Stepping Into the Executive Cadre

A leading edge leadership program designed for new EX-01, or EX minus 1 and 2 levels aspiring to become executives in the federal public service.



“The facilitators and guest-speakers are all top-notch with decades of experience, knowledge and wisdom to share with the participants. The bonds I forged with my peers during the program have extended well beyond the graduation and I have a bigger/stronger network as a result!”
– John, A/Director, Employment and Social Development Canada

“I very much enjoyed and appreciated my 10-month journey of Stepping Into the Executive Cadre. I now have a better understanding of what leadership really means for me personally, and what it takes to lead successful teams in the Government of Canada. The program was adapted based on the needs, interests and learning styles of the group. A+!”
– Philip, Manager, Public Services and Procurement Canada

“The leadership program helped me to better understand myself as a person and as a leader. The program provided me with tools to succeed as a good leader, and I am extremely grateful.”
– Bernadette, Manager, Employment and Social Development Canada

“I highly recommend the Stepping Into the Executive Cadre program. Through it I was able to expand my knowledge of myself, my leadership style as well as the leadership needs of today’s public service.”
– Shannon, Senior manager, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Raise to the challenge!

The world of Executives is a challenging one. Expectations are high, accountability is magnified and more challenging, nothing short of excellence is expected. Leadership is essential to succeed. The good news is you can grow as a leader. At Lead Action, we don’t talk about leadership in theory, we work at developing your leadership. Your program facilitators are experienced executives, we offer you cutting-edge learning products and put you in touch with inspiring leaders. If you are prepared to roll up your sleeves and develop your own skills for the real world, we can support you. This program is for you!

Program objectives

The program objectives for each phase will incorporate experiential learning that will include:

  1. Integrating management/leadership concepts;
  2. Effectively demonstrating leadership competencies;
  3. Innovating and becoming a change agent;
  4. Learning from best practices that can inspire great leadership. 

Program highlights

This leading edge and well-proven development program is designed for new EX-01 looking to hone their skills or managers at the EX minus 1 and 2 levels aspiring to become executives in the federal public service. This nine-month long program is delivered in 4 modules that are 3 days in length and an additional 3 days of action-learning groups. The program challenges participants by combining theory, modelling, guest speakers and leadership site visits.

The Stepping Into Program includes:

  • Learning from experienced facilitators and former executives who can integrate theory with real life leadership experiences;
  • A variety of tools that will help participants learn about themselves and increase their interpersonal effectiveness;
  • Professionally supported action learning groups;
  • Environment and context conducive to continuous learning;
  • Respected subject matter experts and guest speakers;
  • A field trip focussing on leadership in the private, public and not for profit sectors;
  • A network of leaders;
  • Modern teaching facilities with state of the art equipment.

Cohort Number 10  (bilingual cohort) will be delivered in these four modules
Module 1: Oct 9-10-11, 2018
Module 2: Jan 15-16-17, 2019
Module 3: March 12-13-14, 2019 (Site Visits in Montreal)
Module 4: June 4-5-6, 2019

You may register online below, or by contacting François Gagnon oat or at 613-562-9262

Cheminer automne 2018/Stepping Into fall 2018 Aspirant cadres ou cadres nommés récemment / Aspiring executives or newly appointed executives 4 phases sur une période de 10 mois / 4 phases during 10 months Octobre/October 2018 240 Bank, suite 501, Ottawa $12 900 payable sur deux années financières / payable over two fiscal years Register