Courses

The programs and courses provided by the Centre are professional development opportunities. They are intended for individual practitioners wishing to prepare themselves for positions of greater responsibility.

Briefing Ministers and Senior Officials

The two-day course will provide an opportunity for you to increase your oral and written briefing skills in a safe environment and learn the keys to preparing and delivering presentations to public sector decision-makers. It will cover the real-world preferences of senior officials and Ministers, the most common questions they ask and advanced techniques for briefing them effectively. The course is highly interactive and practical. It will enable you to experiment with various real-world scenarios such as the elevator briefing, the five-minute briefing on a complex file, the PowerPoint presentation to a committee and the briefing in a Minister’s office. You will get feedback from peers and one-on-one coaching from the instructor, and come away with new skills you can apply with confidence on return to the job.

Fee: $950 + tax
Date: TBD

View David Holdsworth present an introduction to the course.


Evidence That Matters: Using information for decision-making

This series of two one-day seminars provide a high-level overview of techniques, concepts and challenges related to gathering, analysing and using information for decision-making. We focus on key sources of program-related information found in most public-sector organizations: performance measurement and program evaluation. Each one of the two one-day modules can be taken separately.

Module A: Performance Measurement

Fee: $600 + tax
Date: November 23, 2017

Module B: Program Evaluation

Fee: $600 + tax
Date: November 24, 2017

View Mark Schacter present an introduction to the course.


Making IT Projects Successful: A Program Manager's Guide

Through presentations, interactive sessions, and drawing heavily on actual examples, this two-day course provides non-IT executives with practical, experience-based insight into IT projects related to government program delivery. The program draws heavily on actual experience with some of the most difficult public-sector IT projects to provide a thorough understanding of IT projects, with particular focus on the role of the business or sponsor executive throughout the project. The course aims to provide useful perspective and practical suggestions that a program executive involved in an IT project could immediately apply.

Fee: $1,200 + tax
Date: November 30 - December 1, 2017

View Richard Manicom present an introduction to the course.


Strategic Thinking for Public Sector Leaders

The two-day course provides a set of practical tools designed to sharpen participants’ strategic thinking skills. The course will cover the attributes of a strategic thinker, and through a series of hands-on exercises demonstrate the use of strategic thinking in the public policy processes.

Fee: $1,200 + tax
Date: October 26-27, 2017

View Greg Fyffe and Thomas Townsend present an introduction to the course.


Summer course on Intelligence and Security

The course will offer participants, in a small seminar setting, an opportunity to engage in an intensive week of critical discussion and thinking on key aspects of the modern practice of intelligence and security. It will explore both a Canadian and international perspective and will draw out an appreciation of both the practitioner and academic/public policy perspectives on contemporary intelligence issues.

Fee: $2,150 + tax
Dates: July 16-20, 2018 & August 13-17, 2018

View Greg Fyffe and Wesley Wark present an introduction to the course.


The following courses are not currently scheduled but can be offered or customized for your organization.

Briefing Ministers and Senior Officials

The course will provide an opportunity for you to increase your oral and written briefing skills in a safe environment and learn the key elements to preparing and delivering presentations to public sector decision-makers. It will cover the real-world preferences of senior officials and Ministers, the most common questions they ask and advanced techniques for briefing them effectively. The course is highly interactive and practical.

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