Synergy Session: The Changing Public Policy Landscape in Canada ... And How Universities Must Adapt

The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development invites you to a Synergy Session & Webinar.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 12:00-1:30pm NST, in the McCann Centre at Memorial, or online, via webinar.

Featuring Dr. Michael Atkinson, Executive Director

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

The nature of government and governance has undergone substantial change in the past several years. New concepts such as network governance and e-governance have emerged to guide new discussions on the nature of productivity in the public sector and on the implications of changing established managerial practices.

The last few years have also seen the intro­duction of new programs in public policy and administration at a number of universities, partially in response to these developments. To what extent should these programs seek to reflect the needs of the public service? Will the move to standardize these programs reduce their diversity and even their vitality?

This presentation will outline the rapidly changing landscape of public administration and public policy programs; discuss the opportunities and problems that attend accreditation; and provide some details on a bold experiment in inter-university collaboration: the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina and the University of Saska­tche­wan.

When registering, please specify whether attending in person or by webinar.

Dr. Michael Atkinson is the Executive Director of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. From 1997 to 2007, he served as the Provost and Vice-President Academic at the University of Saskatchewan. Michael is a graduate of the University of Alberta and holds a PhD from Carleton University. For 20 years, he taught at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he also chaired the Department of Political Science and served as Associate Vice-President Academic. Michael has published widely on topics related to corrup­tion, ethics, decision-making, and higher education. His work has won several awards and been reprinted in various anthologies. In the early 1990s, Michael served as editor of Governance: An Inter­na­tion­al Journal of Policy and Admi­nis­tration. He is the incoming President of the Canadian Political Science Association.

Deadline for registration: Friday, May 6th at 1:00 pm NDT. Admission is free, but registration is required. For those attending in person, lunch and parking are provided free, but space is limited, so register early. To register, contact Cindy Andrews at (709) 864-6186 or


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