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 either the federal or provincial governments and who have the potential to assume further responsibility in their career.

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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 accommodations.

Program fees are tax exempt.

Additional Details

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

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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 Policy advice has been replaced by a constant bombardment of raw information and ideas, delivered 24/7 via social media.

The confidential policy advice public servants give is regularly published in the media through access to information requests. 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, and the increase in scrutiny and oversight by third parties. This program theme will assist executives in taking stock of such challenges and developing new leadership strategies to address them. In addition to being good managers, public sector executives 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. We develop strategy both for the long-term direction of public sector organizations and for the 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 undefined notions of success.

Public Sector Management

In a world where policy is so important, the fundamentals of organizational management often take second place. Beyond the fundamentals, public sector managers need to be able to interact effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders including ministers and their offices, central agencies, parliament, business and civil society. This program theme focuses on the key processes that senior public sector leaders need to deliver results while being accountable to elected officials and taxpayers.

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

Crossan is a Distinguished University Professor – Western's highest honour recognizing excellence in teaching, research and service over a substantial career at Western. She teaches in the undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Programs. Her research on organizational learning, strategy, leadership character and improvisation has been widely published in such journals as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, the Journal of Management Studies, Leadership Quarterly and Organization Dynamics. She has extended her research to management practice through a collection of over 50 cases, many of which have been published in a book she co–authored entitled Strategic Management: A Casebook. She is also an author of the Strategic Analysis and Action textbook. In a joint venture between the Ivey Business School and the Second City Improvisation Company, she developed a management video entitled "Improvise to Innovate" which extends traditional concepts of strategic management to development tools and techniques for more innovative, flexible and responsive strategic action. Her research, case–writing and consulting have provided broad exposure to companies around the world. She has worked with HSBC, Mattel Asia, Bank of Montreal, TD Bank Financial Group, CIBC, Sears Canada, Sun Life and Grand & Toy. Her case on Starbucks has been Ivey's top selling case for many years.

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Guy L.F. Holburn

Professor

Guy L.F. Holburn

Guy Holburn is Professor of Business, Economics and Public Policy, and Suncor Chair in Energy Policy at the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario. His areas of expertise are regulation, governance, and business strategy, with a focus on the energy and utilities sectors. He has published widely in top peer-reviewed academic journals, has authored numerous reports on provincial and federal energy policies, and is a regular contributor to local and national media.

Dr. Holburn is the founder and Director of the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, Canada’s leading university-based centre for applied research on energy sector policy. He is also an advisory board member of the Canadian Network for Energy Policy Research and Analysis, a member of the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy, and an executive committee member of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability.

Dr. Holburn has served as an expert consultant and advisor to corporations and governments in Canada and the U.S. He has provided advice on corporate governance, economic impact assessments, merger/acquisition strategy, electricity regulation, pipeline regulation, and regional economic development strategy. He was the only Canadian academic invited to testify as an expert witness at the Muskrat Falls Inquiry, where he provided opinions on utility regulation and corporate governance issues. He is also a director of London Hydro, a large Ontario utility.

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David Moloney

Practitioner

David Moloney

David Moloney brings a wealth of both policy and public sector management experience to Ivey, building on a career spanning over three decades with the Government of Canada.

Professor Moloney was appointed by the Prime Minister to lead Canada’s participation in the Canada - U.S. Beyond the Border Action Plan and in the Canada - U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council Joint Action Plan, following their launch in December, 2011 by the Prime Minister and the President of the United States. The Prime Minister had previously appointed David as Executive Vice-President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from April, 2009. Prior to his service at the Deputy Minister level, Professor Moloney's career included appointments at the Assistant Deputy Minister level at the Privy Council Office, CIDA, Treasury Board Secretariat, and the Industry Sector of Industry Canada. He holds economics degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the University of British Columbia and worked on a wide range of economic policy and management issues at the Bank of Canada and the Department of Finance. Professor Moloney will help further build the Lawrence Centre’s capacity in the analysis of public policy affecting business and public sector management.

Richard Dicerni

Practitioner

Richard Dicerni

Richard Dicerni retired as Deputy Minister of Alberta Executive Council in April 2016. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Minister of Industry Canada from 2006 to 2012. Born and raised in Montreal, Dicerni graduated from the College Sainte Marie in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts; he pursued graduate studies at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard where he earned a Master of Public Administration in 1981. He began a career with the federal government in 1969 and has held a number of executive positions in the federal public service including Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Health and Welfare, and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet. In 1992, he joined the Ontario Government as Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy; in 1995, he assumed the position of Deputy Minister, Education, Post-Secondary Education and Training. In 1996, Dicerni was appointed President and CEO of the newly established Canadian Newspaper Association. Dicerni left this position in 1998 to become Senior Vice President at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). He stayed at OPG for the next seven years and led the company between 2003 and 2005. He has served on the boards of Trent University, the Credit Valley Hospital, the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL), and the Public Policy Forum.

Where You Learn

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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