This one week residency is to launch the third installment of the International Executive Training Program for Parliamentary Staff - Montreal, Canada. This Residency Program is offered as a component of a fee based, university certified executive training program. Participants will complete a week-long intensive residential, face-to-face training program at McGill University in Montreal. The various sessions will provide an overview on democratic principles, how parliament works and the particular skills that are required of parliamentary staff. Discussions on these topics, will permit participants to share their views, to acquire a better appreciation of each other's Parliament and to "set the stage" for the more intensive blended learning facet of the program. Distinguished keynote Speakers will be invited to give their perspective on the topics covered.