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The Professional Development Institute of the University of Ottawa offers a wide range of educational opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally.
uOttawa PDI Spotlight

The University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI) has convened extensive learning opportunities for decades. Known for expertly bringing together industry, government, and academia, PDI provides exceptional learning opportunities for both the public and private sectors.

Alongside PDI’s vast portfolio of management and leadership courses, PDI‘s engaged practitioners share knowledge across a wide range of fields including communications, writing, cloud computing, team building, analytical thinking, project management, cyber security and so much more.

Paul Grenon, Manager of Marketing and External Relations for PDI, shared that the Institute has been providing governance and business solutions to Canadian leaders for 30 years. “We convene thought leaders and provide practical business solutions. Our extraordinary team of instructors and experts share best practices that are applicable and effective across all sectors. Since 2019, we’ve extended PDI’s courses and programs nationally and internationally through interactive online delivery,” he explains.

Paul continues, “The Professional Development Institute (PDI) is the proven leader in growing professional expertise and building workplace knowledge. Every year, thousands of public sector professionals and private sector leaders benefit from a variety of continuous professional development activities.”   

Exceptional Distance Learning Experiences

The need for virtual learning increased dramatically during the global pandemic and PDI smoothly and successfully transitioned to offer all courses and events in a distance learning format. PDI ensured that this pivot was accomplished without compromising the vital networking opportunities, peer exchange, and interaction with live experts and instructors that participants experience and have highly valued through in-person courses.

“We are now able to attract participants from coast to coast to coast across Canada and internationally, which adds to the value proposition, given the background of our experts and attendees,” says Paul.

Courses Cover a Wide Range of Professional Development Topics

PDI offers a vast number of courses and events on a wide range of topics which are all available online. Courses like strategic communications, cyber security, cloud computing, management, leadership, business process improvement, and project management are taught by industry experts with experience in the public and/or private sectors.

Relevant Events, Conferences, and Networking Opportunities

As well as offering exceptional courses on a number of topics, PDI also hosts networking events featuring industry experts on topics including government, security and policy, and leadership.

“PDI’s featured expert events provide the opportunity to build and strengthen key relationships and stay current as knowledge evolves and new trends emerge,” says Paul. “As a notable convener of the best experts from government, industry and academia, the Institute is pleased to host a variety of quality events.”

Whether it is offering specialized courses and programs to hosting notable conferences and even group training opportunities, PDI continues to adapt and pivot in order to meet the ever-changing needs of professionals. For more information about the wide range of educational opportunities that PDI has to offer, visit them online or call (613) 562-5802.

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