Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership

The Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership provides business and public-sector professionals with the critical innovation strategy leadership competencies to help their organizations execute creative responses to tough business challenges. Participants in this course learn how to cultivate a culture of innovation and deliver enhanced business and organizational results. They also learn to successfully embed innovation into organizational strategy and process. The program comprises two five-day modules, which can also be taken separately for standalone certificates.

Top Reasons To Choose
This Program

  • Learn innovation tools, skills and processes you can implement immediately

  • Develop the mindset and unique leadership skills to implement a sustainable culture of innovation

  • Become a subject matter resource and innovation management professional within your organization

    • “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
    • “Engaging facilitators, practical application and excellent tools that can be put to use when back in the workplace.”

      A. BargerSenior Manager Commercial CS and Inside Sales, Allegran Canada
    • “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

About This Program

  • Unique in North America, the Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership is both comprehensive and practical.

    Very few managers, directors and senior executives have the word innovation strategy in their title, yet they regularly encounter thorny challenges which could benefit from being approached in new ways, with fresh eyes. In these cases, cultivating innovative thinking takes specific know-how – tools, techniques and approaches – to systematically pull the levers which enable the creativity and insights to flow. Getting to a solution which adds value and delivers results in a new way is a matter of understanding and following an innovation process.

    Forget innovation for innovation’s sake. It’s about solutions which add value and deliver results in new ways.

    With insights gleaned from decades of global experience in the innovation strategy space across all industries and sectors, this program has been designed help working professionals build the strategic and process innovation capability required for success in today’s uncertain times.

    The Masters Certificate in Innovation is comprised of two certificate programs which can be taken in any order.

    • Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Innovation
    • Design Thinking 2.0: Certificate in Tools and Techniques with a User-Centered Approach

    See “View Modules” for details and to register for individual certificates.

    Participant Profile

    This innovation certification program will benefit anyone at all levels charged with any size innovation mandate – from developing strategies to developing offerings to leading teams and influencing a culture of innovation, including:

    • Staff who are accountable for improving their organization’s innovation culture and skills (e.g., HR, Strategy or Project Management)
    • Line leaders in all areas of organizations that can benefit from innovative thinking; in particular Product Development, Service, Marketing and Sales, Operations and IT
    • Senior managers, directors and vice-Presidents
    Lee-Anne McAlear and Megan Mitchell discuss innovation and how to lead it in your organization.

Course Content Details

Additional Delivery Options

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


Catherine Dine

Catherine Dine,

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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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Shane Saunderson

Shane Saunderson, PhD, MBA, B.Eng.

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David S. Weiss

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

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Continuing Education Credits

70 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