Canada's Pandemic Response: Key Learnings for Building our Future
The Compassion Revolution Series: Article 2
Françoise Morissette, Queen’s IRC Facilitator, 2020
What if the entire population becomes vulnerable due a pandemic? COVID-19 took the world by surprise, then by storm, compelling us to adapt to new realities which considerably impact our individual, social and professional lives. The Canadian Federal Government, responsible for leading the pandemic crisis response, had to take effective and swift action in a rapidly shifting environment, driven by a new and mysterious threat. Implementing a multitude of effective responses across the country during COVID-19 posed a significant challenge for the Federal Government with regards to speed, agility and performance.
In this paper, Françoise Morissette explores Canada’s pandemic response, and how this fits into the Compassion Revolution Series. First, she looks at the pandemic response through the lens of the 4D action learning process - Define, Discover, Design and Do. Next, she explores how we are facing the storm in the present, how we have learned from experience and built capacity through past pandemics, and how a blueprint for the future is beginning to emerge. (Sections of this paper on the Past, Present and Future are also available on our website.)
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Introducing Virtual Seats for Queen’s IRC programs
We are creating virtual seats for many of our programs, with some using a blended in-class/remote learning model, and some as fully virtual programs.
We plan to deliver synchronous virtual learning, where all participants attend the program live as it happens. In addition to the live sessions, there may be some homework or offline work to complete before the next session. If you missed our announcement last month, you can read it here: Introduction of Virtual Seats.
What does a Queen’s IRC virtual seat look like? Please see our website for more details: Expectations for Virtual Learning with Queen’s IRC
Programs with Virtual Seats
We have just added virtual seats to additional programs for the fall - please watch for more updates or contact us at IRC@QueensU.ca.
*If we are unable to offer these programs in-person, they will run in a fully virtual capacity.
Community of Practice Webinars and Community Meetings
Queen’s IRC is pleased to bring you a series of free Community of Practice (COP) webinars and online meetings, to allow the IRC community to connect with our facilitators and discuss burning issues in labour relations, human resources and organizational development.
The upcoming sessions are noted below - we expect them to run about 45 minutes each via Zoom.
Upcoming COP Sessions
If registration is full, you will be redirected to the waiting list.
Redefining Trust During the Pandemic - with Queen’s IRC Facilitator Linda Allen-Hardisty (Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 11 am ET) Registration
Designing Organizations: How Organizational Capabilities Are Shifting - with Queen’s IRC Facilitator Brenda Barker Scott (Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 11 am ET) Registration
Talent Management Post-COVID-19 - with Queen’s IRC Facilitator Diane Locke (Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 11 am ET) Registration
Leveraging Pandemic Learnings - (Part 1) Present: Facing the Storm with - with Queen’s IRC Facilitator Françoise Morissette (Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 11 am ET) Registration
Leveraging Pandemic Learnings - (Part 2) Past: Learning from Experience - with Queen’s IRC Facilitator Françoise Morissette (Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 11 am ET) Registration
Leveraging Pandemic Learnings - (Part 3) Future: Blueprint for Sustainable Success - with Queen’s IRC Facilitator Françoise Morissette (Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 11 am ET) Registration
Building a Successful Post-Pandemic Future - with Queen’s IRC Facilitator Françoise Morissette (Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 11 am ET) Registration
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For an overview of our professional development training please check out our Welcome to Queen’s IRC video.