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The Canadian Studies Program Presents : Canada Week 2016

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MONDAY, MARCH 14 2016, 10:30 AM-1:30 PM: Canadian Trivia Contest
Atrium, Boise State Students Union Building

Come learn more about Canada and enjoy a free Canadian chocolate bar.

TUESDAY, MARCH 15 2016, 8:45 AM–10:30 AM: Free Pancake Breakfast

Boise State University Quad

Enjoy a pancake breakfast complete with Canadian maple syrup.

3:00 PM-4:30 PM: “How Canadian Culture Has Transformed Ours Through Music, Literature, and Comedy”
Lookout Room, Student Union Building.

Presentation by:
Norm Weinstein, Canadian Studies Program, Boise State University

Discover how major Canadian writers, musicians, and comedians have impacted American culture in memorably provocative ways. Poet/novelists like Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Atwood will be celebrated along with singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen and members of the Saturday Night Live comedy team. Emphasis will be placed on how these Canadians wryly dramatize in uniquely Canadian terms their ambivalent feelings about American culture.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016, 6:00-7:30 PM: “Clean Energy Progress in Canada and the United States: New Opportunities, and Possible Partnerships”
Barnwell Room, Student Union Building.

Presentation by:
Ryan Katz-Rosene, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa
Ines Piccinino, Assistant Deputy Minister, Government of British Columbia
Michael Hagood, Energy and Environment, Idaho National Laboratory
Moderated by: James Hill, Consul General, Canadian Consulate, Seattle

The new Canadian Prime Minister has brought with him a refocus on clean energy at a time when economic realities are favorable for new clean energy development. This panel will discuss the debate over what constitutes “clean energy” and detail the efforts being made in both Canada and the United States in the area – with a focus primarily on the Western region of each country. Opportunities for cross-border cooperation will be highlighted and efforts at bi-national regional partnerships will be discussed.

All events are free and open to the public

Rakesh Mohan To Receive the Prestigious Stone Practitioner Award

Rakesh MohanLongtime Friend of School of Public Service to Receive Award in Seattle

The School of Public Service at Boise State University is pleased to announce that the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) of the American Society for Public Administration has awarded Idaho’s Rakesh Mohan the Donald C. Stone Practitioner Award. Since 1981, SIAM-ASPA has recognized outstanding practitioners for their contributions to intergovernmental management.  Mr. Mohan, Director of the Office of Performance Evaluations for the Idaho State Legislature, has been on the forefront of public sector performance benchmarking for decades.

Mr. Mohan has worked with the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government in Idaho, Washington, Louisiana, and Kansas in assessing the implementation of varied public policies across multiple levels of government and across the collaborative efforts of the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Mr. Mohan is actively involved across the United States in professional societies that set the standard in program evaluation, a critical component of the work that public managers do. Managers in all levels of government and across economic sectors engage in regular and informed evaluation and assessment of the public programs in their charge.

Increasingly, legislative bodies at the state and local levels heed the feedback of such managers in fine-tuning the particulars of policies. His experience and contributions to this aspect of public management has benefitted four states and countless local governments directly. However, indirectly, he has reached the public and nonprofit management community as a whole in providing training for a diversity of audiences from Brazil to Canada and across the United States.

Mr. Mohan was nominated by Dr. Elizabeth Fredericksen, Professor of Public Policy and Administration in the School of Public Service at Boise State University. She is a member of the executive council of SIAM-ASPA, the professional section charged with developing links between federal, state, and local governments through its newsletter, Intergovernmental News, occasional papers on timely intergovernmental topics, and its special projects and workshops. The section publishes State and Local Government Review.

Mr. Mohan’s service to Boise State includes his valuable consulting during the building of the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration Program, with its emphasis on policy analysis & program evaluation. This focus is increasingly important to good governance.In addition, he’s worked with several members of Boise State faculty and has hosted Boise State interns as director of the Idaho Legislature’s Office of Performance Evaluation.