Foundations of Governance for Public Institutions

1 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
  • October 23, 20198:30am - 4:30pm
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  • February 21, 20208:30am - 4:30pm
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This course is designed to help public sector professionals understand how good governance can improve the effectiveness of their organization.

Why does good governance matter?

Good governance is not an end in itself, but rather a process and a set of practices that enable organizations to realize their goals. While the fundamental requirements of good governance are long-standing, our practical understanding of governance must take into consideration changes in technology, civil society and government.

When done well, effective governance:

  • Promotes trust in the organization and its people;
  • Improves morale among staff and stakeholders;
  • Enhances services to the public and stakeholders;
  • Improves decision-making and the quality of these decisions;
  • Connects your organization to its stakeholders;
  • Enhances the perception of the organization among citizens and stakeholders;
  • Improves organizational resilience;
  • Improves financial stability.

The challenge therefore lies in understanding the particular circumstance of the institution and how to apply principle-based, good governance practices.

What you will gain

Participants will learn:

  • How to build governance capacity – examples and strategies
  • How to apply good governance principles and practices to their organization
  • How to assess existing governance arrangements
  • The principles of good governance
  • Why governance matters
  • Governance incentives and barriers
  • Governance roles and responsibilities
  • Networked governance
  • Good governance resources and leading practices

Who should attend?

Typical attendee profile(s):

Public Institution Professionals

This course will be of particular interest to professionals interested in institutional governance and portfolio affairs, performance and accountability assessment, and audit and comptrollership in the federal, provincial, and municipal sectors.

What's included

Expert facilitation, lunch and course materials.

Course fee(s)

$990 per attendee

As a not-for-profit organization, the IOG does not charge HST.

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

Group discounts

If you have more than one person attending, you may be eligible for a group discount. Contact François Gagnon for details at 613-562-0090 x202 or

Main contact

613-562-0090 x200
1 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
  • October 23, 20198:30am - 4:30pm
Register ›
  • February 21, 20208:30am - 4:30pm
Register ›

The IOG value-added

All IOG courses are prepared and taught by those who have held senior positions in the federal government. They are guided by a Learning Committee of senior federal government public servants.

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 the Coaching Circle, to assist executives and officers at all levels of government as well as non-profit and other organizations in the development of their leadership skills.

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