SAINT-SAUVEUR, QUE. – Senior managers from all levels of government and all regions of Canada paused at the Lac Carling Congress to hear a tribute to Joe Galimberti, one of Canada’s most respected public sector leaders for three decades.
Galimberti, who built the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) into an exemplary organization dedicated to excellence in public service, died suddenly April 9 at the age of 65.
“There was never a better person or a better public sector leader than Joe Galimberti,” Brian Marson, special advisor, research and analysis, with the CIO Branch of the federal Treasury Board Secretariat, and a former IPAC national president, told the 225 delegates gathered on the first day of the 10th Lac Carling Congress on government transformation.
IPAC is a partner in the Lac Carling event – at Galimberti’s initiative – and is known for its educational events, research, publications, awards and assistance to other governments around the world, all in pursuit of establishing and maintaining the highest standards of public administration. IPAC’s achievements in Canada and internationally were led and inspired by Galimberti in his 31 years as executive director.
Marson noted that Galimberti and IPAC helped incubate other organizations over the years, including the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management and the Institute for Citizen Centred Service. He was never ambitious for himself, only for IPAC and the profession it represents, and was self-effacing, modest and respectful and caring of others.
“Today,” Marson said, “our prayers go out to his wife Carol and to his family. Our memories of Joe will be of a wonderful man who touched our lives, and who showed us both how to live and how to lead.” 069340