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The Professional Development Institute (PDI) of the University of Ottawa has been in the business of providing recognized career learning for over 40 years. Tens of thousands of decision makers and professionals at all levels in the public service and the private sector benefit from courses, programs and events to advance their knowledge and expertise. PDI’s experienced instructors are content and industry experts
in their field and are trained to meet the specific needs of adult learners.

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PDI offers educational opportunities in a wide range of topics including information and cyber security, business communications and marketing, writing skills, project management, national security, business-process improvement, leadership and many more. PDI is among the largest bilingual supplier of professional development to government organizations in Ottawa and we are one of the most trusted professional development resources in Canada.

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PDI Spotlight

Busy professionals keep their edge by regularly upgrading their knowledge,
keeping up with the latest in best practices and adding new skills. Browse PDI's latest news section.


Event - October 3, 2023

How to Keep Your Communications Planning Relevant

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Event - October 24, 2023

Tackling Misinformation: A Lunch and Learn Panel Discussion

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Event - October 25, 2023

Psychology Behind Human Sources in Intelligence Collection 


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Event - November 9, 2023

Securing Your Privacy and Digital Rights Across Borders   

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Celebrating the Achievements of the Strategic Communications and Change Program's 2023 Cohort

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Coding 4 Veterans

Showing Appreciation for Canadian Forces personnel and veterans 

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What People Have to Say


Mackenzie Beacock

Public Servant at RCMP

"I attended the course Giving Constructive Feedback and learned so many valuable approaches that I can apply in my next role. I also learned so much from the stories shared by the other experienced managers!"


Anica Pejanovic

Communications, ESDC

"Thank you PDI for making 6 hours of content fly by! Zoom fatigue no more!"


Nina Camilleri

Marketing Design and Development, Ottawa Student Transportation Authority

"For me, pivoting between presentations, discussions and exercises is what keeps me engaged. It also helps to be learning exciting new content and having an energetic instructor! Thanks for the great social media course."



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