Welcome to the Jarislowsky Chair in Public Sector management


About the Chair


In November 2005, Stephen Jarislowsky of Montreal made a generous donation to the University of Ottawa that enabled the University to create the Jarislowsky Chair in Public Sector Management.  Centering the Chair in the nation's capital is the perfect place to establish a chair dedicated to studying and commenting on public sector management.

With the enthusiastic support of the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Chair will not be restricted to any one facet of public management but will encourage interdisciplinary work in a number of faculties at the University of Ottawa and elsewhere.  As a result, a special effort will be made to encourage work in all aspects of public management including governance, human resources, policy-making, service standards and the implementation of best practices.

While research will form the basis of the work of the Chair holder, efforts will also be made to expand the range of executive courses and to encourage more sharing of best practices in Canada.

About the Donor: Stephen Jarislowsky

Most people will know Stephen Jarislowsky as one of Canada’s most successful mutual fund managers and as the former chairman and CEO of the investment firm Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited.  As the co- founder of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, he has been a champion for good governance and management in Canada.  Not surprisingly, public service management is understandably an important topic to him since the public sector occupies such a large role in Canadian society. 

A graduate of Harvard, Cornell, and the University of Chicago, Dr. Jarislowsky’s accolades include the Order of Canada and National Order of Quebec.  He has also received honorary law degrees from many Canadian Universities, including Queen’s, Concordia, and McMaster.  Dr. Jarislowsky’s book The Investment Zoo, Taming the Bulls and the Bears climbed the Canadian bestseller list after its release in 2005, making him an accomplished writer as well.

The University of Ottawa is not the only recipient of Dr. Jarislowsky’s generosity.  Numerous other Canadian universities are also home to a research chair that bears the Jarislowsky name.  For example, he has also contributed to the establishment of the Jarislowsky / SNC-Lavalin Research Chair in the Management of International Projects at Polytechnique Montréal and the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in International Business at Laval University. In 2016, the Jarislowsky Chair in Water and Global Health was endowed at Carleton University.

About the Recipient: Michael Wernick

Michael Wernick’s distinguished 38 year career as one of the key leaders of Canada’s world class federal public service culminated in serving from 2016 to 2019 as the 23rd Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to Cabinet.

With 28 years as an executive in the federal public service, including 17 years in the community of Deputy Ministers, and three as Clerk, Michael is one of Canada’s most experienced and influential public sector leaders. He appeared frequently at Parliamentary Committees, participated in dozens of intergovernmental and international meetings, and spoke at many conferences. Michael worked closely with three Prime Ministers and seven Ministers and attended close to 300 meetings of Cabinet and its committees. He was the key public servant at Privy Council Office in three transitions of Prime Minister.

In October 2021 UBC Press released Wernick’s book “Governing Canada: A Guide to the Tradecraft of Politics” and Michael undertook an extensive series of media interviews, podcasts and webinars.

Since leaving the federal public service, Wernick has provided advisory services and mentorship to emerging leaders and a new generation of students. He is a Senior Strategic Advisor to MNP Inc. From 2019 to 2022, he was a Fellow and Adjunct Professor of the Carleton University School of Public Policy and Administration. In July 2022 he will take up a new role as the Jarislowsky Chair in Public Management at the University of Ottawa.



Michael Wernick

Affiliated Professors

Patrick Fafard

Luc Juillet

Research Associates

Graham Fraser

Jim Mitchell

Postgraduate Fellows

Carl Deschamps

Mahdi Khelfaoui

Graduate Students

Shirley Anne Scharf
Étudiante au doctorat, Administration publique

Juan David Roldan
Étudiant à la maîtrise, Affaires publiques et internationales

Research Administrative Assistant


Data Request

On this section, we provide you with databases that we have built for research or study purposes. Our aim is to encourage thinking on good practices and innovations in public administration. We hope that you will find here the resources you need to progress in your work.

Database of Applications to the IPAC ‘Award for Innovative Management’

Established in 1990, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) Award for Innovative Management recognizes public sector organizations that have distinguished themselves with innovations that address societal problems. Aiming to recognize and encourage innovation in all public organizations, the IPAC award also helps disseminate innovations to a wide range of public administration personnel. Nominations for the award are submitted voluntarily by various government agencies and are evaluated by a jury of practitioners and academics. This award is accessible to all public administrations in Canada, whether municipal, provincial or federal, whether it be departments, autonomous organizations or crown corporations. Nearly a hundred applications are submitted each year for a total surpassing 2,000 applications between 1990 and 2018. Among these applications, between five and ten are selected as finalists, and three (sometimes four) are awarded as winners.

Database name

Database of Applications to the IPAC ‘Award for Innovative Management’

Potential users

Students and researchers interested in innovation in the public sector

What is included?

The IPAC Application Database contains examples of public sector innovations spanning more than two decades. These innovations are coded according to several schemes allowing for in-depth analysis.

Also included is a guide that provides information on data usage and coding, as well as information on maintaining the database and adding new applications. Please note that we assume some familiarity with the use of a relational database built with MS Access.

What are its uses?

The database was created to easily locate cases and to encourage statistical analyzes.

Useful information

The database is available in two versions: a full version and a light version. The only difference between the two versions is the presence of the original application documents in the complete database. However, the full version is much larger (223 MB versus 8 MB for the light version).

Even in the full version, you will find several applications where the original application files are accompanied by an empty text file named: "_Autres fichiers disponibles - Other files available.txt ". This file is included to indicate the presence of additional files that have not been included in the database, either for lack of space or because their relevance was questionable. You can obtain access to these files by corresponding directly with the Jarislowsky Chair on Management in the Public Sector.

For more information visit the IPAC Award for Innovative Management web page.

Please contact the Jarislowsky Chair’s Coordinator at jvautour@uottawa.ca for access to the Database of Applications to the IPAC ‘Award for Innovative Management’. We would be happy to discuss with those who will use this bank to interpret the results obtained for its use.

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