At Delsys we’ve been at the forefront of developing innovative services for government clients for years. We continue to develop and refine our unique blend of System Dynamics, Visual Thinking, Behavioural Economics, and other disciplines.
This willingness to learn, experiment, and take risks is at the heart of what our clients refer to as, “The Delsys Experience”. It keeps us on the cutting edge and distinguishes us (and the results we generate for clients) from other consulting firms.
It’s one of the reasons clients who have worked with us keep coming back for more.
That’s why we’re very excited about the recent launch of the Government of Canada’s “Central Innovation Hub”. This initiative, whose launch was tweeted by the Clerk of the Privy Council Office, is part of the Government’s Blueprint 2020 roadmap to modernize Canada’s public service. We will be watching its progression and supporting the Hub (and its counterparts in other government departments) in any way we can. It’s inspiring to see our Government take this kind of initiative.
Over the past ten years, the author of this Issues Note and his many co-authors and colleagues with Delsys Research and other organizations have been conducting research and consulting studies on whether, why, and how behavioral economics, neuroeconomics, and other less conventional economics literatures can be applied to improve the design, administration, enforcement and performance of competition, consumer protection, product safety, environmental, and other policies, laws and regulations of government.
A recent exchange between Delsys employees sparked the idea for the subject of this blog. Our Senior Analyst, Craig, was running off to a networking meeting and having trouble folding his pocket square, when our Office Manager, Jenn, told him about a trick her Dad used to use with his suits – he would wrap the pocket square in a business card to get the perfect angle and a firm square that would always hold up in the pocket. She also noted that in doing so, you would always have a spare business card. So in honour of Jenn’s Father’s brilliant networking tip, I challenged the Delsys team to come with our 10 top networking tips. So here goes:
When Reader’s Digest sends a touching email asking for consent, you may realize that something new has been happening in emails: more and more, consumers are getting the relationship question. Well, the business relationship question, anyway. Companies sending commercial electronic messages are now asking for explicit client consent to continue marketing products and services to Canadians.
As a consumer, this newfound respect is certainly intriguing (and, in the case of some relentless spammers, possibly unnerving). But there is a reason for it. As of July 1, 2014, CASL, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, is now in effect. The law is intended to provide strong protections for consumers against the most damaging spam and threats, while limiting the impact on Canadian businesses. By providing a legal mechanism to obtain express consent from existing clients, businesses retain the ability to responsibly send marketing messages and compete on the global stage.
This is great news for consumers and businesses alike. However, if you are in business, you need to know what your business may or may not do to be compliant under this significant new legislation. In fact, anyone who makes use of commercial electronic messages needs to be aware of CASL.
With National Public Service Week upon us, our Delsys team reflects on the many fantastic and inspiring public servants we’ve had a chance to work with over the last year. In portfolios like Health, Telecommunications, Environment, Employment, Finance, and Justice, we’ve come across truly innovative thinkers and individuals who embody the idea of public service in its truest sense. We have been professionally privileged to work with all of these people and look forward to another year of exciting and inspiring work. We would like to thank all of Canada’s public servants for their hard work and for the opportunity to help them fulfill their visions for the future.