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About the Program

The Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa has partnered with the Canadian Police Association since 2009 to deliver a very successful, national, three-module program in Executive Leadership.

Those who complete all three modules will receive a special ‘Professional Certificate in Executive Leadership’ offered jointly by the Telfer School of Management and the Canadian Police Association. 

The three modules are offered over a 12-month cycle. Participants can join the program at anytime and the modules do not need to be taken in any specific order.

Module I - Leadership, Advocacy and Communications: To be confirmed

  • Leadership development and performance                                        
  • Advocacy and government relations
  • Media and communications

Module II - Advanced Negotiations and the Psychology of Bargaining: May 2-4, 2024

  • Bargaining
  • Negotiation
  • Member Issues

Module III - Strategic Choices, Implementation and Governance: September 30 - October 2, 2024

  • Strategy choices and planning,
  • Implementation of strategic plans
  • Governance

Who Should Attend?

The program is designed primarily for elected leaders and executive staff of the constituent associations of the CPA and their international colleagues.  Representatives of other employee associations or unions will also be invited to participate.

What You Will Learn

In Module III, participants are led through a series of exercises and learning sessions which will help them understand the importance of setting strategic direction for the association, awareness and appreciation of the external environment, seeking feedback and direction from the members, and the importance of understanding the nature of the choices being made. The learning will also emphasize the importance of alignment of the organization and how the governance of the association contributes to and supports effective implementation and leadership of the organization. Module III will also examine the challenges of good governance, constitutions and succession planning for the PA board. The examples, exercises and cases used are relevant to the experience of police associations in Canada. 

Program Takeaways

  • Understand the elements of strategic planning, with an emphasis on environmental analysis 
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of board members, and the principles of good governance 
  • Gain conflict resolution techniques for managing workplace disputes 
  • Practice chairing and leading board meetings 
  • How to utilize S.W.O.T analysis in creating strategic plans 
  • Prepare for the future of the association by increasing member engagement, performing a representation audit, and succession planning

Program Facilitators

Elaine Bernard, Ph.D.

Elaine Bernard, Ph.D.


Bill Cole

Bill Cole




Upcoming Module (Module III): September 30 - October 2, 2024


The program occurs over 3 consecutive days from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

More Information

Telfer School of Management
Centre for Executive Leadership
99 Bank Street, Suite 200
Ottawa ON K1P 6B9

Tailored Programs

Our programs and certificates can be delivered to your employees and tailored to fit your organization’s specific requirements.

To discuss your needs, please contact us.

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