About the Event

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”. Looking back at a year of battling the pandemic, public servants across Canada have proven the famous quote of Hellen Keller right.

The disruption caused by the pandemic put everyone in unchartered territories and forced us to find new ways to continue our everyday lives. In this time of crisis, public servants stood up to the challenge and worked continuously to keep communities afloat: adapting to new procedures and pivoting cross-functional and jurisdictional collaboration like we have never seen before.

The past year has proven the essential role of public servants. The efforts of these ‘Hidden Heroes’ often happens behind the scenes, where they are working tirelessly to ensure the support of citizens. In honour of the resilience of our ‘Hidden Heroes’, QCC is pleased to host this virtual panel discussion looking back at a year battling COVID-19.

We are honoured to be joined by the The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, who will participate as a panelist along with representatives of the Ontario Public Service. The discussion will be moderated by TVO journalist Steve Paikin.

  • The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • Barb Simmons, Director, Policy, Citizenship and Immigration Division &  Office of Women’s Issues
  • Christopher Gonsalves, Director of Strategy and Delivery at Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
  • Emily Tamfo, Sr. Product Manager at The Ontario Cabinet Office
  • Ron Kelusky, Chief Prevention Officer at the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
  • Spencer Daniels, Senior Product Manager, TBS.

The event will be moderated by TVO’s Steve Paikin.

Date and Time

April 22nd, 2021, 4:30-6:00 pm

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