In the past decade, the Institute on Governance has built a strong relationship with the Ontario public and non-profit sectors through its work on various public interest issues.
The IOG’s Toronto office offers a full range of advisory, research, learning and facilitation services to support the governance needs of Ontario ministries, boards, agencies and commissions, as well as non-profit and private sector organizations. The Toronto Office offers a gateway to the IOG’s extensive experience across Canada and around the globe. The IOG’s Indigenous Governance and Health and Innovation practices also operate out of the Toronto Office.
The IOG conducts projects in the health, social services, child welfare, municipal affairs, consumer affairs and university sectors on a wide range of governance issues from board governance, outcomes measurement to structural/machinery of government changes, from Windsor to Toronto, to Eastern and Northern Ontario. The IOG holds Vendor of Record status in relevant OPS areas.
We also work with local governments and Indigenous governments across the Province, as well as Local Health Integration Networks and various government boards and agencies such as Cancer Care Ontario. We have worked with the Ontario Provincial Police, universities and municipalities, and extensively with the not-for-profit sector. The IOG also has a number of private sector clients with interests in public interest issues. The IOG’s Ontario practice is informed by its Ontario Strategy Council.
The Toronto Office offers a full roster of open enrolment learning programs, as well as customized in-house programs for ministry, board and agency leaders and staff, as well as federal regional offices and the non-profit sector.
The IOG’s experienced instructors and facilitators deliver such programs as How the OPS Policy Development Process Works (for ABCs), How the Ontario Government Works, Leading Transformation, Science Policy Boot Camp, Boot Camp for HR Professionals, Boot Camp for Communications Specialists, Aboriginal Governance and others.
Our upcoming courses are:
- Policy and Communications - August 13, 2013 – October 29, 2013 – December 3, 2013 – February 18, 2014
- Leadership Boot Camp for Science-Policy Professionals – July 24-25, 2013 - January 28-29, 2014
- Leadership Boot Camp for Communicators – June 10-11, 2013
- Leading Transformation: Modernizing Government Boot Camp – June 25-26, 2013 - August 6-7, 2013
- How the OPS Policy Development Process Works – June 20-21, 2013
- Writing and Communicating for Success: Level 1 – January 9, 2014
Registration is also now being accepted for the IOG’s Executive Learning Program (ELP) for fall 2013 which will be delivered in Toronto for the first time.
Action Research: The Public Governance Exchange is the IOG’s premier research program
In fall 2011, the Ontario Ministry of Government Services, Cabinet Office and the IOG launched action research on improved governance and hosted Governance in times of fiscal restraint. Over eighty Ontario Public Service executives and managers of policy development, oversight and coordination of agencies and crown corporations, along with federal PGEx partners met to discuss the implications of the changing public sector context on government organizations.
Participants were engaged to learn how the IOG Governance Continuum could assist in mapping institutional autonomy, as well as on the importance and sophistication of the relationships necessary among institutions to ensure overall results.
Tom Gash, Director of Public Services at the UK’s Institute for Government and author of Read before Burning, gave a keynote speech that stimulated discussion on outcome-based, third-party delivered, social services and related impacts on governance and results. Also during the forum, Michelle DiEmanuele, CEO, Credit Valley Hospital and Ray Hession, Chairperson, eHealth Ontario accompanied IOG President Maryantonett Flumian in a panel on Leading Through Times of Change.
Events and Facilitation Services
The IOG convenes special events such as the recent standing room only Fleck Lecture delivered by Peter Wallace, Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Ontario Public Service on the future of the public service.