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Government & Industry Processes & Stakeholder Engagement

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.  


Cohort 7: October 15-16, 2018
Cohort 8: October 17-18, 2018


$1,600 + HST


2 consecutive days, 8:00am - 5:00pm.

How to Register

Priority registration is given to participants completing the Certificate in Complex Project & Procurement Leadership in a 2018-2019 Cohort. Registration for this module will open in the Fall of 2018 after registration for those completing the Certificate in Complex Project & Procurement Leadership in a 2018-2019 cohort has closed.

Our payment & cancellation policy can be found HERE.

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.

Instructor Profile(s)

Dan Ross holds a BSc in mathematics from the University of Saskatchewan and is a graduate of the National Defence College and the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College.  In the rank of Brigadier-General, he served as the deputy Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister for three years.  From 2002 to 2012 he served as an Assistant Deputy Minister with Public Works and Government Services and National Defence, the last seven as Assistant Deputy Minister Materiel where he led eleven multi-billion dollar programs through to Government Approval.  In 2010, he was awarded the Head of the Public Service Award for Management Excellence. 

Mariette Fyfe-Fortin retired from the Canadian Commercial Corporation in December 2014, Mrs. Fyfe-Fortin occupied the position of Vice-President, Strategy and Organizational Development, overseeing the corporation’s strategic planning, and managing government relations, communications services, human resources services, information management and technology services, and facilities management.  Supporting the President and the Board of Directors, she acquired unique perspectives in corporate governance, investment management, business development and capture, and legal risk management. While in tenure, Mrs. Fyfe-Fortin was also a member of the Clerk of the Privy Council Assistant Deputy Minister Learning Advisory Committee from 2012 to 2014, dedicated to the development and implementation of the learning and continuous development curriculum for Assistant Deputy Ministers and equivalent positions across the federal public service. 

Several panel discussions will occur with senior government officials and experienced industry leaders.

For more information


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