Synergy Session: The Changing Role of the Public Servant

The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development

Invites you to a

Synergy Session:
The Changing Role of the Public Servant

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Airport Comfort Inn, St. John's

How has the public servant’s role in providing advice, in implementing decisions and in delivering services changed over the years? How has the role of the public servant changed vis-à-vis the political level? How can the voice of the public service be enhanced in today’s cluttered policy ecosystem? In a polarized political environment, what structures exist to ensure that the public service remains non-partisan in providing advice to government? Can the public service continue to be an employer of choice when so many other attractive employment opportunities now exist? What are the challenges in continuing to attract high-caliber workers into the public service?

Join three senior public servants, representing each of the three levels of government, for an informal discussion about the changing role of the public servant:

  • Andrew Treusch is Associate Deputy Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, and the Federal Deputy Minister University Champion for Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Robert Thompson is the Secretary to Cabinet and the Clerk of the Executive Council of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Ron Penney is the recently retired City Manager for the City of St. John's and an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Memorial University

Listen to their opening comments and take part in the candid discussion session. This session is open to public servants at the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels, as well as to faculty, staff and graduate students of Memorial University. Government or Memorial University identification will be required for admission.

A hot lunch will be served. Registration fee (includes HST): $15

Registration by credit card only. To register securely, click here.

Deadline for registration: Wednesday, June 6th at 12:00 pm. Space is limited, so register early.

For more information, contact Mike Clair at or 864-7963.

The Harris Centre acknowledges the financial support of ACOA in undertaking its public policy activities.


The Harris Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000