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Toddcast

52 EpisodesProduced by Todd LyonsWebsite

A podcast for, and about, public servants.

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Child of a Child

March 4th, 2020

At the heart of every Toddcast episode is a personal conversation. Editing reduces it for length, accelerates the story for dramatic effect and puts everything in the correct order when events are remembered out of …

The Jagged Path

October 13th, 2019

Mackenzie Kitchen shares a truth that we should all take to heart. There is no straight path to success.

Listener Questions

September 8th, 2019

On this, the 50th episode of Toddcast, Todd answers questions about himself, the podcast, and the podcasting medium.

Inaccessibility

August 11th, 2019

Ten years into her public service career, now moving to Ottawa, Jen Ferris is ready to see whether her next ten years have more of the same …

Born Blind

July 14th, 2019

Abandoned on the street. Apprehended by police. Admitted to an orphanage. The story of Jen Ferris in her own words.

Indigenous Reconciliation

June 9th, 2019

Roles and approaches for Public Servants interested in making meaningful strides along the pathway towards Indigenous Reconciliation.

Transgender Too

May 12th, 2019

Last season we spoke with Kathryn Foss. She's a Major in the Canadian Armed Forces who has served for nearly 30 years and a transgender woman who was just beginning her journey into transition. On this episode, a …

Men Behaving Badly

April 14th, 2019

Greg White and Pierre-Luc Poisson on male privilege, feminism, and masculinity.

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Dominion Sculptor

March 10th, 2019

Phil White, sculptor and carver, on the preservation of Canada's architectural heritage and the creation of new, original works of art documenting …

Coming to Canada

February 10th, 2019

We're a country of immigrants, but many of us don't give much thought to what that means. On this episode, a discussion with someone deeply aware of a life they escaped, and the gift they try to repay in their daily …

Steve

January 13th, 2019

A personal journey through opioids.

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Meet Chantal Lewis

December 9th, 2018

Chantal had firm plans to be something before a setback… and another path opened unexpectedly.


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Meet Lily Spek

November 11th, 2018

A completely spontaneous conversation with my colleague Lily Spek on singing, and life as a Free Agent.

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Disability Management, with Elizabeth Ellis

October 14th, 2018

On any given day, about 1 in 10 members of Canada’s workforce is absent due to illness or injury.

Part of this comes from our aging society, but all of us are susceptible when stress, anxiety, depression, and personal …

Left Behind, with Nancy Kehoe

September 9th, 2018

When the people closest to us decide that taking their life entails less pain than living it, we—and others—are left behind in that wake... left to ponder the question, "Why?"

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Tim Bouma and Tom Thomson

August 12th, 2018

Identity Management expert, unicyclist and history buff Tim Bouma gives new life to Canadian painter Tom Thomson in his imaginative book adapted from …

Meet Robert VanderBerg

July 8th, 2018

Robert VanderBerg, Archivist and Curator of the National Arts Centre, found his dream job.

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Stories from Career Marketplace

June 10th, 2018

A round-table discussion with its users and administrators of Career Marketplace on how the platform can improve the lives of employees who want to grow and develop in their career and managers in search of the perfect …

It's a Sunny Day, with Julia Beresford

May 13th, 2018

Daughter and mother YouTubers NanHa and Momma J explore Nova Scotia to have fun and make you smile.

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30 Years with Mark Templin

April 8th, 2018

Career public servant Mark Templin shares 30 years of lessons learned.

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Free Agents

March 11th, 2018

All about Canada's Free Agents, in their own words, featuring Amanda Bloom, Stephanie Davidson, Daphne Guerrero, Steph Percival, Aaron Percival, …

Meet Gayla Tibbits

February 11th, 2018

At a conference, Gayla Tibbits learned something unexpected about herself and her past.  Not from a presenter, but from a fellow attendee.

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Transgender, with Kathryn Foss

January 14th, 2018

Major Kathryn Foss, a transgender woman and 30-year veteran of the Canadian Forces.

Confidants, with Tariq Piracha

December 10th, 2017

Tariq Piracha on empathetic listening and the history of the Confidants peer support program.

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The Interchange Experience, with Katherine Parker

November 12th, 2017


Senior Executive Katherine Parker discusses the "hidden gem" Interchange Canada, the mechanism for temporary assignments of individuals in and out of the core public administration.

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Living with Bipolar Disorder, with Jessica Ward-King

October 8th, 2017

Public servant Jessica Ward-King has both a PhD in Psychology and the unique insight that only comes with experiencing Bipolar Disorder in her own …

Surviving Suicide and Addiction, with SanDee Vandal

September 10th, 2017

A conversation with SanDee Vandal — whose life wound a dark and potentially fatal path before she found her way to the public service.

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Meet Thom Kearney

August 13th, 2017

Thom Kearney helped bring GCconnex and GCpedia into being and is now leading public consultations on Canada’s Plan on Open Government.

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Canada 150 and Beyond

July 9th, 2017

Sarine, Christian, Bob, Nelly, Lina, and one Anonymous listener share stories about their journey to the public service, the work that they do, and their hopes for the future.Stream or download in MP3 format.



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Telework, part 2

June 11th, 2017

Nelly Leonidis, Rod Gallant and Kerry Colpitts share more reflections about telework in the public service.

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Telework, part 1

May 14th, 2017

Nelly Leonidis on the benefits, drawbacks, and barriers to Telework, in part one of a two-part series. Stream, or download in MP3 format.


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Performance Management Agreements

April 9th, 2017

The Performance Management experience, told from both an employee and a manager perspective.

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Gavin Thompson and Boom Savings

March 12th, 2017


Meet Gavin Thompson: public servant, statistician, and the man behind the Boom! Savings! Charity Shopping Club (on Facebook, Twitter, and the web).

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Death in the Workplace

February 12th, 2017

Letters from public servants who have experienced the death of a colleague, a conversation with Jeremy Ames, and Todd's advice for managers and …

Bill & Craig's Excellent Adventure

January 8th, 2017

Bill Blight, a public servant with visual impairment, on his life and career with his service dog Craig.

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Gender violence, part 2, with Jennifer Barrigar

December 11th, 2016

Dr. Jennifer Barrigar talks about the anniversary and lasting after-effects of the Montreal Massacre.

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"The Regions"

November 13th, 2016

George Wenzel and Chris MacQuarrie take us on a journey where we get a glimpse into what it's like to be a public servant working in “The Regions”. Stream, or download in MP3 format.



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Mental Health Talks, part 3, with Darlene Marion and Lisa Janes

October 9th, 2016

The third of our continuing series on mental health and mental illness features two special guests from Canada Border Services Agency: Lisa Janes, acting Director General for Border Operations Directorate, and Darlene …

Mental Health Talks, part 2, with Melissa Scullion

September 11th, 2016

Melissa Scullion talks about her personal and professional journey in coping with depression.

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Meet Vicki Fleury

August 14th, 2016

Vicki Fleury, on making the leap from student to employee, on her Young Professionals Network involvement, and in… her amazing socks. Yes, socks. …

Aaron Ydenberg and Sierra Duffey

July 10th, 2016

Aaron Ydenberg shares his personal story about his Performance Management Agreement review this year, and Sierra Duffey relates her experiences as a student employee and millennial in the public service.

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Meet Mary Beth Baker

June 12th, 2016

Mary Beth Baker talks about GCPEDIA vs. GCconnex, Free Agents, and taking a year off from the public service.

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When Todd Met Joyce

May 8th, 2016

Joyce Silver talks about past experiences and new beginnings... plus, failures, fear and doubt. No-one is as successful or brave or confident as you …

Meet Terry Kelly

April 10th, 2016

Terry shares his career and life experiences: a tale of self-discovery, adversity, creativity, grief, reflection, rejuvenation... and toast.

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Conflict Resolution

March 13th, 2016

Lianna Ferran discusses how to plan for a difficult conversation, how to navigate through, and why — if you've done all you can — forgiveness might …

Meet Jennifer Hollington

February 14th, 2016

Jennifer talks about blogging, the Changing our Organization through Respect (COR) initiative, and her long career in the Canadian Public Service.

Revenge Of The Students

January 10th, 2016

Nine current and former student employees of the Government of Canada discuss their placement experiences.

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Suits his Style

December 13th, 2015

Scott McNaughton and Emily Brown talk about men's clothing initiative Suits his Style.

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Gender Violence and Workplace Discrimination

November 8th, 2015

Yara El Helou, Sage Cram and a third guest address the topic of workplace bullying, harassment and violence, with statistics and personal accounts.

Meet Maria Belen

October 11th, 2015

Maria Belen shares her impressions and experiences as a young public servant.

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Mental Health and Mental Illness, with Darlene Mulcahey

September 13th, 2015

Darlene Mulcahey talks about her personal and professional journey in coping with mental illness.

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Chillin' with Ilia

August 9th, 2015

I've launched a new podcast for and about public servants. It will focus on the human side of the Government of Canada, sharing good news and personal stories: some humour, some tears.

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