Call for Expressions of Interests: DEADLINE EXTENDED – IPAC/CAPPA Conference

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), founded in 1947, is Canada’s leading association bringing together public administrators and academics interested in the theory and practice of public management. Consisting of 19 regional groups, including the Manitoba region, which will host the 2019 Annual Conference, IPAC promotes the creation of networks among its members and is at the forefront of best practices and research in public administration in Canada.

IPAC’s 71st Annual Conference is the ideal forum for disseminating research results to researchers, experts and practitioners. The theme of the conference is “Public Sector Transformation: Action and Meaningful Change”. Transformation requires theory, reflection, and practice, and speakers will present their perspectives on four themes: public sector transformation, innovation and disruption, reconciliation in action, and digital government.

In IPAC’s tradition, this year we issue again a call for “expressions of interest” for participating in the conference, which includes papers, roundtable conversations, and posters. The proposals chosen from the submissions will be integrated into the conference program. They must be focused on research questions that reflect contemporary realities in the context of public sector transformation, the overarching theme of the conference.

Papers/Panel Sessions:

During the conference, the papers will be presented orally either in French or in English (presenters will be able to utilize Power Point or similar presentation software) in a panel with a maximum of three speakers and chaired by a facilitator / moderator. Ideally, papers will be part of a panel comprising researchers and practitioners. More specifically, the adjudicated sessions, lasting up to 90 minutes, allow to:

• Highlight research results related to the conference theme or sub-themes;

  • Increase the visibility of research work in the public administration or public policy fields; and
  • Establish and strengthen the collaborative links between researchers and practitioners from all regions of Canada.Roundtables:

    Roundtable proposals consisting of a group of 5-8 individuals focusing on different elements of a key issue or problem, can be submitted by one individual on behalf of the full panel. The submission should include a short description comprising: 1) the overall theme of the roundtable (150 words); 2) a short summary of the approach each presenter in the roundtable will take (250 words maximum); and, 3) the names/ institutional affiliation/ position/ brief bio of the roundtable members (100 words). Roundtables will:

  • Highlight research results related to the conference theme or sub-themes;
  • Increase the visibility of research work in the public administration or public policyfields and how it may connect with the work being done by practitioners; and
  • Establish and strengthen the collaborative links between researchers andpractitioners from all regions of Canada.


    Proposals for posters are welcomed from graduate students, practitioners, and academics focusing on research in the key theme areas. Each proposal for a poster should include: 1) an abstract outlining the research question, design, methods, data, and implications of the research (maximum 250 words); and, 2) the name(s)/institutional affiliation/ position/ brief bio of the researcher(s) (maximum 100 words).

    Key Dates



March 4, 2019

Launch of the call for papers

April 9, 2019

Deadline for paper proposal submission (Revised)

April 15, 2019

Adjudicated Papers Committee Response (acceptance, conditional acceptance or refusal)

May 25, 2019

Deadline for the submission of abstracts to be included in the preliminary program

August 18-21, 2019


Dates when panel presentations will be held

Submission Rules

1. The same person may not submit more than two proposals for scientific papers;
2. The applicant must submit, no later than April 9, 2019, a summary of no more than 500 words including:
– the title;
– the name of the author (s);
– contact information and institutional affiliation;
– a brief proposal or brief summary of the presentation / case study / comments / and the full document if available.

3. A curriculum vitae may be requested.

Transmission of documents

Authors interested in submitting a proposal must send, by April 9, 2019, the required documents by email to Andrea Migone, Director of Research and Outreach at IPAC at the following email address:
For more information, you may contact Mr. Migone by email or telephone at the following number: (416) 924-8787 ext. 228.

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