The IOG appoints a new President
It is with a great deal of renewed energy and enthusiasm that I have joined the Board and Staff of the Institute On Governance as its new President. I am mindful of all the expertise and work that the IOG has undertaken over the last nineteen years. I have been welcomed by a “family” of hard working individuals who look to the future with a sense of optimism and renewal.
In 1990, the IOG pioneered the study of governance. It was then an organization ahead of its time – recognizing the need for the study and better understanding of the way in which organizational actors at the societal level interacted to make society, the economy, government, the private sector, academia and civil society function in a more effective and holistic fashion. The IOG has contributed both domestically and internationally to the challenges posed by evolving modern principles of governance and implementing them in a real world setting.
Today, on the domestic front, the Institute has a burgeoning practice in the areas of board and organizational governance, Aboriginal governance, and health and social governance. On the international front, the IOG works to promote democratic governance. Our Learning Centre works to build capacity and share leading edge best practices on many of the elements that support good governance.
In the future, we will build on this expertise, while growing the existing work and mining the public avenues yet to be explored. There is plenty of room in the public space to raise the level of discourse and dialogue on the national issues that present real governance challenges of our day – such as how to shape public debate around the societal consensus on how to deal with the future world of budgetary deficits, the role of the various levels of government, and the growth of city states. At the heart of all of these issues are major governance challenges.
We cannot use the models of the past to build bridges to the future. How governments interact with their citizens, how wealth is created, and how technology has made the “world flatter” all have huge implications for the way decisions are being made. All of these challenges are upon us. Our ability to transcend them and develop more holistic, eco-system approaches to governance is key to future prosperity. Building on our existing strength, this new reality will help “dynamize” the future work of the IOG.
The combined body of work, people and situations that I have been involved in have continued to drive my evolving views in regards to what’s required to succeed in the 21st century. I fundamentally believe the silos of government, on which most of our traditional models of governance are based, are under severe and significant pressure. What good governance will mean to citizens and government ten years from now is an endeavour that should take up much of the time of leaders, from all sectors, today. Some of society’s underpinnings have changed, and older paradigms need to be examined, and perhaps re-interpreted against these newer ideas.
Governance is about leadership, relationships and achieving better measurable outcomes. The Institute on Governance is up to the challenge of playing a greater role in this dialogue. On the eve of our 20th anniversary, I look forward to working with my colleagues, associates and clients, using and building on our expertise to further contribute to the public debate.
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