The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) has become a partner in the Lac Carling Congress, the respected e-government forum that brings officials from all three levels of government together once a year for a three-day exchange of news and views.
The new partnership was announced Sunday by IPAC vice-president Wynne Young at the opening of this year’s Congress in Saint-Saveur, Que. The Lac Carling Congress is produced by CIO Governments’ Review, and runs from May 16 to 18.
“IPAC’s direction, goals and pursuits in the world of public administration complement those of the Lac Carling Congress,” said Young, chair of the Saskatchewan Public Service Commission.
“IPAC has long admired Lac Carling’s horizontal approach, which brings all spheres of government together — with vendors — with a goal of seamless public service to Canadians.”
Young said IPAC has much in common with the Public Sector Service Delivery Council and the Public Sector CIO Council, the two organizations which drive most of the agenda at the Congress.
The partnership is intended to form a strong alliance to raise the profile, prestige and effectiveness of the two organizations, Young said.
Specifically, IPAC is to:
– Promote the partnership to IPAC members, as well as on the IPAC Web site;
– Pursue activities to raise the profile and goodwill of both organizations, and
– Provide a forum for discussions arising from the Lac Carling Congress in IPAC publications.
The Congress is to:
– Position IPAC as the national public service organization: partner for the Lac Carling program;
– Promote IPAC’s involvement in the Congress through publications and Web sites of IT World Canada, and
– Ensure an IPAC presence at Lac Carling sessions.
“The theme of ‘private sector/civil society working together’ is consistent throughout IPAC’s activities, especially in alliances such as Lac Carling,” Young said.
“A partnership between the groups seems natural.”