Joint programme developed between Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and McGill University to strengthen skillset of Parliamentarians wins Best Custom Program Award 2018 

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Fundamentals Programme in partnership with McGill University, Canada has been awarded the Best Custom Program Award at the 2018 Conference on Management and Executive Development (CMED). The award recognises unique and innovative high-impact programmes for their exceptional design and customisation. The programme content was adapted to the needs of participants by McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies, which helped to develop the programme for Commonwealth Parliamentarians from the CPA Small Branches, a network of CPA Branches of less than 500,000 people. The award was announced at the annual Conference on Management and Executive Development (CMED) in Florida, United States.

The CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan said: “The recognition of the CPA Fundamentals Programme on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure with our programme partner, McGill University in Canada through this award shows the advances that this programme has made in meeting the CPA’s aims of advancing parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance. This programme specifically supports our CPA Small Branches and the CPA is in a unique position in the Commonwealth in supporting Members from national, sub-national, territorial and provincial Legislatures in this way.”

Dr Carola Weil, Dean, School of Continuing Studies, McGill University said: “The team at McGill’s School of Continuing Studies is honoured and proud to support Commonwealth Parliamentarians and the CPA’s mission of advancing parliamentary democracy. Thanks to the carefully calibrated CPA Fundamentals Programme leading to the McGill Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Governance, under the guidance of Professor Frederick Stapenhurst and Inna Popova, Director of Career and Professional Development Non-Credit Programs, we are able not only to offer an exciting model for professional education, but also celebrate the value and impact of the CPA/McGill collaboration to foster good governance and positive change with the CMED Best Custom Program award.” 

The CPA Fundamentals Programme on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure was first launched in 2016 and is the first course of its kind. The programme aims to assist Commonwealth Parliaments in building the capacity of their newly-elected and returning Parliamentarians, by equipping them with: greater depth of knowledge of parliamentary practice and procedure; increased in-depth and practical knowledge based on accepted theories and international good practices; an accredited qualification from an internationally recognised university that will benefit participants for life during and after Parliament.  

The programme is interactive and comprehensive, comprising online modules as well as face-to-face contact sessions on-site with partner universities. This programme aims to develop well-informed, skilled parliamentary leaders, who will go on to contribute to creating strong democratic legislatures that adhere to the principles of good governance. 

The CPA programme is provided in partnership with two prestigious Commonwealth universities – the specialised CPA Fundamentals course for CPA Small Branches in partnership with McGill University in Canada, in the form of the Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Governance, and the CPA Fundamentals course (General) with the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. 

For further information about the CPA Parliamentary Fundamentals Programme for Commonwealth Parliamentarians please click here. Applications open for 2019.


Updated 23 November 2018.

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