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Government of Canada

About the Program

The Next Generation Chief Financial Officer (CFO) develops executives’ skills for a seamless transition into a CFO role. The program is delivered by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). The program consists of a series of activities and interactive sessions including:

  • Workshops
  • Action learning sets
  • Case studies

Program Eligibility

To qualify for the Next Generation Chief Financial Officer (CFO) program, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Work as a senior executive
  • Be identified in the executive talent management process
  • Receive recommendation from your Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to participate in the program 

Program Design

The program is structured over a 12 month period and consists of hands-on practical workshops, action learning sets, group exercises/presentations, case studies and job shadowing.

Action Learning

Action Learning Sets provide practical advice that participants can leverage to make changes to their own behaviours and improve their problem-solving skills. The five main topics of the action learning sets are as follows:

  • Stakeholder Perspective
  • Managing Relationships
  • Leadership Development
  • Personal Reflection
  • Transition Planning

Case Studies

The case study exercises prepare participants for presentations to departmental audit committees and/or parliamentary committees.


The workshops include discussions with senior executives from the public and the private sector. The topics focus on the following:
  • Self-awareness
  • Risk & Uncertainty in Government
  • Development Planning
  • Stakeholder Perspective
  • Influential Behaviours
  • Models of Organizational Politics
  • Practical Actions in Political Situations
  • Leading Organization Change
  • Organization-Wide Innovation
  • Collaborating Within and Across Government Departments
  • Leading a Customer-Driven Department
  • Preparation for Action Learning Sets