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Foreign Policy and DiplomacyAdvancing Human Rights Internationally: Complex Issues and Cases

Advancing Human Rights Internationally: Complex Issues and Cases

The course presents Canada’s current international human rights priorities and how Canada actively promotes and protects human rights in the field.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the complexity of a number of current human right issues
  • Describe how the department engages in multifaceted and challenging human rights files
  • Explore specific multilateral systems that deals with human rights
  • Address human rights matters encountered in departmental work

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00012306
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Foreign Policy and DiplomacyAdvancing Human Rights Internationally: Essential Briefing

Advancing Human Rights Internationally: Essential Briefing

This course is designed for officers going on posting or involved in human rights files. While the course is aimed at Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service officers, trade commissioners as well as consular and development officers are strongly encouraged to attend.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify Canada's human rights priorities
  • Use Canada's Human Rights Defenders Guidelines
  • Prepare Canada's annual human rights reports
  • Prepare Canada's Universal Periodic Review recommendations
  • Describe the role of civil society

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00012313
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Foreign Policy and DiplomacyAdvocacy and Digital Engagement for Officers Going Abroad

Advocacy and Digital Engagement for Officers Going Abroad

This course is designed to help outgoing officers plan, fund, coordinate, and execute effective (online and offline) advocacy initiatives and campaigns. The course is open to employees who will be responsible for, or involved in mission advocacy planning and delivery.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop mission specific activities aligned with priorities
  • Report activities using the Advocacy Planning Methodology
  • Identify audiences and deliver messages using appropriate tools

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00017846
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Geographic Regions and CountriesAfrica at the Crossroads: Politics, Security, Development and Trade

Africa at the Crossroads: Politics, Security, Development and Trade

This course is designed to familiarize participants with political, trade and development issues in Africa. The course aims to provide relevant background and position participants to understand Canada's role in Africa and to better defend or promote Canadian interests in the region.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe political, trade and development trends in Africa
  • Explain how Canada and different African countries interact
  • Identify key topics of relevance to Canada and Africa

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00017386
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Geographic Regions and Countries
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Government PrioritiesApplying Gender-Based Analysis Plus in the Policy Environment

Applying Gender-Based Analysis Plus in the Policy Environment

The course offers an introduction to Gender-Based Analysis plus (GBA+) applied to policy work as a means for advancing Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy, Feminist International Assistance Policy and Inclusive Approach to Trade. It demonstrates the importance of GBA+ in ensuring contextual evidence supports policy making and provides participants with the opportunity to learn practical skills to deliver on Canada’s diplomatic, international assistance and trade agendas.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of GBA+ in policy work to advance Canada’s feminist approach
  • Demonstrate a results-based approach to policy work
  • Apply GBA+ in policy work to address contextual challenges
  • Address specific contextual challenges and opportunities through policy work

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 00028139
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Government Priorities
Contact: Cultures@international.gc.ca

Trade Policy and PromotionBest Practices in Economic Reporting

Best Practices in Economic Reporting

Employees whose work includes reporting on economic issues can benefit from a primer/refresher course in economics. This is particularly true for employees taking up posts abroad that have economic reporting responsibilities, or those seeking such posts.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss strategies and data sources for information gathering and analysis
  • Examine how certain economic developments relate to Canadian interests
  • Analyze the significance of key economic indicators and policy levers
  • Draft economic reports, focusing on the links to Canadian interests

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00012308
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Trade Policy and Promotion
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Intercultural EffectivenessBias Awareness for an Inclusive Environment

Bias Awareness for an Inclusive Environment

Understanding and Addressing Unconscious Bias Biases are powerful and often outside of our awareness. Implicit biases may be associated with stereotyping and discrimination and they can be a barrier to creating an inclusive environment. This course addresses questions of unconscious or implicit bias to help ensure that your work environment is a respectful and inclusive one.

Who is this course for?

This course is offered to federal government employees and partner organizations.

Where is the course offered?

This course is offered at the Bisson Campus in the National Capital Region or at other locations, upon request.

What is the course duration?

This course is offered as a half-day to 1-day session, depending of the requirements of participants.

Why do I need this course?

Unconscious bias can negatively affect work relationships, impair decision making and hamper creativity. This course will make these hidden biases explicit so that they can be effectively addressed.

How is the course presented?

An interactive workshop based on adult education principles and led by one of our experienced trainers. Participants will partake in hands-on activities and solve real-time issues.

What will I learn?

The course will help you:

  • understand the key concepts related to unconscious bias
  • recognize the role of the brain in bias and perception of power
  • apply a simple model for understanding and assessing the behaviour of people and groups
  • consider behaviour as it relates to change, timelines, hierarchy, team dynamics and performance management
  • explore good practices to address unconscious bias

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 0
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: Various
Categories: Intercultural Effectiveness
Contact: cultures@international.gc.ca

Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, Featured coursesBilateral Negotiations

Bilateral Negotiations

This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct different types of negotiation and to develop an effective negotiation plan in a bilateral context. They will acquire the skills needed to initiate, conduct and conclude mutually satisfactory negotiations, and get practice in the use and recognition of strategies and tactics in negotiation.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Undertake the various stages of the negotiating process
  • Develop appropriate positions for Canada based on negotiating mandates
  • Estimate the parameters of a zone of potential agreement in the negotiations
  • Develop strategic and tactical plans for negotiating

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00012309
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Geographic Regions and CountriesCanada-United States Relations

Canada-United States Relations

This course will provide participants with an understanding of the breadth and complexity of Canada-United States (U.S.) relations set against the backdrop of the priority that the Government of Canada gives to its relations with the U.S. in its foreign policy, as well as the challenges and current issues it faces in the management of the relationship.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the United States (U.S.) public policy process
  • Gain a basic understanding of the intertwining of Canada and the U.S. during their respective history and development
  • Evaluate the ways in which the U.S. public policy process has an impact
  • Identify how the U.S. system might be accessed and influenced through an understanding of its structure, its global interests, and key issues
  • Acquire a better understanding of the importance of the commercial relationship and North America competitiveness

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00016246
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Geographic Regions and Countries
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Foreign Policy and DiplomacyCanadian Diplomacy and Leadership at the United Nations

Canadian Diplomacy and Leadership at the United Nations

This course aims to equip participants, of all streams and across government, with tools enabling them to effectively engage in advancing Canada's interests in a wide range of current and future UN priorities and interests. This course presents a timely and unique opportunity for participants to explore how they can contribute to the Government of Canada's whole-of-government results-driven approach to the UN.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the UN system and the Government of Canada's role in the UN
  • Demonstrate an ability to contribute effectively to Canada's objectives at the UN
  • Practise collaboration with all actors within the system
  • Demonstrate awareness of the relationship between Canada's UN Security Council campaign and the advancement of Canadian priorities and engagement with the UN

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00026747
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Trade Policy and PromotionCanadian Economy Primer

Canadian Economy Primer

This course will give participants a deeper understanding of economic phenomena as a whole and how they apply to their work at Global Affairs Canada. It will allow participants to situate Canadian economic data in an international context and explain why international trade is essential to our economy.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the main characteristics of the Canadian economy, explain the structure of current economic activity, and the role of the State in economic activities
  • Interpret Canadian economic data in an international trade context in order to make comparisons and draw conclusions and to understand why international trade is indispensable to the Canadian economy

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00012310
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Trade Policy and Promotion
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization OperationsChildren's Rights

Children's Rights

Protecting and safeguarding the rights of children is a shared priority across the integrated framework of the department. A good understanding of children's rights principles and concepts, and the ability to develop and/or assess child-rights-focused or child-rights-related initiatives will help participants to contribute better to that priority.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Relate key human rights and child rights knowledge to departmental priorities
  • Elaborate, analyze or assess the department initiatives inclusive of child rights principles, results-based management and the crosscutting themes
  • Code correctly those initiatives
  • Include child rights principles in policy/partner/programming dialogues

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 00016689
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 3 days
Categories: International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization Operations
Contact: Cultures@international.gc.ca

Geographic Regions and CountriesChina: Advanced Study of a Global Power

China: Advanced Study of a Global Power

This course explores the rise of China and its impact on the world order and the international economy. FPDS and Trade Commissioners will get an understanding on the political and commercial impact of China abroad. This class will provide participants more in-depth, issue-focused and applied knowledge on political and economic dimensions of China engagement.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Provide an overview of China as a power that is projected globally
  • Interpret the motives and actions of Chinese entities abroad
  • Demonstrate why China matters to Canada and to be familiar with priorities
  • Illustrate how China applies its power and influence in foreign capitals
  • Apply more in-depth, issue-focused and knowledge on China engagement

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00027470
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Geographic Regions and Countries
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Geographic Regions and CountriesChina: Primer on a Global Power

China: Primer on a Global Power

This course examines the rise of China and its impact on the world order and the international economy. It aims at enabling employees and other interested practitioners to get an understanding of the driving forces within China and the political and commercial aspirations of China internationally.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the driving forces behind China's power
  • Understand why China matters to Canada
  • Understand how China applies its power and influence in its foreign relations
  • Appreciate the nature of China's power and influence and its overall objectives abroad

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00016248
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Geographic Regions and Countries
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Government PrioritiesClimate Change Fundamentals for Global Affairs Canada

Climate Change Fundamentals for Global Affairs Canada

Climate change is the quintessential global issue and cuts across the boundaries of domestic and international policy, development and trade. This course is designed to provide participants with a high-level overview of the drivers and impacts of climate change, the Paris Agreement, Canada's commitments and actions on climate change, and how Global Affairs advances Canada's climate change policies and programs.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the major drivers and impacts of climate change
  • Outline key elements of Paris Agreement
  • List Canada's climate change commitments under the agreement
  • Describe the key domestic and international actions Canada is taking to meet these commitments

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00025606
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Government Priorities
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Trade Policy and PromotionCompetitive Intelligence

Competitive Intelligence

This course will provide Trade Commissioners with a practical understanding of Competitive Commercial Intelligence (CCI) and how, in turn, it can be applied by their clients to gain or improve access to markets for their products or services. CCI is one of the value-added services Trade Commissioner clients need and expect.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe key competitive intelligence principles and practices as they relate to international trade
  • Identify available competitive commercial intelligence resources and sources
  • Develop a competitive commercial plan
  • Interpret and assess commercial intelligence data for the benefit of Canadian businesses

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00012311
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Trade Policy and Promotion
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Trade Policy and PromotionDecision Making Process of Canadian Small or Medium-Sized Enterprises Investigating Foreign Market Opportunities

Decision Making Process of Canadian Small or Medium-Sized Enterprises Investigating Foreign Market Opportunities

This course will give Trade Commissioners (TCs) insight into the unique needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) when undertaking foreign market expansion activities. It will help Commissioners to better understand the client’s business environment and thus serve SMEs more efficiently and effectively in TCS offices around the world.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize information needs of SMEs expanding abroad
  • Examine and analyse information to support SME decision-making
  • Examine the challenges of SMEs in implementing International business development plans
  • Identify tools to guide and support Canadian SMEs in their international business development activities

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00016047
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Trade Policy and Promotion
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Trade Policy and PromotionDevelopment Economics: How Trade Intersects with Aid

Development Economics: How Trade Intersects with Aid

This course is designed to provide participants with a better understanding of the process of economic development and the role that international trade plays in that process.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe, using economic theories, why there are wide variations in global living standards
  • Apply basic trade theory to understand trade patterns and experience of developing countries
  • Demonstrate the relationship among trade, growth, poverty and inequality
  • Define constraints that prevent countries from growing and participating in international trade

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00016435
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Trade Policy and Promotion
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Foreign Policy and DiplomacyDiplomacy 101: The Art of Cultivating Networks and Influencing

Diplomacy 101: The Art of Cultivating Networks and Influencing

This course will introduce participants to the art of diplomacy in a global context and discuss how technology and ideologies are impacting diplomatic practices. Topics covered will include various forms of diplomacy, influencing and networking, and provide Global Affairs Canada's definition, tools and strategic diplomatic priorities.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Decide which forms of diplomacy to apply in specific contexts
  • Use public and digital diplomacy to reach and influence new players
  • Examine the successes/challenges of diplomacy in challenging contexts
  • Discuss the importance of civil society

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00027253
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Foreign Policy and DiplomacyDiplomacy 201: Digital Diplomacy

Diplomacy 201: Digital Diplomacy

Increased importance of public diplomacy and rapid advances in digital communications bring special challenge to governments pursuing their foreign policy agenda. Understanding the new reality in digital storytelling and immersive messages is a must for today’s public diplomat. This course will unpack the need for advanced skills in storytelling, learning the terrain of the credible and non-credible messenger, and story boarding strategic messaging.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define Public diplomacy and digital diplomacy, and explain the importance of sharing public diplomacy digital content ininnovative ways
  • Use various social media platforms for public diplomacy
  • Identify the opportunities and challenges of AI technologies for public diplomacy
  • Conceptualize how online actors can carry out misinformation campaigns

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00028320
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Foreign Policy and DiplomacyDiplomacy 203: Protocol and Etiquette

Diplomacy 203: Protocol and Etiquette

Diplomacy is the art of international relations and the diplomat is the person who practices this art. Protocol, the formalities observed during official diplomatic activities, and etiquette, an individual’s behaviours in a particular social context, are key tools that every diplomat should observe when practicing their art. This course will lay out the ground rules for expected official behaviour for Officers when they are representing Canada abroad. Topics covered will include introductions, handshakes, business cards, conversations, dress code, seating plans, table manners, and cultural considerations for dining, official ceremonies and receptions. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and define various forms of official diplomatic practice.
  • Identify proper ways to dress, self-introduce and offer salutations in an official business context.
  • Apply protocol and etiquette guidelines during official events.
  • Practice good table manners during a dining experience.
  • Illustrate understanding of cultural considerations when representing Canada abroad.

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00028318
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Foreign Policy and DiplomacyDiplomacy 205: Culture

Diplomacy 205: Culture

The projection of Canadian culture abroad happens both in controlled and uncontrolled ways through interactions between Canadians and non-Canadians. Public Diplomacy, the act of engaging audiences in a dialogue with the view of informing and influencing, is a powerful tool that can be an effective and strategic way to achieve Canada’s objectives abroad. This course will focus on maximizing the role of mission staff (both Canadian-Based and Locally-Engaged) in planning a coordinated use of the tools and resources in the cultural domain to strategically promoting Canada abroad. We will look at the Government of Canada’s investment in culture, and the renewed mandate for international promotion, and how to integrate cultural programming into the mission planning cycle based on Departmental and mission priorities.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define public diplomacy and locate cultural industries promotion within this context.
  • Recognize the role of culture and Canadian artists in the annual mission planning cycle.
  • Examine opportunities for cooperation with key target audiences and stakeholders, as well as economic opportunities for Canadian artists and creative industries internationally.
  • Design a cultural diplomacy project that showcases mission strategic priorities.

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00028319
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Geographic Regions and CountriesEU 101: Understanding and Working with the European Union

EU 101: Understanding and Working with the European Union

This course provides an introduction to the European Union and its institutions, as well as an increased understanding of how it interacts with Canada.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of how the European Union works
  • Recognize the major institutions of the EU and their working relationship
  • Understand how Canada interacts with the EU
  • Recognize the importance of engagement with the EU

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00022606
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Geographic Regions and Countries
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Trade Policy and PromotionExport Controls Orientation

Export Controls Orientation

This course is designed for employees being posted abroad who are or will be consulted by the Export Controls Division (Global Affairs Canada) on applications for permits to export military and other strategically sensitive goods.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify export controls issues
  • Review and analyze export permit requests
  • Make recommendations on export permit requests
  • Provide an informed response to export controls consultations from the Export Controls Division

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00016247
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Trade Policy and Promotion
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Foreign Policy and DiplomacyFragile and Conflict Affected Situations: Policy Frameworks and Options

Fragile and Conflict Affected Situations: Policy Frameworks and Options

This course introduces key concepts and international frameworks in the field of state fragility, highlighting the complexity involved in precisely assessing and effectively addressing fragility. It also identifies and describes relevant resources, policies and tools for addressing fragility.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Review key terms and common concepts
  • Explore the causes of fragility and their connection to violence
  • Identify key resources, policies and tools may apply to one's work
  • Compare and contrast different approaches to addressing fr

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00017197
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Government PrioritiesGender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)

Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)

Asking questions, challenging assumptions, understanding impacts How do diverse groups of women, men and non-binary people experience policies, programs and initiatives? GBA+ is an analytical tool and process to help us answer this question. The “plus” acknowledges that gender-based analysis goes beyond biological (sex) and socio-cultural (gender) differences. It looks at how sex and gender intersect with other identity factors including race, national and ethnic origin, Indigenous origin or identity, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic condition, place of residence and disability.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for anyone who would like to develop an understanding of GBA+ and how it can be applied to improve their initiatives. It is suitable for individuals and for private, not-for-profit and public sector organizations.

Where is the course offered?

This course is offered at the Bisson Campus in the National Capital Region and at other locations across Canada and internationally, upon request. What is the course duration? This course can be offered as a half-day, one-day or multi-day session, depending on the needs of participants. Why do I need this course? This course helps participants understand the role of GBA+ as a tool for enhancing initiatives and working towards the best outcomes for all.

How is the course presented?

This course is offered as an interactive workshop that uses case studies and adapted tools to explore and practice applying GBA+.

What will I learn?

The course will help you:

  • understand key concepts related to GBA+
  • apply GBA+ to context-specific case studies
  • articulate the benefits of GBA+

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 0
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: Various
Categories: Government Priorities
Contact: cultures@international.gc.ca

International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization OperationsGender, Peace, and Security

Gender, Peace, and Security

This course embraces the ethos of the Feminist International Assistance Policy by questioning gendered norms and promoting innovation in the cause of peace. It is also structured around the key issues put forward within Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain, with a high degree of nuance, differences and relationships between core concepts such as peace, gender, conflict and violence
  • Apply both a gender-sensitive lens and a conflict-sensitive lens to analytical work
  • Explain key issues prioritized in Canada's National action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 00027670
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization Operations
Contact: Cultures@international.gc.ca

Trade Policy and PromotionGlobal Economy

Global Economy

This course will provide a highly interactive introduction to the key characteristics of today’s global economy in theory and practice. The course will look at topics including international trade, foreign direct investment, cross-country capital flows and currency movements, as well as how each of these dimensions of the world economy affects the others. It will focus on understanding Canada’s interaction with the rest of the world through these lenses.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the essential concepts of global economic analysis
  • Describe the current financial, social, economic and geostrategic issues and challenges between economic and political powers in an increasingly interconnected world
  • Examine the future of the global economy based on current trends and ongoing economic developments
  • Discuss the implications of a rapidly rebalancing world for Canadian interests

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00016451
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Trade Policy and Promotion
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Geographic Regions and CountriesIndia and South Asia: Power Dynamics and Emerging Markets

India and South Asia: Power Dynamics and Emerging Markets

This bilingual course is set against the backdrop of the rise of India and will familiarize employees with India’s political, commercial, and development impact on the South Asian subcontinent, the world order, and the regional and international economy. The course aims to provide relevant background and context, help participants understand Canada’s role in India and South Asia, and to better promote or defend Canadian interests in the region.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the nature of India’s power and how it is projected regionally and globally
  • Explain how Canada and the region interact, and the historical context of the relationship
  • Develop strategies to advance Canadian political and commercial interests in the region
  • Identify the key topics of relevance to Canada in the region

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00016450
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Geographic Regions and Countries
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Management and LeadershipIntegrated Program Managers Abroad

Integrated Program Managers Abroad

This program will provide you with an overview of what is expected as a program manager and prepare you to promote Canadian interests abroad. You will strengthen your ability to deal with the complexities of managing and leading from a global leadership perspective in a ‘whole-of-Canada’ mission environment.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the international priorities and expectations of the Government of Canada
  • Practice global leadership competencies required in your role as program manager abroad
  • Recognize your managerial (human resources, financial and corporate) accountabilities at mission

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00026246
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 weeks
Categories: Management and Leadership
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization OperationsIntegrating Environment and Climate Change into Development Initiatives and Policies – GAC’s Environmental Integration Process (EIP)

Integrating Environment and Climate Change into Development Initiatives and Policies – GAC’s Environmental Integration Process (EIP)

This course will provide participants with an understanding of environmental challenges and opportunities associated with international development activities, and explore the political framework guiding environmental action at Global Affairs Canada. It will help them master the stages of the Environmental Integration Process to ensure that appropriate environmental sustainability considerations are integrated in the design, implementation and monitoring of international development initiatives.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the linkages between environmental sustainability and poverty reduction
  • Describe the environmental policy and regulatory framework
  • Identify environmental risks and opportunities related to development
  • Follow the steps of the Environmental Integration Process
  • Code initiatives for environmental integration and using the Rio Conventions Policy Markers

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 00028098
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization Operations
Contact: cultures@international.gc.ca

International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization OperationsIntegrating Gender Equality into Programming

Integrating Gender Equality into Programming

This course will explore key gender equality concepts and will apply gender equality tools to development projects to assist in the implementation of the department's Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the relevance and importance of gender equality in international development •Analyze gender-based analysis plus in development projects
  • Apply the Feminist International Assistance Policy to development projects
  • Demonstrate skills to negotiate for improved gender equality programming

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 00014290
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization Operations
Contact: Cultures@international.gc.ca

International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization OperationsIntegrating Gender into Peace and Security Programming

Integrating Gender into Peace and Security Programming

This course focuses on how to integrate gender outcomes and indicators into programme and project design. It is intended to be a practical extension to the more analytically-focused “Gender, Peace and Stability” (GPS) course. Participants to this course are expected to: have completed a course in, or have work experience applying Results-Based Management and have completed the GPS course.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the relevance and importance of gender equality in peace and security programming
  • Explain the department's corporate and global commitments to gender equality and Women, Peace and Security
  • Apply gender based plus analysis using a results-based approach
  • Demonstrate skills to negotiate for gender equality integration into programming

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 00028164
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization Operations
Contact: Cultures@international.gc.ca

Trade Policy and PromotionIntellectual Property for Trade Commissioners

Intellectual Property for Trade Commissioners

Intellectual property (IP) rights present a new set of challenges and opportunities to Canadian businesses operating abroad. Trade Commissioners are not expected to become IP experts and cannot provide specific legal advice to clients. Participants will become aware of key IP concepts, terms, rules and strategies that affect Canadian clients trading internationally.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the commercial nature and scope of IP rights
  • Determine the basics of the Canadian and international jurisdictional frameworks for IP
  • Explain how to apply their basic knowledge of IP in their duties as Trade Commissioners
  • Distinguish what IP issues are of reporting interest to Headquarters

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00012314
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Trade Policy and Promotion
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Intercultural EffectivenessIntercultural Effectiveness and Indigenous Relations

Intercultural Effectiveness and Indigenous Relations

Supporting intercultural dialogue and effectiveness The Canadian Foreign Service Institute offers this course in preparation for dialogue with Indigenous peoples of Canada. The course uses the intercultural competency framework as a basis for building understanding and developing partnerships that foster mutual trust and respect.

Who is this course for?

This course designed for those seeking to build effective relationships with indigenous groups, organizations and community members. Where is the course offered? This course is offered at the Bisson Campus in the National Capital Region, as well as at the offices of employers and organizations across Canada.

What is the course duration?

The duration and scheduling of the course varies depending on the needs of the learners. Why do I need this course? This course builds on your previous experience and knowledge to help you develop intercultural competencies that can enhance dialogue and facilitate positive relations with Indigenous people and organizations. How are the courses presented? The course uses scenarios, case studies, reflection, tools and resources to build awareness and understanding. The course content is designed through careful consultation with participants to cover topics and approaches that are specific to their needs and interests. The training is designed in collaboration with, and led by, Indigenous facilitators and supported by the presence and contributions of Elders and other Indigenous knowledge keepers.

What will I learn?

This course will help you:

  • strengthen your capacity to demonstrate interculturally effective competencies when engaging with Indigenous partners, organizations and community members
  • enhance your understanding of socio-cultural, political, spiritual and economic contributions of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities
  • contextualize the effects of past government policies and practices on Indigenous health, society, and culture and understand government’s current legal obligations and commitments to Indigenous peoples
  • enhance Indigenous partner and community relations by applying the specific intercultural effectiveness competencies that are valued within Indigenous societies of Canada Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 0
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: Various
Categories: Intercultural Effectiveness
Contact: cultures@international.gc.ca

Intercultural EffectivenessIntercultural Effectiveness in Multicultural Environments

Intercultural Effectiveness in Multicultural Environments

Flexible course options to suit your requirements The Institute offers a variety of courses for anyone who works in a multicultural context within Canada. Whether you are interested in professional development to help improve intercultural communication skills, promoting harmonious relations in the workplace, or coordinating the visit of an international delegation, we can help enhance your effectiveness in multicultural environments.

Who are these courses for?

These courses are designed for anyone who lives or works in a multicultural context and wants to improve their intercultural effectiveness. Courses are suitable for individuals and for private, not-for-profit and public sector organizations.

Where are the courses offered?

These courses are offered at the Bisson Campus in the National Capital Region as well as at the offices of employers and organizations across Canada and around the world.

What is the course duration?

These courses typically last one day but the duration varies depending on the needs of the learners.

Why do I need these courses?

Culturally-diverse workplaces and communities bring many benefits along with occasional challenges. An understanding of culture, cultural trends, and issues such as unconscious bias can enhance your effectiveness in working across cultures. Developing strategies for more effective personal, professional & organization-wide intercultural practices can help build positive and enduring workplace relationships.

How are the courses presented?

The course is dynamic and interactive—we use engaging activities to help you profit from your own knowledge and apply that knowledge to your own context.

What will I learn?

These courses will help you:

  • understand the concept of culture and learn about cultural trends
  • recognize the link between culture, values, beliefs and actions
  • decode intercultural situations and typical approaches
  • understand and practice effective intercultural communication
  • build relationships and collaborate effectively Depending on your requirements these courses may also help you or your organization:
  • develop strategies for more effective personal or organization-wide intercultural practices
  • assess cultural considerations in hosting international colleagues or delegations
  • understand business protocol and etiquette across cultures Additional options include:
  • country and culture-specific overviews on topics such as workplace culture, government, and economy
  • understanding effective intercultural communication in relation to negotiation practices Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 0
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Intercultural Effectiveness
Contact: cultures@international.gc.ca

Intercultural EffectivenessIntercultural Orientation to Canada

Intercultural Orientation to Canada

Adapting to Canadian society and culture Adapting effectively to Canada’s cultural, business and academic environments is not always easy. The Centre offers a series of courses that will help you make the most of your time in Canada and maximize the benefits of the experience as you prepare to return home. These courses will help participants gain the skills they need to become interculturally effective – able to establish and maintain successful working relationships in a Canadian context.

Who are these courses for?

This course is valuable for international partners, trainees and students coming to Canada for short and long-term assignments or studies. For Canadian partner organizations, the courses can help increase the likelihood of success for participants, programs and projects.

Where are the courses offered?

This training is offered on request at locations across Canada.

What is the course duration?

Courses are offered for international visitors to Canada on arrival, at the mid-point of your stay and/or prior to your return home. The duration of the course varies according to the needs of the participants and the modules covered. Typically, each module is offered over one day, but half-day courses are also available.

Why do I need these courses?

Working across cultures requires the ability to communicate effectively to build positive, productive relationships. These courses will help you examine how culture influences your responses to the Canadian context. The goal is to help you adapt well, make the most of your experience in Canada, and understand how new knowledge, skills and attitudes can benefit you on your return home.

How are the courses presented?

The courses are dynamic and participatory to help you profit from your own knowledge and apply that knowledge to your life in Canada.

What will I learn?

The On-Arrival Orientation Course will help you learn about:

  • the influence of culture on your values, beliefs and behaviour
  • how to adapt to Canadian culture, business and academic environments
  • how to establish effective communication and relationships with Canadians
  • practical information about living and working in Canada
  • how to develop strategies for rapid adjustment to the Canadian environment The Mid-term Orientation Course will help you:
  • assess your adaptation and integration into Canadian society and with your work and/or academic environment
  • review strategies for building effective relationships and communication with Canadians
  • analyse your progress to date and identify your personal objectives for the successful completion of your time in Canada The Pre-Return Orientation Course will help you:
  • identify new knowledge, skills and attitudes gained in Canada
  • develop strategies for successful personal readjustment and professional reintegration
  • practise techniques for sharing new competencies in the professional environment of your home country Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 0
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: Various
Categories: Intercultural Effectiveness
Contact: cultures@international.gc.ca

Foreign Policy and DiplomacyInternational Law: Theory and Practice

International Law: Theory and Practice

This course provides diplomatic practitioners and international affairs experts with a basic understanding of international law. It combines the academic and applied approaches to international law, with a view to further strengthening its relevance to participants.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key principles of international law embodied in the United Nations Charter and in other sources of international law
  • Identify the circumstances where states can use force in international law
  • Identify the main methods of peaceful settlement of disputes between states as well as the remedies available to individuals to enforce international law
  • Understand the fundamental rules that protect people in international law
  • Understand the interaction between international law and the Canadian legal system

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00012316
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

International Security PolicyInternational Security and Terrorism

International Security and Terrorism

This course is designed to familiarize participants with the basic concepts of national and international security. It will help identify the actors in security, particularly regional and international organizations which play a political/military role.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain basic concepts of regional, national and international security
  • Identify the actors in security, particularly regional organizations and international institutions and organizations which play a political/military role
  • Show how human security has become a central concern in the development of security policy
  • Discuss and investigate the impact of international terrorism on policy development, particularly in Canada

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00023922
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: International Security Policy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

International Security PolicyIntroduction to Conflict Analysis

Introduction to Conflict Analysis

The main emphasis for this course is on analyzing conflict and fragility, and providing participants with the skills necessary to employ a conflict assessment framework to analyze and evaluate operational environments.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Review the benefits of ongoing conflict analysis
  • Compare and contrast different frameworks for conflict analysis
  • Apply new conflict analysis tools and strategies to learners' own work

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00014566
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: International Security Policy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Government Priorities, Featured coursesIntroduction to Diversity and Inclusion

Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion

Adding value through inclusive diversity This course aims to help participants to understand the value of inclusive diversity in their workplaces and communities. It supports the development of leadership skills to promote inclusion and diversity in international and domestic settings.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for organizations and individuals from any sector who wish to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes related to diversity and inclusion.

Where is the course offered?

 This course is offered at the Bisson Campus in the National Capital Region, as well as at the offices of employers and organizations across Canada.

What is the course duration?

This course is offered as a blended approach with an online course (30-45 minutes) followed by an in-depth 1-day session. The Institute will work in collaboration with you to prioritize your desired learning outcomes and design a program that best meets your organizational needs.

Why do I need this course?

Organizations add value as they become more inclusive and diverse. This course will help you understand the concept of inclusive diversity and how you can apply inclusion principles to your workplace or community.

How are the courses presented?

The online introduction offers an engaging, self-directed module. The 1-day in-classroom interactive session complements the online course and uses discussion and experiential learning to apply the concepts to real-world scenarios.

What will I learn?

The complete course will help you:

  • describe the meaning of inclusive diversity
  • understand the added value of diversity and its relevance to your organization
  • recognize how biases and assumptions affect individual perceptions and group interactions
  • identify ways to leverage diversity for enhanced performance and commitment
  • learn approaches to addressing tensions resulting from personal biases
  • identify strategies to build and promote an environment of inclusion and respect
  • develop an action plan to foster an inclusive culture within your organization Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 0
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Government Priorities
Contact: cultures@international.gc.ca

International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization OperationsIntroduction to Results-Based Management in Global Affairs Canada's International Assistance Programming

Introduction to Results-Based Management in Global Affairs Canada's International Assistance Programming

This course will introduce the participants to the basic principles of Result-Based Management (RBM), the terminology, tools and methodology used when applying RBM in the department's international development programming.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the principles and history of RBM as a management methodology
  • Recognize results, and draft and assess results statements
  • Explain the purpose and uses of the results chain
  • Explain some of the differences between the department's logic model and the RBM tools
  • Recognize where their work fits into the department's performance management processes

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 00018048
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 3 days
Categories: International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization Operations
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Geographic Regions and CountriesLatin America: Building the Americas' Future

Latin America: Building the Americas' Future

South America is an important region for trade and investment, particularly in the extractive sector. This course enables participants to improve their understanding of Canada's role in the region. This course provides an overview of the new realities and chief issues and will include perspectives of outside experts and department representatives.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe political, trade and development trends
  • Explain how Canada and the region interact
  • Identify key topics of relevance to Canada in the region

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00017426
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Geographic Regions and Countries
Contact: Cultures@international.gc.ca

International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization OperationsManaging for Gender Equality Results

Managing for Gender Equality Results

This interactive intermediate level course aims to apply gender equality tools within a Results-based Management framework to manage for gender equality results in development projects. The course will build staff skills and confidence to implement the department's Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply skills and knowledge in managing for gender equality results in development projects
  • Understand and make the case for gender equality results in development projects

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 00014289
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization Operations
Contact: Cultures@international.gc.ca

Foreign Policy and DiplomacyMediation: Formal and Informal Diplomacy in Political or Armed Conflict Situations

Mediation: Formal and Informal Diplomacy in Political or Armed Conflict Situations

During overseas assignments employees may encounter and play a role in supporting various types of mediation processes. This course aims to provide participants with practical knowledge of both official and unofficial mediation.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key themes and challenges facing mediators in conflict situations
  • Identify what to look for in situations where Canada is considering supporting an unofficial mediation effort and prepare advice to senior Canadian officials on these issues
  • Describe the issues that arise when Canada is acting as part of a multilateral mediation team or supporting an international mediator

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00018667
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Foreign Policy and DiplomacyMultilateral Negotiations

Multilateral Negotiations

This course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to promote Canadian interests during multilateral negotiations. The course addresses additional negotiation themes: complexity in multilateral negotiations, multilateral bargaining and coalition building. A substantial amount of classroom time will be devoted to two negotiation simulations.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Adapt methods of systematic analysis to develop and advance Canadian positions in multilateral negotiations
  • Develop strategic and tactical plans for negotiating in multilateral settings
  • Choose appropriate roles in multilateral negotiations
  • Form and manage coalitions

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00012346
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization OperationsPolicy Dialogue to Advance Canada's Feminist Foreign Policy

Policy Dialogue to Advance Canada's Feminist Foreign Policy

The course will allow participants to discuss with stakeholders to find common ground between Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy and other countries’ contexts. It will increase participants’ capacity to design and implement policy dialogues informed by Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) to create projects/programs/policies that enable all members of society to equally exercise their rights, access opportunities, participate in decision-making, and live in safety and security.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Value the role of policy dialogues to advance Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy
  • Apply GBA+ to policy dialogue initiatives
  • Demonstrate a results-based approach to policy dialogue

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 00027444
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 3 days
Categories: International Assistance, Peace and Stabilization Operations
Contact: Cultures@international.gc.ca

Intercultural EffectivenessPre-Departure Course in Intercultural Effectiveness

Pre-Departure Course in Intercultural Effectiveness

Be prepared Our pre-departure training course will help you prepare for the complexities and challenges of short and long-term international assignments. The course will help you gain the skills you need to become interculturally effective – able to establish and maintain successful working relationships in an international context.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for individuals who will be working internationally, regardless of previous international experience.

Past participants include individuals from the following sectors:

  • military & policing
  • private sector
  • development assistance
  • higher education sector
  • diplomacy
  • NGO and not-for-profit sector

Where is the course offered?

This training is offered at the Bisson Campus in the National Capital Region, as well as across Canada and internationally. Distance-learning is also available.

What is the course duration?

The complete course is offered over three days. We also offer 1- and 2-day versions of this course to meet the needs of some clients.

Why do I need this course?

International work is becoming more and more complex; it requires the ability to collaborate effectively with others to solve problems and ensure the achievement of shared goals. We will help you build on your individual and organizational experience to examine the impact of culture on your behaviour and the behaviour of your colleagues. You will also benefit from the expertise of a cultural interpreter, a resource person from your destination country who participates in your training and provides essential information about the country and its culture. We strongly recommend that you follow up with our Reintegration: Transitioning Back to Canada course on your return to Canada.

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 0
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 3 days
Categories: Intercultural Effectiveness
Contact: cultures@international.gc.ca

Foreign Policy and DiplomacyProtection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

This course examines the legal, policy and operational aspects of the protection of civilians in armed conflict and other situations of violence. Founded on international humanitarian law, human rights law and refugee law, the course will provide diverse perspectives from humanitarian organizations as well as subject matter experts from the department with extensive policy and field experience.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe Canadian policy as well as the international legal framework governing protection of civilians
  • Identify Canadian priorities and objectives on humanitarian issues
  • Compare practical tools available to respond to emergencies involving protection of civilians
  • Engage more effectively with humanitarian organizations on matters related to protection of civilians

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 00016439
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Government PrioritiesRecognition and Reconciliation

Recognition and Reconciliation

This course will present a contextual history of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, identifying the effects of past government policies and practices on Indigenous health, society, and culture. It will present an overview of agreements and case law directing policy and practice, defining duties regarding meaningful consultations and engagement.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the history and cultures of Indigenous peoples
  • Identify the effects of past policies and practices on Indigenous health, society, and culture
  • Outline agreements and decisions that direct policy and practice
  • Understand their responsibilities regarding consent
  • Describe Global Affairs Canada’s current engagement with Indigenous people

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00028117
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Government Priorities
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Intercultural EffectivenessReintegration from Fragile and Conflict-Affected Area Assignments

Reintegration from Fragile and Conflict-Affected Area Assignments

Preparing a smooth return to Canada Your international experience has changed you. Your return to Canada can be as challenging as the start of your mission. Re-entry from a mission in a fragile or conflict-affected area poses additional challenges. This reintegration workshop will allow you to reflect on your experience, understand its meaning, and develop coping strategies to make a smooth transition back into your work and life at home.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for anyone who has undertaken an assignment in any fragile or conflict-affected area. It is suitable for military and security personnel as well as individuals and organizations who are involved in peacekeeping, training, and humanitarian assistance, among others.

Where is the course offered?

 This course is offered at the Bisson Campus in the National Capital Region and across Canada upon request.

What is the course duration?

This course can be offered as a half-day, one-day or two-day session, depending on the needs of participants.

Why do I need this course?

As a returning professional, it is important that you have an opportunity to assess the value of your assignment in personal and professional terms. You also need to take the time to assess your level of re-entry stress and to develop strategies for managing a smooth reintegration into your home country. For organizations, this workshop provides an opportunity to learn lessons from returning personnel that will help increase the effectiveness of future programs or missions.

How is the course presented?

This interactive course is tailored to the needs of the participants. Experiential learning activities encourage you to draw on your own experience, frame it in a new way, add layers of knowledge, and apply that learning in your organization and personal life.

What will I learn?

Depending on the length of the course you will:

  • articulate your experience and identify newly acquired intercultural competencies
  • analyse reintegration challenges and develop adaptation strategies
  • develop a personal action plan
  • practice strategies to respond to specific intercultural challenges
  • assess effectiveness and make recommendations for future missions

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 0
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: Various
Categories: Intercultural Effectiveness
Contact: Cultures@international.gc.ca

International Security PolicyResponding to Natural Disasters Abroad

Responding to Natural Disasters Abroad

This course is of particular interest to employees who will be posted to countries that experience natural disasters and to Headquarters employees with responsibility for response to natural disasters abroad. Using case studies and lectures, the course covers the nature of disasters, needs of those affected, the roles of the various international and Canadian government agencies, and response systems and procedures.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize, analyze and report on humanitarian crises caused by natural disasters
  • Provide recommendations to Headquarters on how the Government of Canada should best respond to a given natural disaster
  • Explain how to respond in a timely and effective manner to natural disasters abroad

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00012826
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: International Security Policy
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Trade Policy and PromotionResponsible Business Conduct (RBC) and Anti-Corruption: How to Mitigate the Risks for Canadian Businesses Abroad

Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and Anti-Corruption: How to Mitigate the Risks for Canadian Businesses Abroad

This course informs participants on developments and concrete examples of responsible business conduct and issues related to Canada's anti-corruption legislation. Participants learn/share experiences using the RBC concept to help Canadian companies make decisions, navigate complex situations, and enjoy success abroad.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the international framework for responsible business conduct
  • Identify the key elements of Canada’s RBC approach
  • Integrate seamlessly RBC in client service delivery e of responsible business conduct and corruption prevention

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00028485
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Trade Policy and Promotion
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Intercultural EffectivenessResults-Based Management for the Intercultural and Multi-Stakeholder Context

Results-Based Management for the Intercultural and Multi-Stakeholder Context

Focus on results, not activities Results-Based Management (RBM) is a way of working that improves project design and management. RBM ultimately helps you achieve desired outcomes. This course will help you work more effectively with your partners and increase the participation of your stakeholders. Your new skills will be applicable to a variety of international development settings and change-management practices.

Who is this course for?

This course is offered to employees of federal government departments and partner organizations for Canada’s International Assistance Programme.

Where is the course offered?

This course is offered at the Bisson Campus in the National Capital Region, across Canada, and at locations abroad where International Assistance initiatives are implemented. What is the course duration? This course is offered as a half-day to 2-day session, depending of the requirements of participants.

Why do I need this course?

The Government of Canada uses RBM to effectively and efficiently manage Canada's international assistance programs from the planning and implementation stage to evaluation and reporting. The course will help you focus on project outcomes and integrate lessons learned into the development of future programs.

How is the course presented?

This practical course leverages your prior knowledge and expertise and emphasizes those areas that are most relevant to your current projects and programs.

What will I learn?

The course will help you:

  • understand the principles, concepts and tools of RBM and relate them to your project or program
  • improve your planning, management and reporting skills
  • strengthen your performance to achieve results

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • define the results you expect to achieve
  • focus your program on the needs of intended beneficiaries
  • monitor your progress
  • manage program risks
  • integrate lessons learned into your decision-making
  • report on your results

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 0
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: Various
Categories: Intercultural Effectiveness
Contact: cultures@international.gc.ca

Geographic Regions and CountriesRussia: Domestic Politics and International Relations

Russia: Domestic Politics and International Relations

Russia plays an ever-growing role in international affairs, and its foreign policy has a significant impact on the international rules-based order. This course will situate Russian domestic politics and foreign policy within a broader historical and cultural context, as well as explore Canada’s priorities in the region.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key elements of Russian domestic and foreign policy
  • Outline the opportunities and challenges surrounding Canada-Russia relations
  • Recognize how Russia's actions reflect their known domestic priorities and foreign policies

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00028504
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Geographic Regions and Countries
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Geographic Regions and Countries, Featured coursesScience and Knowledge Diplomacy: Advancing Canada's Priorities

Science and Knowledge Diplomacy: Advancing Canada's Priorities

Scientific diplomacy is an tool for advancing national interests, reducing conflict, and promoting research to meet global challenges. This course will enhance understanding of science diplomacy and how it can be leveraged to advance Canada’s national and international priorities. The Arctic serves as a case study and topics include the Arctic and Northern Policy Framework, the Arctic Council, Indigenous Knowledge, strengthening international relationships, and evidence-based decision and policy making.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the three dimensions of science diplomacy
  • Identify reasons why science diplomacy is important in international affairs today
  • Recognize the importance of science diplomacy in the Arctic context

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00028178
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 half-days
Categories: Geographic Regions and Countries
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Management and LeadershipSupervision at Mission

Supervision at Mission

The purpose of this course is to prepare officers leaving on posting that are to take on the responsibility of supervising abroad for the first time. It will provide participants with necessary skills and knowledge, including communication, feedback, motivation, performance management, human resources responsibilities, etc. Another part of the course will focus on Intercultural Effectiveness in relation to supervision at a mission.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what their role will entail
  • Select a Leadership style appropriate to the situation and the person
  • Better understand the process of interpersonal communication and potential barriers to communication
  • Build upon one's Intercultural Effectiveness by practising bridging cultural dilemmas

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00013787
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 5 days
Categories: Management and Leadership
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Intercultural EffectivenessSupport for Fragile and Conflict-Affected Area Assignments

Support for Fragile and Conflict-Affected Area Assignments

Working effectively in challenging environments Working in fragile and conflict-affected area poses special challenges. Pre-departure training in intercultural effectiveness can minimize the risk of failure and enhance personal and program outcomes in these environments.

Who is this course for?

The course is custom-designed for anyone who will be undertaking a mission in a fragile or conflict-affected area. It is suitable for military and security personnel as well as individuals and organizations who are involved in peacekeeping, training, and humanitarian assistance, among others.

Where is the course offered?

This course is offered at the Bisson Campus in the National Capital Region, and across Canada upon request. What is the course duration? This course can be offered as a half-day, one-day or multi-day session, depending on the needs of participants.

Why do I need this course?

This course focuses on how you can work most effectively within the cultural context of the destination region. Through analysis of the cultural characteristics of its society, the course aims to assist you with understanding and adaptation.

How is the course presented?

This interactive course is tailored to the needs of the participants. In addition to exploring broader topics relating to intercultural effectiveness, the course offers country- or region-specific support from facilitators with expertise in these areas. What will I learn? Depending on the length of the course you will:

  • understand the concept of culture and how it influences your own values, beliefs and actions
  • develop intercultural communication skills
  • acquire culture-specific knowledge related to your mission
  • practice strategies to respond to specific intercultural challenges

Working effectively in challenging environments

Working in fragile and conflict-affected area poses special challenges. Pre-departure training in intercultural effectiveness can minimize the risk of failure and enhance personal and program outcomes in these environments.

Who is this course for?

The course is custom-designed for anyone who will be undertaking a mission in a fragile or conflict-affected area. It is suitable for military and security personnel as well as individuals and organizations who are involved in peacekeeping, training, and humanitarian assistance, among others.

Where is the course offered?

This course is offered at the Bisson Campus in the National Capital Region, and across Canada upon request.

What is the course duration?

This course can be offered as a half-day, one-day or multi-day session, depending on the needs of participants.

Why do I need this course?

This course focuses on how you can work most effectively within the cultural context of the destination region. Through analysis of the cultural characteristics of its society, the course aims to assist you with understanding and adaptation.

How is the course presented?

This interactive course is tailored to the needs of the participants. In addition to exploring broader topics relating to intercultural effectiveness, the course offers country- or region-specific support from facilitators with expertise in these areas.

What will I learn?

Depending on the length of the course you will:

  • understand the concept of culture and how it influences your own values, beliefs and actions
  • develop intercultural communication skills
  • acquire culture-specific knowledge related to your mission
  • practice strategies to respond to specific intercultural challenges Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 0
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: Various
Categories: Intercultural Effectiveness
Contact: cultures@international.gc.ca

Trade Policy and PromotionTrade and Trade Policy in the Contemporary World Economy

Trade and Trade Policy in the Contemporary World Economy

This course discusses how changes in global commerce, technology and geopolitical power are affecting Canada, and what this means for our long-term policy priorities. It analyzes the role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), global value chains, services and foreign direct investment (FDI) in our relations with the rest of the world. It also discusses the implications for trade and investment agreements.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamentals of the global trading system
  • Explain what part trade plays in the national economy
  • Describe the factors influencing firms’ entry or withdrawal from international markets
  • Assess the impact of various trade policy tools on the Canadian economy companies, and individuals

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00016688
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Trade Policy and Promotion
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Intercultural EffectivenessTransitioning Home: Reflection on Lessons Learned

Transitioning Home: Reflection on Lessons Learned

Preparing for your return to Canada

For many professionals and volunteers, the return home can be as challenging as the start of an international assignment.

This course will help you prepare for your reintegration into Canada and assess the impact of your international experience from a personal and professional perspective. 

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for professionals or volunteers who are returning from short or long-term international assignments or for anyone returning to Canada from time abroad.

Where is the course offered?

This course is offered at the Bisson Campus in the National Capital Region and in major cities across Canada, depending on the geographic distribution of registered participants.

What is the course duration?

This course can be offered as a half-day, one-day or multi-day session, depending on the needs of participants. 

Why do I need this course?

Taking time to consolidate the skills, knowledge and attitudes you developed during your time overseas will allow you apply them in a meaningful way to your future work. Reflecting on your experience will help you and your family successfully re-adjust to your return home.

A debriefing process is also valuable to your sponsoring organization or employer, who will benefit from lessons learned during your assignment.

How is the course presented?

The course is active and participatory—we use activities to help you build on and apply your own knowledge and experience.

What will I learn?

You will:

  • reflect on your international experience
  • identify the knowledge, skills and attitudes you have developed on your assignment and learn how you can best apply them
  • develop strategies to support the process of returning home
  • explore options and tools to address your personal and professional goals
  • bring closure to your international experience

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 0
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: Various
Categories: Intercultural Effectiveness
Contact: cultures@international.gc.ca

Government PrioritiesUnderstanding Diversity and Inclusion

Understanding Diversity and Inclusion

This course will introduce core learning content and help learners develop a knowledge base. The goal is to strengthen competencies to leverage and lead a diverse workforce effectively, and to successfully promote inclusion and respect for diversity internationally. The initiative is a key component of the Government of Canada’s commitment to inclusion and respectfor diversity, and to building a diverse public service ensuring that its institutions, policies and programs are inclusive. Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Cancellation Policy for Intercultural Effectiveness courses

You will be notified of the cancellation policy through service agreements and/or memos of understanding.

Course code: 0
Cost: Various
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Government Priorities
Contact: cultures@international.gc.ca

Trade Policy and PromotionUnderstanding International Trade Financing Options for Canadian Businesses

Understanding International Trade Financing Options for Canadian Businesses

This course covers trade financing concepts critical to Canadian companies seeking to expand their business abroad. Among the topics covered are the export transaction process, international business risks, commercial contracts and sources of financing, as well as programs and solutions offered by Canadian Crown Corporations and commercial banks.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the common financial needs of Canadian exporters and investors
  • Identify different trade finance and insurance instruments available to exporters in both the public and private sectors
  • Develop the tools necessary to be able to triage the needs of exporters in a particular situation and help them identify an appropriate financing and/or risk mitigation solution

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00012924
Cost: $800
Type: Classroom
Length: 2 days
Categories: Trade Policy and Promotion
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Geographic Regions and CountriesUnderstanding the Dynamics of the Middle East

Understanding the Dynamics of the Middle East

This course will provide participants with a general overview of the new realities and chief issues of the region, leading to a better understanding and critical analysis of the Middle East. Participants will be provided with a Canadian perspective on this rapidly evolving region by department representatives.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe key elements and events surrounding the Middle East region and present the domestic and international contexts in which Canadian policy is developed and implemented
  • Grasp the interplay of the various factors that influence internal dynamics of the region
  • Describe the Canadian perspective concerning issues in the Middle East region and identify Canada's influence and interests in the region

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00012925
Cost: $1,050
Type: Classroom
Length: 3 days
Categories: Geographic Regions and Countries
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

Trade Policy and PromotionWorking with the Canadian Commercial Corporation: What You Need to Know

Working with the Canadian Commercial Corporation: What You Need to Know

This course will familiarize Trade Commissioners with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and provide tools for greater collaboration between CCC and the department, to support Canadian exporters. In addition to in-class learning opportunities, participants will meet with CCC representatives during an on-site networking lunch.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize when engagement with CCC can support Trade Commissioner Service objectives
  • Have an enhanced level of understanding of Canadian Commercial Corporation's (CCC) government-to-government contracting and procurement services
  • Have a better understanding of how CCC's services facilitate international business development for Canadian companies

Cancellation Policy for International Affairs courses

Course code: 00017086
Cost: $400
Type: Classroom
Length: 1 day
Categories: Trade Policy and Promotion
Contact: PartnerDepartments.CFSD@international.gc.ca

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