Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program
The Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program is an interactive learning experience which brings together managers and leaders from a variety of government departments, crown corporations and agencies at the municipal, provincial and federal level. Participants learn practical skills and theory from the facilitators and gain valuable insight from their professional exchange with key partners and colleagues.
PSLMDP, Public Sector Training, Government Professional Development

Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program

The Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program is an interactive learning experience which brings together managers and leaders from a variety of government departments, crown corporations and agencies at the municipal, provincial and federal level.  Participants learn practical skills and theory from the facilitators and gain valuable insight from their professional exchange with key partners and colleagues.

The Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program is a custom program developed by Gardiner Centre  in conjunction with a steering committee comprised of Federal and Provincial government representatives.  The program is designed to build core competencies within the provincial and federal public service of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The program addresses leadership and management theory and practice relevant to all public service organizations.  The interactive nature of the program provides participants with a unique forum for professional exchange, learning, and relationship building. 

Gardiner Centre is committed to delivering courses which are current and relevant in today’s environment.  The Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program is is reviewed annually by the steering committee to make revisions that reflect the changing needs of the public service.

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For Individuals
  • Understand and define your  personal leadership and management style
  • Learn to adapt your leadership and management style to meet the need of your workplace
  • Become a more competent and confident decision maker
  • Expand your knowledge of the political, economic and social factors which impact the process of government
  • Improve project management skills
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Network with leaders from a variety of public sector organizations
  • Learn the principles of individual and collective wellness
  • Gain knowledge in employee and team  coaching techniques
For Organizations
  • Build competency of organizational leaders
  • Improve organizational effectiveness
  • Improve change management processes
  • Manage the interface between ethics, values and government regulations
  • Motivate teams to achieve higher productivity and performance
  • Foster trust among stakeholders
  • Improve decision making processes
  • Enhance work management techniques
  • Build high performing teams
  • Use job coaching to improve productivity, motivation and morale
  • Share best practices and strategies
  • Build consistent management practices across the organization

Who Should Attend

The Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program provides training for public sector Managers, Directors, Assistant Deputy Ministers, supervisors and other professionals who wish to develop their core competencies in these areas.  Participants will benefit from targeted training to develop their core leadership and management competencies.


Graduation from the Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program requires participants to complete the following ten modules:

Eight core modules:

Any two of three elective modules:

An Applied Learning Report: a two to four page submission outlining the benefits of the application of the program in your workplace.

This certificate is structured to be flexible and self-directed so that it can be completed within one year or over several years. Participants who complete all program modules receive a Certificate of Achievement from Gardiner Centre. 

This program may be delivered upon request in locations throughout the province.  Formal expressions of interest must be submitted to Gardiner Centre stating the location and desired module(s).


Past Participant(s) Said


Alex Marland

Alex Marland is Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences (Undergraduate) and an Associate Professor with the Department of Political Science at Memorial University where he researches and teaches Canadian politics.

His research interests centre on Canadian political and government communications. This includes Canadian federal and provincial elections, the political role of talk radio, nationalism in Newfoundland and Labrador, and how the House of Assembly works.

Prior to joining Memorial University, Alex was employed in the public and private sectors where he analyzed public opinion data and worked in media relations. Alex has also worked in political parties’ and elected officials’ offices.

Kara Arnold

Kara Arnold is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, the Associate Dean, Research and the Director of the PhD Program at the Faculty of Business Administration. She teaches in the areas of organizational behaviour and human resource management at the undergraduate and graduate levels (MBA & PhD).  She has published research on the characteristics of effective teams, leadership styles that promote employee health and performance, and gender issues in management. Kara has been involved in training and development in the areas of leadership, interpersonal skills and team building with various organizations for over 10 years. As an instructor with the Gardiner Centre, Kara has delivered training on developing leadership potential, team-building, and healthy work, in both the Professional Development seminars and as customized training for client organizations. As a skilled facilitator, she has worked with client groups to assist them in working through organizational issues and challenges.

Lynn Morrissey

Lynn Morrissey has over 25 years' experience as a facilitator, consultant, and educator.  She has taught academic courses in communications, organizational behaviour, and human resources, at the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University. She has received many awards for her contributions including the Dean’s Teaching Award, the Dean’s Service Award, the Dean’s Citizenship Award, the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and most recently the Queen`s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

Lynn has a long-standing relationship with the Gardiner Centre, instructing professional development seminars that focus on various fields of workplace communications and facilitation skills. Lynn's industry experience includes writing training and development strategies, developing training plans, leading performance development processes, conducting communications reviews, facilitating strategy sessions, and executive coaching.

In her 'spare time' Lynn is also Faculty Advisor for Enactus (formerly SIFE) Memorial, an international student organization focusing on enhancing entrepreneurial skills and community development.  Under Lynn's mentorship, the Enactus Memorial team has consistently achieved top awards and accolades at both the national and international levels. In 2007 Lynn was awarded the John Dobson Faculty Advisor of the Year in Canada for her work with her Enactus team.


Michael Stanleigh

Michael Stanleigh, CMC, CSP, is the CEO of Business Improvement Architects (bia™).  He founded bia™ in 1989 to help organizations improve their operational performance with his Organizational Success System™.

Michael is a certified management consultant who works with organizations around the world, helping their leadership teams define their strategic direction and increase their leadership performance, working with them to create the strategy, culture and process for innovation and coaching them to ensure their project and quality processes are managed effectively.  He has been instrumental in helping his clients increase productivity and profits with his clear processes and quality approach.            

Michael is also an accomplished professional speaker and dynamic presenter.  He is among a handful of speakers worldwide who hold the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.  He delivers keynote presentations for conferences and events around the world about his research and experience in his organization’s core practice areas. Michael is a leading expert and keynote presenter on Innovation, Strategy and Leadership Performance, and Project and Quality Management. He shares his real life business expertise and experience with stories that are tailored for each audience and delivers presentations with spark, energy and creativity.

Michael has been featured and published in over 500 different magazines and industry publications around the world.  In fact, the Project Management Institute, an international association, wrote an article about Michael in their magazine, PM Network in July, 2005, featuring him on the cover.

Michael has worked in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, England, France, Croatia and the  Czech Republic.  

Michael holds a number of leadership positions including: Council member of the Ontario Institute of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants, instructor with the Gardiner Centre, Memorial University, and faculty member of the American Society for Quality. Michael is a certified member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC Canada), professional member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), member of the Global Speakers Federation and senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Sudhir Saha

Sudhir Saha is a professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University. In addition to teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, he is also actively involved in researching organizational behavior topics such as leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, managerial attitude and managerial stress.

Sudhir has conducted workshops and seminars for managers of many organizations, both public and private. He has worked with the Gardiner Centre to facilitate seminars on such topics as leadership and motivation, problem solving and decision making, and change management. He is a facilitator in the Supervisory Management Skills Program and the Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program, as well as other customized leadership development programs.

Sudhir regularly participates in conferences and speaking engagements for the promotion of effectiveness of organizational behaviour and human resource management, and he often presents his research findings at events around the world.

Tom Cooper

Tom Cooper is an associate professor in the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University. Prior to taking his position at Memorial University, Tom was a Senior Manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting practice in London, United Kingdom for 7 years.

As a consultant, Tom works primarily with boards and senior management in the area of strategy, performance improvement and risk management. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and has worked with clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and throughout the world. As a researcher and lecturer, he studies and writes on strategic issues, risk management, and conducting business in remote areas.  As a lecturer, he has won many awards for his teaching.  As a researcher, he has published over 30 academic papers on management issues; presenting at local, national and international conferences on his research.  

Tom graduated from Memorial University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-Op) and a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy). He holds a Ph.D. in Business from the Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

Travor Brown

Travor Brown is Associate Dean (Research), Director, Master of Science (M.Sc.) &  PhD Programs, and a Professor of Labour Relations and Human Resource Management, with the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University. He has taught at Memorial University, the University  of Toronto and University of Ulster.  Since joining Memorial University, he has been Director of the Master of Employment Relations program and has won both teaching and research awards. 

An accomplished academic, Travor has authored over 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, a textbook and over 70 conference presentations.  He has also been the sole investigator on two national, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grants. Much of his research examines issues concerning goal setting and training effectiveness, with special focus on management and leadership development. 

Travor’s academic background is coupled with extensive industry experience.  He worked in the telecommunications and manufacturing sectors prior to completing his PhD at the University of Toronto and remains active in the practitioner community.  Given this background, Travor is well known for his ability to engage both practitioner and academic audiences and to show the ‘real world’ implications of his research.

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