Executive Leadership: Fourth Cohort Registration Now Open

The Executive Leadership Program was developed for committed public service executives at the EX-1 and equivalent level who want to broaden their competencies and to continue improving their leadership skills.

The Program will help these leaders actively contribute to major transformation while meeting the on-going challenges of a fast-paced working environment. It will equip 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 aims to marry the competencies of its graduates with the emerging needs of a rapidly changing public service.

The theme of the IOG Executive Leadership Program, Public Sector Governance and Management in a Web 2.0 World, was arrived at during consultations with senior public sector officials, thought leaders, and leadership experts. Members of the IOG Learning Committee include John Knubley, Deputy Minister, Industry Canada (chair); Myles Kirvan, former-Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada; Nada Semaan, Canadian Heritage; Gina Wilson, Public Safety Canada; Anil Arora, Natural Resources Canada; Omer Boudreau, Public Service Commission; and Chris Rainer, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

One of the unique characteristics of the IOG Executive Leadership Program is its pragmatic and applied approach to governance and leadership. Through self-reflection, observation, practice, and feedback, participants will develop key leadership skills to improve resilience, to manage change, and to use evidence-based decision-making for effective governance.

Case studies, action learning events, and ongoing coaching and mentoring are offered throughout the program. A group study tour consolidates applied learning across the program’s three pillar modules: Meeting the Challenges of Public Leadership in a Web 2.0 World, Evolving Public Sector Governance in a World of Resource Reduction, and Toward Better Public Sector Management: Responding to Change.

To further enhance the effectiveness of the Program, the IOG is partnering with the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) in the application of the tools aimed at enhancing the personal, individual leadership development of each individual.

We have received positive reviews from participants in our earlier cohorts. One participant wrote, “I found that ELP is uniquely designed to help participants develop the business acumen in strategy & 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 wrote: “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.”

Participants must

  • Be at the EX-1 level or equivalent
  • Have at least 3 years of supervisory experience
  • Obtain the organization’s willingness to sponsor the tuition and related costs supported by a letter of reference.

Tuition for the IOG Executive Leadership Program remains unchanged at $20,000, which includes all instructional materials, leadership assessments, on-site meals, and classroom activities. Classes are scheduled conveniently one evening and one day a month to allow time for assigned work and the opportunity to apply learning between sessions. In addition, ancillary costs of up to $4,000 are required for the off site study tour expenses.

The program begins on March 13th, with a 2-day executive retreat.

For further information or to register, please contact Toby Fyfe by telephone at (613) 562-0090 ext. 242 or via email at or visit our website at


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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

    • 613-562-0090 ext. 242

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