Virtual Executive Leadership Program - Institute on Governance

Virtual Executive Leadership Program

Register By: September 29th, 2021
Monthly program for 7 months — one evening and two afternoon (12:30PM – 4:30PM ET) sessions per month.

Included in the program tuition, we will lend you a computer with all software installed for the duration of the program.

Next Cohort Start Date: October 13 & 14

From pandemic to paradigm shift

The world post-COVID-19 will be uniquely challenging. In this post-truth, post-pandemic era, citizen expectations of their governments and of the service they provide are shifting rapidly. Technology-enabled work approaches will challenge our cities and our societies forever. The international trade trends and global deficits are going to be game changers for Canada. . This complex and interconnected world will require networked leaders working together toward a shared goal.

For public sector leaders, this is a period of opportunity and a moment for decisive leadership.

Our Virtual Executive Leadership Program (vELP) prepares public sector leaders across departments and at all levels tasked to navigate the deep and rapid changes of our times.

As leaders you will be called to develop and implement the new policies and programs for this new Canada and the vELP will allow you to develop a new holistic perspective and the skills to be successful.

For the duration of this vELP, you will be 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.

Program Benefits

  • You will discuss the latest, citizen-centric thinking on governance in the post-pandemic’s ‘new normal’ (whatever that, ultimately, ends up being).
  • You will be able to cut through the ‘noise’ of the current times to make critical decisions on resource allocation and to get results for audiences that matter.
  • You will emerge more confident in your abilities as a people-leader and better able to respond to the leadership challenges you will face as your career progresses. 


Peter Bruce

Associate, Faculty

Peter Bruce is a Senior Associate for Leadership and Learning at the Institute on Governance (IOG).  Since 2017, he has been facilitating the IOG’s Executive Leadership Program. He has also provided advice on digital strategies for government organizations both in Canada and internationally.  After 32 years of Public Service at the federal and provincial levels Mr. […]

Jacques Paquette

Associate, Faculty

Jacques Paquette facilitates the Virtual Executive Leadership Program and the Executive Leadership Program at the Institute on Governance. He joined the federal government in 1982 with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and served at Canadian embassies in Pakistan, Sénégal, Hungary and France. In Ottawa, Mr. Paquette held a number of positions […]

Brad Graham

Vice President, Toronto

Expertise: Public Governance, Public Policy, Economics, Health, Finance, Urban Planning Degree(s): BA Economics, Dalhousie University Certification(s) & designation(s): Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto Brad Graham is Vice President, Toronto, at the Institute on Governance (IOG) and a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and […]

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Note: This program will be offered in a completely virtual environment. However, going virtual does not mean you lose out on the value of face-to-face learning. Unlike traditional e-learning courses, the vELP is highly interactive and our instructors will ensure you get the most of your experience.

The new virtual formula breaks the regional barriers! Meet colleagues from all across Canada! 

The IOG Difference

Our vELP offering is unlike any other, anywhere. (It’s better!)  

We offer non-partisan, impartial advice, with unparalleled technical proficiency. We also bring years of public-sector experience paired with valuable external/outside experience and insights. You get the best of all worlds with IOG’s vELP

“I have an enhanced and more nuanced perspective/understanding of my role in the broader context of complexity and change” 

Program Alumni

“An eye-opener leadership training focused on GC Public Service challenges.” 

Program Alumni

“This program helped my self awareness of my leadership style, helped me adjust to different styles of people. I also made friends for life. The connections with other people from the cohort is priceless.”

Program Alumni

Program Costs & Location

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


Includes tuition, all course materials and online tools used during the course as well as access to course resources after the program is completed. Included in the program tuition for cohorts that are delivered online, the IOG will lend a computer with all required software installed for participants. 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, the IOG does not collect HST.

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