Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Innovation

Develop your capability to successfully identify opportunities and lead projects with this innovation leadership training program – from strategic planning to the development of new products and operational improvements. You’ll learn to identify and seize untapped business opportunities, create competitive advantage through innovation strategy, and apply design and systems thinking for an integrated approach to delivering growth.

Top Reasons To Choose
This Program

  • Link innovation planning to your current and future leadership business opportunities

  • Lead successful innovation initiatives in any area of your organization and target areas that require strategic innovation

  • Network with your peers across multiple industries and develop meaningful corporate connections

  • Benefit from the expertise of a faculty panel of current innovation practitioners and thought leaders

  • Register for a complimentary, two-hour follow-up coaching session in the quarter following course completion to gauge success and tweak processes

    • “This course certainly disrupted my existing notion of innovation. It isn’t spontaneous, it isn’t a eureka moment. It’s much more deliberate and requires great discipline. I’m confident this course will help bring that discipline to our organization.”

      T. CalderVP, Client Strategy, Search Engine People
    • “This course exceeded my expectations. I feel it was a great base to build upon when I return to work.”

      L. RyanDirector, Financial Policy and External Reporting, Bank of Canada

About This Program

  • Innovation is the #1 strategic driver that grows business. Gain insight and comprehensive expertise in innovation leadership, including innovation fundamentals, planning innovation, design thinking, process and the practice, and leading innovation.

    Benefit from hands-on and peer-to-peer learning during in-class exercises and case studies, and take advantage of leading-edge teaching tools, including an innovation playbook of techniques and frameworks, your personal FourSight Breakthrough Thinking Profile, and targeted and relevant take-away articles on applying innovation.

    You’ll boost your strategic leadership skill set while simultaneously finding new ways to create value for your customers and organization. Learn to identify opportunities and challenges that inform new strategies; use design thinking to foster and accelerate innovation; and lead successful innovation projects. Gain insight on how culture impacts leadership success and how to influence stakeholders to gain momentum.

    This course is one of two that lead to earning a full Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership.

    Who Should Attend

    This program benefits professionals from all levels who want to develop the capability to lead and manage innovation, including:

    • Strategic planners and corporate advisors
    • IT operations, marketing, sales, quality and manufacturing managers
    • Regional, national, and international division managers
    • Functional department heads
    • Public sector department leaders
    • Leaders on critical organizational priorities
    • Senior managers of business units
    • Directors and vice-presidents

    What You Will Learn

    • How to link innovation planning to your current and future business strategies
    • Lead successful innovation initiatives in any area of your organization
    • Target areas of your organization where you need strategic innovation
    • Learn how culture impacts leadership success
    • Apply design thinking to innovation efforts
    • Embed an innovation process in your team or organizational approach
    • Execute innovations through change management and innovation planning

Course Content Details

Additional Delivery Options

Adapt this program to your organization with these additional delivery options.


Jim Harris

Jim Harris,

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Rob Lajoie

Rob Lajoie, MBA

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Lee-Anne McAlear

Lee-Anne McAlear,

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Megan Mitchell

Megan Mitchell,

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David S. Weiss

David S. Weiss, PhD, ICD.D. CHRE, CHSPC

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Continuing Education Credits

35 HRPA-CPD Hours

This program has been approved for CDP hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA). Be sure to note the program ID number on your CPD log. For more information about certification or continuing professional development, visit the HRPA website at www.hrpa.ca/hrdesignations_/Pages/Continuing-Professional-Development.aspx