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Public Executive Program

Queen's Executive Education
Mar 2—6, 2020
5 days
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
CAD 8900 ≈USD 6813
CAD 1780 per day

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This 5-day program has been developed to address the key leader-manager competencies identified by the Treasury Board of Canada and provincial public service counterparts. The program provides a unique overview of frameworks and processes for applying strategic thinking and planning to the policy issues facing today's public sector executives.

No other program in Canada provides the same kind of exciting and intensive opportunity to interact with public-sector leaders from a wide variety of jurisdictions across Canada.

The program focuses on:

  • The fundamentals of Strategic Thinking and Management Excellence
  • Public Sector Policy, Ethics, and Accountability
  • Strategic Issues in the Public Sector
  • The Impact of Shifting Demographics
  • Management of Risk

Benefits for you and your organization

Queen's Public Executive Program is designed to enhance the strategic thinking, policy-making and decision-making skills of public-sector managers.

  • Broaden your public policy perspective by interacting with a diverse group of session leaders and public-sector executives
  • Sharpen your management and leadership skills by working with a world-class faculty team
  • Bring in new ideas from respected session leaders and fellow public-sector executives
  • Benefit from a proven executive development process used by more than 1,400 Canadian organizations, including public-sector organizations from all levels of government and all jurisdictions in Canada
  • Network with federal, provincial, and municipal public-sector managers from across Canada
  • Improve performance in the most efficient way possible, at a cost much lower than that charged by consultants
  • Establish an ongoing relationship with Smith School of Business and create a culture of lifelong learning within your organization

Program Alumni

As an alumnus of this program, you will receive an invitation to the annual Public Policy Forum

The program includes the following topics

  • The Fundamentals of Strategic Thinking and Management Excellence: Develop an understanding of the strategic planning and execution processes
  • Public Sector Policy, Ethics, and Accountability: Manage your portfolio ethically and creating a culture of accountability
  • Strategic Issues: Review many aspects of the current political landscape and their ramifications for regional, national and international public sector strategies
  • The Impact of Shifting Demographics: Examine the issue of shifting demographics and how they affect your strategic plans
  • Management of Risk: Learn how to create strategies that maximize impact and minimize risk
  • Media and Government: Understand the power of the media and learn how to manage the message

Who should attend

Public-sector executives at the federal, provincial and municipal levels who are looking for fresh perspectives on policy issues and public-sector strategy.


Associate Professor & Associate Dean of MBA and Masters Programs; and Director - Queens Centre for Business Venturing (QCED/QCBV) and CIBC Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship Elspeth Murray has served as the Associate Dean - MBA and Masters Programs since 2012, and has been a professor of S...
Assistant Professor John Moore is an experienced executive educator who has written one of Canada''s most popular series of self-study accounting workbooks.  He is highly regarded in the accounting and finance professions, and has conducted executive development seminars on financial tools for...
Adjunct Associate Professor & Distinguished Faculty Fellow of International Business Dr. Detomasi is an assistant professor of international business and strategy at the Queen''s University School of Business.  He completed his PhD from the Department of Political Studies at Queen''s Unive...
Thomas Axworthy assumed his current position as the President and CEO of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation in 2009. In addition to his work with the Gordon Foundation, Tom has been Executive Director of the CRB Foundation in Montreal and the Historica Foundation in Toronto. As well, he is a...
An authority on social and economic policy issues, Keith Banting is the author of Poverty, Politics and Policy and The Welfare State and Canadian Federalism. He is an editor and co-author of another dozen books dealing with public policy, including most recently Federalism and Health Policy: A Co...
Michael B. Decter, a Harvard trained economist is the Senior Portfolio Manager, President and CEO of LDIC. He is also the author of three financial books, The Million Dollar Strategy, The DRIP Strategy, and Ten Good Reasons to Invest in Canada. As a former Deputy Minister of Health for Ontario an...
David Foot is the best-selling author of Boom, Bust & Echo: Profiting from the Demographic Shift in the 21st Century, and is one of Canada’s most widely quoted demographers. Well known as a speaker to corporations, associations, and governments on the economic and policy ramifications of comi...
Adjunct Associate Professor Douglas Reid teaches and conducts research in business strategy at Smith School of Business, Queen''s University. He is also cross-appointed as a faculty member at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business, as he teaches in the joint Cornell-Queen''s Executive...
William (Bill) Richard is a former senior government executive (Brigadier General) in National Defence with extensive experience in strategic planning, leadership, information technology, program management, policy, and international affairs. He is an Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University in th...
A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is a Senior Strategic Advisor for McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP and working with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, an Executive Fellow at the University of C...


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Mar 2—6, 2020
5 days
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
CAD 8900 ≈USD 6813
CAD 1780 per day

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