Application Deadline is November 19, 2018



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.

About the PPTI

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

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

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

Testimonials from Past Participants

“This has been a superb learning experience for me that has already dramatically improved our organization’s performance in the policy change area.”

“I use the lessons I learned in this invaluable course almost daily. It’s changed how I structure campaigns and communications to be much more strategic and effective.”

“Having participated in many different educational experiences delivered at the executive level in both the corporate world and in graduate studies, I consider this experience to be second to none.”

PPTI Program Objectives

This six-month professional development program is designed to help leaders within Canadian charities increase their knowledge of the public policy process and their capacity to influence it.

  • It will enhance participants’ understanding of how federal, provincial and municipal governments make policy decisions, so that they can participate more effectively in the public policy process.
  • It will provide participants with training in how to develop practical and workable policy alternatives through both formal and informal learning formats such as lectures, case studies, readings, panel discussions, group work, and presentations by participants.
  • It will enable each participant to develop a policy ready position by the end of the program that responds to a given issue of individual/organizational interest.
  • It will connect participants with a network of colleagues in charities across the province who are also working to influence public policy.

Program Format

The program requires the completion of a small number of assignments. Each participant will be offered a limited amount of one-to-one coaching support to be scheduled during the program to support the development of a policy-ready position on a given issue by program-end.  A certificate will be awarded to all participants who successfully complete the program requirements.

Who Should Apply?

The PPTI is aimed at staff, board members, or volunteers employed by / associated with Canadian registered charities that can identify an area where a policy change could have a significant strategic impact.

We ask that only individuals prepared to commit to attending all sessions and completing all institute assignments submit an application.

About the 2019 Public Policy Training Institute

The program’s lead faculty for 2019 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, Brenda Eaton, Bob Wyatt, and Allan Northcott.

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 fee of not more than $700.

 2019 Program Dates

January 10-11 Introduction to Public Policy Jim Dinning Calgary
February 7-8 Research and Performance Measurement Nancy Reynolds Edmonton
March 11-12 Developing and Analyzing Policy Options Brenda Eaton Calgary
April 4-5 Implementation Bob Wyatt Edmonton
May 9-10 Informing and Engaging Decision Makers Allan Northcott Calgary
June 3-4 Presentations from Participants Edmonton

These dates are final.  Sessions will typically run from 1:00 to 5:00 on the first day, and from 9:00 to 3:00 on the second day. A dinner will be hosted for participants on the first day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on the second day.

Travel and Accommodation

All sessions will be held at a downtown location, alternating between Calgary and Edmonton.

For participants in Calgary or Edmonton, each participant’s employing / sponsoring organization will receive:

  • a travel subsidy of $470 (i.e., $155 for each of the 3 return trips between Calgary and Edmonton that each participant will be required to make);
  • an accommodation subsidy of $690 (i.e., $230 for each of the 3 nights in either Calgary or Edmonton that each participant will be required to stay).

For participants from outside of Calgary or Edmonton, the above travel and accommodation subsidies will be doubled.

Past Participants

The following organizations have participated in the Public Policy Training Institute in recent years:

  • ABC Head Start
  • Aga Khan Foundation Calgary
  • Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta
  • Alberta AdaptAbilities Association
  • Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC)
  • Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies
  • Alberta Ecotrust Foundation
  • Alberta Caregivers Association
  • Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research
  • Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities
  • Alberta Council for Environmental Education
  • Alberta Disabilities Forum
  • Alberta Food Bank Network Association
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Alberta Lake Management Society
  • Alberta Museums Association
  • Alberta Real Estate Foundation
  • Alberta Wilderness Association
  • Alzheimer Society of Calgary
  • Antyx Community Arts Society
  • Arthritis Society of AB
  • Autism Society Alberta
  • BC Lung Association
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
  • Bissell Centre
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
  • Calgary Arts Development
  • Calgary Drug Treatment Court Society
  • Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
  • Calgary Chinatown Seniors Centre Foundation
  • Calgary Counselling Centre
  • Calgary Family Services
  • Calgary Homeless Foundation
  • Calgary Reads
  • Calgary Sexual Health Centre
  • Calgary John Howard Society
  • Canadian Boreal Initiative
  • Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division
  • Canadian Child Care Federation
  • Canadian Diabetes Association
  • Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
  • Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region
  • Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region
  • Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (CPAWS), AB Chapter
  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), NS Chapter
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • CanLearn Centre/Calgary Learning Centre
  • Capital Region Housing Corporation
  • Caregivers Alberta
  • Carya
  • Centre for Suicide Prevention
  • The City of Edmonton
  • CiRS – Your Community Connector
  • Community Foundations of Canada
  • Community-University Partnership, University of Alberta
  • Connections Counselling and Consulting Foundation
  • The Counselling Foundation of Canada
  • Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre
  • E4C
  • Ecofiscal Commission
  • EcoSpark
  • Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
  • Edmonton Do Likewise Society
  • Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
  • Edmonton’s Food Bank
  • Environmental Law Centre
  • Enviros
  • Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary
  • Food Banks Alberta
  • Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society
  • Fuse Social
  • Gateway Association
  • The GRIT Program
  • Health Consumers for Policy Reform
  • The Hearing Foundation of Canada
  • The Hearts and Hammers Society
  • Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association
  • HIV Edmonton
  • Homewood Research Institute
  • Horizon Housing Society
  • Hospice Calgary
  • Humber College
  • Injury Prevention Centre, University of Alberta
  • IntegralOrg
  • Imagine Canada
  • Immigrant Sector Council of Calgary
  • Islamic Family and Social Services Association
  • JDIC Senior Centre
  • Jewish Family Service Calgary
  • Lifestyle Helping Hands Seniors Association
  • LINKages Society of Alberta
  • Literacy Alberta
  • KidSport Society of Alberta
  • McMan Youth Family & Community Services Association
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Miistakis Institute
  • Momentum
  • Mount Royal University Institute for Nonprofit Studies
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, AB & NWT Division
  • The Mustard Seed Society
  • Muttart Foundation
  • Neighbourlink
  • Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre
  • Nose Creek Sports and Recreation Association
  • Pathways Community Services Association
  • Pride Centre of Edmonton
  • Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary
  • Propellus
  • Prostate Cancer Canada Network
  • Sage Seniors Association
  • SAIT Students’ Association
  • Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary
  • Shift: The Project To End Domestic Violence
  • Sierra Club Canada Foundation – Atlantic Chapter
  • Siloam Mission
  • Sinneave Family Foundation
  • Social Venture Partners
  • Society for Advancement of Excellence in Education
  • Special Olympics Alberta
  • Students’ Union University of Calgary
  • Sustainability Resources
  • Sustainable Food Edmonton
  • Theatre Calgary
  • United Nations Association in Canada, Edmonton Branch
  • United Way of Calgary and Area
  • United Way of Central Alberta
  • United Way of Halifax
  • United Way of the Alberta Capital Region
  • University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing
  • UpStart Champions for Children and Youth
  • Vibrant Communities Calgary
  • Vecova
  • Volunteer Alberta
  • Water Matters
  • Women’s Centre of Calgary
  • The Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association
  • Wood’s Homes
  • Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
  • YMCA of Edmonton
  • YW Calgary