Harnessing the Power of Blueprint 2020
Canada’s federal Public Service is a world-class institution. Even as our operating environment continues to change in fundamental ways, our institution must continue to anticipate and adapt to serve the needs of Canada and Canadians.
On June 7, 2013, the release of Blueprint 2020 launched a broad engagement process to validate a vision for a world-class Public Service, and to identify the actions required to make this vision a reality. Blueprint 2020 has helped shape a common perspective on the outcomes we are aiming for and the partnerships that I believe will be required to achieve them.
I am a firm believer in the Blueprint 2020 vision. It will guide our ongoing evolution, ensuring that the Government of Canada has the right people, systems and the processes to design and deliver high quality policies, programs and services to and for Canadians, now and in the future.
On May 12, 2014, Destination 2020, the report on the progress of the Blueprint 2020 engagement, was released. It committed to implementing a number of cross-government initiatives, which are now being rolled out. These initiatives together with the initiatives underway in each department and agency will move us to our goal of being agile, creative, and innovative. It will require all of our efforts to realize this goal.
Ours is an amazing mission, and an important mandate. We have a chance to make a difference for Canada and for Canadians. Blueprint 2020 has given us an opportunity to help our organizations excel in how we serve Canadians, and to shape the Public Service for the future. Sharing a vision alone will not be enough – we’re all personally accountable for building the Public Service of the future. The power of personal effort and ambition to excel is something we must harness as we take action at many levels – in individual work units, in departments and Public Service-wide.
I am excited about what the future holds. I am proud and honoured to have the privilege of serving as Clerk, and as Head of the Public Service. I have every confidence that together, we will take meaningful steps towards a Public Service of the future that is defined by nimbleness, adaptibility and high performance. Canadians expect this of us and deserve no less.
Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet
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