Conference Speakers

 Tom Gash
 The Truth About Commissioning Public Services

 Ontario’s provincial and municipal governments are concerned with finding  solutions and approaches on the best delivery mechanisms for public  services. This includes finding efficiencies, integrating and coordinating  human services across ministries, departments and at the local level as  well as who should do what. One solution is: commissioning public  services. But, what does it mean to include the private sector or  unorthodox partners in the provision of services we all care about? Who  wins? Who loses? And are these event the right questions to ask.

 Tom Gash is a Senior Fellow at the UK Institute for Government, a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and an independent adviser to government departments in the UK and internationally. Previously, he was Director of Research at the Institute for Government, which he joined as part of its set-up team in 2008, and before this was a Senior Policy Adviser at the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and strategy consultant.

From 2008-2015, Tom led the Institute for Government’s work on public service reform and the use of choice and competition to drive improvement in public services. He was one of the first teachers on the UK Government’s Commissioning Academy in 2013, delivered sessions for government ministers, and facilitated the creation of the UK government’s cross-government ‘payment by results’ network in 2012. Tom has led a wide range of projects on government commissioning, including an evaluation of UK human services markets that culminated in the publication Making Public Service Markets Work, and work with the Confederation of British Industry and a wide range of government departments that created a new standardized transparency clause for government contracts (to be trialed in the UK in 2016). Tom’s studies and advice at the Institute and subsequently have spanned a broad range of human services – employment, education, health, social care, offender management - and also examined services for users with multiple, complex needs. As an adviser at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the mid-2000s, he was involved in projects aimed at increasing choice and competition in corrections and immigration services.

 Sheila Regehr
 A Stronger Foundation: Why Guaranteed Annual Income Makes Sense

 Explore in a much deeper way what a Guaranteed Annual Income is, what it isn't, and  considerations related to moving in this direction from both a policy and practical  perspective. Examine the importance of aligning other income redistribution and  supportive policies and programs to support successful 

 Sheila Regehr is a founding member of the Basic Income Canada Network, it's  Chairperson since 2014 and former Executive Director of the National Council of Welfare.  Her 29 years of federal public service spanned front-line work, policy analysis and  development, international relations and senior management, with a focus on improving  fairness and equality, and on gender and race in particular. She has policy expertise in  areas of income security and taxation, such as child tax benefits, child support,  maternity/parental benefits, pensions and social assistance. Her insight also comes from  experiencing poverty as a young parent. Sheila is grateful, in her retirement, to have  resources, time and health to do volunteer work and help care for twin grandsons.  


 Stephen Carter
 Human Services, Politicians and the Public - Getting the Message Across

 The National Post, CBC and other political commentators have described  Stephen Carter as a "political mastermind." In reality, he is at the forefront  of a new political class focused on post-partisan politics. He works with  companies and organizations to develop and successfully deliver complex,  multi-stakeholder strategies. Stephen has won  several high-profile political  battles, two of them for Alberta's current premier. He led Alison Redford's  successful race for the Progressive Conservative Association leadership bid in  Alberta and victory as Premier. He was also the political strategist in Naheed  Nenshi's successful 2010 campaign for mayor of Calgary. 

 His roots in politics include serving as media liaison and strategies to Joe Clark  from 2001 to 2003. Carter has lent his expertise to a number of organizations  including the Salvation Army Agape Hospice, Millennium Park and The Alex  Community Health Centre.