May-June 2024 | Telfer and PPF have joined forces and leveraged our individual strengths to enhance your understanding of current and emerging policy challenges while developing the leadership skills needed to be effective in an increasingly complex government system.
About the Program
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PPF Members/Telfer Alumni receive a discounted rate to attend this program.

The Policy Leadership Program (PLP) is designed for public service policy leaders who are facing increasing complexity and uncertainty in a rapidly evolving context that demands new ways of working and new leadership skills. The program will provide you with a deep understanding of what constitutes policy excellence and the “how” of policy, including new and emerging approaches to policy design and development. You will explore what is unique about policy leadership, reflect on your own leadership values and practices, and engage with experienced leaders on how to inspire and nurture your policy team. The program emphasizes discussion, interactive exercises, and applicable learnings from recent policy files. You will be equipped with the tools, knowledge, and confidence to be a more effective policy leader.

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This program is suited for Directors (executives in EX1 or equivalent positions) and Aspiring Directors (minimum of one year leading a team) from the federal, provincial and territorial public service who are looking to deepen their knowledge and skills for policy leadership and position themselves for continued growth as an executive.

  • Real life case studies and experiential workshops.
  • High calibre guest speakers and subject matter experts.
  • Exercises to explore your personal leadership values and competencies.
  • Exploration of the many dimensions of policy leadership, e.g., strategic, adaptive, character, collaborative, and inclusive leadership.
  • Networking and community building.

The Policy Leadership Program is aligned with the Government of Canada’s Key Leadership Competencies. Upon completion of the program, you will:

Create Vision and Strategy

  • Improve your ability to effectively navigate the evolving policy landscape.
  • Develop your strategic leadership ability.

Collaborate with Partners

  • Enhance your ability to lead horizontal initiatives with a range of partners and stakeholders.
  • Deepen your understanding of Indigenous reconciliation and co-development.

Achieve Results

  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion and its role in policy effectiveness.
  • Navigate complex policy development using new knowledge, tools and practices.

Promote Innovation and Guide Change

  • Learn about new policy tools and methods, such as applying behavioural insights to policy design.
  • Develop competencies required to lead innovation and build innovative policy teams in government.

Mobilize People – Uphold Integrity and Respect

  • Create safe space for debate, modelling fearless advice.
  • Practice inclusive leadership and mobilizing diverse teams.
  • Improve your adaptability, persistence, and resilience.
  • Module 1: May 15-17, 2024 (8:30-16:30)
  • Module 2: June 10 – 13, 2024 (8:30-16:30)
  • In-person events

REGULAR FEE: $9,500.00 + HST

$8,550 + HST for PPF Members/Telfer Alumni


Cancellation & Payment Policy

Lead facilitators will understand and encourage participation in both languages. Some guest speakers may be unilingual. Resource material will be made available in both official languages whenever possible; however, some optional materials may not be available in both languages.

Rachel Wernick
For more information, please contact the Academy ( OR (613-562-5921)