Program Staff

Key Program staff includes (in alphabetic order):

  • Gerry Thom – Gerry is the director of the Certificate Program on Leading People for Results. He retired in the summer of 2017 after 35 years in the federal public service. Most recently, Gerry was Acting President of the Public Service Commission (from December 2016 to June 2017), having served in three different Vice-President roles in the same organization since 2007 (Senior Vice-President of the Policy and Corporate Affairs Branch, Vice-President of the Staffing and Assessment Services Branch and Vice-President of the Corporate Management Branch). Gerry has managed hundreds of employees, and budgets in the tens of millions of dollars. He has extensive experience both in executive line management, and directly in human resources management in several departments.
  • Julie Chabot – Julie is the Assistant Director of Strategic Development, Partnerships and Operations at the Centre on Public Management and Policy. She previously worked as the Manager of Career and Professional Development at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. Julie holds a Master of Education (M.Ed.) and has also taught part-time at Algonquin College and Collège La Cité’s Continuing Education departments.
  • Lamia Yahiaoui – Lamia is the administrative assistant. Among her previous positions, Lamia was the Assistant to the Superintendent and the Secretary for the Director of Education of the Conseil des Écoles Publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, the Office Manager for the Women Economics Council and the Project Assistant for support programs in Algeria. Lamia completed her studies at the University of Algiers in Algeria.
  • Susan Gregson – Susan served in the Canadian public service with distinction for 35 years, occupying several senior executive positions. Between 2013 and 2016, she was Assistant Deputy Minister for Asia Pacific at Global Affairs Canada. Prior to her last assignment, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Human Resources and in various other executive roles. Susan has also represented Canada abroad. Her most noteworthy assignments were as Deputy High Commissioner in London, Consul General of Canada in Shanghai and Minister-Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of British Columbia and was Canada-China Scholar at Nankai University and at Fudan University.
  • William Pullen – William is an expert in public sector human and organization development. Over a period of twenty-five years he has designed, delivered and evaluated leadership and professional development programs in the Canadian government, and for the governments of Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick. He has taught graduate courses in Advanced Organizational Behaviour, Organizational Leadership, and Organizational Change at Queen’s and Carleton Universities and holds professional credentials in Human Performance Technology (CPT) and Human Capital Strategies (MHCS).
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