Canadian Police Association Executive Leadership Program

Telfer School of Management

Telfer School of Management


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Who should attend

The program is designed primarily for elected leaders and executive staff of the constituent associations of the CPA and their international colleagues. Representatives of other employee associations or unions will also be invited to participate.

About the course

The Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa has partnered with the Canadian Police Association since 2009 to deliver a very successful, national, three-module program in Executive Leadership.

Those who complete all three modules will receive a special ‘Professional Certificate in Executive Leadership’ offered jointly by the Labor Worklife Program of Harvard Law School, the Telfer School of Management and the Canadian Police Association.

Module I - Leadership, Advocacy and Communications:

  • Leadership development and performance
  • Advocacy and government relations
  • Media and communications

Module II - Advanced Negotiations and the Psychology of Bargaining:

  • Bargaining
  • Negotiation
  • Member Issues

Module III - Strategic Choices, Implementation and Governance:

  • Strategy choices and planning,
  • Implementation of strategic plans
  • Governance


The objective of Module 1 is to help participants develop leadership skills which enable them to exercise effective leadership, taking into account the diverse needs of associations which rely on volunteers. The focus is on understanding individual leadership styles, appreciating differences and learning how to build team leadership which allows associations to grow and evolve while meeting new challenges. The ability to communicate effectively to internal audiences and external stakeholders is essential to the exercise of leadership. Clarity of objectives and strategy and concise messages are equally important. An understanding of media relations can help maximize positive impact and to minimize negative consequences. Effective advocacy is also a major challenge – to identify partners and stakeholders, to align the membership, to have realistic objectives and to identify the ’influencers’ who can get to decision-makers. Instructors will lead a number of exercises which will help participants learn how to meet these challenges, including small group exercises, role playing and mock media events.


  • Ability to lead strategy formulation and implementation in a membership-based organization
  • Improved skills in communication and working with the media
  • Understanding of how to develop and lead advocacy programs with member support
  • Awareness of leadership styles and skills, especially those best-suited to membership based organization


Lynn Davies

Lynn Davies is an organizational effectiveness consultant with 40 years’ experience. She is a member of the faculty in the University of Ottawa’s Executive MBA and part of the Telfer Executive Programs Community of Practice, with whom she has been Academic Director for the Quality Improvement and...

Elaine Bernard

Elaine Bernard is a Senior Research Associate and the former Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program and the Harvard Trade Union Program at Harvard Law School. The Labor and Worklife Program (LWP) is Harvard University's forum for research and teaching on the world of work and its im...

Bill Cole

Bill Cole has represented labour unions in the public and private sectors for more than three decades. This has included police, firefighters, airline pilots, health care, public and private sector workers in collective bargaining, often as spokesperson, strategist, researcher or general advisor....

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