CIO Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the University of Ottawa CIO Institute?

Download the application form and submit by mail or email ( to the Professional Development Institute.

Mailing address:

Professional Development Institute
University of Ottawa
55 Laurier Avenue East, 12th floor
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5

How will I know if my application is accepted?

The University of Ottawa will review all applications. Successful applicants will be notified approximately one month before the cohort program begins.

What criteria are used to evaluate the applicants?

The program seeks professionals who demonstrate the potential to rise through the ranks and eventually serve as a CIO in government or in a medium to large private sector organization. Enrollment will be limited and will be based on experience, recommendations and sponsorships. Those accepted into the program should expect to invest about 10 days of their time over the course of the session to complete the program

Do I have to work in a CIO’s office to apply?

No. Anyone with an interest in becoming a CIO will be considered, although a minimum of management experience is required.

Do I have to work in the federal government to apply?

No. While the program is designed with federal employees in mind it may also be useful to those who work for other levels of government or for the private sector.

Can more than one person apply from a particular department or office?


How much does the program cost?

The comprehensive program (intensive and interactive short courses, action learning, individual coaching, networking, practical work assignments, keynote speakers.) is $4,500 (Plus HST).

Can I sign up for one or more workshops?

No. The program is comprehensive and is delivered to a cohort of students.

Do I have to be bilingual to apply?

No. Workshops may be offered in French, English, or in a bilingual setting.

What if I have other questions?

You can email the CIO Institute at​ or by telephone at 613-562-5802.

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