About Us

About Us

Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit public interest institution with its head office in Ottawa and an office in Toronto.

Over the past 25 years, the IOG has advanced better understanding and practice of good governance in Canada, with federal, provincial, municipal and aboriginal governments, not-for-profit organizations, and in 35 other countries including most recently projects in Iraq, China and Botswana.

Our work is marked by independent thought, innovation, collaboration, excellence, and a responsive and principled approach. We are uniquely positioned, as a truly independent, public purpose organization, to fill the need for knowledge, research and advice on good governance. It is a registered charitable organization.

Our Mission

The IOG’s mission is advancing better governance in the public interest, which the Institute accomplishes by exploring, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance in the public sphere.

Our Vision

The IOG’s vision is to be the pre-eminent, independent Canadian source of knowledge, research and advice on governance and its continuous improvement.

Our Expertise

Our leading expertise is rooted in our innovative leadership practices, ongoing and applied research and practice-based insights. The IOG offers:

  1. A systems approach taking into account the interaction of complex systems and decision-making
  2. A neutral, impartial, independent and confidential working environment for clients addressing real-time governance challenges
  3. Access to a network of leading thinkers on governance, with domestic and global expertise in the government, private and non-profit sectors, as well as Indigenous and other governance areas
  4. A documentation centre and access to research and development resources to enable clients to apply leading-edge practice

Our Work

The IOG works with a wide range of clients and partners in Canada and abroad. These include governments, communities, universities, and private and public organizations. It puts us in contact with senior officials from all levels of government, as well as the voluntary and private sectors. This constant interaction affords us complementary perspectives – inside and outside views – of the challenges facing today’s leaders. Our experience in and across sectors and settings makes our expertise flexible, sensitive, broadly-based and extremely useful to clients no matter their location, culture or traditions.

The IOG is governed by a Board of Directors. Board policies are available here.

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