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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
  Control. Atl. Delete. And Then What? How to Optimize Transparency & Avoid Data Bias
  Not-So-Hidden Agendas: How Elected Officials Use Outside Groups to Promote Their Agendas

Lobbying Update I: Exploring Federal Lobbying Laws in the U.S. & Canada
  One Like, Two Likes, Three Likes, and A Follow! Navigating Public Engagement in a Fluid Social Media Environment
  Local Agency Roundtable: Steal this Wheel!
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Kay Williams First Timers & Conference Preview
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
  Not So Independent Expenditures: Coordinating Your Response

The Hazards of Boss Hogg’s Business Interests: How to Address Conflicts of Interest When Politicians are CEOs Too

As the Legislative World Terms – Or Doesn’t
  Hacking Ethics: Implications of an Emerging Civic Engagement
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Presentation of the 2017 Outstanding Service Award

7:00 pm
COGEL Dine-Arounds
   
MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast Table Topics
8:45 am - 10:15 am Conference Kick-Off & Plenary Session

Speaking Truth to Power: Lessons Learned from Two Leading Ethics Officials

Featured Speakers:

Mary Dawson,
Conflict of Interest & Ethics Commissioner of Canada
Walter Shaub,
Senior Director, Ethics, The Campaign Legal Center & former Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics

Interviewed By:

Trevor Potter,
President, The Campaign Legal Center & former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Election Commission

10:25 am - 11:55 am Concurrent Sessions 

Ethics Update I: Advice, Legislation, Litigation, & Organizational Updates
  Whistleblowers as Watchdogs: A Whistleblower’s Real-Life Pursuit of Justice in Illinois
  Social Media & Transparency Episode I: Return of the Social Media Jedi
  Election Threats & Voting Realities
  Preparing the Case I: The Nuts & Bolts of Thorough Investigations
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Plenary Luncheon

The Power of the Press: Why Democracy Dies in Darkness

Featured Speaker:

Kevin Donovan, Investigative Reporter & Editor, Toronto Star
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
  Plenary Spotlight: The Power of the Press in Action – The Rob Ford Story
  Great Expectations: Measuring Your Agency’s Success
  Social Media & Transparency Episode II: The Social Media Force Awakens
  Campaign Finance Update I: The “Must Know” Litigation Developments
  The Power of an Accurate List: Using List Maintenance to Avoid & Identify Voter Fraud
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm  Concurrent Sessions
  Independence in Ethics Oversight: Innovations & Lessons from the Corporate World
  Enforcement Update: What’s New in Investigations & Enforcements
  Election Update: Significant Developments & Noteworthy Controversies
  Commanding Presence: How to Think on Your Feet & Respond Eloquently Under Pressure
  Lobbying Update II: Exploring State, Provincial, & Local Lobbying Laws
6:30 pm
COGEL Dine-Arounds
   
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017
7:30 am - 8:45 am Breakfast Table Topics
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Conference Registration
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Plenary Session

Presentation of the 2017 COGEL Award

The Power of Transformative Leadership: Creating a Modern Public Service

Featured Speaker:

Steve Orsini, Secretary of the Cabinet, Head of the Public Service & Clerk of the Executive Council, Government of Ontario

10:15 am - 11:45 am Concurrent Sessions
  Campaign Finance Update II: Exploring Legislative & Regulatory Trends
  Leading is a Verb: Tools & Techniques for Leading Organizational Transformations
  I Can’t Confirm or Deny: Now What?
  Preparing the Case II: The Fundamentals of Witness Testimony
  If the Swamp Has A Revolving Door, How Can You Drain It?
1:00 pm - 3:15 pm Shiny New Innovations & Trainings: Drop In & See the New Technologies of COGEL Members
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
  Ethics Update II: Education, IT, & Financial Disclosure
  Taking a Byte Out of Corruption: Using Data to Investigate & Uncover Wrongdoing
  Make ‘em Laugh & Leave ‘em Wanting More: A Humour Training Toolkit
  Freedom of Information Update: Surveying the Legislative & Litigation Landscape
  Paid for By: Making Political Ad Disclaimers More Effective & Informative
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Plenary Session

The Power of Diverse Perspectives: Building Stronger Organizations

Featured Speaker:

Denise O’Neil Green, Ph.D., Vice-President of Equity, Community Inclusion, Ryerson University
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Annual "Mix & Mingle” Reception


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017
8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast & Annual COGEL Business Meeting
9:15 am - 10:30 am Concurrent Sessions
  Agency Jiu-Jitsu: Guarding & Advancing Your Agency’s Mission
  Following the Ethical Compass: Exploring Tools to Encourage Ethical Behaviour
  Shining a Light on Dark Money: Lessons Learned from Early Reform Efforts
  Rocking the Vote with Hard-to-Reach Groups: Closing the Gap in Electoral Outreach
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
  Did “Casino Jack” Really Change Washington? Abramoff – 10 Years Later
  Freedom of Information Roundtable
  I Got My Toes in the Water & My PAC in the Sand: Addressing Disclosure & Enforcement Issues When Federal PACs Splash into State & Local Elections
  Is Your Training Soooo Last Year? Discover the Most Fashionable Communications Tools
 12:00 pm COGEL Dine-Arounds

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