Executive Leadership Program Cohort 14 starts June 20

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The IOG is launching the 14th cohort of its successful Executive Leadership Program (ELP) on June 20, 2016.

Since its inception in 2011, over 200 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 public service is changing. The new government has an agenda that will require strong support in development, delivery and implementation. The Clerk of the Privy Council has stated that one of his priorities is to ensure that the public service can meet the needs of the new ‘busy, ambitious government that wasn't to do a lot in its mandate.’

Public sector leadership today

A recent survey by The Environics Institute and the IOG states that Canadians believe that better leadership is needed if the federal government is to improve

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 share with participants practical lessons from 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.


The cost of this one-year program is $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, Yellowknife, Charlottetown 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 May 20, 2016 and should include a CV of the participant.

Find out how, and get more information on the program, by checking our FAQs or contact Toby Fyfe by telephone at (613) 562-0090 ext. 242 or via email at tfyfe@iog.ca or visit our website at www.iog.ca.

About the author

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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