, Val Sosa, Nat Crandall

With hosts Natalie Crandall and Valeria Sosa, Innovate on Demand is a podcast series centralized around the theme of Innovation – the good and the bad. In line with the Canada School of Public Service’s mandate for learning, this podcast will allow public servants, passionate about innovation, to learn and share “on demand” and their convenience. Produced by Todd Lyons on behalf of the Canada School of Public Service. An accessible version of this podcast can be found on the Canada School of Public Service’s external facing website.

All Episodes

A conversation with Aaron Schull, Managing director and general counsel, Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Sep 30

21 min 52 sec

Jutta Treviranus, Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre discusses  the centre's purpose, vision and mission of ensuring that emerging  technologies and their associated practices are inclusive of everyone.

Aug 11

22 min 40 sec

Kaveh Afshar discusses his experience working in the Chief Data Office at Environment and Climate Change Canada, and how that team works toward solving data problems through computer science, math and statistics.

Jul 13

21 min 52 sec

Christiana Cavazzoni, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister and Deputy Chief Information Officer from the Department of National Defence, reflects on her ten year career in the public service, and how innovation has evolved.

Apr 16

23 min 18 sec

How can we map data literacy within the public service, and how can organizations analyze their data competencies to further their data  readiness and maturity?

Mar 4

24 min 33 sec

In today's day and age, organizations must make experimentation an  integral part of business to keep pace with market leaders. But if it's  so vital, why aren't more organizations taking this approach? Nurturing curiosity, empowering every employee to spearhead change, and embracing failure can seem risky and inefficient.

Feb 3

22 min 35 sec

Have you ever had an idea that has the potential to innovate the public  service, and wished you had a peer group to act as a sounding board in  developing and presenting it? On this episode, Tracey Snow, Acting  Manager with the Canada Revenue Agency, talks about her experience with  this.

Jan 1

27 min 29 sec

In this episode, we sat down with Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of  Canada, to discuss transformation within the public service and its  impact on the way we use and interpret data.

Dec 2020

27 min 4 sec

In the digital sphere, the public service has come a long way in facilitating internal collaboration and adopting best practices from other governments and organizations. What skills and knowledge should we strive to increase, because as we discussed on a previous episode, what got us here isn't going to get us to the next level.

Nov 2020

19 min 25 sec

In an ideal organization, innovation can grow from the grassroots. Any person, at any level of the hierarchy, has the potential to shape the future – if their idea has potential. But is there room for meritocracy in a hierarchy?

Oct 2020

22 min 5 sec

You may have heard of their breakfast meetups, virtual coffees or their unconfernence, and wondered who are they? What do they do? Or perhaps even... why should you care? 

Aug 2020

18 min 34 sec

Innovation can be personal. New ideas, such as Emotional  Intelligence, can evolve and transform us. What can we do to to be  better humans, individually, and foundationally as a species?

Jul 2020

34 min 58 sec

Some of the most valuable lessons we learn are shaped by specific  experiences, both good and bad. On this episode, Keith Colbourne, Product Manager at the RCMP discusses how growth gained through personal experiences can lead to professional change.

Jun 2020

22 min 50 sec

How do you hire the right person for the job? In our federal public  service, the conventional method demands that applicants use a rigid  format, using specific keywords to map their education, skills and  experience onto a defined list of essential and merit criteria. Canada's  Free Agents went another way, assessing applicants against a set of  behavioural characteristics, to great success. Our guest this episode  says that whatever process we try to implement, in the end, it all comes  down to first impressions.

May 2020

50 min 18 sec

A Surge Team is a group of employees with no ongoing files. Instead,  they exist to tackle priority initiatives identified by Deputy Ministers  and other senior government officials. The assignments are time  sensitive, complex and innovative, and as such, depend on employees  suited to this type of dynamic work. But how do you find the right  people to perform in an environment of frequent change?

Apr 2020

19 min 1 sec

In 10 years, we've transformed from a public service where individual  blogging and tweeting was considered career-endangering activity, to one  that now hosts public-facing professional networking and collaboration  platforms. Our guest this episode was at or near the centre of the  projects that orchestrated our transformation from then to now.

Mar 2020

30 min 32 sec

Telework remains a contentious issue in the public service. Some  groups use it extensively. Others grant it only in extreme circumstances  and for limited periods of time, requiring proof of need in order to  prolong the arrangement, because after all, how can you manage people  you can't see? And how could a manager ever possibly consider  teleworking?

Feb 2020

47 min 57 sec

Whether you're a citizen or a business, wading through policy,  regulation and legislation can be difficult. How can a human being  navigate thousands of words written in complex formal and legal  vocabulary? Well, increasingly, we're trying to delegate that difficult  work to a helper better suited to the task: software. By converting  rules into code, we can concentrate instead on asking AI to provide us  with the details pertaining to our situation, such as eligibility,  benefits, obligations, and restrictions.

Jan 2020

43 min

The Lead of the Paper Plane Exchange at the Canada School of Public Service, talks about how work and volunteer experience outside of the Government of Canada can contribute to meaningful innovation within the public service. An accessible version of this podcast can be found on the Canada School of Public Service’s external facing website.

Dec 2019

28 min 47 sec

Our guest this episode worked for a mega corporation before joining the public service and experienced first hand how any organization can be bogged down as it scales up in size and complexity. He believes that success is tied to a willingness to adapt, so what has his experience been like since joining the public sector? An accessible version of this podcast can be found on the Canada School of Public Service’s external facing website.

Nov 2019

34 min 30 sec

Reflections, realizations, and suggestions for a path forward for those who've struggled to innovate in the public service: what to look for in other people and within yourself when the frustration makes you feel like quitting. An accessible version of this podcast can be found on the Canada School of Public Service’s external facing website.

Aug 2019

26 min 28 sec

It can be daunting, even depressing, to be a person with an idea inside a massive organization. After all, what can one individual to do effect change from within? On this episode of Innovate on Demand, Dana Landry asks us to consider the power of one. An accessible version of this podcast can be found on the Canada School of Public Service’s external facing website.

Jul 2019

36 min 22 sec

What's an Innovation Lab? What is Rapid Impact Assessment, and how is it different from Iteration? And how can acknowledging failure increase connectedness to the people affected, and bring a better outcome? More honest experiences from the field, on this edition of Innovate On Demand. An accessible version of this podcast can be found on the Canada School of Public Service’s external facing website.

Jun 2019

24 min 27 sec

What does innovation even mean? Is it the magic bullet for any problem that some people make it out to be? Is it something we should even be attempting in the public service, given what's at risk? Or is it the latest shiny thing we feel pressured to chase? An accessible version of this podcast can be found on the Canada School of Public Service’s external facing website.

May 2019

26 min 8 sec