Indonesian Leaders visit IOG for Governance Training

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In June, the IOG provided advanced training in democratic governance to fourteen Indonesian University leaders. The purpose of the initiative was to educate and to provide support for institutes of higher learning working towards better governance and higher levels of civic engagement. The attendees included senior members from UNI Alauddin, Makassar (UIN-M) Sunan Ampel State Islamic Institute (IAIN-S), Surabaya, and the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

The Indonesian students spent six days in Ottawa in the classroom, followed by seven days visiting Quebec and Southern Ontarian universities. Lectures included education on governance modeling and the study of Canadian governance structures pertinent to institutes of higher learning. Participants were also exposed to innovative and effective approaches to policy development, planning, and management approaches, all of which have the capacity for institutional change leading to democratic advances.

A major focus for students was studying and developing strategies to effectively integrate community engagement through the three-part university mission of teaching, research, and community service. This mission builds on the capacity of intuitions of higher learning to develop strong partnerships with government agencies, municipal groups, community service organizations and community members. The goal for the participants was to understand how universities can become “community-engaged institutions,” or centres of excellence for community outreach that are gender and social issue inclusive. Environmental management, having campuses “going green,” was also a concern.

The project was funded by CIDA, through Cowater International. It was developed to compliment the participants’ ongoing work in SILE/LLO (Supporting Islamic Leadership in Indonesia Project: Local Leadership in Development), the mandate of which is to support democratic governance and enhance participation of civil society actors in the decision-making processes at the local level by strengthening and expanding the outreach functions of Islamic institutions of higher learning. Training was headed by Laura Edgar and Steve Tierney.

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About the authors

Steve Tierney

Steve Tierney

Executive Director - Modernizing Governance

Steve Tierney is Executive Director – Modernizing Governance at the Institute on Governance. He has spent over 20 years in leadership positions for the federal government of Canada. His last position was Assistant Deputy Minister, Markets and Industry Services Branch at Agriculture Canada, a position he held between 2009 and 2012. A major focus of his work at Agriculture Canada was establishing new governance arrangements with other departments to more efficiently and effectively resolve agriculture trade issues with other national governments.

Previous to this, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Resources at Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada where he led the design and implementation of a number of changes to human resources management, including in the area of staffing, executive performance, and tracking and reporting systems that were recognized as best practices and are now being used in a number of departments.

He also has taken the role of Director General of the Aboriginal Policy and Program Branch at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and spent 20 years for the Department of Finance, working on issues in the energy policy, federal-provincial-territorial relations and tax policy areas. He led the design and implementation of a number of innovative policy and program changes, including working with First Nations and provinces to establish the first First Nation Sales Tax arrangements, working with industry stakeholders and US officials to put in place the processes needed for the federal government to begin raising tobacco taxes in the late 1990s, and working with provinces and territories and other federal departments to reform provincial personal income taxation.

Mr. Tierney has successfully found and implemented innovative solutions to longstanding issues in a broad spectrum of policy and program areas. He has found that success is almost always tied to the strength and appropriateness of the governance model chosen.

Steve has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Economics from York University and a Masters of Economics from the University of British Columbia.

Laura Edgar

Laura Edgar

Vice President - Board & Organizational Governance

Laura leads the Institute’s work on board and organizational governance, including providing advisory services related to roles, responsibilities and functioning of boards of directors, strategic planning, member engagement and governance assessments.  She also provides tailored learning programs on request. She has a strong professional and academic background in the governance of public purpose organizations, indigenous governance, business management, adult education, and international programming.

Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Edgar was the Programs Coordinator at the Institute for Leadership Development, where she led several programs for young professionals and young entrepreneurs. Her responsibilities included program management, liaising with Canadian and international partner organizations, and organizing training programs.

Ms. Edgar has completed an M.A. in Economics at the University of Guelph, and also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.  In addition, she lived and worked for two years in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa and two years in Japan, and has managed projects in South-East Asia and Lesotho.

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