Sandra Zagon has over 30 years experience in the public service and voluntary sector, having served in several federal departments and agencies, including the Canadian International Development Agency, Health and Welfare, Transport Canada, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canadian Centre for Management Development (now the Canada School of Public Service), Public Service Commission and the Privy Council Office. Through these numerous assignments, s he has developed extensive experience in social policy and programs, with a particular focus on public consultation/citizen engagement, learning and official languages - with a remarkable strength in networking. In recent years she has further developed her interests and expertise in the areas of conference organization, deliberative dialogue (online and in person) and organizational values and ethics.
Throughout her public sector career, Sandra also participated in a number of professional exchanges to organizations outside of government. Most recently, b efore becoming an independent consultant, Sandra worked for the Canadian Policy Research Networks where she lead a number of projects, including research and consultations on Quality of Life Indicators and The Future of Health Care in Canada (Romanow Commission).
Most recently Sandra was co-chair for the first ever Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation, which took place in Ottawa, October 27-30, 2005 and attracted over 300 people from across and beyond our country. As a follow up, she remains passionately involved in building the Canadian community of dialogue and deliberation practitioners and researchers.
Sandra has demonstrated a keen sense of understanding, entrepreneurship, imagination, and innovation in meeting the challenges of inclusion and partnership in order to develop successful approaches to policy making, implementation and evaluation.