Courses in Innovation, Science & Governance

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Superclusters… a Chief Science Advisor… Inclusive Innovation… Evidence-informed Decision-making. The Government’s emphasis on innovation, science and governance underscores the need for greater capacity in the public service at the intersection of these rapidly evolving areas.

Participants in this curriculum series learn the fundamentals of, and explore new thinking and new methods in, science, technology and innovation policy to drive positive change in the public service and in Canada’s innovation ecosystem.

Why this is important?

In Canada, it is widely recognized that there is a need “to innovate how we innovate” and support an integrated science and innovation ecosystem. Canada traditionally punches above its weight in research and discovery but continues to be challenged in the translation, mobilization and commercialization of these discoveries to improve productivity, resiliency and delivery. For our country to effectively meet its innovation challenges, leadership and governance are required at the nexus of three innovation realms -- Economic Innovation, Social Innovation, and Policy Innovation – that currently operate largely in isolation.
In the context of newly emerging and disruptive technologies (such as Artificial intelligence, Blockchain, CRISPR, etc.) and new approaches such as inclusive innovation, open science, Two-Eyed Seeing, behavioural economics and design thinking, public servants need to think differently and more creatively about how we “manage for innovation” and develop sound evidence for decision making.

Who should participate in this series?

Public servants and others who want to better understand the fast-paced worlds of science, technology, and innovation and their intersections with public policy and governance. Participants will gain new knowledge, understanding and skills in the areas of:

The “Inno-ruption” Context -- participants will understand the implications of emerging and disruptive technologies and how they impact their work and collaborations.

The Innovation Nexus – participants will explore the three realms of economic, social and policy innovation, examine the issues and opportunities at the various intersections between the realms and at the nexus of all three, and learn how to leverage them to improve program outcomes. (see Fig. 1)

The Integration Imperative – participants will learn how to integrate science, innovation and policy, using greater collaboration and examining science for policy / policy for science and innovation in government / government in innovation

Figure 1 – The Innovation Nexus

The Core Curriculum

The series offers a core curriculum ladder supporting increasing levels of professional responsibility.

  • How Ottawa Works for Scientists: This three-part webinar is a “user guide” for scientists and researchers working with or in the federal government. It is designed especially for those new to government or early in their public service careers, or those new to responsibilities in the areas of science and innovation.

  • Integrating Innovation, Science and Policy: A two-day course (in person or online) that offers an intermediate-level exploration of the integration of science, innovation and policy to drive evidence-informed decisions.

This course is offered in two formats:

  • As an intensive nine-day course, in-person at the IOG, over a period of three months
  • A virtual learning experience with 50 hours of online instruction and discussion, complemented with 30 hours of independent study

To discuss the course most appropriate for your learning needs, please contact Jeff Kinder at or at 613-562-0090.

Course Fees

The cost per course varies

  • The price for in-person courses include expert facilitation and instruction, lunch and snacks, and course materials.
  • The price for online courses includes expert facilitation and instruction, and course materials.

Registration is done through an online registration system where you can select to pay by credit card or request an invoice.

The IOG value-added

The IOG has researched and consulted widely to build up its knowledge and expertise in innovation, science and governance. The Science and Innovation curriculum is guided by a multidisciplinary Advisory Council of senior federal public servants, academics, and thought leaders in the private and non-profit sectors.

For those who wish to have an adapted course that is specific to their issues and requirements, customized course offerings can be delivered on request for branches, teams or groups, in English or French in any part of the country.

The IOG also offers discounts for departments that send more than one person.

Click here for more about the IOG's work in Science and Innovation Policy.

For more information, please contact Jeff Kinder at or at 613-562-0090.