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Through our practical, up-to-date programs, Capilano University is helping local government employees throughout BC achieve their career goals, and local government employers meet their succession, retention and recruitment needs.

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Why study public administration at CapU?

Public administration (PADM) courses at CapU are designed for people who work for municipalities, regional districts, First Nations governments, improvement districts and supporting agencies in B.C.

Our graduates are independent learners, thinkers and doers who contribute to their communities.

PADM courses combine relevant and practical program content with expert faculty and interactive, in-person learning to take your career to the next level.

Visit the CapU School of Public Administration on LinkedIn for more information about PADM programs and upcoming courses.

What will I learn?

You'll examine current industry practices while developing your critical thinking, writing and presentation skills through seminars, course readings, assignments, in-class activities and discussions.

Our vision

To be the first choice in professional development for B.C. local government employers and employees, offering excellence in educational experience and helping professionals achieve their career goals.

Our faculty

Our faculty are experienced instructors and professionals who have held senior positions in local government, lending their time and expertise to our courses and helping to develop a new generation of local government leaders.

Our partners

PADM programs and courses are developed in consultation with senior local government professionals and partner organizations, including the Local Government Management Association of BC (LGMA) and the provincial Board of Examiners.

Other key partners include the Municipal Finance Authority of BC, the Planning Institute of BC and Civicinfo BC, which provide invaluable support for program development and promotion. 

Allison Habkirk BA (Hons), MA, MPA, MCIP
Instructor, School Public Administration
School of Public Administration

604 990 7907 ext. 7907
Cedar Building, room CE323
ahabkirk@capilanou.ca
Farnoosh Sam
Administrative Lead, MoveUP Job Steward
MoveUP Union Office
Faculty of Global and Community Studies
School of Kinesiology
School of Outdoor Recreation Management
School of Public Administration

604 986 1911 ext. 3082
Fir Building, room FR539
farnooshsam@capilanou.ca
Jamie McEwan
Chair, School Public Administration
School of Public Administration

604 990 7907 ext. 7907
jamiemcewan2@capilanou.ca
Jerry Berry B.Sc., MPA
Instructor, School Public Administration
School of Public Administration

604 990 7907 ext. 7907
geraldberry@capilanou.ca
John Leeburn
Instructor, School Public Administration
School of Public Administration

604 990 7907 ext. 7907
johnleeburn@capilanou.ca
Linda Adams B.Sc.
Instructor, School Public Administration
School of Public Administration

604 990 7907 ext. 7907
lindaadams@capilanou.ca
Lisa Zwarn
Instructor, School Public Administration
School of Public Administration

604 990 7907 ext. 7907
lzwarn@capilanou.ca
Natasha Mrkic-Subotic MBA, EdD
Acting Dean, Global & Community Studies
School of Outdoor Recreation Management
Dean's Office - Faculty of Global and Community Studies
School of Public Administration
School of Kinesiology

604 990 7819 ext. 7819
Fir Building, room FR541
nmrkic@capilanou.ca
Stephen Fleming
Instructor, School Public Administration
School of Public Administration

604 990 7907 ext. 7907
sfleming@capilanou.ca
Talia Laberge
Divisional Assistant
School of Public Administration

604 990 7976 ext. 7976
Cedar Building, room CE324
talialaberge@capilanou.ca
Todd Pugh
Instructor, School Public Administration
School of Public Administration

604 990 7907 ext. 7907
toddpugh@capilanou.ca

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About this program

School of Public Administration
604 990 7976
Cedar Building, room 324
localgovernment@capilanou.ca

General inquiries

Student Information Services
Library Building, room LB152

604-984-4900
604-984-1798 (fax)
registration@capilanou.ca