Webinar - How Ottawa Works for Scientists

3 day courseIn Virtual
  • July 28, 20201:00pm - 3:00pm
  • July 29, 20201:00pm - 3:00pm
  • July 30, 20201:00pm - 3:00pm
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Context

Canada is one of the world’s great parliamentary democracies, yet our system of government – a distinctive version of the Westminster parliamentary and cabinet system – is not always fully understood, even by those who work in the public service. Every Canadian should understand the core principles, practices, institutions and actors in our system, and the relationships among them.

Scientists play a special role in Canada’s system of government. Among other duties, they produce research evidence used to inform federal decision-making. If you have ever wondered how Canada’s government works and how science fits in, this course is for you.

General course description

This webinar is delivered over three days; each day offers a 2 hour 'part' of the course. There is a total of 6 hours of learning.

This three-part webinar is a “user guide” for scientists and researchers working with or in the federal government. Like IOG’s signature How Government Works, the first part of the webinar provides an overview of the structures, processes and players of the Canadian government, and sets out the core constitutional and institutional foundations, how the government is organized and why, and what that means for the participant. The first part (day 1) of the webinar also examines the unique roles that science-based departments and agencies play in the federal government, and how those roles differ from the rest of the federal government.

In the second part (day 2) of the webinar, participants are introduced to the science-policy interface: the process by which scientific knowledge is translated into policies and material that informs programs, services, regulations and diplomatic affairs. As part of this exploration, participants engage in a discussion about the two cultures of science and policy, the different ways they work, and how they can support each other.

In the third part (day 3) of the webinar, participants learn about the value of plain language communication. Through some short exercises, participants are provided with tools and information to improve their ability to work effectively across the science-policy interface.

What you will gain

Participants will learn about:

  • The Westminster model of government in Canada, including the roles and responsibilities of Parliament, the judiciary, Cabinet and ministers and how these elements work
  • The roles of the Prime Minister including as chair of Cabinet
  • The planning cycles and decision-making processes surrounding Cabinet and its committees, including the Treasury Board
  • The role of central agencies and their ministers, including the Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board
  • Key features of parliamentary practice and of bodies reporting directly to Parliament
  • The relationship between appointed and elected officials
  • The role of the public servant within the professional public service
  • The role of the scientist within the public service
  • An understanding of the science-policy interface
  • Appreciation of the realities of scientists and policy analysts in the federal public service
  • Practical tools for improving plain language communication, and opportunities to practice plain language communication

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 jkinder@iog.ca or at 613-562-0090 x224.

Who should attend?

Typical attendee profile(s):

Researchers, Scientists

This course is targeted to those who are working as researchers or scientists in the federal public service. The course is useful for those who are new to the federal government, or who are in a new role that requires a greater understanding of the science-policy interface, or who are simply looking for a refresher on how the system works.

People who work in science or research and interface with policy or communications – even those outside the federal government – will find this course useful.

Course fee(s)

$600 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 learningcentre@iog.ca.

Main contact

Name
Learning Centre
Phone
(613) 562-0090 ex 200
3 day courseIn Virtual
  • July 28, 20201:00pm - 3:00pm
  • July 29, 20201:00pm - 3:00pm
  • July 30, 20201:00pm - 3:00pm
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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