Foundations of Governance for Public Institutions

1 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
This course has no upcoming sessions scheduled.


Good governance is recognized as a key contributor to improved organizational and societal outcomes. But what constitutes good governance, and how is it manifest in the public sector and in Canada’s public institutions? This course explores the principles of good governance, with a focus on their application to public sector institutions in Canada, examines how the organizational structure and governance of the federal public sector has evolved in response to changes in the role of government, and sets out measurable indicators for evaluating the quality and effectiveness of governance in your organization.

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.

General Course Description

This course is designed to help public sector professionals understand the elements of good governance in the public sector, how the governance of the Canadian public sector is structured and why, and how the governance of their organization could become more effective.

Who Should Attend

This course will be of particular interest to professionals interested in institutional governance, portfolio affairs, and performance and accountability assessment and improvement within their own organizations.

What you will gain

Participants will learn:

  • The meaning of governance, the recognized principles of good governance, and the distinctive requirements of governance in the public sector
  • The phenomenon of distributed governance, which places most government activities and spending beyond the day-to-day control of ministers and presents distinctive governance risks
  • Why public sector organizations are structured as they are, and the considerations that go into designing a public organization to achieve its intended function
  • How to assess governance arrangements, including how to apply good governance principles and practices to their organization to improve outcomes
  • 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 two people attending, you may be eligible for a group discount. Contact us for details at 613-562-0090 or

Main contact

613-562-0090 x200
1 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
This course has no upcoming sessions scheduled.

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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