IOG Salutes Canada’s First Prime Minister

  Sunday January 11th, 2015 will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John Alexander Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister and the single most important founder of our country. We often hear that we Canadians do not celebrate our history and have a tendency to deprecate our leaders. We hear this because it’s at least partly true, and our first prime minister is a case in point. He and his partner in Confederation, Sir George-Etienne Cartier, have a… Read more

Public Service Transformation: public sector human resources and talent management

In 2011, the Institute on Governance surveyed public service leaders at the federal and provincial levels who told us that the need for modernizing services and programs was a key concern. The interviews for this update, sponsored by Monster Canada and conducted from October 2013 to March 2014, again asked public sector leaders what their concerns were and how optimistic they felt about being able to deal with them effectively and efficiently. The Institute on Governance interviewed Deputy Ministers and… Read more

What is Transformation All About? – CAPAM Article

IOG President Maryantonett Flumian and Senior Research Officer Nicholas Charney co-wrote an article in the most recent Commonwealth Innovations Review entitled “What is transformation all about?” reproduced below. You can download the entire review at The ultra-fluid consumer experiences created by market leaders such as Google and Amazon are driving up the demand for seamless citizen experience. While citizens can’t be reduced to consumers – the former implies far more than the latter – how people form their expectations and how… Read more

Attend the Jean-Pierre Gaboury Symposium at the Institute on Governance

You are invited to the Fourth Annual Jean-Pierre Gaboury Symposium on June 20 at the Institute on Governance.  Parliamentary Interns, selected as finalists in production of interesting research papers on “MPs as Partisans, Policy Makers and Parliamentarians”, will present their work to an audience of their peers, academics, alumni, researchers and granting councils at the 60 George Street location of the IOG. After the morning presentations, a light lunch will be served followed by luncheon speaker Marc Bosc, Deputy Clerk… Read more

IOG to Iraq: Modernizing Government with International Partnerships

Building off of previous collaborations with Iraq, as part of the United Nations Development Program, the IOG traveled to Iraq this February with the goal of providing information to the Iraqi and Kurdistan Region governments on the design of a Senior Executive Service (SES) governance model. An SES is described as the cadre of senior officials holding top-level management positions in a bureaucracy. The SES consists of officials who are focused on results and have the capacity to assess requirements,… Read more

Join the IOG as our 2014 Founder’s Intern

The Institute on Governance is now accepting applications for the 2014 Founder’s Internship Award. Applications will be accepted until all internships have been awarded for 2014. Recipients of the Award may take-up their internships as of April 28, 2014 with starting dates to be agreed to between the recipient and the Institute. The Founder’s Internship Award recognizes excellence in scholarship and student engagement in public sector governance. The Founder’s Internship extends the Institute’s mission of promoting good governance as a… Read more

Join us at IOG for Open Data Open Mic Night

The Institute on Governance is proud to support Open Data Day by hosting an Open Data Open Mic. February 22, 2014 | 6pm – 8 pm | 60 George Street, 2nd Floor, Ottawa Join participants from the Open Data hackathon at the University of Ottawa,  Local alumni of GTEC 2013 Open Data Speed Dating and the Open Data for Development Challenge, the Government of Canada Open Data Working Group, and other local open data enthusiasts to discuss the year that… Read more

Seventh cohort of IOG’s popular Executive Leadership Program launching March 2014

The seventh cohort of the Institute on Governance’s one-year Executive Leadership Program will begin in March 2014, just before the end of this fiscal year. The program is for committed public service executives at the EX-1 and equivalent level who want to broaden their competencies and improve their leadership skills. ELP SUPPORTS ORGANIZATIONAL NEEDS It has been praised by Wayne Wouters, Clerk of the Privy Council, who said: “Congratulations to IOG on its Executive Leadership Program. We just don’t have… Read more

Speaking about the Speech: An IOG and Parliamentary Intern Discussion on the Speech from the Throne

The Institute on Governance believes in several guiding values and principles of governance but understands that the concept and its definition differ from context to context. The Speech from the Throne is one of the cornerstones of democratic governance in Canada. It serves as a document that leads the government’s decision-making process and informs the public about the principles and priorities that will direct the policy agenda of the next session of Parliament. On Friday, October 18, 2013, a group… Read more

30th anniversary of Section 35 is an opportunity to reflect on the potential for relationship building between indigenous and non-indigenous communities

Upon the 30th anniversary of the enactment of Section 35, which recognized and enshrined Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982, the Institute on Governance convened a series of symposia, gathering together leaders and practitioners from Indigenous communities, public governments, and the private sector to reflect on the influence Section 35 has had on federal and provincial law, policy and decision-making and on indigenous governance.  Following on the heels of the Beyond Section 35 symposia in Ottawa in… Read more

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