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Accenture and Policy Options launch new journalism fellowship on the future of the public service

October 18, 2021 Print

OTTAWA – The Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) is pleased to announce the launch of the Accenture Editorial Fellowship on the Future of the Public Service. The fellow, acclaimed journalist Kathryn May, will write for the IRPP’s award-winning digital magazine Policy Options.

The two-year journalism fellowship is generously sponsored by Accenture and will provide in-depth and independent coverage of the complex social, economic and technological challenges and opportunities that Canadian public servants are navigating today. These include the transition to digital government; post-pandemic shifts in workplace norms; the pursuit of equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization; and the modernization of hiring and training.

“This editorial fellowship will fill an important gap in Canadian journalism and provide valuable insights for decision-makers. There are more than 300,000 people inside the federal public service, and Kathryn will be taking a close look at the pivotal work they’re doing to prepare our country for a host of emerging policy issues,” says Les Perreaux, editor-in-chief of Policy Options.

Kathryn May covered the federal public service for 25 years for the Ottawa Citizen and iPolitics, and as a contributor to the National Observer, Policy Options and others. She won a 2007 National Newspaper Award for her work.

Accenture’s established federal public service practice in Ottawa helps organizations build trust by leveraging advanced technologies to transform services for Canadians. From scaling cloud adoption and managing data, to building cyber resilience and reimagining the back office, Accenture helps government organizations accelerate their digital transformation with fresh thinking and innovative solutions.

“We are thrilled to support independent Canadian journalism in a subject area that is critical to the transformation of public services and the shaping of public policy,” says Mark Lambert, managing director and federal public service lead at Accenture. “Now more than ever, public service organizations must balance stability with speed to meet citizens’ expectations. Kathryn’s expert coverage will bring much needed attention to their challenges and achievements as they strive to become innovative, agile and embrace accelerating change.”

About the IRPP and Policy Options

Founded in 1972, the Institute for Research on Public Policy is an independent, national, bilingual, not-for-profit organization. The IRPP seeks to improve public policy in Canada by generating research, providing insight and informing debate on current and emerging policy issues facing Canadians and their governments. Policy Options is the award-winning digital magazine of the IRPP, publishing daily on issues of public policy from a variety of perspectives.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of advanced technology and intelligent operations centres. Our 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit

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