IOG now accepting nominations for popular Executive Leadership Program launching in June

The Institute on Governance is proud to announce it is accepting nominations for the eighth cohort of its successful one-year Executive Leadership Program to be launched on June 23 and 24, 2014.  This year-long professional development program is designed for committed public service executives at the EX-1 and equivalent level who want to broaden their competencies and improve their leadership skills.


With Blueprint 2020, the Clerk of the Privy Council has indicated that preparing for a changing public service is a priority. The Directive on Performance Management says that managers must possess the “competencies necessary…to manage a diverse workforce.”

Our program has proven time and again that it prepares leaders to actively contribute to major transformation and employee management while meeting the on-going challenges of a fast-paced working environment.

It equips them with key insights and expertise at a critical time, both for the public service and in their own careers, thus establishing a stronger foundation for the future.  In this sense, the IOG program marries the competencies of its graduates with the emerging needs of a rapidly changing public service.


The Executive Leadership Program 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 enough of these. […] With huge attrition rates, we are moving a lot of people in the EX cadre and the more we can support these individuals to become executives early on, the better we will be.”

One participant wrote, “I found that ELP is uniquely designed to help participants develop the business acumen in strategy and leadership for success in today’s constantly changing environment. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to interact and learn from speakers who were thought leaders in their area.  It was a privilege to have been part of this program. I would highly recommend this course for executives!”

Another told us: “Through the learning modules, engagement with a number of experienced and dynamic speakers, continuous access to and advice from a former Deputy Minister, and through the sharing of the knowledge between colleagues, the IOG’s Executive Leadership Program offered a multidimensional perspective on current and trending topics that has undoubtedly helped advance my leadership skills.”


The Executive Leadership Program prepares executives the emerging needs of a rapidly changing federal public service.  The needs and expectations of citizens are changing in a world of social media and collaborative technologies and governments are facing adapting and changing to meet these.  Public service leadership must meet the demands of these transformations.

The theme of the IOG Executive Leadership Program, Public Sector Governance and Management in a Digital World was arrived at during consultations with senior public sector officials, thought leaders, and leadership experts, including members of the Deputy Minister community. The program has three pillar modules: Meeting the Challenges of Public Leadership in a Digital World, Evolving Public Sector Governance in a World of Resource Reduction, and Toward Better Public Sector Leadership: Responding to Change.

Case studies, action learning events, and ongoing coaching and mentoring are offered throughout the program. As well, there is a week-long group study tour to Nunavut where participants explore the governance and leadership challenges facing the territory. They then create and deliver a collaborative presentation on their findings, along with recommendations, to a Deputy Head.  Part of the Nunavut experience is team-building: click here to see what ELP 5 experienced a few months ago.

The IOG partners with expert professionals in the application of self-assessment tools aimed at enhancing the personal leadership development of each individual.


It’s easy to apply. There are no pre-requisites. All we need is a letter or email indicating the name, title and coordinates of the individual by June 20, 2014.


Click here for ELP – FAQs or contact Toby Fyfe by telephone at (613) 562-0090 ext. 242 or via email at


About the Authors

  • Toby

    Toby Fyfe

    Vice President - Learning Lab

    Toby Fyfe is Vice President of the Learning Lab, where he is responsible for the IOG’s educational programs and courses aimed at providing tools and insight to enhance the skills of executives and officers at all levels of government, the private and the not-for-profit sectors.

    Toby has extensive executive public sector experience in governance, service delivery, change management, and organisational design and performance. He developed the Treasury Board Alternate Service Delivery Policy and represented Canada at an OECD public management (PUMA) experts panel examining arm’s-length agency creation.

    He has worked on a number of significant governance and change management initiatives including ones for the RCMP, the Caribbean Development Bank and the creation of the Natural Resources Canada Shared Services Office.
    Toby has significant corporate communications management experience and expertise. He is an Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of Ottawa and a former federal government head of communication. He led three studies for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) examining the impact of social media on public sector organisations. He was a broadcaster with CBC radio and television where he produced programs such as The HouseCross Country Checkup, and the first commercial-free version of Ottawa Morning.

    He was editor-in-chief of Canadian Government Executive magazine for five years and is a member of  IPAC.

    He writes regularly on public management issues, both in a weekly e-newsletter for Canadian Government Executive

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