The days of a Chief Information Officer (CIO) being just a technology and systems expert are over. Today’s CIO is expected to be an influential strategic leader which requires both an organizational and individual commitment.
Government departments and agencies want their CIOs to be ready for C-suite responsibilities. Whether moving from a CS or EX category into the ranks of a CIO, or an existing CIO moving into a larger and more complex organization, the NextGen CIO Program is a mark of accomplishment and indication of readiness to offer strategic thinking and problem-solving skills required of a modern CIO. The program, developed in close cooperation with current and former CIOs in government and industry to help emerging CIOs build skills and experiences in preparation for enhanced leadership responsibilities in a dynamic and complex work environment, caters to the learning needs of:
- CIOs in small- to mid-sized government departments and agencies
- Deputy CIOs
- Emerging leaders with business acumen and CIO potential
- Aspiring CIOs in the private sector
The learning program provides an environment in which participants learn from and engage with seasoned experts from academia, government and industry. In addition to four full-day leadership courses and the professional practice day, the program includes a simulation exercise allowing participants to present and defend a business case proposal. This is in addition to a series of half-day action learning sessions where small groups discuss practical work challenges. All courses include:
- The CIO at the Executive Table
- CIO as Team Builder and Coach
- Performance Management of the CIO
- Change Management for the CIO
- Client Service for the CIO
- Success and Failure - the CIO Experience
- Making a Business Case in the CIO world
Upon completion of the program, participants will be granted a University of Ottawa Certificate of Professional Development, which will serve to recognize newly acquired skills, potential and accomplishment.