IOG recruiting for next cohort of its successful Executive Leadership Program

The IOG is launching the 10th cohort of its successful Executive Leadership Program on March 23, 2015.

Since its inception in 2011, over 125 participants from 31 departments and agencies have availed themselves of this unique and comprehensive developmental opportunity. During this year-long program, participants are given the skills and competencies to be leaders in the public service of the future.

Wayne Wouters, former Clerk of the Privy Council, fully supported this program saying: “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.”

Relevance today

With Blueprint 2020, preparing for a changing public service is not only a priority, but a new imperative.

This 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.

The theme of the IOG Executive Leadership Program, Public Sector Governance and Management in a Digital World, was established through consultations with senior public sector officials, thought leaders, and leadership experts, including members of the Deputy Minister community.

Integrated into the work week

Time commitment for a program that has such an impact on the future of your staff and your department is minimal. Participants meet at the offices of the IOG in the ByWard Market for one evening and day a month.

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.

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

Praise for ELP

“ELP is uniquely designed to help participants develop the business acumen in strategy and leadership for success in today’s constantly changing environment. It was a privilege to have been part of this program. I would highly recommend this course for executives!”

“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.”

Who should participate

Participants in the IOG Executive Leadership Program should:

  • 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.


The cost of this one-year program remains just $24,000. This fee, which includes all instructional materials, leadership assessments, personal assessment and coaching, classroom activities and travel and accommodation for the Nunavut study tour, will be invoiced at the beginning of the program. As a not-for-profit, the IOG does not charge tax.

We have had participants from Victoria, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Toronto and Montreal. Should you wish to send someone from outside the NCR, the cost of the program is reduced to $20,000.

More info and to register

Registration needs to be by March 4, 2015. Find out how, and get more information on the program, by checking our FAQ or contact Toby Fyfe by telephone at (613) 562-0090 ext. 242 or via email at or visit our website 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

    • 613-562-0090 ext. 242

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