Deadline for applications: November 7, 2014
Confirmations of enrolment: November 14, 2014

Canadian charities have a long history of helping to inform and shape public policy at municipal, provincial, and federal levels. For many, it’s a key strategy for advancing their missions.

Whether your organization has experience in public policy advocacy or is relatively new to the field, this extraordinary professional development opportunity will help you improve.

Between January and June of 2015, Max Bell Foundation will deliver its seventh annual Public Policy Training Institute (PPTI). We will bring together another group of 25 individuals from Canada’s charitable sector whose organizations want to impact the public policy process. Enrolment is open to staff or board members of any Canadian charity.

Selected organizations will delegate their representative to attend six monthly two-day sessions. Sessions will explore such topics as evidence, policy options, communications and engagement, and implementation. Each participant will receive one-on-one coaching during the program from our expert faculty to help them develop a policy-ready position on a given issue by program end.

On completion of the program, participants will have enhanced their knowledge and skills required to develop, inform, and monitor public policy on issues of strategic importance to their organizations.

The program’s lead faculty for 2015 is Jim Dinning. Mr. Dinning’s extensive experience in government includes terms as a Deputy Minister and a Cabinet Minister. Other faculty members include Nancy Reynolds, Roger Gibbins, Brenda Eaton, and Bob Wyatt.

The sessions will alternate between Calgary and Edmonton. Travel and accommodation bursaries will be provided to all participants. Each admitted participant will be required to pay a $500 materials fee.

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