Seventh cohort of IOG's popular Executive Leadership Program launching March 2014

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The seventh cohort of the Institute on Governance's one-year Executive Leadership Program will begin in March 2014, just before the end of this fiscal year. The program is for committed public service executives at the EX-1 and equivalent level who want to broaden their competencies and improve their leadership skills.


It has been praised by Wayne Wouters, Clerk of the Privy Council, who said: “Congratulations to IOG on its Executive Leadership Program. We just don't have enough of these. [...] With huge attrition rates, we are moving a lot of people in the EX cadre and the more we can support these individuals to become executives early on, the better we will be.”

With Blueprint 2020, the Clerk has indicated that preparing for a changing public service is a priority. Our program has proven time and again that it prepares leaders to actively contribute to major transformation while meeting the on-going challenges of a fast-paced working environment. It equips them with key insights and expertise at a critical time, both for the public service and in their own careers, thus establishing a stronger foundation for the future.  In this sense, the IOG program marries the competencies of its graduates with the emerging needs of a rapidly changing public service.


The theme of the IOG Executive Leadership Program, Public Sector Governance and Management in a Web 2.0 World, was arrived at during consultations with senior public sector officials, thought leaders, and leadership experts, including members of the Deputy Minister community.

Case studies, action learning events, and ongoing coaching and mentoring are offered throughout the program. A week-long group study tour to Nunavut consolidates applied learning across the program’s three pillar modules: Meeting the Challenges of Public Leadership in a Web 2.0 World, Evolving Public Sector Governance in a World of Resource Reduction, and Toward Better Public Sector Management: Responding to Change.

The IOG partners with the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) in the application of tools aimed at enhancing the personal, individual leadership development of each individual.


We have got positive reviews from participants in our earlier cohorts. One participant wrote, “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. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to interact and learn from speakers who were thought leaders in their area.  It was a privilege to have been part of this program. I would highly recommend this course for executives!”

Another wrote: “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 advance my leadership skills.”


A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted into Cohort 7 of the IOG Executive Leadership Program. Participants 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.

Although the cost of the program remains unchanged, departments have suggested that it would be simpler if we integrated the two costs of $20,000 for tuition and $4,000 for the week-long study tour.  Thus, the total $24,000 cost of the program that includes all instructional materials, leadership assessments, on-site meals, CSPS assessment and coaching, classroom activities and travel and accommodation for the Nunavut study tour, will be invoiced at the beginning of the program.


Deadline for registration is February 28, 2014.

You can register by email to Lisa Levesque at or via mail to 60 George St., Ottawa K1N 1J4.


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Toby Fyfe

Toby Fyfe

Vice President - Learning Lab

Toby Fyfe is Vice President of the Learning Lab, where he is responsible for the IOG’s educational programs and courses aimed at providing tools and insight to enhance the skills of executives and officers at all levels of government, the private and the not-for-profit sectors.

Toby has extensive executive public sector experience in governance, service delivery, change management, and organisational design and performance. He developed the Treasury Board Alternate Service Delivery Policy and represented Canada at an OECD public management (PUMA) experts panel examining arm’s-length agency creation.

He has worked on a number of significant governance and change management initiatives including ones for the RCMP, the Caribbean Development Bank and the creation of the Natural Resources Canada Shared Services Office.
Toby has significant corporate communications management experience and expertise. He is an Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of Ottawa and a former federal government head of communication. He led three studies for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) examining the impact of social media on public sector organisations. He was a broadcaster with CBC radio and television where he produced programs such as The HouseCross Country Checkup, and the first commercial-free version of Ottawa Morning.

He was editor-in-chief of Canadian Government Executive magazine for five years and is a member of IPAC.

He writes regularly on public management issues, both in a weekly e-newsletter for Canadian Government Executive.

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