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The IOG has established a Fellows Program to further enhance its reputation of providing Leading Expertise in the practice of public governance in Canada and abroad.  

IOG Fellows are recognized in their professional and/or academic fields of practice as authorities and knowledge leaders. In particular, IOG Fellows help turn theory into practice and seek opportunities for the practical application and adaption of techniques and knowledge to aid public sector institutions, civil society organizations, and their elected and professional non-partisan officials achieve excellence in their decisions and decision-making processes.

IOG Fellows:

  • originate and collaborate in good governance research and experimentation;
  • lead and participate in events and guest lectures hosted by the IOG; and
  • provide advice and counsel on the efficacy and offerings of IOG programs and services.

IOG Fellows receive access to the Institute's facilities, research, and personnel to advance research and knowledge of shared interests.

Meet the IOG Fellows

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Dr. Sara Filbee, Public Servant in Residence in Dalhousie School of Public Administration, Halifax, NS

Dr. Sara Filbee has degrees from Acadia University (B.Sc. Biology), Dalhousie University (MBA – LLB) and the University of Hertfordshire (Doctor of Management in Complexity). 

She began her career with the law firm McInnes Cooper & Robertson in Halifax, where she practiced for 11 years, the last three as a corporate law partner. She left the practice of law to take up a position with Peat Marwick Stevenson & Kellogg (later KPMG Management Consulting), heading up the Atlantic Canada outplacement and downsizing practice for the firm. She later became President of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. Following her term with the Council, she spent three and a half years with CIBC, first as Manager, Corporate Development in the field of Public Private Partnerships and then as Director, Commercial Banking. In 2001, she started a strategic consulting practice and later moved to Ottawa to take up the position of Vice-President, Operations for a start-up company providing web-enabled human resources tools. 

She joined the Public Service of Canada in Industry Canada's Industry Sector in 2002. In January 2009, she became Assistant Deputy Minister of Lands and Economic Development at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.  In March 2014, she was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Atlantic Region, for Service Canada. In August of 2020, she was seconded to Dalhousie University to take up the position of Public Servant in Residence with the School of Public Administration.

Sara is active in the not-for-profit sector and has a number of interests including sailing, golfing, kayaking, skiing, karate, music and reading.

Read out blog post on welcoming Dr. Filbee to the IOG here.