Public Speaking

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I am regularly invited to give keynotes, speeches and presentations on Open Strategies, Negotiating, Collaboration, Conflict Management, Technology, Open Government and Open Data. To date I’ve given talks across Europe, and North America, as well as in Brazil, China, and South Africa.

In addition, I’m also frequently asked to give talks on how organizations or industries could be disrupted as well as on Gov 2.0 and Public Service Sector Renewal. Listed below are some of my recent talks. If you are interested in inviting me to give a presentation my speaking engagements are handled by The Lavin Agency.

Some of the recent talks I’m proudest to have given include:

  • Speaker and Facilitator, How to Hack Bureaucracies, White House Presidential Innovation Fellows Bootcamp, Washington, DC, June 19th, 2013.
  • Speaker, The Art of Negotiating in an Environmental Campaign, Greenpeace India, Bangalore, April 29 and 30th, 2013.
  • Speaker, Online Community Management – Core Skills & Strategy, Mozilla Corporation, Toronto, ON, March 27th, 2013.
  • Speaker, Public Service, Open Innovation and the future of Public Policy, Deputy Minister’s Committee on Social Trends, Policies and Institutions, Ottawa, ON, January 29th, 2013.
  • Speaker, Hacking Bureaucracies, Code for America, San Francisco, CA, January 24th, 2013.
  • Speaker, Gov 2.0, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston, MA, September 24th, 2012.

Some Upcoming Speeches, Panels and Presentations:

Speaker, Freedom of Information – Disruptive Thoughts, Canadian Freedom of Information Commissioners Conference, Vancouver, BC, October 8th, 2013.

Speaker, Technology, Disruption and the Real Estate Industry, Victoria Real Estate Board, Victoria, BC, October 2nd, 2013.

Panelist, Access to Information and Open Government, RightsWatch Conference, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Toronto, ON, September 21st, 2013.

Completed:

Keynote, Containers, Facebook, Baseball And the Dark Matter of Open Data, Canadian Embassy in Rome, July 10th, 2013.

Speaker and Facilitator, How to Hack Bureaucracies, White House Presidential Innovation Fellows Bootcamp, Washington, DC, June 19th, 2013.

Speaker, Open Data, Technology and the Future of the County, Strathcona County Senior Management Team, June 12th, 2013.

Speaker, Open Innovation and Real Estate ManagementThe Workplace Network, Ottawa, ON, June 10, 2013.

Speaker, The Art of Negotiating in an Environmental Campaign, Greenpeace India, Bangalore, April 29 and 30th, 2013.

Speaker, Open Data, Technology and the Future of the City, City of Surrey Senior Management Team, Mayor and Electeds, April 24th, 2013.

Keynote, Containers, Facebook, Baseball And the Dark Matter of Open Data, Municipal Information Systems Association Prairies Conference, April 16th, 2013.

Speaker, Online Community Management – Core Skills & Strategy, Mozilla Corporation, Toronto, ON, March 27th, 2013.

Keynote, Open Innovation, Disruption and Technology, Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association, Toronto, ON, March 7th, 2013.

Speaker, Disruption and Technology in Sport Organizations, ViaSport AGM, Vancouver, BC, February 28th, 2013.

Speaker, Public Service, Open Innovation and the future of Public Policy, Deputy Minister’s Committee on Social Trends, Policies and Institutions, Ottawa, ON, January 29th, 2013.

Speaker, Hacking Bureaucracies, Code for America, San Francisco, CA, January 24th, 2013.

Speaker, Technology, Disruption and the Real Estate Industry, Calgary Real Estate Board, Calgary, AB, January 16th, 2013.

Speaker (with Chris Vein), Open Data Master Class, World Bank & Prime Minister’s Office, Russian Federation, Moscow, December 12th, 2012.

Speaker, Open Data, Opportunities and Coming Conflicts, Chilean Government, Santiago, Chile, November 20th, 2012.

Speaker, Public Service, Technology and Policy, Canada School of the Public Service ADM Forum, Ottawa, ON, November 15th, 2012.

Speaker, Negotiation, Sodexo, Toronto, ON, November 13th, 2012.

Speaker, Technology, Open Government and Public Policy, School of the Public Service ADM Conference, Ottawa, ON, November 15, 2012.

Speaker, Presentation to the White House Innovation Fellows, The White House, Washington, DC, October 23rd, 2012.

Speaker, Technology, Disruption and the Real Estate Industry, Halifax Real Estate Board, Halifax, NS, October 5th, 2012.

Speaker, Gov 2.0, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston, MA, September 24th, 2012.

Speaker, Open Government and Access to Information, Access to Information Commissioner of BC Right 2 Know Week event, Vancouver, BC, September 21st, 2012.

Speaker, Gov 2.0: Lessons & Successes, NDI’s International Leaders Forum at the Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, NC, September 6th, 2012.

Keynote, The Science of Community Management, The O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON), Portland, Oregon, July 18th, 2012. (video here)

Keynote, Containers, Facebook, Baseball & the Dark Matter around Open Data, The World Bank/Data.gov International Open Government Data Conference, Washington, DC, July 11th, 2012. (blog post here)

Speaker, Public Policy and Open Data, Policy Matters Conference 2012, Edmonton, Alberta, June 19th, 2012.

Speaker, Innovations for Open Government: Can Transparency Promote Accountability, Equity, and Economic Inclusion?, The Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY, June 13, 2012. (Audio available here).

Panelist, The Open Government Partnership: Progress and Challenges, Personal Democracy Forum, New York, NY, June 12, 2012.

Speaker, Technology, Disruption and the Real Estate Industry, Remax of Western Canada Retreat, Kelowna, BC, June 5th, 2012.

Speaker, Technology, Disruption and the Real Estate Industry, Nelson BC Real Estate Board AGM, Nelson, BC, June 1st, 2012.

Speaker, Technology, Disruption and the Real Estate Industry, Kitchener-Waterloo Real Estate Board, Kitchener, ON, May 10th, 2012.

Keynote, Open Government, Saskatchewan 3.0 Conference, Regina, SK, April 24th, 2012.

Speaker, Open Government, The Council of Transparency Chile, Annual Conference, Santiago, Chile, April 19th, 2012.

Speaker, Open Government, Local Government Administration Association, Red Deer, Alberta, March 15th, 2012.

Speaker, Open Innovation in the Real Estate Sector, Vancouver Island Real Estate Board, Nanaimo, BC, February 24th, 2012.

Speaker, Open Innovation in the Real Estate Sector, Fraser Valley Real Estate Association Conference and Trade Show, Surrey, BC, February 3rd, 2012.

Panelist, DIY Open Source Culture and Learning Cultures: Who Leads Whom?, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC, December 9th, 2011.

Panelist, The Future of Journalism with David Eaves and Jer Thorpe, University of British Columbia Journalism School, Vancouver, BC, November 10th, 2011.

Speaker, Open Data and You, Vancouver High School Code-a-thon (organized by the BC Ministry of Education and the British Columbia Principals’ and Vice Principals’ Association),  November 7th, 2011.

Speaker, Technology, Open Innovation and the Future of Foreign Policy, Guest Lecture at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa, ON, November 2nd, 2011.

Keynote, Open Data, Open Government and the University, Open Access Week, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, October 27th, 2011.

Speaker, Opening Innovation, Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of British Columbia Board Retreat, Vancouver, BC, October 27th, 2011.

Opening Keynote, The State of Open Data 2011Open Government Data Camp, Warsaw, Poland, October 21st, 2011.

Speaker, Negotiation and Collaborating in Open Source Communities, Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit (TBC) – Portland, October 15-16th, 2011.

Co-Chair, the Code For America Summit, San Francisco, October 13-14th, 2011.

Speaker, Open Innovation and Strategy, British Columbia Real Estate Association – Vancouver, October 6th, 2011.

Panelist, Open Data: A World of Possibilities, 7th International Conference of Information Commissioners, Ottawa, ON, October 5th, 2011

Speaker, The Future of Digital Economy and Online Freedom in Canada, Vancouver, September 23rd, 2011.

Speaker, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Strategic Planning, Greater Vancouver Area, September 21st, 2011.

Interviewer, Charles Leadbeater (TBC), Toronto, September 19th, 2011.

Speaker, Negotiation and Collaborating in Open Source Communities, Mozilla All-Hands, San Diego, September 12-15th, 2011.

Panelist, Transparency: Towards a New Generation, Semana Nacional de la Transparencia, Mexico City, September 9th, 2011.

Keynote, The Future of Community Management, DjangoCon, Portland, Oregon, September 6th

Speaker, The Art of Negotiating in an Environmental Campaign, Greenpeace International, San Francisco, July 13th and 14th, 2011

Speaker, Negotiation Effectiveness and Community Management in Open Source Communities, Portland, OR, July 24th, 2011.

Speaker, The Art of Negotiating in an Environmental Campaign, Greenpeace International, Beijing, China, June 14th and 15th, 2011

Speaker, Open Strategies, Regulation and Safety, BC Safety Authority Strategy Planning Session, Vancouver, BC, June 1st, 2011.

Speaker, The Future of Open Data, MESH Conference, Toronto, ON, May 25th, 2011.

Speaker, Open Data and the Future of Government, CONSEGI Conference, Brasilia, Brazil, May 13th, 2011.

Speaker, Open Strategies and the Future of Canadian Real Estate, British Columbia Real Estate Association, Ottawa, ON, May 11th, 2011.

Panelist, Open Government, National Manager’s Community Workshop, Toronto, Ontario, May 5th, 2011.

Keynote, The Future of Open Data, Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA) of British Columbia, Nanaimo, BC, April 29th, 2011.

Speaker, The Art of Negotiating in an Environmental Campaign, Greenpeace International, Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 26th, 2011.

Speaker, Open Cities – lessons learned and what’s next, International Digital Citizenship Congress, San Sebastian, Spain, April 14th, 2011.

Keynote, Open Strategies and the Future of Canadian Real Estate, Canadian Real Estate Association AGM, Ottawa, ON, April 3rd, 2011.

Speaker, Open Development, Bridging the Gap Conference by Engineers without Borders, Vancouver, BC, March 25th, 2011.

Speaker, Future of the Public Service, Transport Canada, London, ON, Feb 24th, 2011.

Keynote, Just A Click Away Conference, Vancouver, BC, Feb 23rd, 2011.

Panelist on Open Cities, Tech@State, Washington, DC. Feb 11th, 2011.

Speaker, Government 2.0- A platform for collaborative governance, Library of Parliament, Ottawa, ON Feb 10th, 2011.

Presentation, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, Ottawa, ON, Feb 1st, 2010. (Video here)

Speaker, Open Strategies and the Future of Canadian Real Estate, Canadian Real Estate Association, Montebello, On, Jan 20th, 2011 (for CREA’s board strategy retreat)

Keynote, Open Government Data Camp, London, UK, Nov 18th, 2010.

Panelist, Access to Information Panel, OpenGovWest, BC, Victoria, BC, Nov 10th, 2010.

Keynote, Open Government, Citizen Services of the-FUTURE, Service BC, Nov 2nd, 2010.

Speaker, Open Access and the Opportunity for Universities, Open Access Week, University of British Columbia, Oct 20th, 2010, 3-4pm, Lillooet Room (301) at the Chapman Learning Commons, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Speaker, Open Data: Main Course or Ingredient?, System Scope Executive Breakfast, Ottawa, ON, Oct 5th, 2010.

Speaker, The Future of the Public Service, Financial Management Institute of Canada, Richmond, BC, Sept 29th, 2010. (event page)

Panelist, Conference for Parliamentarians: Balancing Openness and the Public Interest in Protecting Information, Ottawa, ON, Sept 28th, 2010

Speaker, Open Government and the future of Policy Development, Portugal Tecnológico 2010, Lisbon, Portugal, Sept 23rd, 2010.

Speaker, The Future of the Public Service, Ontario Digital Showcase 2010 (Government of Ontario), Toronto, ON, Sept 22nd, 2010.

Speaker, The Opportunity of Open Data and Regions, Edmonton, Alberta, Sept 20th, 2010.

Speaker, How Open Data is Making Vancouver Better, O’Reilly Media Gov 2.0 Summit, Washington, DC, Sept 8th, 2010. (video here)

Speaker, The Future of the Public Service, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Managers Retreat, Chiliwack, BC June 26th, 2010.

Speaker, GovCamp Toronto, Toronto Reference Library, June 17th, 2010. (register here)

Panelist, Opening up Government Data, Lac Carling 2010, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, June 16th, 2010.

Keynote, The Future of Open Government, MISA Annual Conference 2010, Niagara Falls, Ontario, June 15th, 2010.

Panelist, Personal Stories from the Open Government Movement, GovCamp Ottawa, Ontario, June 1st, 2010. (Live blog here)

Speaker, Local Government 3.0: Using the Web to cut costs and serve citizens better, Federation of Canadian Municipalities 73rd Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, May 28th, 2010

Speaker, Open Data, Baseball and Government, Gov2.0 Expo, Washington, DC, May 26th, 2010. (Video of my talk here)

Convener, Discussion on Open Government, Mesh, Toronto, Ontario, May 18th, 2010.

Panelist, Rethinking Government, Collingwood Conference, Collingwood, Ontario, May 15th, 2010.

Speaker, Social Media and the Future of the Public Service, Knowledge Talks at HRSDC, Ottawa, May 14th, 2010

Speaker, FutureEverything Conference, Vancouver, BC, May 13, 2010.

Moderator, Open Government Panel, Northern Voice, Vancouver, BC, May 7, 2010.

Panelist, Closing Panel, CIO Summit, Cornwall, ON, April 28, 2010.

Speaker, The Future of Open Government, Industry Canada, Ottawa, ON, April 27, 2010.

Panelist, Challenges of Open Government in Canada, GOL Communications Ottawa, March 25th, 2010.

Speaker, The Future is Open: Government, Policy and the Public Service, IPAC, Vancouver, March 23rd, 2010.

Panelists, What Guys are Doing to Get Women into Tech, SXSW, Austin TX, March 13, 2010.

Panelists, Social Business Design, Connect IT Conference, Ryerson Business Faculty, March 11th, 2010.

Speaker, Open Government in Canada, O’Reilly’s Gov 2.0 International Online Conference, March 11th, 2010.

Panelist, Open City Workshop, City of Edmonton, March 6th, 2010.

Panelist, Open Government: Is a “Wiki” Government a Transparent Government?, Taking Stock of Tech, Centre for Law, Technology, and Society, University of Ottawa, March 5th, 2010.

Speaker, The Future is Open, Public Policy Forum Breakfast, Ottawa, March 5th, 2010.

Speaker, Collaboration and Open in Science, Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Feb 17th, 2010.

Speaker, Re-Designing the Public Service for an Open Era, Ontario College of Art & Design, Jan 14th, 2010. (Video here)

Speaker, Open Government and Open Data, Seattle City Council, Seattle, Dec 9th, 2009.

Speaker, The Future of Policy and Public Service, Health Canada Managers Conference, Vancouver, Dec 8th, 2009.

Panelist, Open Government, Toronto Innovation Showcase, City of Toronto, Nov 2-3rd, 2009. This event will be webcasted)

Panelist, Right to Know Week, Conference for Parliamentarians: Transparency in the Digital Era, Organized by the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada, Sept 29th, 2009.

Speaker, The Future of Policy and Public Service, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, Sept 21st, 2009.

Speaker, Creating Cities that Think Like the Web: Why Open Data Matters, Municipal Information systems Association (MISA) WEST Conference 2009, Sept 17, 2009.

Speaker, Open Vancouver: Creating a City that Thinks Like the Web, Presentation to City of Vancouver Staff, June 16th, 2009.

Speaker, Open Vancouver: Creating a City that Thinks Like the Web, Open Web Vancouver, June 11th, 2009.

Speaker, Technology, Social Change and the Future of Government, Samara, June 4th, 2009 (notes via Alison Loat here).

Speaker, The Future of the Public Service, a series of lectures conducted for Health Canada in Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa (twice) and Halifax from Feb 23rd to Mar 11th, 2009. (excerpt here)

Speaker, FreeWork: Technology, Generational Change and the Public Service Sector Renewal, Statistics Canada Deputies Retreat, Nov 26th, 2008. (excerpt here)

Keynote on Free Work: Gen Y, Technology and the Future of the Public Service, Ministry of Children and Youth Services I&IT Cluster, Nov 6th, 2008.

Panelist on The 2008 U.S. Presidential Election: A Republican and a Democrat Go Head-to-Head: Is Canada on the Radar Screen? with Scotty Greenwood, Jim Kolbe, and Taylor Owen at The Banff Forum, Oct 10th, 2008.

Keynote on Free Work: Technology and Public Service Sector Renewal, Association of Public Sector Information Professionals, Summit 2008, Ottawa, May 8th, 2008.

Free Work: Gen X, Gen Y and the Future of the Public Service, Multigenerational Workplaces Forum, Edmonton, Jan 15th, 2008.

Keynote on Public Service Sector Renewal, Technology and Web 2.o, Correction Services Canada, Information Management Services, Cornwall, Jan 7th, 2008.

Panelist on Networks and Networking in the Public Service, IPAC Toronto Region 2007 Conference: Beyond Bureaucracy, Toronto, Nov 16th, 2007. (blog post here)

Keynote on Public Service Sector Renewal, Technology and Web 2.o, Treasury Board Secretariat’s Executive Summit, Montebello, June 19th, 2007.

Keynote on The Future of Progressive Politics, Vision Vancouver Policy Conference, Vancouver, June 9th, 2007 (blog posts here).

Keynote on Does the Public Service Matter to Generation Y?, Association of Professional Executives of the Federal Public Service of Canada (APEX) 2007 Symposium: Public Service Matters – Says Who?, Ottawa, May 9th, 2007. (blog posts here).

North-South Dialogue Around the Melting Northwest Passage (with Robin Anawak), Millennium Scholarship Foundation ‘Think Again’ Conference, Ottawa, Sept 30th, 2006.

Keynote on Intergenerational Issues in Public Policy Development, Department of Heritage, Government of Canada, Ottawa, Dec 13th, 2005.

Panelist on Changing Canadian Foreign Policy, Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute Annual Conference, Ottawa, Nov 1st, 2005.

Middle to Model Power – the future of Canadian Foreign Policy, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa, May 31th, 2005.

Keynote on The Future of Canadian Foreign Policy, Radio Canada International, Montreal, Apr 13th, 2005.

Panelist on Canadians in the World: Making a Difference?, Canada in the World Conference, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, Montreal, Feb 17th, 2005.

Negotiation, Strategic Relationship Management and Open-Source as Community Management

Enabling Healthy Open Source Communities: Case study — Thunderbird (presented with Dan Mosedale) Free Software and Open Source Symposium, Seneca College, Oct 23rd, 2008. (blog post here)

Open Source as Community Management, Free Software and Open Source Symposium, Seneca College, Oct 25th, 2007. (blog post here, speech viewable here)

Open Source as Community Management, Facilitating Collaboration On-Line. Web of Change 2007, Hollyhock Leadership Institute, Sept 20th, 2007

Keynote on Collaborative Decision-Making, Ontario Legislative Assembly Staff, Toronto, May 11th, 2007.

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