François Gagnon joins the IOG as the new Vice-President of the Learning Lab

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François Gagnon is joining the Institute on Governance as Vice-President of the Learning Lab. He brings rich experience in the area of public sector learning and leadership, most recently as founder and President of Lead-Action, and will be using his knowledge and expertise to build on the IOG’s strong reputation in this area. Gerard Etienne will take over new responsibilities as the Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion.

The Institute on Governance (IOG) is recognized for its public sector executive leadership programs, day courses and custom programs tailored to specific government departments. François and Lead-Action are bringing their leadership programs for aspiring executives and Indigenous employees, as well as their experience offering a wide range of tools and services (e.g. Insights Discovery, executive coaching and 360-degree feedback products), to strengthen further the IOG’s contribution to improved, 21st century leadership in the public sector. All these products and services will be offered under the banner of the IOG.

In addition to his over 25 years in the public sector, including thirteen in executive positions, François has taught courses at the Master’s Project Management Program of the Université du Québec en Outaouais for ten years and is an experienced leadership development practitioner. After having led the portfolio of leadership development programs with the Canada School of Public Service, François founded Lead-Action which has delivered over 3500 psychometric assessments, 800 360-feedback programs, and 650 training days of leadership development.

Francois will be joining the IOG team on January 7th. He can be reached at or at 613 562-0090 x 202.

About the author

Toby Fyfe

Toby Fyfe


Toby Fyfe is President of the Institute on Governance in Ottawa.

For the last seven years he has led the IOG’s public sector leadership and capacity-building programs and courses aimed at providing tools and insights to enhance the skills of executives and officers at all levels of government.

He has led the design, curriculum development and delivery of multiple federal government year-long Executive Leadership Programs and Inter-Jurisdictional Executive Leadership Programs in Toronto and Nova Scotia, the latter in partnership with the Dalhousie School of Management. He also is responsible at the IOG for multi-year programs with the Government of Nunavut that build both leadership capacity and policy expertise.

Toby spent over twenty years with the government of Canada in central agencies (Privy Council Office, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat) and government departments. His last post was as Assistant Commissioner, Corporate Services at the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages.

Before he joined the Institute, he worked with the Commissioner of the RCMP on a change initiative.

Toby is an Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of Ottawa and was

editor-in-chief of Canadian Government Executive magazine for five years.

He was a broadcaster with CBC radio and television where he produced programs such as The House, Cross Country Checkup, and the first commercial-free version of Ottawa Morning.

He has an MA from the University of Ottawa and has attended the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program.

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