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About the Program

This program is part of the Certificate in Complex Project & Procurement Leadership and may be taken as part of the certificate program or on a stand-alone basis. Please visit the main page for the Certificate in Complex Project & Procurement Leadership for more information.

Managing large and complex projects through the approval cycle presents many challenges. This two-day module provides a roadmap to navigating the Canadian machinery of government, the approval processes for government major investments, and the roles of key gatekeepers and decision makers as applied to complex projects and procurements.   It will focus on the roles played by Central Agencies in financial management, the means by which projects are funded, and the key steps in the approval processes. Participants will be able to identify the key stakeholders for early engagement, both in Government and Industry, and to understand how industry capture management processes work. Industry participants will gain an understanding and perspective of how to interact effectively with the government approval processes and policies.  

Who Should Attend?

Senior military and Public Service leaders and industry executives who have or will have responsibility to lead and manage the planning and implementation of medium to large programs.  It will be of particular benefit to newcomers to Ottawa and those with less experience with the processes and stakeholders involved with major Government funded investments.

What You Will Learn

  • The decision making process from requirements to policy approvals to expenditure authorities and contract award.
  • The roles of and interaction between Central Agencies, Industry Canada, PWGSC and industry.
  • An understanding of Government financial investment decision making, including responsibilities, policies and processes.

Program Takeaways

  • How to identify and engage with the key stakeholders in the approval process.
  • How to manage the implications that the policies and processes of external agencies will have on project planning including risk management, costs, schedule and staff capacity.

Program Facilitators

Dan Ross

Dan Ross


Mariette Fyfe-Fortin

Mariette Fyfe-Fortin




Registration is now closed. 2020 dates coming soon.


Cohort 9: October 9-10, 2019
Cohort 10: October 15-16, 2019

2 consecutive days, 8:00am - 5:00pm.
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Centre for Executive Leadership
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Ottawa ON K1P 6B9

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