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12 Full Day Sessions + 1 Evening

Stepping Into the Executive Cadre

Includes a mix of in-class modules, a travel study tour, and group coaching sessions.

17 June 2024 - 9 January 2025

30 weeks, 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM


  • $8,900.00 incl.
Session information
Cohort 23 - Module 1 Session 1 Jun 17 2024, 08:30 AM - 16:00
1 day - Ottawa

    Cohort 23 - Module 1 Session 2 Jun 18 2024, 08:30 AM - 16:00
    1 day - Ottawa

      Cohort 23 - Module 1 Session 3 Jun 19 2024, 08:30 AM - 16:00
      1 day - Ottawa

        Cohort 23 - Module 2 Session 1 Sep 03 2024, 08:30 AM - 16:00
        1 day - Ottawa

          Cohort 23 - Module 2 Session 2 Sep 04 2024, 08:30 AM - 16:00
          1 day - Ottawa

            Cohort 23 - Module 2 Session 3 Sep 05 2024, 08:30 AM - 16:00
            1 day - Ottawa

              Cohort 23 - Module 3 Session 1 - Montreal Study Tour Nov 05 2024, 06:30 AM - 16:15
              1 day - Montreal

                Cohort 23 - Module 3 - Montreal Study Tour - Dinner Event Nov 05 2024, 05:30 PM - 20:00
                2 hours, 30 minutes - Montreal

                  Cohort 23 - Module 3 Session 2 - Montreal Study Tour Nov 06 2024, 08:30 AM - 16:00
                  1 day - Montreal

                    Cohort 23 - Module 3 Session 3 - Study Tour Debrief in Ottawa Nov 07 2024, 08:30 AM - 16:00
                    1 day - Ottawa

                      Cohort 23 - Module 4 Session 1 Jan 07 2025, 08:30 AM - 16:00
                      1 day - Ottawa

                        Cohort 23 - Module 4, Session 2 Jan 08 2025, 08:30 AM - 16:00
                        1 day - Ottawa

                          Cohort 23 - Module 4 Session 3 Jan 09 2025, 08:30 AM - 16:00
                          1 day - Ottawa

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                            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.

                            Our Stepping Into the Executive Cadre (SIEC) program is specially designed for EX minus 1 and minus 2 aspiring executives looking to expand their public sector knowledge and hone their leadership skills to advance their careers in the public services. Structured around 3 themes - leading yourself, leading others, and leading your organization - the program will provide you with the perspective and vision essential to the executive level.

                            In Person Delivery at IOG Office, Ottawa: 

                            •   Module 1 - June 17th, 18th, 19th
                            •   Module 2 - September 3rd, 4th, 5th
                            •   Module 3 - Montreal Study Tour - November 4th, 5th, 6th (in person at IOG office)
                            •   Module 4 - January 7th, 8th, 9th

                            You will learn from top former senior public servants and governance experts to facilitate your learning experience. You will develop your new and improved management skills through action-learning groups, discussion, and presentations. And you will join an overnight site visit outside Ottawa to meet and learn from leaders of other organizations in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

                            Program Curriculum

                            Spanning over four dynamic modules, dive into key topics like emotional intelligence, strategic decision-making, and executive presence. Experience a blend of classroom and virtual learning, including an enriching study tour. Engage in practical exercises and action learning groups for real-world application. This program offers a unique opportunity to enhance skills and develop a network of leaders that will last a life time.

                            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

                            Travel Costs

                            In order to make things very clear regarding travel costs for the Montreal Study Tour, we wanted to provide the following detailed information for participants and departments to be aware:

                            •   Train travel to and from Ottawa and Montreal will be paid for by the Institute on Governance (this includes travel to and parking at the Ottawa train station). For any participants traveling from outside of the National Capital Region, they may wish to travel from their region to Ottawa to join the group on the train, or to travel from their region directly to Montreal. Any travel costs outside of Ottawa-Montreal are the responsibility of the participant or department.
                            •   The group will spend one night in a hotel in Montreal -- the IOG will hold this reservation, the participant will pay upon checkout, and then the IOG will reimburse this cost via a travel expense form.
                            •   Any meals or taxis paid for by participants during their study tour in Montreal will be logged on an expense form and reimbursed by the IOG based on the NJC allowances. 
                            •   For the 3rd day of this module, hosted at the IOG office in Ottawa, meals will be provided on-site, but any hotel accommodations needed in Ottawa are the responsibility of the participant or department. (exception: if a participant lives in Montreal and therefore does not require lodging in Montreal).
                            •   Lastly, if a participant from another region needs to travel to Montreal the night before the study tour, they may do so, but their hotel booking and cost will be the responsibility of themselves and/or their department.

                            If you have any specific questions about the above, please email us at

                            If you are interested in this program but cannot join this particular cohort, please express your interest in a future cohort by completing this form.


                            Omer Boudreau
                            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 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 […]

                            Participant Testimonials

                            "This was an excellent leadership training course that I would recommend. I was particularly impressed by all of the angles of leadership that were explored and the personal learning approach that engaged us in the leadership journey. Thank you IOG!"

                            "I would absolutely recommend this program to others (and will do). It was by far the most valuable training activity that I have ever done, and many would benefit from also taking it."

                            "Incredible experience -- I will certainly come back as I grow as a leader. The program was not only valuable but also exciting and interesting. Thank you!"

                            "The whole program was top-notch, with excellent insights and guest speakers. I will definitely look to take courses with IOG again in the future!

                            Program Cost

                            Course fee:  $8,900

                            Includes course tuition and all course materials used during the course.

                            Public Health requirements will be observed and participants will be asked to sign in and out to comply with COVID-19 tracing. 

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