NPSIA-PT&D’s Professional Certificate in Intergovernmental Negotiating program is built upon the SageBargaining method created by our instructors Dr. Brian Tomlin and Dr. Michael Dolan. The workshop itself is designed to equip participants with fundamental negotiating skills through a combination of lectures from experienced practitioners and exercises and negotiation simulations that use the SageBargaining approach (learn more by scrolling below).

Tuesday February 18 to Friday February 21, 2020

Registration: registration is now open.  Before proceeding please review our cancellation and withdrawal policies here.

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Location: Room 3112 River Building Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.
Time: 9 AM to 4:30 PM daily
Parking:  available on campus
Fee: *Special Fee* extended to December 6, 2019:  $ 1,500.00 + HST

Program fees then revert to:  $ 1,800 + HST.

NPSIA and NPSIA-PT&D alumni along with members of the Ottawa Diplomatic Association may register at the alumni rate of $ 1,675 + HST after December 6, 2019.

Skills learnt in this workshop are applicable to informal processes and in more formal negotiations, at both bilateral and multilateral levels. The emphasis is on developing those capabilities needed to achieve the best outcomes when undertaking complex negotiations.

This SAGE Bargaining™ workshop is comprised of two steps:

  • Step 1 – Intergovernmental Bilateral Negotiations (2 days) and
  • Step 2 – Intergovernmental Multilateral Negotiations (2 days).

Learning objectives in this course include:

  1. The choice of the optimal outcome.
  2. The design and execution of a negotiating strategy to achieve the optimal outcome.
  3. The importance of continuous preparation before and during the negotiations.
  4. The management of the process of negotiations.
  5. The deployment of negotiating techniques.
  6. The role of presentation and the importance of listening and comprehension.
  7. The ability to react quickly to changed circumstances.
  8. The capacity to explain the process and the outcome to different audiences.

To learn more about the SAGE Bargaining™ method please click here.


Open to all practitioners of Intergovernmental Affairs management who have a mandate or responsibility to undertake and / or support bargaining / negotiation activities.


BT Brian W. Tomlin is a former professor and Director of The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton, he has also served as Chair of the Centre for Trade Policy and Law at Carleton and the University of Ottawa, Editor of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, and Senior Academic Advisor at the Canadian Foreign Service Institute in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He has written extensively on international bargaining and negotiation, public policy analysis, and Canada’s international policies.
michael_Dolan Michael Dolan is a former Professor of Political Science and Political Economy at Carleton University. He completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University in social relations, and completed his masters and doctoral studies in international relations at The American University in Washington, D. C. Dr. Dolan was the founding Director of the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton. Prior to teaching full-time in the Department of Political Science, he taught in the School of International Affairs and established the core theme in International Political Economy in 1982. Within the Department, Dr. Dolan has been Acting Chair, Supervisor of Graduate Studies and Undergraduate Studies.

About the workshop…

For a detailed description of the workshop please consult the downloadable, pdf notice here.