Beyond the classroom

Professional development opportunities

The School of Public Administration, through its Centre for Public Sector Studies, offers a variety of specialized professional development workshops for individuals or organizations looking to enhance their knowledge of public sector leadership and management. Join us on campus for a one or two day workshop, or engage us to create and deliver a custom workshop for your organization. Workshops are taught by faculty members with broad expertise in public policy processes, public sector leadership, dispute resolution, community development and risk analysis.

Other Professional Development Initiatives

The Centre for Public Sector Studies also designs and hosts conferences for government, non-profit and private sector organizations. Our professional development activities are often carried out in partnership with other organizations.

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Past Projects

Yukon Management Development Program

In early 2007, the Yukon Government engaged the School to design and deliver a six-day leadership development workshop on the topics of Strategic Management and Change; Strategic Management Reflection; Improving Organizational Performance; and Understanding Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management and Culture in the Public Sector. The first program was delivered in the fall of 2007 and continued annually until May 2017.

Leadership Development Program

The BC Public Service Agency’s Leadership Development Program was a highly successful competency-based program designed for supervisors, managers and senior managers in the BC public service. Course offerings are directly related to participants’ developmental needs and employee learning contributes to the overall productivity and performance of the BC public service. This program was tailored to specific needs as neccessary.

Policy Analysis Pilot Workshop

The purpose of the "Policy Analysis: A First Cut" workshop was to provide a small group of policy and program staff in the BC public service with the opportunity to strengthen their understanding of how policy is made and to improve their skills in undertaking analysis and policy work in government. The project was jointly sponsored by the ministries of Advanced Education, Environment, Finance, and Transportation.

Managing in the BC Public Service Program

The Consortium of Camosun College, Royal Roads University and the University of Victoria entered into an agreement with the BC Public Service Agency to design and deliver two pilots of a learner-directed, job-based management training program. The program focused on assisting new public sector managers to acquire a working knowledge of fundamental management skills through a combination of classroom-based and on-the-job learning. Topics included: Managing in Government, Managing People, and Managing Programs and Projects.

The School has long recognized the importance of municipal governments and is engaged in a range of research projects and partnerships designed to support such services.

Please contact us for information on topics such as:

  • citizen engagement
  • territorial organization
  • intergovernmental relations
  • policy implications
  • governance best practices
  • making government work better with community

We customize professional development programs linking non-profit and public sector organizations. We also conduct academic research on topics related to the non-profit sector.

Please contact us to tailor topics to suit your needs. These might include:

  • making government work better with community
  • intergovernmental relations
  • governance best practices
  • policy impllications
  • citizen engagement
  • community based research (CBR)