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Register by March 21st for Cohort 5 Starting March 31st, 2021.

You asked and we heard you. To give you more time to nominate participants in the next cohort, we've extended the registration deadline and start date. In addition to the registration extension, each participant is loaned a laptop with all of the applications and tools we use in this program, so that no matter where you are, you can enjoy the full, online experience.

The biggest challenge facing the public service leaders today is preparing for a post-pandemic world. Coming out of COVID-19, governments will face a changed environment that will include paradigm shifts in citizen expectations, the nature of work, the role of government, the use of technology, the delivery of health care, and government internal policies and procedures, to name a few. What leadership skills will be needed to navigate this changing world?

The IOG’s unique Virtual Executive Leadership Program (vELP) is for committed public sector leaders across all departments and levels of government who are being be called upon to implement the “new normal” of the post-COVID-19 world. Leaders will be expected to lead in a new way, stay connected, and engage others differently while still achieving the best public results. 

This program will be completely offered in a virtual environment; however, going virtual doesn't mean you have to lose the value of face-to-face learning. Unlike traditional e-learning courses, this program is highly interactive and based on instructor-led learning.

We successfully launched Cohort 3 and 4 of the Virtual Executive Leadership Program in November, 2020

Congratulations to Cohort 1 and 2 for graduating the program on December 15th, 2020!


Target Audience: Executives at the EX-01 (or equivalent) at all levels of government who are dealing with the COVID-19 'new normal'.

Launch Date: March 31, 2021

Registration Deadline: March 21st, 2021

Duration: 7 Months

Format: The cohort will meet in a virtual environment three times per month. 

  • Two half-day sessions in the afternoon
  • One evening session

Location: The vELP will be delivered across a network of virtual platforms and tools, all of which can be accessed from home, the office or at any convenient location. Included in the program tuition, the IOG will lend a computer to each participant with all software installed for the duration of the program.

Cost: $16,000*

Register: Email registration@iog.ca

Contact: Francois Gagnon, Vice-President of Learning, fgagnon@iog.ca or 613.562.0090 ext. 200.

*As a not-for-profit, we do not collect HST. 

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Program Highlights and Outline

This program is not a classroom program delivered with distance learning tools. It has been created from the ground up to be delivered virtually, with the same high-quality conversations, exchanges and access to experienced executives that you can expect from the IOG. Over the course of this program, and lying under the overarching theme of Leading in the Post-COVID World, Executives participating in the program will:

  • discuss the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the public service;
  • access and debate with high calibre guest speakers;
  • work collaboratively to develop their roles as leaders in the evolving public service.

They will have access to:

With the theme of Leading in the Post-COVID-19 World, participants will explore challenging, robust and relevant topics to their roles as public service leaders. This will include content like:

  • Leading in a complex world; 
  • leading change with authenticity;
  • building engagement and collaboration in a new context; and
  • achieving powerful results with distance work teams.

The IOG Difference

We believe in the value of personalized learning. That's why, much like our traditional Executive Leadership Program, the program will be offered live with ongoing access to:

  • seasoned leaders who can answer questions and speak to their experiences; 
  • customized help with specific challenges; and
  • a close network of peers and fellow executives that will last long after the program.

If you have questions about the Virtual Executive Leadership Program, please reach out to us by emailing registration@iog.ca or give us a call at 613.562.0090 ext. 200.