Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

You will find below our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). For more information, you may also contact us by e-mail at bureau@csc-scc.gc.ca.

Question:

I am having technical difficulties with the site. Where do I go for help?

Answer:

If you are having trouble with the site, please contact the Speakers Bureau directly at bureau@csc-scc.gc.ca.

Question:

What is the Speakers Bureau?

Answer:

Public education is a key mandate of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and the Speakers Bureau is a primary tool, used by CSC to create public awareness regarding our federal correctional system. The Speakers Bureau does this by connecting members of the public with federal corrections experts who can speak at their events, classrooms or community groups.

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Who are the speakers?

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The Speakers Bureau is comprised of Correctional Service of Canada staff who are available to speak at public events. Speakers work in various areas of criminal justice; areas that directly and indirectly affect offenders and victims of crime. Speakers include wardens, correctional officers and parole officers, psychologists, chaplains and much more. CSC also works closely with numerous partners and stakeholders. These relationships provide the Speakers Bureau with additional expertise to draw upon, which compliment the knowledge of CSC staff. These can include, but, are not limited to non-profit organizations, victims of crime, restorative justice experts, advisory committee members, volunteers, and offenders.

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What topics do speakers present on?

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Speakers have expertise in a variety of topics related to the management of institutions and the supervision of offenders in the federal correctional system including the delivery of services to victims. Topics include: penitentiaries, rehabilitation and programs, Aboriginal offenders, women offenders, mental health and reintegration. A complete list of topics is available from the Request a Speaker page.

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What type of events do speakers usually speak at?

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Presentations at schools, colleges and universities are very common. Presentations have also been done for religious and community organizations. If you are looking for a speaker on a Correctional Service of Canada specific subject, the Speakers Bureau will help you find a suitable speaker. If you need more information, please contact the Speakers Bureau directly at bureau@csc-scc.gc.ca.

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Can an offender accompany a speaker to a presentation?

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In cases where the benefits of having an offender in attendance are clearly demonstrated, offenders may attend a presentation. In these cases, CSC requires that the requesting organization provide written permission for the offender to attend. Only parolees would be considered for such a request.

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I had an exceptional speaker at my event. How can I make sure that this person gets recognition from his or her supervisor?

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We encourage you to send a note to the Speakers Bureau at bureau@csc-scc.gc.ca. We will forward your comments to the speaker and to his or her supervisor.

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Do I have to pay the speaker for their time?

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No. The Speakers Bureau is a voluntary program that CSC employees join in addition to their regular work responsibilities.

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Am I allowed to give my speaker a gift or honorarium after the presentation?

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Speakers are provided to your organization with the intent of promoting increased awareness and understanding of the various programs and activities relating to CSC. Our speakers volunteer their time for these activities and there is no expectation that their appearance be acknowledged by either a gift or an honorarium. In fact, as employees of the Federal Government, these speakers are bound by the Public Servants Code of Values and Ethics which prevents their acceptance of gifts in certain situations. To find out more, visit the Treasury Board of Canada Web site.

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Are presentations conducted in both official languages?

Answer:

Yes, bilingual speakers are available.