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Memorial University launches new Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program

Ref. No. 37

DATE:     Oct. 30, 2001
RELEASE DATE:     Upon receipt
SUBJECT:     Memorial University launches new Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program

Memorial University of Newfoundland today introduced the Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program, the first organizational development program of its kind targeted at both federal and provincial government employees. The new program has been developed in co-operation with the federal and provincial governments and is being delivered by the Centre for Management Development at the Faculty of Business Administration.

The Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program addresses the skills development needs of leaders and managers within both the federal and provincial governments. The program will offer current leadership and management theories and practices and public sector application. It is comprised of 11 core modules and three non-core modules that vary between one and three days in length and address competencies identified by the federal and provincial governments.

"Memorial University is pleased to participate in this innovative organizational development program," said Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial University. "The Faculty of Business Administration and its Centre for Management Development continue to shape and strengthen the province's economy through the development of innovative programs and highly skilled professionals. This new Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program is an excellent example of the faculty's contributions to building the workforce in Newfoundland and Labrador."

"For more than 20 years, the Centre for Management Development has been working with individuals and groups to provide current, customized training programs," said Bill Morrissey, director, Centre for Management Development. "We are committed to helping people acquire the tools they need to work effectively and efficiently. This new program provides a framework to help both levels of government work together, learn from each other, and achieve greater results."

The program will provide leaders and managers within the public sector an opportunity to further develop their skills that will strengthen the public sector. Both levels of government will benefit from their participation in this forum for professional exchange and learning.

"Government is well aware of the importance of a competent, skilful public service," said Joan Marie Aylward, minister of finance and president of Treasury Board. "The demands that will be levied on the public service of the future will require strong leadership and management skills. This program is one key ingredient to ensuring the strong leadership and management skills that now exist are maintained and developed."

"Today is a historical day for the public sector in Newfoundland & Labrador. Creating a learning environment is important to the public sector, particularly to our ability to meet citizens' needs in this age of knowledge and information," said Joe Price, director general, Department of Fisheries and Oceans and federal council champion for middle managers in the province.

The program was officially launched at the Faculty of Business Administration Building, Memorial University, St. John's, NF.

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For more information, please contact:

Aimee Sheppard, information officer (business), Memorial University of Newfoundland at (709) 737-2616.

Bill Morrissey, director, Centre for Management Development, Memorial University of Newfoundland at (709) 737-7977.

Daphne MacNeil, learning and development officer, Treasury Board Secretariat, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador at (709) 729-1521.

Karen Taylor, program coordinator, Options Career Development, Newfoundland and Labrador Federal Council, (709) 772-3708.

 

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