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Schulich Executive Learning Centre

Masters Certificate in Public Sector Leadership

The changing face of public management
Feb 3—Oct 30, 2020
15 daysModules info
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CAD 9850 ≈USD 7461
CAD 656 per day

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The ways in which public sector executives prepare to lead change today dictates the effectiveness of governance frameworks in the future.

The Masters Certificate in Public Sector Leadership addresses the public sector’s major leadership issues by giving public service professionals the practical tools and knowledge they need to design and deliver effective services. This public sector training course stimulates insights and builds understanding rapidly through an action-learning environment. Participants enjoy lively discussions, examine real life case studies, and engage within breakout sessions across three impactful learning modules — all while being guided by public sector leaders who are unsurpassed in their expertise and experience. The resulting blend of ‘soft’ skills and ‘hard’ expertise allows public sector professionals to fully engage with all stakeholders in the process of effective public management.

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Strategic Leadership

Understand and respond effectively to the broader context of public sector management

Global Trends in Public Sector Management

  • Identify new and innovative practices for adapting to and dealing effectively with changing drivers and trends in the public sector

Developing a Strategic Mindset

  • Develop a strategic mindset and strategic thinking skills to fulfill organizational missions and visions

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Examine different approaches to making decisions, solving problems and managing public policy dilemmas

Stakeholder Relations, Strategic Alliances and Political Acuity

  • Equip yourself with the latest and most effective tools to deal effectively with internal and external stakeholders

Results Leadership

Deploy cutting edge methods to achieve extraordinary outcomes

Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation

  • Improve the efficiency of service delivery and outcome evaluation to enhance program relevance, effectiveness and sustainability

Leading Innovation

  • Understand the language and the framing of effective innovation and tap into the creativity of your team and stakeholders

Big Data, Disruptive Technologies And “Nudge” Techniques

  • Explore how big data insights and new technologies can increase efficiency, effectiveness and stakeholder engagement

Executive Leadership

Transform your organization for sustained success as your leadership legacy

Leading Organizational Change

  • Insights and frameworks for better managing actual workplace changes being planned or implemented

Communicating With Impact

  • Unleash personal communication strengths to increase impact and get your message heard, understood and remembered

The Leader’s Challenge

  • Foster the greatest levels of performance for yourself and your team in an increasingly uncertain environment

Integrative Case Study and the Future of Public Management

  • Senior public servant guest speakers give their perspectives and advice to participants on career advancement

Who should attend

The program has been designed for:

  • Executives and senior managers at the federal, provincial or municipal levels of government, as well as the broader public sector, who are looking to increase the effectiveness of their department or agency
  • High potential professionals in the public sector who wish to develop their skills to the next level and aspire to senior level leadership in the government or not-for-profit sectors
  • Public sector leaders who will be succeeding to higher levels as current senior personnel retire
  • Professionals in the private sector who interface with government


Alex Lowy consults widely as a strategic advisor and educator, helping organizations around the world address major dilemmas in a systematic and effective manner. His clients have included technology firms (HP, IBM), banks (CIBC, BMO) resources companies (Shell) and government (Province of Ontari...
Biography Michelle brings more than 25 years of proven and successful leadership, coaching, training and consulting experience, including work with three of Canada’s Top-50 employers, a Financial Post Top-100 organization and a Greater Toronto 2011 and 2013 Top-50 Employer. Michelle is an organi...
Biography Gail is one of Canada’s most experienced negotiators and professional instructors in the field of business negotiating and innovative negotiated solutions. She is a Harvard University trained specialist in both collaborative and competitive bargaining methods, and facilitates negotiati...
Peter is one of Canada’s leading practitioner-academics in the area of public policy and administration. He has worked as a senior civil servant, chief of staff to a cabinet minister, lobbyist and international consultant. As a professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, his rese...
Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost management consultants, public speakers, authors and thinkers on change and leadership. He has 20 years’ experience as a professional speaker and consultant, and speaks internationally at more than 40 conferences a year on topics including innovation...
Lee-Anne McAlear is Program Director, Centre of Excellence in Applied Innovation Management for the Schulich Executive Education Centre, York University. Lee-Anne is an experienced facilitator, writer, consultant and speaker with a background in innovation, leadership development, strategic plann...
Biography John is one of the leading experts and specialists in performance measurement for public sector organizations. He has instructed thousands of public sector leaders on how to effectively develop and implement performance measurement in their organizations. John has more than 30 years’ e...
Biography JP Gedeon is a nationally recognized, published expert in leadership, leadership psychology, corporate transformation and cultural change. Over the past 20 years, he has held executive level positions in the private, public, academic and association sectors, having developed many of th...
Biography Ian Macdonald is President Emeritus, York University; Professor of Public Policy and Economics and Director of the Master of Public Administration Program at Schulich School of Business. Prior to his time at York University, Ian has held positions as Chief Economist, Deputy Treasurer a...


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Feb 3—Oct 30, 2020
15 daysModules info
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CAD 9850 ≈USD 7461
CAD 656 per day

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