IOG recruiting for its Fall Executive Leadership Program cohort

The IOG is launching the 12th cohort of its successful Executive Leadership Program (ELP) on November 23, 2015.

Since its inception in 2011, over 160 participants from 31 departments and agencies have taken advantage of this unique and comprehensive opportunity to both strengthen their personal skills and support the building of a strong public service of the future.

The Clerk of the Privy Council, Janice Charette, has said that preparing for a changing public service is her priority. During this critical time of transition, the IOG Executive Leadership Program will give participants the insights and tools they need to lead in a transforming public service and establish a strong foundation for the future.

Public sector leadership today

The Institute on Governance is at the forefront of public sector leadership development. To be effective, a program must be leading edge: our current program, Public Sector Governance and Management in a Digital World, is at the forefront of current and future public sector thinking and was established through consultations with senior public sector officials, thought leaders and leadership experts, including members of the Deputy Minister community.

We hear too often that senior managers in government have become insular and lack the essential leadership qualities needed for the public sector of the 21st century. The IOG Executive Leadership Program breaks through this perception and provides an opportunity for current and future leaders to work to a higher standard.

The program

The Executive Leadership Program follows the highest standards and proven techniques of adult learning and leadership development. It offers a combination of hands-on practical learning, world-class thought leadership and best practices from those who understand the public service. It offers a space for open exchange among the participants and helps them build their personal and professional networks.

Classes are scheduled conveniently once per month during one evening and the following day to allow time for assigned work and opportunity to apply learning back in the office between sessions.

The former Clerk of the Privy Council, Jocelyne Bourgon, will work with participants to initiate them to the finding of her New Synthesis Initiative, dedicated to preparing government for the challenges of serving in the post-industrial era.

Other key elements of the program include:

  • Personal self-assessment tools to determine key leadership characteristics of the participant.
  • A week-long trip to Nunavut to interact with, and learn from, government executives facing governance and leadership challenges in Canada’s newest territory.
  • An opportunity to hear from, interact with and present to senior and seasoned public servant leaders.
  • Access to an ongoing Fellowship Program network.
  • An IOG diploma on Public Sector Governance and Management in a Digital World.

Action learning events and ongoing coaching and mentoring are offered throughout the program.

What participants have said

“I found that 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 of 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 advanced 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.


For the first time since the program’s inception four years ago, we have been forced to raise our fee: cost of this one-year program is now $26,000.

This fee includes all instructional materials, leadership assessments, personal assessment and coaching, classroom activities and travel and accommodation for the Nunavut study tour, and 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 and Toronto. Should you wish to send someone from outside the NCR, the cost of the program is reduced to $22,000.

More info and to register

Email registration needs to be in by October 16, 2015 and should include a CV of the participant.

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

The monthly meetings are held at 60 George St in Ottawa’s ByWard Market.

À propos des auteurs

  • Toby

    Toby Fyfe

    Vice-président, Centre d'apprentissage

    Toby Fyfe est Vice-président du Centre d’apprentissage de l’Institut, où il est responsable des programmes et des cours visant à développer et renforcer les compétences des cadres et des dirigeants à tous les niveaux de gouvernement, du secteur privé et des organismes sans but lucratif.

    Toby possède une vaste expérience de direction du secteur public en matière de gouvernance, de prestation de services, la gestion du changement, et la conception organisationnelle et la performance. Il a développé la politique du Conseil du Trésor sur les modes de prestation de services et a représenté le Canada lors d’un panel d’experts de l’OCDE sur la gestion publique qui examinait la création d’organismes indépendants du gouvernement.

    Il a travaillé sur d’importantes initiatives de gouvernance et de gestion du changement, y compris ceux de la GRC, de la Banque de développement des Caraïbes et la création du Bureau des services partagés de Ressources Naturelles Canada.

    Toby a une grande expérience de l’entreprise de gestion des communications et de l’expertise. Il est professeur adjoint de la communication à l’Université d’Ottawa et un ancien dirigeant fédéral dans le domaine des communications. Il a mené trois études à l’Institut d’administration publique du Canada (IAPC) afin d’examiner l’impact des médias sociaux sur les organisations du secteur public. Il était un radiodiffuseur radio et la télévision, où il produit des émissions telles que The House, Cross Country Checkup, et Ottawa Morning.

    Il a été rédacteur en chef du magazine Canadian Government Executive pendant cinq ans et est un membre de l’IAPC.

    Il écrit régulièrement sur ​​les questions de gestion publique, à la fois dans un bulletin électronique hebdomadaire de Canadian Government Executive et sur ​​Twitter.

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