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Corporate Management of Parliament I

Parliaments are increasingly challenged to manage their own affairs free from the restrictions imposed upon them by the executive. Distinct from the private corporate world and the government public sector, parliaments are entities created by human resolve for self-determination, shaped by culture and history, and driven by the will of the people. Parliaments, by their very nature as “houses of the people,” elicit very stringent calls for robust management structures and systems. Civil society sets the bar for good corporate governance in parliament, with heightened expectations of probity, accountability, and transparency. Good corporate governance helps to ensure that the public interest is well served, thus protecting the integrity of the parliament.

This course explains how parliaments can meet the expectations of the public through clear and coherent corporate governance structures and processes and optimal utilization of available resources, while, at the same time, being able to reach out to them.

Focus is placed on general concepts of good corporate governance and their pertinence and applicability to parliament, on the role of key stakeholders and the importance of strong inter-relationships, and on the management of human and financial resources in a parliamentary setting.

Dates: September 10 - October 19, 2018

Location: Online

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the concept of “good corporate governance” and its applicability to parliament.
  • Develop the professional skills necessary to create a workplace that engenders professional, ethical and democratic values, as well as a workforce that is productive, effective, and sustainable.
  • Apply management techniques based on international good practices to a broad range of strategic and operational decisions and actions.
  • Develop skills in designing and implementing communications strategies for parliaments and in creating tools for media outreach, including the preparation of media releases.
  • Appreciate the role of performance management systems in the parliamentary context.

Topics Covered

  • General concepts of good corporate governance
  • Their pertinence and applicability to parliament
  • The role of key stakeholders
  • Importance of strong inter-relationships
  • Management of human and financial resources in a parliamentary setting.


This course is part of the Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Management. For more information, click here.

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


Please review the admission requirements.

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

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]

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

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