Are you are a school trustee, a member of a town or RM Council, a regional planning committee or a senior administrator that works with a board? Are you concerned about your role on the board and question if you are making a difference? If so, our programs and workshops can give you the knowledge and understanding to govern your organization with confidence. Delivered in a manner that engages participants in small and large group work, our offerings provide you with opportunities to ask questions and explore how the topics connect to your experiences with governance.

*This program qualifies for 18 hours of Continuing Professional Development from the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

Join us to become a certified Public Sector Governor and earn the designation PSGov!

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Lead from Within: Public Sector Governance Program

JSGS’ new Public Sector Governance Program is targeted specifically for public sector entities, especially those in Saskatchewan. The curriculum has been developed with the nuances of governing a public sector entity; how it connects to government and how to influence the decisions of government through positive relationships with the Minister and Deputy Minister etc. For example, our approach to financial stewardship includes information that assists Saskatchewan public sector board members and administrators understand how their funding ties into provincial funding, using actual Government of Saskatchewan budget documents (such as Public Accounts). This allows board members and administrators better understand how congruent their missions and mandates are with their primary funder.

These online offerings of the Public Sector Governance Program are delivered through a combination of online study, including engaging videos and interactive activities which you can work through at your own pace, and live webinar sessions that connect you with experienced facilitators and your peers to explore the training topics as they relate to your governance experience.

Fall 2021 - October 15, November 19, December 3 | Online Offering
Live and interactive webinars will run each day between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program cost $1,800 per person (Exam and certification included).

Should you have any questions or want to be added to the wait list, please email js_training@uregina.ca and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Registration full.

Winter 2022 - March 4, 25, and April 8 | Online Offering
Live and interactive webinars will run each day between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program cost $1,800 per person (Exam and certification included).

Should you have any questions, please email js_training@uregina.ca and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Governance Financials

Every board member should be financially literate and has a responsibility to obtain the necessary knowledge and skill to participate effectively in the financial decisions of the board. Board members need to know what questions to ask, when to dig deeper and understand the assumptions and trends that are being used and considered. In the public sector, board members should also have a general understanding of government finances and how to use this information to make good decisions at the board level.

Join us to demystify board financial oversight and learn more about how to look for red and yellow
flags, while building your confidence at the board table. This session will also provide hands-on activities to practice your news skills. During this session, you will also learn about the role of an annual audit and the Audit and Finance Committee.

This session is delivered online through Zoom.

Fall 2021 - Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Live and interactive webinar will run from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Should you have any questions, please email js_training@uregina.ca and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Program cost $250 per person.

Program Facilitators

The Public Sector Governance Program is being facilitated by:

Ken Acton Ken Acton
Former Deputy Minister, Ministry of Social Services; JSGS Executive-in-Residence
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Dan Florizone

Dan Florizone
Former President and CEO of the Saskatoon Health Region; JSGS Executive-in-Residence
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Lin Gallagher
Former Deputy Minister, Parks Culture and Sport, and Former Deputy Minister of Environment; JSGS Executive-in-Residence
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Clare Isman

Clare Isman
Former Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary, Government of Saskatchewan; JSGS Executive-in-Residence

Participant Testimonials

"I have completed the Public Sector Governance certification and accompanying Public Sector Governor professional designation - PSGov. The Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy is right in Saskatchewan and their virtual delivery was exceptional and engaging! I have learnt so many things: board organization, board functions, board policy, ethics, financial, due diligence, bias', and the responsibility and role of a public board member. This program is for a school trustee, a member of a town or RM Council, a regional planning committee or a senior administrator that works with a board. The programs and workshops can give you the knowledge and understanding to govern your organization with confidence. I am grateful to have had this opportunity."

Jenna Hale, School Board Trustee
Horizon School Division #205


“Even after four decades of experience with elected boards, appointed boards and volunteer boards, there were still many opportunities for engagement and sharing that provided for a great learning experience. The three days are exceptionally well prepared with the methodology geared to adult learners. The content is well organized and extremely relevant for board member development. I would recommend this course regardless of ones level of experience or knowledge. “

Ben J. Grebinski, Director of Education/CEO
Prairie Valley School Division #208


"Good governance doesn't just happen! It takes annual investment, commitment to continual improvement processes and a planned approach. The JSGS governance program offers cost efficient, relevant and highly-engaging training that will enhance your Board's responsive decision-making capacities, rather than merely reactive, to changing business, economic and risk conditions."

Corinna Stevenson, Board Chair
Cumberland College


"I found the 'real-life' program scenarios and resource facilitators JSGS brought together to deliver the governance training model to be highly relevant and on target with meeting the challenges of today’s municipal governance. Municipal officials from municipalities of any size would benefit from attending JSGS governance program."

Wendy Gowda, President
Rural Municipal Administrators Association of Saskatchewan (RMAA)

Contact Us

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