Senior Public Sector Leader Program

An intense, interactive learning experience based on the key challenges public sector leaders face.

Who should attend?

The program is for individuals who have completed at least a year as an Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) or a crown corporation VP in both federal and provincial governments who have the potential to assume further responsibility in their career.

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Session Dates

Module 1

April 14 – 19, 2019

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Module 2

October 2 – 4, 2019

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Location

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive

Program Fees

$16,000 CAD

Program fee includes all materials, meals and accomodations.

Program fees are tax exempt.

Additional Details

Admission to the program is through nomination by a Deputy Minister or a crown corporation CEO.

Session Dates

Module 1

September 8 – 13, 2019

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Module 2

April 1 – 3, 2020

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Location

London, Ontario, Canada

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

551 Windermere Road

Program Fees

$16,000 CAD

Program fee includes all materials, meals and accomodations.

Program fees are tax exempt.

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What do I get?

After completing the Senior Public Sector Leader Program, you'll receive an authentic digital artifact – also known as a badge. This badge showcases your achievements and commitment to professional development. You can share your accomplishment with your network by displaying digital badges on social media, websites, ePortfolios, professional networks, and email signatures. Included in your badge is a digital certificate. Your network will be able to view your personalized and authentic certificate through your online digital badge.

In addition to a digital badge, you will receive a Senior Public Sector Leader Program Certificate of Completion, a powerful credential from the top business school in Canada.

Program Content

These are challenging times for senior public servants. Policy advice has been replaced by a constant bombardment of raw information and ideas, delivered 24/7 via Twitter.

The confidential policy advice politicians do receive is regularly published in the media. Even the most minute detail of how government departments are run is under intense public scrutiny. Public servants are increasingly expected to shoulder the blame when government policies go awry. Today, senior public servants regularly confront challenges rarely seen by even the most seasoned private sector executives.

Yet a non-partisan, professional public service is a key asset to any nation seeking to succeed in today’s hypercompetitive global economy. The Senior Public Sector Leader Program helps support the public service as a critical national institution and prepares senior public servants to successfully meet the challenges they confront.

What You Learn

For detailed program information, download a brochure.

Leadership

ADMs and crown corporation VPs operate in a more complex, demanding, and ambiguous environment than ever before. A number of factors are redefining the role, the scope, and the accountabilities of senior leaders. These factors include the changing roles of Ministers’ offices and parliamentarians and legislators, the perceived collapse of the knowledge advantage that public services once had, the increase in scrutiny and oversight by third parties, and the shrinkage of budgets. This program theme will assist executives in taking stock of such challenges and developing new leadership strategies to address them. Executives – in addition to being good managers – must lead and inspire. The program will provide senior leaders with tools to assist them in leading their organizations.

Strategy

Decision making is increasingly afflicted by the curse of short-termism. Given the pressure of time, decisions are made without full information. This program theme focuses on a strategic approach to decision making - both for the long-term direction of public sector organizations and for urgent decisions where unknowns represent strategic risks and authority is unclear. ADMs and crown corporation VPs will develop a strategic perspective on the increasingly frequent situations where action is sought within extraordinarily short time frames, with limited resources and an undefined notion of success.

Public Sector Management

The work of ADMs and crown corporation VPs increasingly includes the need to manage departmental corporate initiatives on issues that span branches and portfolio organizations. For example, arms-length organizations have increasingly come under scrutiny from oversight bodies, the opposition, and the media. Issues of governance accountability between boards and governments continue to be a source of stress. This program theme will assist senior leaders in managing departmental corporate initiatives as well as the relationships between ministers and portfolio organizations.

How You Learn

This is Not about Textbooks and Lectures

This isn’t your typical classroom. Our programs are designed with busy leaders in mind. We’re talking an engaging, interactive, and unique experience. Our real-world Case-Method of Learning is not about textbooks and lectures – it’s about learning by doing. You’ll walk away with new knowledge and ideas that you can immediately implement in your business.

Create Immediate Impact

Throughout the program, you’ll track your learning outcomes and pinpoint specific initiatives to implement. You’ll leave knowing exactly how you will apply your new knowledge and skills, and a self-developed implementation plan to start your impact once back in your workplace.

Program Faculty

Paul Boothe

Faculty Director

Paul Boothe

Paul Boothe is Faculty Director of Ivey’s Senior Public Sector Leaders Program. Paul retired as Professor and Director of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management at the Ivey Business School, Western University, in August 2016. In December 2016, he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada. 

His work experience has included university research and teaching, acting as an independent consultant to Canadian and international organizations, and serving as a senior public servant in provincial and federal governments. At the provincial level, he served as Saskatchewan’s Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to Treasury Board. At the federal level, his appointments include Associate Deputy Minister of Finance and G7 Deputy, Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Industry and, most recently, Deputy Minister of the Environment.  He retired from the federal public service in July 2012.

Mary Crossan

Professor

Mary Crossan

Guy L.F. Holburn

Professor

Guy L.F. Holburn

David Moloney

Practitioner

David Moloney

Richard Dicerni

Practitioner

Richard Dicerni

Where You Learn

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

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107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff, Alberta, Canada
T1L 1H5

Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. Situated in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends their campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential.

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Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

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551 Windermere Road
London, Ontario, Canada
N5X 2T1

The Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre provides business professionals with an extraordinary and intimate setting like no other. Housed in a Georgian manor with 30 beautifully landscaped acres of parkland and gardens, The Ivey Academy is minutes from Western University and the Ivey Business School.

Spencer has 125 guest suites, 14,000 sq. ft. of event space (including three amphitheatres), cycling and hiking trails, a fitness centre, a high-ropes team-building course, five dining rooms, and free parking.

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For nearly 70 years, leaders from around the world have come to The Ivey Academy to deepen their business knowledge and drive immediate results. It may be just what you and your organization need.

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