Directors General Program
Suspension of the Directors General Orientation classroom sessions
The Canada School of Public Service is currently reviewing its Directors General Orientation due to the situation around COVID-19. Consequently, the School has decided to suspend the classroom course to shift the content to a virtual platform (E505).
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The Directors General Program provides a platform of learning activities for both newly promoted and experienced directors general. The program leverages the collective strengths of the director general community and the support of senior leaders, and focuses on building personal strategies to navigate the current and evolving context of a director general in the public service.
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About the program
The Directors General Orientation Program provides a platform of learning activities for newly promoted directors general. The program leverages the collective strengths of the director general community and the support of senior leaders and focuses on building personal strategies to navigate the current and evolving context of a director general in the public service.
The Directors General Orientation Program includes:
- A series of 7 virtual core modules (2 of which are optional)
- Leadership circles related to the core modules (minimum of 4 sessions)
- Elective learning activities for all directors general
In this program, you will:
- Explore 6 core themes and how they related to your role as a new Director General:
- DG-level Accountability, Scope and Latitude.
- Strategic Resourcing; Innovation and Change.
- Leading, Engaging and Collaborating.
- Managing the Workload.
- How Ottawa Works.
- Identify the key transition challenges of a new director general Enhance your decision-making processes by leveraging the experience of your peers, senior leaders and subject matter experts
- Develop personal strategies to accelerate competency development at the director general level
- Implement practices that will support your key leadership competencies and deliver on public service priorities
- Develop collaborative networks by leveraging the collective strengths of the participants of the director general community and the mentorship of invited senior leaders
Directors General Orientation (Virtual Sessions and Leadership Circles)
As a director general, you are uniquely positioned to understand the strategic dimensions of a goal and its front-line intricacies; you can therefore lead the way in implementing changes that have a positive impact on the lives of Canadians.
Over the course of the 7 modules and 4 leadership circles, you will:
- Reconcile senior leaders' expectations and clarify your role and how it differs from the Director level
- Explore 6 core themes identified as being important specifically to the DG role: DG-level Accountability, Scope and Latitude; Strategic Resourcing; Innovation and Change; Leading, Engaging and Collaborating; Managing the Workload; How Ottawa Works.
- Gain a broad perspective on the context of a director general's working environment, spanning boundaries across teams and organizations to optimize judgment and make effective decisions
- Hear from special guests about their experiences on managing the workload and the machinery of government
- Build and foster productive collaborative networks and relationships
- Develop a supporting network of colleagues to effect change at the enterprise level within the public service
Elective Learning Activities
A selection of activities and resources that support your continued development will be available to the director general community. You can register for the virtual courses, masterclasses, Executalks, Learning Events that suit your self-defined personal learning plan. Previously recorded events are listed in the GCcampus catalogue.
To qualify, you must be:
- a newly appointed director general (EX-02 or EX-03); or
- on a case-by-case basis, an acting director general (A/EX-02 or A/EX-03)
The School has taken the next step in going digital! As of today, printed materials for courses in this program are no longer being distributed in class.
To learn more about this initiative, please consult the Paperless – FAQ GCcampus login required
The next cohort will commence in October 2020. This cohort will be further divided into sub-cohorts for certain modules.
- Introduction Session – October 7, 2020 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (Eastern Time)
- Module 1: Authorities Primer – Special Event with the President of the Canada School of Public Service – October 22, 2020 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
- Module 2: Strategic Resourcing – November 24 (Sub-cohort A) OR 26 (Sub-cohort B), 2020 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
- Module 3: Innovation and Change – January 5 (Sub-cohort A) OR 7 (Sub-cohort B), 2021 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
- Module 4: Leading, Engaging and Collaborating – February 16 (Sub-cohort A) or 18 (Sub-cohort B), 2021 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
- Module 5 (Optional): Managing the Workload – Event with special guests December 3, 2020 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
- Module 6 (Optional): How Ottawa Works – Event with special guests January 28, 2021 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
How to register
To register, contact your Required Training or Learning Coordinator in order to be assigned to the Directors General Orientation Certification. The School's Learning Management System will then send you an email requesting you to call our Client Contact Centre (1‑866‑703‑9598) to register for the next session which starts on October 7, 2020.
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