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Public Sector Governance: Unique Challenges and Solutions

  • 04 Feb 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • The Albany Club, 91 King St. E., Toronto, ON


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In partnership with the Institute on Governance, GPC has designed a one-day course to help the professional staff of crowns, agencies and other distributed governance organizations better understand the principles and practices of good public sector governance and how to help their organizations, and their boards, succeed in changing times.

Introduction to Public Sector Governance

  •  What is Governance?
  • Principles of Good Governance
  • Public vs Private Governance
  • Distributive Governance

Emerging Issues in Public Sector Governance

  • Challenges of a Public Sector Board
  • Rise of Digital Technology and Social Media
  • A More Complex and intense Policy Environment
  • Evolving Citizen Expectations

Supporting Public Sector Boards

  • Challenges facing the Public Sector
  • Understanding your Roles and Responsibilities
  • Building and Maintaining Positive and Appropriate Relationships across the Governance Ecosystem

Public Stewardship

  • Overview of Canada’s version of the Westminster Model
  • Legislative Oversight
  • Officers of the Parliament/Legislatures
  • Ministerial Government
  • The Role of Cabinet
  • Policy Decision-Making

Fiduciary Duties
  • What are Fiduciary Responsibilities?
  • Financial Management, Oversight and Responsibilities
  • Role of Boards vs Professional Staff
  • Ethical Behaviour and Conflicts of Interest
  • Case Study for Team and Plenary Discussions

Risk Management
  • Understanding Risk
  • Risk in the Public Sector
  • Different Levels of Risk
  • Appropriate Risk Management
  • Case Study for Team and Plenary Discussions
  • Conclusions and Key Take-Aways

    About the Speaker

    Brad Graham

    Vice President, Toronto

    The Institute on Governance

    Brad Graham is Vice President, Toronto, at the Institute on Governance (IOG) and a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and at the University of Toronto. 

    At the Institute on Governance, Brad delivers the mandatory training for all Ontario provincial appointees to agencies, boards and commissions. The session explores topics such as public sector governance, accountability, public stewardship, fiduciary responsibilities, risk management, and how to succeed in an ever-changing governance landscape.

    Brad Graham spent 25 years in the Ontario Public Service in a variety of senior leadership positions. His areas of expertise include public sector governance, fiscal policy, health care policy, economics, and growth planning.

    In his position as the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ontario Growth Secretariat, with the Ministry Public Infrastructure he provided leadership for the government’s award-winning Places to Grow initiative including the development and implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Leading since its inception, their work has received national and international acclaim through numerous awards including the American Planning Association’s Daniel Burnham Award, an Award for Planning Excellence from the Canadian Institute of Planners, the first ever Leonard Gertler Award of Distinction from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and the Canadian Urban Institute’s 2008 Urban Leadership Award. Brad has also been awarded Ontario’s Amethyst Award for excellence in public service.

    Brad Graham was also Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Research and Innovation and with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. He also held senior positions at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the Premier’s Council on Health, and the Ministry of Finance.

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