IOG celebrates graduation of its first Executive Leadership Program cohort

Our graduates, accompanied by the Clerk of the Privy Council, Wayne Wouters, and IOG staff.

Our graduates, accompanied by the Clerk of the Privy Council, Wayne Wouters, and IOG staff.

On February 5, in a graduation ceremony at the Rideau Club in Ottawa, the Institute on Governance congratulated the first cohort of its Executive Leadership Program (ELP). The seventeen participants who completed the year-long program are a testimony to the commitment and talent of the up-and-coming executives in the federal public service. Participants in the ELP are nominated by their Deputy Ministers.

All the sponsoring Deputy Ministers were invited to attend the ceremony, and the guest of honour was the Clerk of the Privy Council, Wayne Wouters. Members of the Institute’s Board of Directors also attended the event.

The ELP graduates gave a presentation to the guests, highlighting their key learnings from their year in the ELP. They focused on the challenges facing the federal public service, such as new technologies and a changing workforce. The role of senior leaders in this transformational environment is pivotal.

The Clerk responded to the presentation, stressing the importance of on-going leadership development and the continuing need for innovation and a focus on results.

The year-long Executive Leadership Program prepares the future leaders of the federal public service by giving them a chance to hone their skills and learn how to tackle the challenges of a changing public sector and a fast-paced, technology-driven work environment.   The eleven sessions of the program combine speakers from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors with discussion, debate and case study analysis.

In addition, the ELP participants go on a five-day study tour to Iqaluit, Nunavut to learn first-hand about the challenges of governance in Nunavut, and the unique environment of Canada’s North.

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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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