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Program at a Glance

First launched in December 2018, this highly acclaimed program is the first of its kind in Canada. Part of the Government of Canada's Digital Academy initiative, it provides public sector executives with the digital literacy and leadership skills they need to be effective decision-makers in the rapidly changing policy and service delivery landscape. Led by experienced practitioners in public sector digital transformation, it consists of five, day-long sessions that explore major digital trends and the implications and opportunities for government operations and service delivery. Key concepts that are covered during the week include design thinking, agile methods, digital technology, data analysis and visualization, digital and data ethics, and approaches to managing and leading digital teams. Join our growing community of over 120 Digital Executive Leadership Program alumni comprised of executives and managers from 26 federal government departments, as well as provincial, municipal, and not-for-profit organizations across Canada!

Program Information

Cohort 9 Launches on May 10th

New for Cohort 9: Hands-on Experience with Virtual Reality Technology!


This program has been designed for public sector executives at all levels of government (federal, provincial, municipal) and non-profit leaders who want to better understand the challenges and opportunities of leadership in the digital era. Most participants are at the Director or Senior Director level (EX-01/02), however we do also accept more senior executives, as well as managers and senior advisors/specialists (EX-minus 1 level, e.g. CS-04, EC-07).


The program is offered as an intensive one-week bootcamp with five consecutive day-long sessions. Each day is comprised of a mix of lectures from subject-matter experts, guest speakers, discussions with practitioners, and hands-on exercises to provide participants experience with the concepts being explored.

We have adapted the Digital Executive Leadership Program to meet the realities of the current COVID-19 related restrictions. Cohorts 6 (June 2020), 7 (October 2020), and 8 (February 2021) were delivered fully online using a variety of interactive digital tools to deliver the course remotely including video conferencing, real-time collaboration tools, and even our “virtual IOG office” via VirBELA. For Cohort 9 (May 2021) we will be taking real-time digital collaboration to the next level by introducing fully immersive virtual reality technology as part of the course! Each participant will be provided with an Oculus Quest virtual reality headset to use for certain activities during the week to supplement our standard suite of digital collaboration tools.

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Five, one-day sessions

Program Dates

Cohort 9 - Week-long bootcamp (online delivery) - May 10-14, 2021

Interested in future Cohorts of the Digital ELP? Send us an email to registration@iog.ca and we will add you to our waitlist for future cohorts.

Location: Online

Please Note: we will continue to follow public health guidance with regards to maintaining online delivery of the Digital Executive Leadership Program as long as required or putting in place the appropriate safety measures once a return to in-person delivery is permitted.


$7,950 for week-long program (five full-day sessions)

Includes tuition, all course materials and online tools used during the course as well as access to course resources after the program is completed and inclusion in the Digital Executive Leadership Program alumni network with access to exclusive events after the program is completed. Included in the program tuition for cohorts that are delivered online, the IOG will provide an Oculus Quest virtual reality headset system to each participant for use during the duration of the program and will also lend a computer with all required software installed for participants who require it. Any equipment being provided to participants will be shipped to and from their homes via courier service which IOG will arrange.

As a not-for-profit organization, the IOG does not collect tax.

The Value Proposition

There has never been a greater need for executives and policy leaders at all levels of government to be digitally literate and technologically savvy.  The movement for government to embrace the technologies and methods of the digital era has gained momentum in recent years, and the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis is putting pressure on the public sector to work and deliver services digitally like never before. Rapid advancements in the technology sector have dramatically changed citizen expectations that are shaped by their experiences with companies such as Google, Amazon and Netflix, and their interactions with government are increasingly out-of-step with the quality, timeliness, and user experience of what they are used to in other aspects of their lives. In the background of all of this are the increasing struggles that governments are having with technology procurement and digital project failures, organizational cultures and processes that have been resistant to adapt to the more agile approaches that are the hallmark of the “digital era”, and a rapidly changing policy landscape when it comes to technology-driven issues as diverse as autonomous vehicles and the impact of social media amplified “fake news” on the electoral process.

With this in mind, the Institute on Governance (IOG) has established an executive leadership program designed to provide executives and policy-leaders at all levels of government (federal, provincial, municipal) with the knowledge and competencies they need to lead in a digital world. Led by experienced practitioners in public sector digital transformation, the focus for the program is centred around three core areas and how they are changing the landscape for governance, service delivery, and policy development in the public sector, namely: Design Thinking, Digital Technologies, and Data. The course will provide participants with a basic grounding in key concepts from each of these three disciplines, and a practical understanding of how they can be applied to the business of government. The program will also provide participants with an understanding of the big strategic drivers of the digital era, and considerations for building and managing modern, digitally-savvy teams in the public sector.

The Team

To develop this course offering, the IOG has partnered with Ryan Androsoff who is the lead designer and facilitator of the program. Ryan was a co-founder of the federal government's Canadian Digital Service, and has spent the last decade working on digital transformation initiatives in the public sector through his time at the Government of Canada’s Treasury Board Secretariat, the digital government team at the Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD) in Paris, and his academic work at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. We are also collaborating with a number of expert practitioners who have contributed to the design and delivery of the course, including:

  • Amanda Clarke, Assistant Professor at Carleton University and one of the leading researchers in Canada exploring the impact of technology on government
  • Meghan Hellstern, expert in human-centered design and user experience (UX)
  • Mike Gifford, Open source software and digital accessibility expert, and leader in the Ottawa civic tech community
  • Jen Schellinck, data science expert and adjunct professor at Carleton University's Institute of Cognitive Science, as well as the principal of Sysabee consulting

The course sessions are enriched by the participation of guest speakers from across Canada and internationally who provide first-hand perspective on the successes (and failures) to date of the digital government revolution. Combined with the IOG's long history and deep expertise on issues of public governance and leadership, the course provides a unique learning experience on one of the most pressing topics for public sector organizations today.

Program Outcomes

Participants in the Digital Executive Leadership Program will:

  • Stretch their thinking about the possibilities for using digital technology and user-centric, agile approaches to re-think traditional processes and service delivery models in their organization.
  • Be more aware of the increasing challenges that will be faced due to an acceleration of society-wide “digital disruption”, including ethical considerations surrounding the use of data and digital service delivery.  
  • Be able to provide more informed and digitally savvy strategic leadership at the senior management table of their organization, including being able to better identify technology-enabled approaches and projects that are likely to fail or succeed.
  • Have a better understanding of the types of skills and competencies that they will need in their organization, and approaches to recruit, retain, and (re)train a workforce fit to purpose for government in the digital era.
  • Increase their network of contacts and peers who are working on digital transformation and modernization efforts in the public sector.

To Register

Send an email to registration@iog.ca with the following information about the participant:

  • Name
  • Organization and position
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Home address (for shipping of equipment), including City, Province, and Postal Code

The IOG will contact the participant confirming registration with full details to start preparing for the program.

For More Information

Ryan Androsoff, Director, Digital Leadership Program

E - randrosoff@iog.ca

P - 613-407-3014

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The first cohort of the Digital Executive Leadership Program
Testimonials from the first cohort of the IOG's Digital Executive Leadership Program