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Ivey Business School

Senior Public Sector Leader Program

Sep 8, 2019—Apr 3, 2020
8 daysModules info
London, Ontario, Canada
CAD 16000 ≈USD 12192
CAD 2000 per day

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An intense, interactive learning experience based on the key challenges public sector leaders face.

What do I get?

After completing the Senior Public Sector Leader Program, you'll receive an authentic digital artifact – also known as a badge. This badge showcases your achievements and commitment to professional development. You can share your accomplishment with your network by displaying digital badges on social media, websites, ePortfolios, professional networks, and email signatures. Included in your badge is a digital certificate. Your network will be able to view your personalized and authentic certificate through your online digital badge.

In addition to a digital badge, you will receive a Senior Public Sector Leader Program Certificate of Completion, a powerful credential from the top business school in Canada.

Program Content

These are challenging times for senior public servants. Considered policy advice, formerly the exclusive preserve of the public service, has been replaced by a constant bombardment of raw information and ideas, delivered 24/7 via Twitter.

The confidential policy advice elected politicians do receive from the public service is regularly published in the media via access-to-information requests. Accountability legislation means that even the most minute detail of how government departments are run is under intense public scrutiny. The ongoing evolution of ministerial responsibility means that public servants are increasingly expected to shoulder the blame when government policies go awry. In sum, today senior public servants regularly confront challenges rarely seen by even the most seasoned private sector executives.

Yet a non-partisan, professional public service is a key asset to any nation seeking to succeed in today’s hypercompetitive global economy. The Senior Public Sector Leader Program helps support the public service as a critical national institution and prepares senior public servants to successfully meet the challenges they confront.

What You Learn


ADMs and crown corporation VPs operate in a more complex, demanding and ambiguous environment than ever before. The changing roles of Ministers’ offices and parliamentarians and legislators, the perceived collapse of the knowledge advantage that public services once had, the increase in scrutiny and oversight by third parties, and the shrinkage of budgets are all factors that are redefining the role, the scope and the accountabilities of senior leaders. This program theme will assist executives in taking stock of these challenges and developing new leadership strategies to address them. Executives – in addition to being good managers – must lead and inspire. The program will provide senior leaders with tools to assist them in leading their organizations.


Decision making is increasingly afflicted by the curse of short-termism. Given the pressure of time, decisions are made without full information. This program theme focuses on a strategic approach to decision making. We develop strategy both for the long-term direction of public sector organizations and for the urgent decisions where unknowns represent strategic risks and authority is unclear. ADMs and crown corporation VPs will develop a strategic perspective on the increasingly frequent situations where action is sought within extraordinarily short time frames, with limited resources and undefined notions of success.

Public Sector Management

In a world where policy is so important, the fundamentals of organizational management often take second place. Beyond the fundamentals, public sector managers need to be able to interact effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders including ministers and their offices, central agencies, parliament, business and civil society. This program theme focuses on the key processes that senior public sector leaders need to deliver results while being accountable to elected officials and taxpayers.

How You Learn

This is Not about Textbooks and Lectures

This isn’t your typical classroom. Our programs are designed with busy leaders in mind. We’re talking an engaging, interactive, and unique experience. Our real-world Case-Method of Learning is not about textbooks and lectures – it’s about learning by doing. You’ll walk away with new knowledge and ideas that you can immediately implement in your business.

Create Immediate Impact

Throughout the program, you’ll track your learning outcomes and pinpoint specific initiatives to implement. You’ll leave knowing exactly how you will apply your new knowledge and skills, and a self-developed implementation plan to start your impact once back in your workplace.

Who should attend

The program is for individuals who have completed at least a year as an Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) or a crown corporation VP in either the federal or provincial governments and who have the potential to assume further responsibility in their career.


Jean-Louis Schaan, Professor of Strategic Management and International Business, has extensive teaching experience in both degree and non-degree executive education. Teaching in executive programs in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, he has made a contribution to education that encompasses ...
Crossan is a Distinguished University Professor – Western''s highest honour recognizing excellence in teaching, research and service over a substantial career at Western. She teaches in the undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Programs. Her research on organizational learning, strategy, leader...
Paul Boothe was appointed Professor and Director of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management at the Ivey Business School, Western University in September 2012. His career has included university research and teaching, acting as an independent consultant to Canadian and international...
David Moloney brings a wealth of both policy and public sector management experience to Ivey, building on a career spanning over three decades with the Government of Canada.
Richard Dicerni retired as Deputy Minister of Alberta Executive Council in April 2016. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Minister of Industry Canada from 2006 to 2012. Born and raised in Montreal, Dicerni graduated from the College Sainte Marie in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts; he pursued graduat...


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Sep 8, 2019—Apr 3, 2020
8 daysModules info
London, Ontario, Canada
CAD 16000 ≈USD 12192
CAD 2000 per day

How it works

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