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Canadian Police Association Executive Leadership Program

The Labor and Worklife Program (LWP) at Harvard Law School and the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa have partnered to deliver a very successful, three-module program in Executive Leadership for the Canadian Police Association which began in 2009.

Those who complete all three modules will receive a special ‘Professional Certificate in Executive Leadership’ offered jointly by the Labor Worklife Program of Harvard Law School, 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 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 Governance: April 11-14, 2018

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


Upcoming Module (Module II): November 29-December 2, 2017


$2,250 + HST


First day is an evening session with dinner, 5:00pm – 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

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

Negotiation is central to the role of police association executives. Module II will address how to increase your power at the table, how to better understand  the psychology of bargaining and how to prepare for a contract negotiation, including a clear strategy, an environmental scan, and consultation with members, community politicians and leaders. It will also examine how to assess the other side, building power and alliances, and researching to expand the understanding of the bargaining environment. The process of preparation needs to anticipate possibilities of confronting difficult truths about what is possible, how to resolve conflicting objectives among members and how to anticipate major communication efforts with members and media. This will affect the composition of the bargaining team, research needs, and the choice of priority issues. Interest-based arbitration will also be examined.

Program Takeaways

  • Understanding of how to prepare early and thoroughly for a negotiation session
  • Tools and methods to increase your negotiation power at the table
  • Greater understanding of the psychology of bargaining
  • Knowledge of how to assess the management perspective and interests
  • How to build your team to work together effectively with well-defined roles and contributions

Instructor Profile(s)

Elaine Bernard, Academic Director, Harvard Law School

Elaine Bernard is Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Trade Union Program. 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