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, as well as a growing suite of affiliated offerings.

  • Introduction to Science in GovernmentA one-day introduction to the roles and workings of science and innovation in a public service setting. 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 innovation, science and governance.
  • Leadership Development Program in Science and Innovation: LDPSI is a 9-day program in which participants study the cultures of science, innovation and policy, where they intersect, how they work together, and how they influence Canadian society and how individuals can have impact impact and achieve results. 

To discuss the course most appropriate for your learning needs, please contact Jeff Kinder at or at 613-562-0090 x224.

Affiliated Courses

  • Innovation and ‘Nudge’ Economics – New Policy Frontiers Updated This updated two-day course explores new concepts like behavioural or ‘nudge’ economics, integrative thinking and design thinking. It is aimed at senior policy advisors and managers who want to know what these concepts are all about and how they can use them to ensure innovative policy development and advice, improve program delivery and strengthen their client focus.

Coming Soon

  • Strategic Foresight, Roadmapping and Scanning - A one-day introduction to strategies and methods of envisioning and anticipating the future to inform policy, regulation, research and operations. The learning event will be of particular interest to those who want to ensure the sustainability of their programs in a changing public sector world.
  • Envisioning the Future – Bootcamp for Foresight Practitioners - This week-long bootcamp prepares foresight practitioners in organizations facing rapidly changing contexts and disruptive technologies. Participants will develop foresight skills and practice with a suite of futures methods that can be deployed in their organizations.
  • Governance Inno-rupted – The Impacts of Disruptive Technologies - This one-day course is open to anyone interested in exploring the opportunities and challenges of emerging and disruptive technologies to public policy and service delivery. Case studies will examine the ABCs of Disruptive Technologies including Artificial intelligence, Blockchain, CRISPR, Drones, etc.

Course Fees

The cost per course varies. The price includes expert facilitation, lunch 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, supported by its ASPIRE Lab, has researched and consulted widely to build up its knowledge and expertise in innovation, science and governance. All IOG courses are prepared and taught by those who have held senior positions in the federal government. The curriculum is guided by a Learning Committee of senior federal public servants.

The ASPIRE Lab provides a creative space to support your organization’s innovation needs in learning, ideation, design thinking, and organizational renewal and leadership in the areas of innovation, science, policy and governance. Click here for more about the IOG's work in Science and Innovation Policy.

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.

We also offer discounts if you wish to send more than one person.

For more information, please contact Jeff Kinder at or at 613-562-0090 x224.