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Canadian Police Association Executive Leadership 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 an 18-month cycle with a new session every 6 months. Participants can join the program at anytime and the courses do not need to be taken in any specific order.

Module I - Leadership, Advocacy and Communications: April 26-29, 2017

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

Module II - Advanced Negotiations and the Psychology of Bargaining: November 29-December 2, 2017

  • Bargaining
  • Negotiation
  • Member Issues

Module III - Strategic Choices, Implementation and GovernanceApril 11-14, 2018

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


Upcoming Module (Module III): April 11 - 14, 2018


$2,250 + HST


The first day is an evening session with dinner, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, followed by 2 consecutive days of 8:30am to 5:00pm. The last day is a half day ending by 12:00pm noon.

How to Register

Registration for this program is completed through the Canadian Police Association (CPA) and is open exclusively to CPA member associations and other public safety associations and unions, with the concurrence of the CPA. For more information on how to register, contact Sari Velichka at 613-231-4168 ext. 224 or

Our payment & cancellation policy can be found HERE.

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

  • Skills and understanding of how to set strategic direction and bring your membership along with you
  • Critical thinking approaches to assess the external environment, understand your members and the nature of choices to be made
  • Tools for governance of the association including, succession planning, constitutions and their revision, and the role of the Board and its executives

Program Takeaways

The purpose of Module III would be to lead participants through a series of exercises and learning sessions which would 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, the importance of understanding the nature of the choices being made, alignment of the organization and how the governance of the association contributes to and supports effective implementation and leadership of the organization. It will also examine the challenges of good governance, constitutions and succession planning for the PA board. The examples, exercises and cases used would be relevant to the experience of the police associations in Canada.

Instructor Profile(s)

Elaine Bernard, Academic Director, Harvard Law School (retired)

Elaine Bernard is a Senior Research Associate and the former Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program and the Harvard Trade Union Program at Harvard Law School. The Labor and Worklife Program (LWP) is Harvard University's forum for research and teaching on the world of work and its implications for society.

Before being recruited by Harvard in 1989, Bernard was the Director of Labour Programs at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia. Born in Trenton, Ontario and raised in Ottawa, Bernard received all of her schooling in Canada. She has a BA from University of Alberta, a MA from University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University. She has conducted courses on a wide variety of topics for unions, community groups, universities and government departments in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia. Her current research and teaching interests are in the areas of international comparative labour movements and union leadership.

Recognizing the division among police labour organizations in the U.S. and the need for labour education and networking opportunities for police unions, Bernard worked with police union leaders to established an annual police union leaders' seminar at Harvard called "The Big 50." This unique educational seminar brings together police labour representatives from the 50 largest cities in the U.S.

For more information

Elissa Sarazin
613-562-5800 ext. 7816


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