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The warm summer months are a perfect time for recharging, especially with a book. Before you go and restock your shelves, we thought we'd ask leaders from across government to share some of the books they look forward to reading or revisiting in the weeks ahead.

Ursula Gobel

Chair, IPAC National Capital Region &

Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement and Advancement of Society, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


  • Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces (2022) by Elamin Abdelmahmoud

  • Life in the City of Dirty Water (2022) by Clayton Thomas-Muller

  • Braiding Sweetgrass (2015) by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Marie-Élise Maurice

Former Board Director, IPAC National Capital Region &

Director, Critical Minerals Infrastructure and Regional Strategies, Natural Resources Canada


  • Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty (2021) by Patrick Radden Keefe

  • Radical Candor: How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean (2017) by Kim Scott

  • Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert

Michael Wernick

23rd Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet &

Jarislowsky Chair in Public Sector Management, University of Ottawa


  • How to be a Climate Optimist (2022) by Chris Turner

  • The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change (2019) by Hope Jahren

  • Canada and China: A Fifty-Year Journey (2022) by B. Michael Frolic

Clinton Lawrence-Whyte

Former Chair, IPAC National Capital Region &

Director General, Procurement Assistance Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada

  • The Changing World Order (2021) by Ray Dalio

  • SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (2015) by Mary Bead

  • Les Trois Mousquetaires (1844) par Alexandre Dumas

Catherine MacQuarrie

Fellow, Carleton School of Public Policy and Administration &

Project Manager, Rebuilding First Nations Governance Project


  • Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (2007) edited by Miriam Jorgensen

  • Gonzo Governance: The Media Logic of Donald Trump (2022) by David L Altheide

  • The Wheel of Time series (1990-2013) by Robert Jordan

  • Moon of the Turning Leaves (forthcoming 2023) by Waubgeshig Rice

Christopher Khaalid Scipio

Director-at-Large, IPAC National Capital Region &

Deputy Director, Secretariat, The Black Executives Network


  • Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto (2022) by Tricia Hersey

  • The Price of the Ticket (1985) by James Baldwin

  • True Reconciliation (2022) by Jody Wilson-Raybould

Noah Pollak

Director, Events, IPAC National Capital Region &

Policy Advisor, Tourism, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


  • Smart Brevity: The Power of Saying More with Less (2022) by  Jim Vandehei, Mike Allen, and Roy Schwartz

  • The Wager (2023) by David Grann

  • Killers of the Flower Moon (2017) by David Grann

Céline Nadreau

Director, Communications, IPAC National Capital Region &

Manager, Prime Minister's Products, Privy Council Office


  • Je ferai le tour du monde (2023) par Alexandra Szacka

  • Superfan: How Pop Culture Broke My Heart: A Memoir (2023) by Jen Sookfong Lee

  • We Are All Perfectly Fine (2021) by Dr. Jillian Horton

David Fulford

Chief Executive Office, The Institute of Public Administration of Canada


  • The Pentagon, Climate Change, and War (2022) by Neta C. Crawford

  • The Next Age of Uncertainty: How the World Can Adapt to a Riskier Future (2022) by Stephen Poloz

  • Greenlights (2020) by Matthew McConaughey

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