"Leadership in the skies"
Ruth Dantzer was appointed President of the Canada School of Public Service in 2005. The Canada School of Public Service aims provides leadership in developing skills of Canadian civil servants.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Dantzer served for 20 years in senior positions in the Canadian public service.
Ms. Dantzer was slow off the start in her first year on the job and registered no travel and hospitality expenses. It didn't take long, however, for Ms. Dantzer to make up for lost time.
In the third quarter of 2004-05 Ms. Dantzer's performance was still tentative. She traveled to Montreal, Halifax, Toronto and Edmonton familiarizing herself with the organization and it's offices across Canada and perhaps preparing for the big travel year that awaited her. She only expensed 14 breakfast, lunch, dinner or "refreshment" meetings between June 2 and September 1.
In September, 2005, Ms. Dantzer undertook an aggressive whirlwind tour across the country. In six days she traveled from Ottawa to Vancouver to Calgary to Fredericton to Toronto -- racking up nearly $5,000 in airfare.
In October, Ms. Dantzer attended the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management Conference in New Delhi, India at a cost of nearly $9,000. In that, the 4th quarter, Dantzer was so busy she had to work through breakfast, lunch and dinner. She expensed 25 luncheons in a three month period.
Being President of the Canada School of Service required a lot of travel in 2005-06. The year kicked off with quick trip to London, England to visit the National School of Government. In the first quarter Ms. Dantzer had to "work through" 32 lunches, breakfasts and dinners.
In the second quarter, Ms. Dantzer spent nearly $3,000 on airfare to travel to Vancouver for just a single night but the best was yet to come -- a taxpayer-funded trip to Botswana! This 11 day trip to southern Africa enabled Dantzer to attend a board of directors meeting and conference of CAPAM (Commonwealth association of Public Administration and Management) at a cost of only $17,000.
Last May, Ms. Dantzer flew to Greensboro, North Carolina for a three day trip to another conference for $4,000. But there's more! In a three week period last June Ms. Dantzer honed her leadership skills in Brasilia, Brazil and China.
Hosted by the Chinese Communist Party, Ms. Dantzer visited the Central Party School in Beijing to "develop a cooperation project."
In just a year and a half on the job, Ms. Dantzer managed to visit four different continents racking up a travel and hospitality bill of $105,000 proving that leadership in the public service can be found in the cabin of a 747!
Hat tip to BBS in the comments!
Friday, January 12, 2007
"Leadership in the skies"