Learning path for executives

Take advantage of the experience of your peers, experienced leaders and experts in leadership, innovation and decision-making to inspire you in your daily work. The programs, courses and events offered at the School will help you foster innovation, encourage collaboration and deliver real results for Canadians.

To meet your needs, the School offers courses and events tailored to your community. These learning opportunities are practice-oriented in the workplace and take advantage of technology to be flexible and are designed to adapt to your schedule and learning needs.

Tailor-made programs

New Directors Program

New Directors Program

The new Directors Program helps you better understand your new role and what is expected of you as an executive in today's environment. Learn how to improve your skills as an executive leader so you can effectively lead change and achieve results.

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Directors General Program

Directors General Program

As a Director General you are expected to deliver results in a complex and dynamic environment and we can help you prepare to meet this challenge. Learn how to enhance your decision-making processes by leveraging the experience of your peers, invited senior leaders and subject matter experts.

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Executive Leadership Development Program for EX-01 to EX-03

Executive Leadership Development Program for EX-01 to EX-03

The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) for EX-01 to EX-03 gives senior public servants the opportunity to explore their leadership role in enabling innovation, fostering collaboration and delivering results for Canadians.

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Executive Leadership Development Program for EX-04 and EX-05

Executive Leadership Development Program

The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) for EX-04 and EX-05 is a unique opportunity for participants to deepen their personal leadership in a trusted and well-integrated community of their peers.

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Other learning opportunities for executives

Useful and current, the courses offered by the School provide you with the leadership skills necessary to manage complex transformations and a rapidly changing environment. Here are some examples.

Effective Two-Minute Briefings (Z132)

This highly interactive course introduces the strategies and tools needed to effectively communicate the essence of an issue at hand in two minutes or less while ensuring that what is said is thorough and well-constructed.

Leading Transformation (E600)

This classroom course helps senior leaders clarify what challenges require a transformational response and explores what it takes to lead an organization through transformation.

CSPS Premium: Leadership and Indigenous Relations (K202)

This cross-cultural learning opportunity is centred on the principles found in traditional oral teachings and Indigenous leadership development. It is delivered with and by Indigenous leaders.

Events on specific issues

ADM forum

Organized by the Canada School of Public Service in partnership with the ADM Learning Advisory Committee, the ADM Forum is the learning event of the year for the assistant deputy minister (ADM) community. Interactive and conversation-based, this annual event is an ideal opportunity to hear from, and ask questions to, high-profile speakers.

The next ADM Forum will take place on November 12, 2020. Stay tuned to hear more about this highly anticipated event.

Past forums

ADM Orientation

Having the knowledge necessary to exercise delegated signing authorities is vital information for Assistant Deputy Ministers (ADMs). This orientation course is designed to strengthen the strategic leadership capabilities of ADMs through the discussion of best practices and exemplary behaviours and by examining the role of the government's strategic management agenda.


EXecuTALKs are short, monthly webinars designed to provide fast knowledge-sharing and learning to the director general community from the comfort of a desktop or mobile device. They feature engaging subject matter experts discussing relevant topics.

Your opinion matters! Provide your input on topics for future EXecuTALK events

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Personalized learning support

Do you have any specific questions? Would you like more information about the courses, events and tools offered by the School? Or would you like personalized advice? You've come to the right place. A unique "concierge" service is now available to all executives. Don't hesitate to contact us for more information: csps.executivelearning-apprentissagepourlescadres.efpc@canada.ca

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Reflections of an ELDP Participant on Leadership in the Public Service: The Sharing of Experiences in the Executive Leadership Development Program

By Cécile Lemaire
Director, Digital and Corporate Communications, Library and Archives Canada
Cohort 5, EX-01 to EX-03 Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP)

The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) provides the opportunity to meet people from various backgrounds and discuss what leadership means in a management context. Although it would be impossible to cover everything that was said, I can share some of the important points our colleagues made.

First, the leaders reminded us that leadership relies above all on knowledge, self respect, integrity, staying true to your values, transparency, resilience, humility and empathy. We were encouraged to build informal support groups to discuss freely what troubles us or keeps us up at night or, better yet, talk about our accomplishments. We were made to understand that we shouldn't hesitate to ask for help.

We also learned that it's important to have a clear and explainable vision of where we want to go and to create the conditions necessary to reach our objective. One of the central topics we discussed was the ability to build and maintain relationships. It's impossible to work effectively alone. We heard a lot about how everything depends on the people we work with—namely, our employees. We need to know how to recognize their talents, give them space to innovate, value their ideas, reward and acknowledge their efforts, and show them compassion.

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These leaders told us we should act as an example: As leaders, we set the tone.

Our group had the chance to visit Western Canada, where we met with a wide variety of leaders. A member of an NGO (nongovernmental organization) taking care of youth on the street; an oil tycoon whose resources were light years beyond ours; an inspired and inspiring Indigenous leader; a university rector who broke the glass ceiling; and a provincial deputy minister who was more than willing to share the most difficult moments of her career.

I was not surprised to find that leadership is no different when you leave the federal public service: It has the same challenges, offers the same opportunities, raises the same questions and carries the same risks. While it's true that leadership requires us to focus on opportunities rather than problems, everyone can agree that leaders don't always have it easy and can face loneliness and isolation.

Despite all these challenges, being a leader is extremely rewarding. It's about continuously learning so that we can give our best and seek out the best in others. It's about creating an overarching vision to help empower our employees and orient them toward a common goal. Most of all, it's about making a difference and putting our talents and abilities to work for Canadians.

Expertly led by a fantastic team from the Canada School of Public Service, this well‑organized, thoughtful and forward-looking program is a great example of the innovative and excellence‑driven nature of our public service.



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