Are you 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? The Public Sector Governance (PSGov) Program will provide you with the knowledge and tools to govern a public sector entity with confidence.

Program Overview

The PSGov program 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 you to better understand how congruent your mission and mandate are with your primary funder.

*This program qualifies for 18 hours of Continuing Professional Development from the Law Society of Saskatchewan and is certified by the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.

Join us to become a Certified Public Sector Governor professional!

Quick Facts

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Program Type Workshop-based program
Program Length 3, half-day sessions 
Program Dates

Winter 2024 Offering: February 9, March 8 & April 5, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Download the Brochure

Registration  Click here to Register for Winter 2024
Registration Deadline Registration is open until the program is filled.
Program Cost $1,800 per person (Exam and certification included)
Location Online. This program is delivered through live and interactive webinars.
Exam

Participants who attend all 3 days of the live program are eligible to challenge the exam and earn their PS. Gov designation. The online exam opens shortly after day 3.  If a participant has to miss a day for any reason, they need to make up that day in a future offering before they can take the exam.  There is no fee to make up the missed day.

Core Learning Outcomes

This PSGov program is delivered online through a combination of online study, including engaging videos and interactive activities which you can work through at your own pace. You will also have access to live webinar sessions that connect you with experienced facilitators and your peers to explore the training topics as they relate to your governance experience. 

By the end of the program, you will be well equipped to:

  • Understand what is governance and the important nuances experienced in public sector governance
  • Understand roles and responsibilities of the board within the areas of Setting Direction and Monitoring & Reporting
  • Ask important questions and gain the necessary understanding to provide oversight of both financial and human resources stewardship, including the duty of care and fiduciary duty of board members
  • Deal with issues of risk and mitigation at the board level
  • Feel confident on issues of liability and conflict of interest
  • Make informed decisions, establish and maintain a positive culture, and mitigate biases

Program Facilitators

The Public Sector Governance Program is being facilitated by:

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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, finances, 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 one's 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 the JSGS governance program."

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

Contact Us

For more information on the Public Sector Governance Program, please contact js_training@usask.ca