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Public Sector Leadership Institute Alumni Program

One and a half day leadership program
Dates: TBD
Location: Rotman School of Management, Toronto, Ontario

Another highly relevant leadership development event, building on your Ontario Public Sector Department Directors and Agency Heads executive learning experience.

The learning themes of this alumni program are Mindfulness for Leaders, Design Thinking, Building a Remarkable Brand, and Establishing a Positive Labour-Management Relationship.


Introduction to Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a simple practice for cultivating awareness, consciousness and attention. The practice has ancient roots, but only comparatively recently has it become the study of western science. Proof of its efficacy in improving executive function, reducing reactivity, reducing emotional exhaustion and stress, increasing resilience and even increasing happiness has led to the rapid uptake of mindfulness in clinical settings. More recently, mindfulness has been introduced into educational and organizational settings and is now taking hold in major corporations around the world. By practicing a few simple techniques, you can improve your performance and your enjoyment of life.

Design Thinking
There is no better competitive advantage than innovation. Winning in the marketplace means consistently offering your customers and stakeholders compelling products, seamless interactions, and experiences that delight and inspire – and in order to do this, all executives and senior managers need the skills to nurture superior innovation practices. This session will give innovation-minded leaders practical experience with Rotman’s signature business design approach. Business design is a human-centred approach to innovation that marries the core principles of design with world-class business practice. This program provides a condensed version of the methodology developed and taught at DesignWorks, Rotman’s Business Design Centre.  More than 2000 executives worldwide, in both the public and private sectors, have been trained in Design Thinking through Rotman.

Building a Remarkable Brand
In this session, we will cover how leaders can build organizational reputation to help achieve impact and create influence.  In the first module (WHAT), we’ll examine the macrotrends affecting our world and how they impact the future of work and expectations of brands. We’ll review organizations with strong reputations and determine how they created their brand as tangible assets driving growth.  In the second part (WHY), we’ll define organizational purpose and key attributes to differentiate and establish credibility in the eyes of key stakeholders. Lastly, we’ll look at HOW you as a leader can create a strong narrative to strengthen your brand and reputation, with emphasis on the role of your personal brand. We’ll also provide you with tips and tools to measure and assess impact.

Establishing a Positive Labour-Management Relationship
The industrial relations climate of an organization refers to the atmosphere, norms, attitudes and behaviours reflecting and underpinning how workers, unions and managers interact collectively with each other in the workplace. Academic research has shown that positive industrial relations climate – more co-operative or consultative relationships rooted in notions of social dialogue or social partnership – can have beneficial outcomes such as firm performance, organizational commitment, and union loyalty. This session will introduce the academic concepts of industrial relations climate and social dialogue and engage the participants in practical discussion of how various actors within the workplace (i.e., employer, union, employees) can improve labour-management relationships.


Thursday, December 7
149 College Street, Classroom 209

Friday, December 8
149 College Street, Classroom 209

10:00–11:00 AM



Veronica Lacey

7:30–8:30 AM


8:30–9:00 AM

5. Golden Nuggets

Veronica Lacey

11:00–12:00 PM

1a. Mindfulness

Michele Milan

9:00–12:00 PM

6a. Promoting Organizational Reputation

Caroline Ray
Authentica Communications Consulting

12:00–1:00 PM


12:00–1:00 PM


1:00–5:30 PM

2. Design Thinking

Josie Fung
Rotman School of Management

1:00–4:00 PM

        6b. Building Positive Labour/Management Relations       

Johanna Weststar
Adjunct Professor
University of Western Ontario

5:30–6:30 PM

Reception and Dinner at Rotman

4:00–5:00 PM

7a. Wrap Up

Veronica Lacey

If you have questions about the program, please email Niko at with your name and which PSLI that you graduated from. We will be in touch with you shortly.

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