LeadersGC: Inspiring the leader within
LeadersGC is a network of Canadian public servants that seize opportunities to put good ideas to work. Our mission is to provide platforms for public servants to engage with senior decision-makers. We want YOU to get involved! Read more of our story below.
How we started and where we are today
Two years ago, a team of federal public servants, led by Nick Frate, came together to explore ways to build engagement with public servants about issues that are relevant to them. In November 2015, the team decided to pilot a series of Twitter chats after work hours under the umbrella of #LeadersGC. Based on positive feedback and the number of returning participants to each chat, the team decided to continue organizing the chats into 2016 and onwards.
Since the pilot, LeadersGC has hosted 20+ Twitter chats on a monthly basis on topics like social leadership, mental health, diversity, policy development, innovation and digital diplomacy. We now have over 25 collaborators from coast to coast with different skillsets, collaborating virtually to deliver open discussions. The majority of the work being done by LeadersGC is in the background: planning, developing questions, translation, graphics design and promotion of the chats.
During our chats, LeadersGC has reached national visibility by trending in the Top 10 on Twitter in Canada. In fact, our chat with Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the Privy Council, reached the number one spot on Twitter. We’ve even gone beyond virtual chats by hosting live in-person events like the Night at the Museum chat with Alex Benay, Chief Information Officer for the Government of Canada. LeadersGC has also provided live coverage on social media for events like the Public Service Excellence Awards and Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign.
What’s next for LeadersGC
As we plan our next live discussions, we recognize that not everyone is on Twitter. To widen our reach and stay on the cutting edge of engagement tools, we’re exploring the use of new platforms. We’re also focusing on attracting public servants from other jurisdictions outside of the Canadian federal public service.
Our next open dialogue event is taking place on November 22, 2017 with guest Patrick Borbey, President of the Public Service Commission of Canada between 8:00 pm — 9:00 pm EST. Use the #LeadersGC hashtag to join the conversation!
Follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on our latest activities. If you’d like to get more involved, reach out to us— we would love to hear from you.