Stepping into the Executive Cadre - Institute on Governance

Stepping into the Executive Cadre

Register By: October 13th, 2021


Program starts on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 and runs over five months. Includes mix of ‘in-class’ modules and small-group coaching. Inquire with us for full details.

Next Cohort Start Date: October 27th, 2021

The world of executives is a challenging one. Expectations are high, accountability is magnified and more challenging, and nothing short of excellence is expected. Leadership skills are essential to succeed.

Learn the skills needed to progress through this unique leadership development program. Designed for EX minus 1 and minus 2 employees looking to hone their skills, this eight-month program uses leading-edge learning products and tools to combine theory and practice.

Learn from high caliber guest speakers, experienced facilitators, and former executives. Get the tools and the knowledge to prepare you for your new responsibilities and challenges.

You will also get great networking opportunities along the way.

Program Benefits

  • Learn from respected subject matter experts and guest speakers
  • Develop your skills through professionally-led action-learning groups
  • Get insights from other leaders through Virtual Leadership Site Visits
  • Learn from wise/best practices that inspire great leadership


Omer Boudreau

Associate, Faculty

A seasoned, bilingual leader in public administration for over 30 years, Omer has significant experience in public policy, corporate management and government operations. He is a strategic leader who has successfully implemented transformational change in various settings. His reputation of excellence in building relationships, in the engagement of stakeholders and in achieving results has consistently […]

Donald Burke


Donald started his career in the Department of Supply and Services as a buyer. He then became a Director at the Canadian International Development Agency and later assumed the functions of Chief of Staff of the Associate Deputy Minister of Environment Canada, where he worked on a number of strategic files as special advisor to […]

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The IOG Difference

IOG instructors pair their knowledge of how government works at the highest levels with valuable perspectives gained outside the National Capital Region to provide unique offerings with public trust at the core. 

Learn from people who have served with distinction in senior government roles (and also succeeded elsewhere) what it will take to realize your aspirations and deliver for the people who will be counting on you.

“I highly recommend Stepping into the Executive Cadre. Through it I was able to expand my knowledge of myself, my leadership style as well as the leadership needs of today’s public service.”

Shannon, Senior manager, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

“The facilitators and guest-speakers are all top-notch with decades of experience, knowledge and wisdom to share with the participants. The bonds I forged with my peers during the program have extended well beyond the graduation and I have a bigger/stronger network as a result!”

John, A/Director, Employment and Social Development Canada

“The leadership program helped me to better understand myself as a person and as a leader. The program provided me with tools to succeed as a good leader, and I am extremely grateful.”

Bernadette, Manager, Employment and Social Development Canada

The Stepping into the Executive Cadre program was an excellent leadership program for those considering the jump to EX and equally for those wanting to explore and enhance their leadership skills. The numerous angles taken and the participatory approach to this program made it impactful in terms of understanding and actually learning how to practice new ways of leading. Thanks to the IOG team for their commitment, especially in shifting from the in-person to virtual learning world in the Covid context. I would definitely recommend this course to others.

Virtual Cohort Participant

Program Costs & Location

Location: You will access Stepping into the Executive Cadre across a network of virtual platforms and tools, all of which can be accessed from home, the office or at any convenient location.


Includes course tuition, all course materials and online tools used during the course.

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


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