Senior Public Sector Leader Program

  • USD 16,000

  • classroom only
  • Canada (London) |
  • Date not specified
  • Certificate

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. To help support the public service as a critical national institution and to prepare senior public servants to successfully meet the challenges they confront, the Ivey Business School is offering a program of executive education for senior public sector leaders.

Program Benefits


ADMs and crown corporation VPs operate in a more complex, demanding, and ambiguous environment than ever before. A number of factors are redefining the role, the scope, and the accountabilities of senior leaders. These factors include the changing roles of Ministers’ offices and parliamentarians and legislators, the perceived collapse of the knowledge advantage that public services once had, and the increase in scrutiny and oversight by third parties. This program theme will assist executives in taking stock of such challenges and developing new leadership strategies to address them. In addition to being good managers, public sector executives 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.

Who Should Attend

Admission to the program is through nomination by a Deputy Minister or a crown corporation CEO. The program is geared to individuals who have completed at least a year as an Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) or a crown corporation VP in both federal and provincial governments who have the potential to assume further responsibility in their career. The program is designed to encourage participants to meet and exchange with their peers in other organizations.


Mary Crossan
Professor, General Management & Strategy
Paul Boothe
Jean-Louis Schaan
Professor, General Management, International Business & Strategy
David Moloney

*Program faculty is subject to change