RPIC Speaker Series



Upcoming Events:

Creation of a GoC “How to Guide” for the Progressive Return to the Workplace

September 16 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST

Natalie Leclerc, MA-Lead, ITIL, PMP, Senior Director, Workplace Solutions, Real Property Services, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Jill Kurth, Western Regional Practice Leader, AECOM Strategy+

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and AECOM Strategy+ led the collaborative efforts leading to the development of a “how to guide” for deputy heads and their departmental leaders, teams, and managers to develop a staged and phased progressive return to workplace.

The guide covers the stages that move from recovery/resumption to the changing normal. Focussed on giving practical information, the guide offers an agile approach for the overall process with an eye on activities and desired outputs. The overall outcome highlights the opportunities for change in a time of disruption that can help embrace elements of culture, productivity, and employee experience to name a few.

The guide could not have been developed without the significant contributions and inputs of the following departments: Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and Health Canada, which was a sustained effort by this small team of subject matter experts over a very short period.

Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QZRTZ4CuShWcYKVd1wFmUA 

Presenter Bios

Speaker: Natalie Leclerc, MA-Lead, ITIL, PMP, Senior Director, Workplace Solutions, Real Property Services, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Natalie has been with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) since October 2016, leading impactful projects and initiatives such as the recent Government of Canada Real Property Services (RPS) Common Service Provider Guidance for Easing of Restrictions for safe return to workplaces. She was previously with the Security Branch, ensuring the delivery of the mobile security access application for the GCWorkplace pilots. She also led the Corporate Services Sector for the Parliamentary Precinct Branch, and leading the RPS Service Catalogue, as well as the Demand Management and Capacity Planning functions in support of RPS’ Service Management and Delivery realignment.

Prior to PSPC, Natalie spent three years with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), leading the deployment of the SAP module for the CBSA Accounting Revenue and Management function and leading national training delivery as the Senior Director of the CBSA College.

Previously, she spent over 7 years with the RCMP in HR, IM/IT and Program roles. Before joining the Federal Public Service, she spent several years in the private sector as a senior management consultant specializing in Strategic Project Delivery and Change Management. Before that, she spent over 15 years in Telecom, her last years as a senior executive.

Natalie holds a Masters in Leadership, an Honours undergrad in Economics and Sociology, as well as certifications in Project Management (PMP) and Service Management (ITIL).

Speaker: Jill Kurth, Western Regional Practice Leader, AECOM Strategy+

Jill has been with AECOM Strategy+ since December 2016, leading projects at the intersection of strategy, communications, and business planning. Jill collaborates with government, corporate and academic clients to enhance their institutional and business performance by integrating their strategic mission with capital and operational investments. Jill is skillful at creating and maintaining trusted relationships that deliver tangible impact and measurable outcomes. An expert in strategic planning, capital planning, change management and digital transformation projects, Jill is adept at using engaging strategies to ensure collaboration and transparency across diverse partners and stakeholders.

Recent collaborations include Canada’s National Research Council and the development of strategic guidelines and methodology for measurement and alignment of R&D business requirements with asset efficiency; Queens University (Kingston) and creation of a phase by phase strategy and implementation plan for the consolidation of the Departments of Physics, Chemistry and the School of Computing; Ryerson University (Toronto) and the creation of an academic business model to integrate multiple departments and facilities under a new vision, mission and operational framework for learning and research.

Jill has over 15 years’ experience in strategy and design consulting with public and private sectors across North America and Asia. Jill holds a Masters in Urban Planning and Honours in undergrad Economics and Spanish, as well as a certified PROSCI change practitioner. Jill is on the Advisory Board of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

Past Events:

Asset Management: A Better Plan B! 

Bernard Gaudreault, MIAM, CEO, Planifika
Mathieu Gauthier, ing. MBA, Manager - Infrastructure, St. Lawrence Seaway

The better Plan B is a robust Plan A. The current pandemic impacts people managing assets and challenges the efficiency of an organization's Plan B response. But what constitutes a good Plan A? How can an organization integrate an asset management journey aimed at optimizing its value by reducing cost, improving performance and reducing risks? The St. Lawrence Seaway will share how they have embarked on such a journey.

The pandemic outbreak also provides an opportunity to document initiatives and develop programs that can strengthen an organization's Plan B, or resilience, by controlling risks, improving operational continuity and enabling teams to work harmoniously. Current trends and opportunities observed in the public sector will be discussed, in particular how the St. Lawrence Seaway was able to navigate through the pandemic disruption so far.

Click here to download a copy of the presentation.

Presenter Bios

Speaker: Bernard Gaudreault, MIAM, CEO, Planifika

Bernard Gaudreault is one of the founding members of the Canadian chapter of the Institute of Asset Management (IAM) from which he also holds a certification. His expertise is recognized across Canada namely due to his acquired technical depth, practical experience and methodical approach. Bernard Gaudreault launched Planifika in 2005, a company that has grown into a multidisciplinary consulting firm specialized in asset management and that includes a large client base from the public sector.

Speaker: Mathieu Gauthier, ing. MBA, Manager - Infrastructure, St. Lawrence Seaway

Mathieu Gauthier is a Senior engineer, who obtained a B.Ing. from Université de Sherbrooke and MBA from HEC / Université de Montréal. He joined the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2014 after nearly 10 years in industry. He presently manages the planning, budgeting, coordination of engineering work and infrastructures, as well as the implementation of health, safety and environmental standards. He also provides leadership and supervision to engineering and technical staff.

Return to Work: Work the data!

Moderator: Wayne Liko, Managing Partner, Horizant and RPIC Board Member

What does a safe return to work look like? The unprecedented unknowns of the new workplace will require ongoing analysis and adjustment. Come listen to public sector clients (ESDC, House of Commons) speak to how data and technology is guiding the safe and careful return to work. The discussion will include various use cases to address immediate term needs but also how these solutions will service whatever the steady state is in the future. Join in the discussion on how real property professionals are becoming data scientists to make informed decisions to keep employees and the workplace safe.

Presenter Bios

Moderator: Wayne Liko, Managing Partner, Horizant and RPIC Board Member

As an active member of the RPIC Board of Directors, Wayne has co-chaired the Forum on the Workplace workshop. With over 25 years in the Real Property and Facilities Management industry, Wayne has provided technology data solutions across the public sector, including 28 Canadian Federal Government departments. Ottawa based Horizant is a leading North American technology consulting firm bridging the gap between Real Property, Information Technology and Human Resources.

RPIC Town Hall

The future of the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) and what it means for you!

Join Sonia Powell, President of RPIC and her executive board members on June 19th, as we close out National Public Service Week to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on RPIC activities. Learn how RPIC is pivoting to continue to meet its vision of developing a high-performing federal real property community that effectively shares knowledge to modernize and improve its professional practices.

The RPIC team has been working hard behind the scenes to move to an on-line format that will provide year-round professional development, allowing for not only continued professional development for our community but for wider reach that allows more of you to participate!

We look forward to telling you all about it!