Mrs. Bourgon is the founding President of PGI, President Emeritus of the Canada School of Public Service and the Project Leader of the New Synthesis Initiative. She served as Deputy Minister in several major departments and as Clerk to the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet for Canada.
Mrs. Bourgon has vast international experience. She served as President of the UN Committee of Experts in Public Administration, President of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration & Management (CAPAM), and Ambassador at the OECD.
PGI can count on the contribution of a dedicated professional team.
Michel Bilodeau had a long and successful career in hospital management, including 18 years as CEO of large teaching hospitals. He joined PGI in 2012 as Vice-President where he oversees the administration of the company while maintaining a health care practice. His three most important assignments since joining PGI have been as Interim CEO of Bruyère Continuing Care and Kemptville District Hospital, and as Special Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Health on the James Bay area hospital.
Marcel Chiasson joined PGI in 2017 and is also senior associate at the Institute on Governance. Marcel worked for Public Works, Government Services, Treasury Board and Correctional Services.
He brings thirty years of experience in operational and strategic management. He has in-depth experience in business transformation, change and governance, process improvement, performance management, horizontal reviews and acquisitions. Marcel holds a Bachelor degree in Theology and Arts (Literature, History and Mathematics).
Daniel Leclair joined PGI in 2017 to act as an ambassador and offer workshops and consulting on NS transformational framework. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience related to the public and not-for-profit sectors.
He retired from the Canadian federal public service in 2015 after a 30-year career, including 20 years as an executive. He focused on service excellence, partnerships and transformation. Since 2015, Daniel has completed a number of transformational consulting and training assignments. Daniel holds a Graduate Diploma in Governance and Leadership from the University of Ottawa, a Master’s in Public Administration from Carleton University and a Graduate Diploma in International Development from the University of Ottawa.
Brian Johnson had a 35-year career in the Public Service of Canada, serving at the executive level in both line departments and central agencies. He has participated as a writer/analyst in several New Synthesis projects, notably the NS International Roundtables and preparation of A New Synthesis of Public Administration: Serving in the 21st Century (2011). He holds an MA in Economics from Virginia Tech, with a specialization in public choice theory.
Rachael has been the Research Director at Public Governance International since February 2014. Rachael is currently a PhD Candidate at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. She holds a BA in Political Science and History from McMaster University and an MA in Political Science and International Development from the University of Guelph.
Eric joined Public Governance International in July of 2017. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Public Administration at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa. His research concerns knowledge creation and dissemination in the field of public administration. Prior to joining PGI, Eric worked in scholarly publishing. He also occasionally assumes part-time teaching assignments at the University of Ottawa.
Grace Corona is an international and public relations professional with over 8 years of experience working at embassies and in multilateral settings. Grace brings extensive experience communicating and liaising with high-level government officials, diplomats and stakeholders. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, and is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Dr. Milley has significant professional experience in executive leadership development, policy research, and workplace learning from a successful career in the Canadian federal public service and post-secondary institutions. Prior to joining the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa in 2013, Dr. Milley was Director of Research for the New Synthesis in Public Administration project (2009-2011). He has researched and presented in numerous countries and has published on workplace learning programs , leadership and program evaluation. Dr. Milley completed his PhD in educational administration at the University of Victoria in 2005.
Rebecca J. Wakelin is a certified teacher who possesses a Master's degree in adult education and is currently completing a PhD in education. She has 10 years of experience in training, learning and curriculum development and is currently a consultant in curriculum development at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Rebecca will play a key role in the 2017 priority projects aimed at converting NS concepts into a curriculum, learning modules and learning tools to support knowledge dissemination. The result of this work will be used by facilitators conducting NS seminars, labs and workshops in Canada and abroad.
Mauricio R. Nothen is a PhD candidate in Public Administration, having completed previous graduate work in strategic thinking and defence policy. He possesses numerous years of experience in the public sector and has held program management and advisory positions in the municipality of Porto Alegre, Brazil. Mauricio will play a key role in the new research areas identified for 2017 on civic capacity building and collective problem solving.