Virtual Coffee Chat

Virtual Coffee Chat

Mark your calendars for FCO’s monthly get together. Join fellow FCO members on the third Wednesday of each month at noon (Eastern) for a virtual get together and to discuss topics of interest to the Ombuds offices.

These chats offer members an opportunity to stay connected, share ideas and solicit feedback from colleagues on important topics and issues.

Members are encouraged to continue the conversation after the chat using the Coffee Chat message board.

Visit Events Calendar for more information and to register.
** Restricted to FCO members only. **

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Next Virtual Coffee Chat

  • Wednesday February 21, 2024 - Collaboration – A Key Skill for Ombud Offices - How Do You Create a Collaborative Work Environment --> Register now!

Past Coffee Chat Topics

  • January 17, 2024 - Psychological Safety - Creating a Supportive Team Environment, Including Supports and Services for Staff 
  • November 15 - Use of AI in Ombuds Work: Benefits and Potential Pitfalls
  • October 18, 2023 - Getting Buy-In to Ombuds Processes and Recommendations
  • September 20, 2023 - Tips on Managing Complex Complaints
  • June 21, 2023 - Tools Ombuds' Use
  • May 17, 2023 - How to Measure the Success of the Ombuds Office
  • April 19, 2023 – Mentoring Staff Within Ombuds Offices
  • March 15, 2023 – Dealing with Reprisal and Retaliation/Whistle-Blowers
  • February 15, 2023 – Managing Querulous Complainants
  • January 18, 2023 – What is Fairness?
  • November 9, 2022 – Pros and Cons of Different Methods of Communication (email, phone, letter)
  • September 21, 2022 – The Future of Ombudsing in Canada
  • June 15, 2022 – Awareness: An Ombud’s Achilles Heel (Part 3 of Opportunities and Threats Facing the Canadian Ombuds Community)
  • May 18, 2022 – The New Normal: Investigations In the Hybrid Workplace Model (Part 2 of Opportunities and Threats Facing the Canadian Ombuds Community)
  • April 20, 2022 – Having an Impact: Ways to Measure Success (Part 1 of Opportunities and Threats Facing the Canadian Ombuds Community)
  • March 16, 2022 – You and Your Frontline Staff
  • February 16, 2022 – Dealing with Distressed Callers
  • January 19, 2022 – Case Management
  • November 17, 2021 – Emerging From the Pandemic