Foundations of Governance for Public Institutions

February 24, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration

Event Type: Course

This course is designed to help public sector professionals understand how good governance can improve the effectiveness of their organization.

Who should participate in this course?

This course will be of particular interest to professionals interested in institutional governance and portfolio affairs, performance and accountability assessment, and audit and comptrollership in the federal, provincial, and municipal sectors.

Participants will learn:

  • How to build governance capacity – examples and strategies
  • How to apply good governance principles and practices to their organization
  • How to assess existing governance arrangements
  • The principles of good governance
  • Why governance matters
  • Governance incentives and barriers
  • Governance roles and responsibilities
  • Networked governance
  • Good governance resources and leading practices

Course fee

The cost of this course is $890 (no HST) per person. The price includes expert facilitation, lunch and course materials. Registration is done through an online registration system where you can select to pay by credit card or request an invoice.

Why does good governance matter?

Good governance is not an end in itself, but rather a process and a set of practices that enable organizations to realize their goals.  While the fundamental requirements of good governance are long-standing, our practical understanding of governance must take into consideration changes in technology, civil society and government.

When done well, effective governance:

  • Promotes trust in the organization and its people;
  • Improves morale among staff and stakeholders;
  • Enhances services to the public and stakeholders;
  • Improves decision-making and the quality of these decisions;
  • Connects your organization to its stakeholders;
  • Enhances the perception of the organization among citizens and stakeholders;
  • Improves organizational resilience;
  • Improves financial stability.

The challenge therefore lies in understanding the particular circumstance of the institution and how to apply principle-based, good governance practices. 

The IOG value-added

All IOG courses are prepared and taught be those who have held senior positions in the federal government. They are guided by a Learning Committee of senior federal government public servants.

For those who wish to have an adapted course that is specific to their issues and requirements, customized course offerings can be delivered on request for branches, teams or groups, in English or French in any part of the country. For more information about customized courses, contact Toby Fyfe at or at 613 562 0090 x242 for details.

The IOG also offers the Coaching Circle, to assist executives and officers at all levels of government as well as non-profit and other organizations in the development of their leadership skills.

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