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Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Management

This professional development certificate program is designed for mid-level parliamentary staff who have the potential to reach the highest levels of parliamentary management.

The goal of this program is to advance parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance. The curriculum is based on international best practices and uses blended learning methods, including one-on-one mentoring, face-to-face networking, and online courses. By equipping parliamentary staff to become the ‘corporate memory’ of parliament, the program helps build the legislatures of tomorrow.

This program is offered in English and must be completed within 2 years.

 


Program Benefits

  • Enrich your parliamentary knowledge through a curriculum designed based on feedback from parliaments from all over the world.
  • Study at McGill University, ranked among the world’s top universities.
  • Experience the flexibility of online courses, enabling participants to complete program requirements with minimum disruption to their work and family schedule.
  • Apply what you learn to your own parliamentary environment and choose your own practical research projects.
  • Work with, and be mentored by, a highly qualified teaching team combining senior-level practical parliamentary experience and world-class subject-matter expertise.
  • Share your work experiences and network with your international colleagues to ascertain best practices and explore the possibility of short-term parliamentary attachments.
  • Receive a Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Management from McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies upon successful completion of the program.

Who Should Attend

The program is designed for mid-level parliamentary staff that have the potential to reach the highest levels of parliamentary management.
Priority will be given to procedural staff, administrative staff involved in the corporate governance of parliament, and to research staff. Staff from the executive and judicial branches of the Government, political caucuses, international development and assistance agencies, journalists from the parliamentary press corps, mid-career professionals who wish to work in parliament will also be considered if space permits.

Program Objectives

  • To support parliaments in fulfilling their constitutional and statutory obligations.
  • To offer a curriculum based on international best practices focusing on their application to parliamentary settings within different political systems and cultures.
  • To develop professional skills and abilities of parliamentary staff through a practical pedagogical approach.
  • To build a dependable corporate memory of parliament and ensure sustainable parliamentary staff development for the future.
 

 

Program Outline

Required Courses

CBUS 244

Current Trends in Parliamentary Administration

In-Class

3 CEUs

CBUS 245

Corporate Management of Parliament I

Online

3 CEUs

CBUS 246

Corporate Management of Parliament II

Online

3 CEUs

CBUS 247

Parliamentary Committees

Online

3 CEUs

CBUS 248

Public Financial Management

Online

3 CEUs

CBUS 249

Parliamentary Research & IT

Online

3 CEUs


Fees

Program Fees

Program Fee Including Admission Fee International - USD Canadian - CAD
Regular $5,995 $6,995
Developing Nations $4,995 Not Applicable
Group Discount for 2 or more $500 $500

 

Individual Course Fees

Course Number Course Title Fees (in Canadian dollars)
CBUS 244

Current Trends in Parliamentary Administration

$2,395
CBUS 249

Parliamentary Research & IT

$995
CBUS 245

Corporate Management of Parliament I

$995
CBUS 246

Corporate Management of Parliament II

$995
CBUS 247

Parliamentary Committees

$995
CBUS 248

Public Financial Management

$995

 

Note: Program includes all course-related fees and materials, as well as daily coffee/tea breaks and some breakfasts and lunches during the intensive course in Montreal.
Program does not include: airfare to/from Montreal, hotel accommodation, dinners and incidental expenses (such as telephone, laundry, in-room service).


Registration

If you wish to register for an individual course without being admitted to the program, please contact us at parl.scs [at] mcgill.ca.


Admissions

Please review the admission requirements.

If you wish to apply to the program, please download, complete
and sign the Icône PDF Application for Admission form and send it via email to parl.scs [at] mcgill.ca


Teaching Staff

Paul Belisle

  • Paul C. Belisle is a consultant specializing in the field of parliamentary corporate governance. He recently worked for WBI and UNDP in parliamentary strengthening programs, producing a comprehensive strategic plan for the Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat and conducting a training needs assessment that led to the creation of the Executive Development Program for Parliamentary Staff. Prior to his retirement in 2009, he was Clerk of the Canadian Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments, as well as Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the Canadian Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association from 1994-2009. During his mandates he led international seminars and working groups promoting sound principles and practices for the provision of resources and services to Parliaments to enhance democracy. He received degrees in Civil Law, Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Kevin Deveaux

  • As a former parliamentarian, legal drafter and UN senior focal point, Kevin has spent his professional career engaged with parliaments and their impact on the lives of citizens.
    A Barrister & Solicitor from Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, Canada, Kevin practiced law in Toronto and Halifax as a Crown Attorney, and later as a drafter of legislation. Kevin was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1998 for the constituency of Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage, and was re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2006. During his time as an MP he was the Deputy Speaker for the House from 1999-2003 and the Official Opposition House Leader from 2003-2007.
    Kevin also worked internationally with the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) as a part-time parliamentary consultant working in Kosovo, Iraq, Egypt, Cambodia and Palestine.
    In 2007 Kevin resigned his seat in the House of Assembly to work full-time as a Senior Parliamentary Technical Adviser with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Hanoi, Vietnam. The following year he was appointed to the post of Parliamentary Development Policy Adviser in New York with UNDP’s Democratic Governance Group; he was in charge of the Global Programme for Parliamentary Support (GPPS) and provided support to more than 70 UNDP Country Offices in which there were parliamentary support programs. He was directly engaged in the development and implementation of major parliamentary programs in Pakistan, Cambodia, Tunisia, Libya, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Myanmar and Iraq.

Rasheed Draman

  • Rasheed Draman is Executive Director of the African Center for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA).  He has been actively engaged in Institutional, Parliamentary, Public Financial Management, Evaluation and Governance issues for the past fifteen years.  He has carried out pioneering work with more than 30 Parliaments and governments in Africa (including the Pan-African and ECOWAS Parliaments) and other Parliaments around the world.  

    He has conceptualized, developed and led the implementation of numerous multi-million dollar governance/parliamentary support projects; has conducted needs assessments of a number of Parliaments in Africa; helped a number of African Parliaments in their Strategic Planning; designed and delivered training to MPs and staff in the budget process, social accountability, financial oversight, oversight of the extractives sector and poverty reduction. He has some publications to his credit on these subjects.

    He holds a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and has taught courses on Development and Conflict at that University and been a Guest Lecturer at Harvard University. He has served as the Director of Africa Programs at the Parliamentary Centre between 2006 and 2013. He has also served as a Consultant for the Africa Branch and the Multilateral Programs Branch of CIDA in Canada. 

Craig James

  • Craig James is the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. He has been in parliament since 1978.  He has been on the editorial board of the Canadian Parliamentary Review for many years, five as deputy chair of the board; is the Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Public Accounts Committees.; and was seconded as the Chief Electoral Officer for the Province during a tumultuous period involving recall and initiative. Craig’s passion is the management of parliament and strengthening parliament’s various oversight roles.

Guy Lindstrom

  • Guy Lindstrom has had a long career in international relations, spanning work for the International Department of the Parliament of Finland, the Nordic Council (a regional parliamentary organization for the five Scandinavian countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) as well as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

    His main responsibilities have included security and defense issues, Asia-Europe relations and Arctic policy. He took part in the work to set up the Arctic Council in the early 1990s and served as the first Secretary General of the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region. He is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland in Northern Finland. In the Nordic Council he worked as committee counsel for the Committee on Culture, Research and Education, and later for the International Affairs Committee. In the Finnish parliament he also served as the Secretary General of the Finnish delegation to the Nordic Council and held other staff positions, including with the research service.

    Over the years Guy Lindstrom has been engaged in activities to develop and strengthen regional cooperation between the Baltic states and in the Baltic Sea region, as well as in strengthening democracy and parliamentary work in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. He has also been on the National Democratic Institute's International Resource Team for Montenegro. In cooperation with the World Bank, he has over the last fifteen years organized an annual Helsinki seminar on parliamentary strengthening for MPs from developing countries.

Anthony Staddon

  • Educated at Southampton and Newcastle Universities, Anthony has worked with a number of legislatures, particularly from across the Commonwealth. He joined the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in December 1999 as an Assistant Director. Between June 2002 and December 2006, Anthony headed the Secretary-General's office working closely with the then Secretary-General of the CPA, Hon. Denis Marshall, a former Minister in New Zealand. He has also acted as a consultant for a number of international organizations including the World Bank, the European Union, the National Democratic Institute, Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Rick Stapenhurst

  • Rick Stapenhurst is a Professor of Practice at McGill University. He is a former board member of Parliamentary Centre and current board member of Transparency International and the Research Committee of Legislative Specialists. He joined the World Bank in 1995 and concentrated on anti-corruption and parliamentary development, writing extensively on these issues. His most recent publications include Parliamentary Oversight (Oxford: Routledge, 2011) which he co-wrote with Riccardo Pelizzo, and African Parliamentary Reform (Oxford: Routledge, 2011) which he co-edited with Rasheed Draman and Andrew Imlach. He completed his doctorate in Business and Commerce in 2011 from Australian National University, researching presidential and parliamentary systems of government.

Additional senior international experts from partnering institutions will participate as guest lecturers and faculty. Past guest speakers have included Malcolm Russell-Einhorn (State University of New York, Centre for International Development), Eliane Ubalijoro (McGill University) and Canada’s former Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark.


Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing. The following policy applies:
Up to 30 calendar days prior to the start date: Full refund, minus $100 administration fee.
Within 30 days of the start date: No refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted.
If no notice is given prior to the start of the program and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full program fee.


Contact Information

For registration inquiries:
Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: parl.scs [at] mcgill.ca

For program inquiries:
Dr. Frederick (Rick) Stapenhurst: frederick.stapenhurst [at] mcgill.ca