The (PDF, 2 MB), is an advanced professional development program for those involved in leading any facet of regulation from policy and design to implementation and evaluation. It will provide a robust framework and proficiency in the knowledge, skills and insights needed to lead in this rapidly evolving field.
Regulations are an important means for achieving the goals of any society. They touch many aspects of our daily lives including the food we eat and the water we drink, the cars we drive and the energy we use.
Traditionally regulations have predominantly been the preserve of the state where governments use their legislative authority to prescribe acceptable behavior and consequences for failure to comply. In a large and complex country such as Canada achieving coherence in actions across federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and indigenous governments and agencies is extremely demanding.
In recent years other non-state actors from the private sector and civil society, sometimes acting together, have become increasingly active, ambitious and influential as they tap the power of the marketplace to promote changes in behavior. Additional drivers of change in this dynamic field arise from new trade arrangements, advances in science and technology and shifts in public expectations which frequently crystallize around the occurrence of accidents and surprises.
In an ever more competitive and globally integrated economy and society getting the regulatory system right is of the highest importance. Achieving greater efficiency and effectiveness and responding nimbly to changing circumstances will contribute to well-being for all Canadians and offer a valuable comparative advantage.
Through an ongoing conversation with leaders and practitioners in the field, it has become evident that capacity gaps are emerging in Canada’s ability to regulate effectively now and in the future. This has been documented as it relates to the public sector but likely also occurs to varying degrees in other sectors involved in regulatory work (industry, professional associations and other NGOs). This course is designed to meet the needs of those who are recently appointed to senior positions, especially from another field or more limited responsibilities, and who may well be unaware of how complex regulation has become and how rapidly it is evolving. It will also help promising professionals transition to leadership roles in this field. Even seasoned practitioners will welcome the opportunity to refresh their thinking in a collaborative experience involving peer to peer engagement in a reflective setting.
The Certificate Program in Regulatory Leadership responds to this situation and will over time build and strengthen Canada’s regulatory community. The University of Ottawa and Carleton University jointly developed the Program. This unique collaboration between the two universities in Canada’s capital draws on distinctive strengths of the two institutions; their cutting edge research on regulatory governance, and public management, as well as their expertise in leadership development.