Program Curriculum

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The CIO Institute of Professional Development is not a think tank or a research institute: it focuses on practical decision-making and problem-solving skills. It is a place of knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer that supports the development of key leadership skills.

Program vision and content are driven by an Advisory Committee of senior executives (current and retired) from the federal government, university representatives and industry. The CIO Institute works closely with the Office of the Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada on program design and delivery as well as with its talent management team on cohort recruitment.

The learning program of the Institute provides an environment in which participants can learn from and engage with seasoned experts from:

  • Academia
  • Government
  • Industry

Contemporary topics and issues cover what a CIO needs to know to prepare for managing and serving in an executive leadership role.

In addition to four full-day leadership workshops 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.

Curriculum Overview

Leadership Workshop 1
October 3, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

An exploration of the role of the CIO, the demands placed on the position and the requirements of the individual.

Leadership Workshop 2
December 11, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Senior management oral briefings workshop to further develop the “Create Vision and Strategy” competencies.

Leadership Workshop 3
February 13, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Leadership workshop to further develop the “Mobilize People” competencies.

Leadership Workshop 4
April 16, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Success and failure workshop – A CIO’s role in exploring IT challenges.

Simulation
April 23, 24, 2020
8:45 am - 12:15 pm

Participants present and defend a business case proposal before a mock executive committee.

Action Learning Circles
Jan, Feb, March, April

Small groups discuss practical work challenges in four half-day sessions.

Developmental Assignments
Throughout the program

On-the-job learning activities.

Professional Practice & Graduation Day
May 4, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Interaction with government and private sector CIOs. Participant’s sponsors and supervisors are invited to attend.

*Dates subject to change

All workshops include:

  • The CIO at the Executive Table
  • CIO as Team Builder and Coach
  • Performance Management for 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

Who is it for?

The CIO Institute of Professional Development 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

Upon completion of the year-long program, participants will be granted a University of Ottawa Certificate of Professional Development, which will serve to recognize newly acquired skills, potential and accomplishment.

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Learning Themes

The CIO Institute of Professional Development is focused on enhancing leadership skills in four primary areas:

  • Leveraging influence at the executive table
  • Leading a team and managing talent
  • Building and sustaining client relationships
  • Leading change and innovation


Mixed with these core skills are the overarching themes of:

  • Driving continuous innovation
  • Understanding business integration
  • Developing strategic thinking


Within the four learning themes participants will be exposed to material and topics in a variety of areas, including:

  • Communication
  • Sourcing and Delivery Methods
  • Industry Trends and Best Practices
  • Performance Management
  • Financial Management
  • Leveraging Systems
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Partnership
  • Opportunity Assessment
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