The challenge for public service leaders is clear: they must prepare their organisations for the future, working with other jurisdictions and sectors to resolve complex issues.

Leadership matters as the public service continues to go through significant transformations, driven by reduced funding, new technologies, demographic changes and the increasing expectations of citizens.

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Our Executive Leadership Program

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NEW! The IOG is launching its second cohorts of two Inter-Jurisdictional Executive Leadership Programs in Toronto and Halifax, bringing together leaders from all three jurisdictions into one program.

Executive Leadership Program Cohort 18

The program has been designed for promising executives at the EX-1 level or equivalent who are committed to public service excellence and who desire to continue improving their leadership skills and abilities.

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Toronto Inter-Jurisdictional Executive Leadership Program

The IOG Toronto Inter-Jurisdictional Executive Leadership Program is for leaders and managers in the GTA who work in either the municipal, provincial and federal spheres either within core organisations or arms-length arrangements.

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Halifax Inter-Jurisdictional Executive Leadership Program

The IOG / Dalhousie Inter-Jurisdictional Executive Leadership Program is for committed public service managers and executives who want to improve their leadership competencies and skills in order to function more effectively in an inter-governmental environment.

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About the Executive Leadership Program

The Ottawa-based program has been designed for promising executives at the EX-1 level or equivalent who are committed to public service excellence and who desire to continue improving their leadership skills and abilities. The program consists of three distinct modules:

  • Public Leadership in a Digital World
  • Evolving Public Sector Governance
  • Toward Better Public Sector Leadership: Responding to Change

We purposely limit our class size to enhance the quality of learning for participants. Classes are scheduled conveniently once a month during the evening and the following day to allow time for assigned work and opportunity to apply learning between sessions.

Case studies, action learning events, and ongoing coaching and mentoring are offered throughout the program. A week-long group study tour offers participants an opportunity to consolidate theoretical frameworks and applied learning off-site. The program also employs expert professionals in the application of self-assessment tools aimed at enhancing the personal leadership development of each individual.

Highlights of the program includes:

  • The former Clerk of the Privy Council, Jocelyne Bourgon, will share with participants practical lessons from her New Synthesis Initiative;
  • A week-long group study tour to Nunavut where participants explore the governance and leadership challenges facing the territory;
  • Interactions with senior officials;
  • Expert assistance with 360 degree and self assessments to enhance individual self-knowledge and leadership;
  • Coaching and mentoring; and
  • Case studies and action learning with leading experts.

Outcomes

As a participant in the IOG Executive Leadership Program you will gain access to important insights and expertise and can expect to:

  • Improve key leadership skills to improve resilience, to manage change and to use evidence-based decision-making for effective governance
  • Benefit from state-of-the-art teaching methods, world-class thought leadership, and stimulating learning discussions across threads of change management and evidence-based decision-making
  • Enjoy a rigorous ‘world-class’ learning program designed to fit your busy work schedule with conveniently spaced classes and activities
  • Learn through a combination of classroom work, peer work, digital work, self-reflection, observation, practice and feedback
  • Make use of ongoing coaching and mentoring
  • Travel to a selected location as a group on an applied study tour
  • Become part of the IOG Fellowship Program network and have exclusive access to a broad range of our services

Graduates receive an IOG diploma in Public Sector Governance and Leadership in a Digital World upon completion of the program and are invited to attend ceremony to celebrate the occasion with senior public sector leaders.

What people think about the Executive Leadership Program

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"Congratulations to IOG on its Executive Leadership Program. We just don’t have enough of these. [...] With huge attrition rates, we are moving a lot of people in the EX cadre and the more we can support these individuals to become executives early on, the better we will be."