CIO Institute of Professional Development

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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 across the entire organization. Meeting these expectations requires both an organizational and individual commitment.

Government departments and agencies want their CIOs to be ready for C-suite responsibilities. Whether it is moving up from a CS category into the ranks of a CIO, an executive moving into a CIO role, or an existing CIO moving into a larger and more complex organization, the uOttawa CIO Institute certificate of professional development will be a mark of accomplishment and an indication of readiness to offer the strategic thinking
and problem-solving skills that are required of a modern CIO.

The University of Ottawa CIO Institute of Professional Development, a certificate program developed in close cooperation with current and former CIOs in government and with input from industry, helps emerging CIOs build upon their skills and experiences to prepare them to take on enhanced leadership responsibilities in a dynamic and complex work environment.

Participants will be challenged by leading experts in their field and each other in a multi-faceted and innovative program that features:

  • intensive and interactive short courses
  • action learning
  • networking
  • simulation exercise
  • practical work assignments and 
  • keynote speakers

Applications are now closed for the 2019-20 cohort: 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  

Certificate Program

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.

Leadership Program

" The role of the CIO is changing. It is about trying to bring a different lens to the technology landscape of government—to be more exponential, rather than linear. It’s also about enabling business and engaging with people in a way that is open and digital by default first. Today, it means ensuring government can embrace the technology needed to operate in a digital world. We can be innovative in the public sector with digital and bring government services into the information age in order to take Canada forward.

The CIOs of the future in government have a chance to shape how we do government. It’s in cultivating partnerships and collaboration, such as via the uOttawa CIO Institute program that helps emerging CIOs prepare to take on enhanced leadership responsibilities in our rapidly changing world, that we can grow a civil service of the future that is much more inclusive of new approaches and ways of doing things.

- Alex Benay, Chief Information Officer, Government of Canada

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