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14 Sessions over 10 weeks

Leadership Development Program in Science and Innovation

The contract (or compact) between science and society is changing. The interface between science, innovation, and policy making must change, too.

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Cohort 10 will launch in Fall 2024.  Exact Dates to be announced.

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If you are interested in this program for yourself or someone on your team, but cannot attend the fall cohort, please complete this form and we will keep you informed when the Spring cohort is open for registration. This program runs twice per calendar year.

This is a time for leadership in science and innovation.

The contract (or compact) between science and society is changing. The interface between science, innovation, and policy making must change, too.

If your work touches on science, innovation, and/or policy development and you’re finding yourself needing new tools to lead through the times, then the virtual Leadership Development Program in Science and Innovation (LDPSI) is for you.

The program is delivered in three modules – Governance in Canada; Science, Innovation, and Society; and Leadership – with a group project, on-demand support, and coaching and mentoring.


LDPSI is delivered in partnership with the Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC) and as a program participant, you will receive a free conference pass to the annual CSPC conference.

This program will develop your leadership competencies in:

  • Understanding the ‘cultures’ of science, innovation, and policy-making
  • Analyzing interpersonal skills
  • Synthesizing research
  • Managing expert communities
  • Communicating scientific knowledge
  • Advising policy makers
  • Engaging citizens and stakeholders


Geoff Munro
Geoff Munro
Associate, Faculty

Geoff Munro was the Chief Scientist of NRCan (retired Dec 2013) and in this capacity advanced the work of the departmental Science and Technology Board and helped to drive the corporate priority of "Mobilizing our Science & Technology". Mr. Munro was first appointed Chief Scientist at NRCan in 2007 and carried out this role while [...]

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 transformation change in various settings. His reputation of excellence in building relationships, in the engagement of stakeholders and in achieving results has consistently [...]

Karen Dodds
Karen Dodds
Associate, Faculty

Karen Dodds retired in 2016 after a 32-year career in the public service. She built on her basic background in science research, developing expertise in regulation, legislation, operations, and policy. Karen retired as Assistant Deputy Minister, Science & Technology Branch, Environment and Climate Change Canada. That branch was responsible for research and monitoring in the [...]

Rhonda Moore
Rhonda Moore
Executive Director, Science and Innovation

Expertise: science and innovation, science communications, facilitation
Degree(s): Bachelor of Public Relations (BPR), Mount Saint Vincent University, Masters in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (MSc), University of Edinburgh
For almost 20 years, Rhonda Moore has worked at the intersection of communications, research, and policy analysis and development. At that intersection, Rhonda has sought out opportunities to build relationships, to [...]

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This particular cohort will be delivered in a hybrid format, with in-person sessions at the beginning and the end of the program, and virtual sessions in between.

Going virtual does not mean you lose out on the value of face-to-face learning. Unlike traditional e-learning courses, the LDPSI is highly interactive and our instructors will ensure you get the most of your experience. 

The IOG Difference 

The IOG is the only think tank in Canada that puts science and innovation at the core of public policy discussions.  

Our team is uniquely equipped to help you understand science and innovation policy, and to help you communicate scientific research and innovation in plain language that’s accessible to everyone.

Program Cost

Government and corporate organizations:  $9,200

Any government or corporate organization that submits two or more nominations in one cohort:  $8,200

Includes course tuition, course materials, online tools used during the course, registration to the annual Canadian Science Policy Conference, group mentoring and one-on-one coaching.

Location: You can access the LDPSI across a network of virtual platforms and tools, all of which can be accessed from home, the office, or at any convenient location. In-person sessions will be held at the IOG Office, at 60 George Street in Ottawa's ByWard Market.

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

Discounted rates are available for non-profit organizations.

Maximum 5 participants per cohort from the same department or organization.