Executive Learning

The Canada School of Public Service offers programs, courses, events and a personalized support exclusively dedicated to executives in the public service (from new to seasoned executives), to help them foster innovation, encourage collaboration and deliver real results for Canadians. These learning opportunities are practice-oriented in the workplace and draw on experienced leaders and experts in leadership, innovation and decision-making.

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Refresher: Responsible Use of Public Funds

Self-Paced Course2 hrs 30 mins


Are you curious about managing federal funds? Have you ever wondered about the significance of section 36? Just testing you – we mean sections 32 and 34 which are the financial authorities typically granted to managers in the federal public service. In this course, you will learn about these important financial authorities and get concrete examples and tips on how to effectively plan, spend and report on a budget, in line with government policies, practices and procedures.

Note: This new course is a work in progress. Some elements are still being fine-tuned and polished.

Topics include:

  • developing a work plan and a budget.
  • handling of spending and financial authorities.
  • reporting on finances and results.

This quick reference tool provides tips for leading in uncertainty using the VUCA approach.

Tags: Job aid; Executive Learning; Leadership; Executives; Team; Remote Work; Uncertainty; Agile; Executives

This simple and powerful coaching tool will help achieve the right work-life balance.

Tags: Podcast; Executive learning; Executive Learning; Leadership; Executives; Work-Life Balance; Stress; Coaching; Worksheet; Executives

You love your job as an executive, but it's not always easy. You do your best to balance your personal life with your professional role. When stress arises, you strive to remain calm and behave in an authentic way while staying open to the world.

Tags: Podcast; Executive learning; Executive Learning; Leadership; Executives; Relationship; Identity; Stress; Authentic; Work-Life Balance; Podcast; Executives

Networking. Intimidating and dreaded by many, this professional activity is vital to increasing your knowledge and maintaining your relationships

Tags: Podcast; Executive learning; "EN: Executive Learning; Leadership; Team; Executives; Communication; Network; Networking; Connect; Relationship; Podcast; Executives


The Government of Canada pivoted quickly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From coast to coast to coast, executives led their teams in transitioning to home offices while continuing to serve Canadians and adapt to the national lockdown
Tags: Podcast; Executive learning; Executive Learning; COVID-19; Leadership; Team; Remote Work; Executives; Communication; Podcast; Executives

Are you curious about managing federal funds? Have you ever wondered about the significance of section 36? Just testing you – we mean sections 32 and 34 which are the financial authorities typically granted to managers in the federal public service. In this course, you will learn about these important financial authorities and get concrete examples and tips on how to effectively plan, spend and report on a budget, in line with government policies, practices and procedures.

Note: This new course is a work in progress. Some elements are still being fine-tuned and polished.

Topics include:

  • developing a work plan and a budget.
  • handling of spending and financial authorities.
  • reporting on finances and results.

Tags: Course; Executive Learning; Finance; Financial Authorities; Budget; Government Policies; Policy; Executive; Manager; Supervisor.

Deputy Minister Daniel Watson shares some key practical elements to support executives when advising senior leaders.

Tags: Video; Executive Learning; Leadership; Best Advice; Executives.


Designed for executives, EXecuTALKs are short webcast events designed to provide fast knowledge-sharing and learning to the executive community from the comfort of a desktop or mobile device. They feature engaging leaders sharing their expertise and direct executive experience on timely subjects that affect their peers.

Tags: Video; Executive Learning; ExecuTALK, Leader; Leadership; Decision Making; Experience; Executives.

Designed for executives, EXecuTALKs are short webcast events designed to provide fast knowledge-sharing and learning to the executive community from the comfort of a desktop or mobile device. They feature engaging leaders sharing their expertise and direct executive experience on timely subjects that affect their peers.

Tags: Video; Executive Learning; ExecuTALK, Leader; Leadership; Decision Making; Experience; Executives.

Developed as a tool for executives during the COVID-19 pandemic, this resource provides a step-by-step guide to having meaningful conversations to help employees navigate constructively in a challenging situation. Inspired by the GROW model of coaching and mentoring, the approach aims to:  

  • better understand how each employee is dealing with the challenging situation 

  • identify strategies to maintain a work-life balance 

  • explore as a team how to work most effectively during this period 

Tags: Executive Learning; COVID-19; Leadership; Team; Guide; Remote Work; Executives.