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 in a public service that must address the challenges of government in the disruptive world of the 21st century that is shaped by major forces such as globalization, information technology and citizen expectations.   Our Executive Leadership Program builds leaders for now and for the future.

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What Participants and their Managers Say About the Program


“Two years after my graduation, I can say unequivocally that the ELP gave me a distinct advantage in the EX competition that led to my promotion.”

“ELP has given me a much better understanding of myself, my leadership capacity and where I best fit in the executive cadre to put my skills to good use and have them recognized by senior management.”

“I sent one of my strongest performers to ELP and the year shaped her into an extremely strong leader who returned ready to take on a more significant role in my organization.”  She was promoted within months of her graduation.”

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Our Executive Leadership Program


The IOG will be launching cohort 20 of our successful and challenging one-year Executive Leadership Program launches June 18, 2018.

Executive Leadership Program Cohort 20 launched

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 emerging leaders at the EX-1 level or equivalent who are committed to public service excellence and to improving their leadership skills and abilities.  We have graduated almost 300 participants since we launched the first cohort in 2011, representing nearly 10% of the executive cadre across government.

The program consists of three distinct modules:

  • Public Sector 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.

Highlights of the program includes:


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

  • Enhance key leadership skills to improve your resilience, manage change and use evidence-based decision-making for effective governance.
  • Contribute to world-class thought leadership, and stimulating learning discussions across threads of change management and evidence-based decision-making.
  • Develop applied strategic and tactical know-how to successfully navigate and manage in an increasingly complex digital world.
  • Enhance your EQ through 360 assessments and ongoing coaching and mentoring.
  • Consolidate theoretical frameworks and applied learning during the week-long study tour in Nunavut.
  • Receive an IOG diploma in Public Sector Governance and Leadership and become part of the IOG Fellowship Program network with exclusive access to a broad range of our services and events.

Why the Executive Leadership Program is needed at this time

Iog Sample

"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."