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History 

The University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (The Institute), originally branded the Centre for Continuing Education, was established over 25 years ago to offer higher learning opportunities to private and public-sector professionals and the community at large in Ottawa.  Over the years, we developed and nurtured expertise, growing significantly in both course offerings and new specialty knowledge areas, outgrowing its original mandate. 

In late 2018, our organization was rebranded as the Professional Development Institute. The previous designation no longer encapsulated the breadth and depth of current and future offerings nor did it reflect our expanded mandate and reach.

 

          Our Mission

The Institute has been recognized as mission critical to the University of Ottawa and at the forefront of professional development in Ottawa and beyond. We have greatly diversified our programming, developed strategic partnerships with both government and private industry, offered event-based learning and conferences, established co-designed programs with key government sectors, and more.

The highly sought-after “Institute” designation is rarely granted by the University administration, and done so only after very careful consideration. A rigorous approval process, involving the President, the Provost and the Vice-Presidents, must validate the rationale and justification for the use of the ‘Institute’ label.  The fact that we have been granted this distinguished designation is testimony to our organization, its accomplishments and its potential, and to the dedication and engagement of our staff and expert instructors.

 

Our Dedicated Team 
 

Directors

 

Serge Blais
Director
sblais@uOttawa.ca
613-562-5388
Anne-Chantal Soucie
Associate Director
asoucie@uottawa.ca
613-562-5800

 

Customized (In-house and Group) Training

 

Brian Peever
Manager, Training Projects and Partnerships
bpeever@uOttawa.ca
613-562-5800 ext. 6527

Renée Mercier
Project Manager, Training Projects and Special Programs 
rmercier@uOttawa.ca
613-562-5800 ext. 6529

Christal Parizeau
Logistics Coordinator, Group Training
PDIGroupTraining@uOttawa.ca
613-562-5800, ext. 6935

 

Programs & Courses

 

Nathalie Martel
Programming Coordinator
nathalie.martel@uOttawa.ca
613-562-5800, ext 3361

Élissa Blake
Specialty Programming Coordinator
elissa.blake@uOttawa.ca
613-562-5800, ext. 6104

Aurore Lemarinier
Information Officer,
Operations Support
alemarin@uOttawa.ca            

Jessica Lackie
Operations and Client
Services Coordinator
jlackie@uOttawa.ca
613-562-5800, ext. 2108

 
Marketing and Strategy

 

Paul Grenon
Manager, Marketing & External Relations 
pgrenon@uOttawa.ca
613-562-5800 ext. 8986
Jennifer Cavanagh
Marketing & Communications Strategist 
jcavana3@uOttawa.ca   
613-562-5800 ext. 2503
Marie Dickinson
Events Planner
mdickins@uOttawa.ca
613-562-5800 ext. 5272                     

Bethsaïda Georges
Web and Multimedia Designer 
bgeorge2@uOttawa.ca

 

Finance and Administration

 

Edgar Xavier Mendoza
Chief, Financial Operations
Edgar.Mendoza@uOttawa.ca
613-562-5800 ext. 6842 
Joelle Brodeur
Financial and Human Resources Agent
joelle.brodeur@uottawa.ca
613-562-5800 ext. 6348

 

 

Our Facilities

Map of downtown Ottawa with markers to show where PDI and uOttawa is located

Our training centre, located on the 12th floor of the Desmarais building, 55 Laurier Avenue East, provides great benefits:
a central location, just steps away from many government buildings, the Rideau Canal, the Rideau Centre and the Byward Market

  • modern, bright and comfortable multimedia classrooms, conducive to learning
  • free Wi-Fi
  • a lounge for participants
  • extraordinary views of Parliament Hill, downtown Ottawa, the Gatineau Hills and the University of Ottawa campus
  • public transportation at the door, and underground parking facility

 

 

 

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