Rotman’s Executive Leadership program

Welcome from the program directors:

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Rotman has made it a key strategic priority to help leaders renew and make the most of their talent and experience.

In uncertain times, the need for capable leadership is stronger than ever. Rising to the challenge, Rotman has made it a key strategic priority to help leaders renew and make the most of their talent and experience.

Prior to the pandemic and now in this post-pandemic era, your role as a leader and advocate of transformational change is more visible, and more critical, than ever before.

Rotman’s newly refined Executive Leadership program has been carefully designed to connect the latest insights into personal leadership with a comprehensive grasp of the market and social forces currently transforming organizations.

Throughout the program, you will discover the value and impact of intentional leadership. Relying on instincts may have worked in the past, but the reliance on the familiar, the tried-and-true practices of former successes will not be sufficient to tackle the challenges of the future.

The essence of the most relevant core capabilities for leading well will make up the key sessions, over both of the three-day modules. They include

→ Leading with intention
→ Defining leadership capabilities
→ Where leadership meets strategy
→ Resilience
→ Inclusion
→ Executive presence
→ Reflection and renewal
→ Collaboration and power

You will learn from deeply knowledgeable faculty at one of the world’s leading business schools, as well as from experienced and accomplished senior leaders from diverse areas of business. Over the course of the program, you will have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with leaders from across the public and private sectors – while staying on the downtown campus of Canada’s top university, in the heart of  the nation’s financial and cultural capital.

The Rotman School attracts some of the best and brightest minds in business. The constant interplay of ideas and points of view sparks new ways of approaching problems and illuminates unexpected connections – and fresh perspectives on leadership. You’ll benefit from the support of your own Personal Advisory Team, and from leadership to take your learning further. You will also enjoy a full menu of speaker sessions and networking activities. The result is an immersive and highly effective learning experience.

The program challenges you to renew your capability to lead more complex workplaces in a more dynamic and uncertain environment.

Rotman’s Executive Leadership program promises a unique and relevant mix of learning and networking opportunities. We are deeply excited about the potential of this new program to redefine and transform leadership potential in extraordinary times. We believe it will be a memorable and transformational milestone in your personal leadership journey.  And we look forward to seeing you and getting to know you in the classroom and beyond.

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of companies say developing leaders is crucial

– Apollo Technical, 2021


of workers say that a change in leadership and management impacts their stress levels

– Korn Ferry


Only 11% of companies report having strong or very strong leadership

– 2021 Global Leadership Forecast


Leadership training improved learning capacity in leaders by 25% and performance by 20%

– Journal of Applied Psychology, 2017


Public sector managers who receive leadership training and executive coaching are 88% more effective

– Science Direct


Businesses with engaged employees achieve approximately 147% higher earnings per share on average

– Hanes, 2020

Program Overview

$21,500 CAD + HST

October 6-9, 2024 and November 17-20, 2024

Graduation: April 29, 2025 with a dinner the night before

Your journey includes features and sessions on topics such as:

Throughout the experience you will also meet with carefully selected guest speakers who help tie principles to practice and you’ll engage in experiential activities to deepen connections with your peers to ensure a strong network well beyond the program.

*Program content is subject to change.

  • Personal advisory boards
  • Executive presence
  • Intentional leadership & defining capabilities
  • Your reflective best self
  • Resilience
  • Leadership ethos
  • Strategy meets leadership
  • Collaboration & power
  • The inclusive leader

Experiential Learning

Executive Leadership takes advantage of the best learning Toronto has to offer, and not all of that can be found inside the classroom. We’ve organized hands-on challenges across the city to reframe pressing problems and provide unique insights into leadership and team dynamics. Past activities included:

  • Pit Crew Challenge
  • Corporate Cooking Class
  • Art Gallery of Ontario: Team Building

“The Executive Leadership Program at Rotman has provided me with the information needed to support and accelerate my career path development. The facilitation of the program was outstanding. Opportunities were provided to gain the perspective of exceptional leaders who could both inform and inspire our group. I am personally grateful for the literature, research, and reflections that were added on various topics. I have also gained collegial contacts through the advisory board that I am certain will continue to provide me with guidance past my involvement at Rotman. I look forward to my next programs as I work to complete the ‘Excellence in Executive Leadership Certificate’.”

Tracy A. Fazzari, M.Sc., S-LP
Director, Patient Care, Oncology and Palliative Care
Niagara Health, Walker Family Cancer Centre


Build a community of peers, experts and mentors in a supportive environment

Build lasting relationships with leaders from across the public and private sectors while staying on campus in the heart of Canada’s financial and cultural capital.


Re-invigorate your leadership with new ideas to handle modern challenges

Take a restorative “time out” from your daily routine to reenergize your mission as a leader. Learn strategies for reaching new heights in your own professional growth.


Leave prepared to meet tomorrow’s challenges today

Get inspired by deeply knowledgeable faculty at one of the world’s leading business schools and from experienced and accomplished senior leaders from across the public and private sectors.

Campus Experience


Your immersive experience includes 6 nights stay at a luxury hotel adjacent to U of T campus. Enjoy the best of Toronto has to offer, from the welcoming atmosphere of our historic, downtown campus to the fine dining and a night out at the theatre or a major league sports game.

Program Format


The most impactful learning requires hands-on practice. The exercises you’ll take on in class are designed to give you risk-free experience of putting learning into action. By splitting this program into two modules, we’ve ensured that you can apply what you learned in module 1 and return to campus for help fine-tune your approach and  share your learning with others.

Pricing and Dates

  • $21,500 CAD + HST
  • October 6-9, 2024 and November 17-20, 2024

Graduation: April 29, 2025 with a dinner the night before

Start your journey today.

Participant Profile

C-suites and senior leaders across Canada and globally

10+ years of experience leading people, teams, or large projects

Typical job titles include

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Vice President
  • General Manager
  • Senior Consultant
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Executive Director, and
  • Managing Partners.
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The selection committee uses a variety of criteria in its participant selection decisions:

  • on track to be a senior leader, executive, or CEO in the next 5 years
  • currently on an executive team or evidence of executive-level leadership (approximately 10-20 years of experience)
  • responsibility for financial performance
  • history of successfully managing and motivating staff
  • record of initiative and achievement (e.g. successfully led a change process that delivered tangible results)
  • experience of successfully working with a broad set of relevant parties

Rotman has a strong history of developing leaders.

We do so through short, targeted learning programs designed to meet the needs of busy professionals. Previous executive leadership programs have graduated classes from across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.


Immersive and experiential

We will guide you through carefully curated days of learning both in class and in various sites that reflect the rich cultural fabric of Canada’s largest city. You’ll explore leadership from a range of contexts and discover a model of leadership that you can tailor to your individual style.


A meaningful network for life

At Rotman we believe that a diversity of thought and perspectives is key to sparking transformational change. We carefully review each applicant to our programs to build the right mix of people who can challenge, inspire, and support one another long after they’ve left the classroom.


Deep self-insight

Bias is one of the largest obstacles any leader needs to overcome. It’s easy to fall back on what you’ve done before and seen work. As problems and circumstances change, so do the range of skills you need to bring to your role. By learning your strengths and weaknesses and how to identify internal-bias, you can overcome invisible obstacles and create lasting, meaningful change.

Contact our Learning Advisor

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“I believe life-long learning should be a commitment all leaders make to help us continue to bring value to the people we serve. I recommend Rotman leadership programs as they provide the opportunity to learn in an environment that balances the latest from expert faculty with collaborative discussion from fellow students.”

Morana Bakula
Executive Vice President, Practices & Offerings
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What you’ll learn

Intentional Leadership & Defining Capabilities

Leadership expert Rose Patten will guide you through leading with intention. By helping you develop the Big 8 Capabilities setting leaders apart, she can enable your transformation into a stand-out trailblazer prepared for a rapidly changing world.

Strategy Meets Leadership

Ken Corts presents a deep dive into the relationship between strategy and leadership. Learn how to make sense of a complex array of relevant party concerns and harness them as powerful leadership tools, including new models.


Dr. Julie McCarthy will discuss how to boost your productivity, leadership capacity, and personal well-being by developing resilience strategies that have been developed through research and proven to work. These strategies focus on replenishing energy through physical, emotional, mental, and values-based rejuvenation.

Reflected Best Self

An alternative to a traditional 360, the Reflected Best Self feedback exercise is a strengths-based view on development and will help you to identify your personal strengths and capabilities to make a greater contribution to work organizations, create personal and career development plans, and understand what kinds of work situations bring out the best in you and in others.

Building a Culture of Collaboration

Learn the four distinctive skill sets required to create a culture of collaboration and overcome communication barriers. You’ll also learn strategies for every leader to develop those skill sets and, through them, deliver unique value.

Executive Presence

Presence is the great X factor of leadership. Psychological expert Dr. Maja Djikic will help you learn frameworks and tools to build non-verbal and verbal underpinnings of trustworthiness, rapport, and conveying competence in dyadic and group situations.

The Inclusive Leader

Canada Research Chair in Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion Dr. Sonia Kang brings a user-centric lens to inclusion, teaching you how to make it a natural part of your leadership practice. You’ll gain a toolkit of evidence-based strategies to create inclusive practices and systems that make diversity practical and sustainable.

Leadership Ethos

This keystone session ties together your learnings and personal progress from previous sessions in the program. Through the lens of leadership ethos, Rose Patten will help you define how you think about leadership and set the golden rules for success.

Leadership Matters


University of Toronto, #1 University in Canada and #16 globally – shared in 2022 with Princeton University and University College London.

– 2022 Best Global Universities Rankings


University of Toronto ranking globally for employability of graduates.

– Times Higher Education Global Ranking


The number of research-based start-ups U of T has launched – more than any other Canadian university – generating $1.5 billion in investment.


Toronto was ranked the 9th best city in the world in 2023

– 2023 World’s Best Cities List


  • U of T is ranked 2nd in the world and 1st in Canada for sustainability

– QS 2022 Rankings


9 out of 10 of Canada’s largest law practices call Toronto home for a reason – the city boasts an expansive local network of consultants, professional firms, and specialty suppliers.

Past guest speakers include:

Jacquie Ryan

Jacqueline Ryan – Chief Brand and Commercial Officer, Canadian Olympic Committee
Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Olympic Foundation

Jacquie’s previous roles with Scotiabank include both Vice President, Sponsorship Marketing, and Philanthropy and Vice President, Global Social Enterprise, and Sustainable Business and with RBC, Director, Corporate Donations.

Dr. Ron Dembo – Founder and CEO of

Dr. Dembo is the Founder and CEO of, a company at the forefront of Climate Change Financial Risk. He has had a distinguished academic research career at Yale University and as a visiting professor at MIT.

Cornell Wright – President, Wittington Investments, Limited

Cornell is President of Wittington Investments, Limited (the principal holding company of the Weston group of companies which includes George Weston, Loblaw and Choice Properties). Cornell joined Wittington following a 20-year career at Torys LLP, where he was a leading corporate lawyer.  Cornell served as Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department and former co-head of the firm’s M&A Practice.

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Rotman ROI

In addition to state-of-the-art leadership frameworks, unparalleled learning environments and, access to an unbeatable network of accomplished peers from around the world, Rotman Executive Programs participants receive additional benefits and discounts, including:

  • A Certificate of Professional Achievement
  • 25% discount off of additional eligible Executive Programs
  • A one-year online subscription to the award-winning Rotman Management Magazine
  • A referral discount to provide to friends & family
  • This program also qualifies for the Rotman Excellence in Executive Leadership Certificate.

Program Directors

Rose M. Patten, O.C. 

Rose Patten is Special Advisor to the CEO and Senior Executives at BMO Financial Group. In this role she partners with and advises Group Heads on select strategies with a particular emphasis on strategy execution, leadership development and succession for top leaders.

Kenneth S. Corts 

Professor Kenneth S. Corts is Vice-Dean, Research, Strategy, and Resources and Academic Director of the Lee-Chin Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management. He also holds the Desautels Chair in Entrepreneurship and is a professor in the Economic Analysis and Policy area.


Maja Djikic, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management and the Director of Self-Development Laboratory at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She is a psychologist specializing in the field of personality development.

Julie McCarthy is a Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough, with a cross-appointment to the Organizational Behaviour area at Rotman. Julie’s research examines strategies that employees can use to build resilience, reduce stress, and achieve success in their work and home lives.

Professor Golden (PhD, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University) is the Sandra Rotman Chaired Professor in Health Sector Strategy at the Rotman School of Management, The University of Toronto, and The University Health Network.  He previously served as Vice-Dean, MBA Programs.  Professor Golden is the founding Academic Director of The Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy.

Tiziana Casciaro is a Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management and the holder of the Marcel Desautels Chair in Integrative Thinking at U of T. Her research explores how structural and psychological forces jointly shape behavior in organizations.

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Sonia Kang is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management, and Canada Research Chair in Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and holds a cross-appointment to the Organizational Behaviour and HR Management area at Rotman.

Program dates, schedule, participant profile etc can all be found on this website.

Click here for the program application. The short online application asks for personal and professional information, including a LinkedIn profile link or resume. See our “How to Apply” section for more details.

The Executive Leadership Program is not eligible for discounts. Your employer may be able to access Canada Job Grants depending on your province/eligibility.

Throughout the program, six nights stay are provided at the Yorkville Royal Sonesta Hotel, three nights per module.

There is only one price for this program, which includes accommodations and meals.  As an immersive program, staying on-site is part of the experience. We highly recommended you stay on-site with your fellow cohort. If you choose not to, there is not a reduction in the program fee. Past participants have told us staying in the same hotel as their classmates added a great deal of value to their program experience.

Successful participants of the Executive Leadership Program will receive a Certificate of Professional Achievement from the Rotman School of Management. This is a professional development program, not a degree program/MBA.

Yes! The Executive Leadership Program qualifies as a leadership suite program towards the Excellence in Executive Leadership Certificate.

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How to apply

Before beginning the application process, please review the application policies. To apply, complete the online application form. If space is available and eligibility requirements are met, participants will receive a notice of admission within 10 days of receipt of a completed application and fee deposit.

Each application is reviewed by Rotman’s admissions committee to ensure participants have the appropriate academic and work experience.

Payments can be made online. A deposit of 50% of the program fee (or $4,000) is required at time of application. If the full fee is not paid at the time of application, the balance of the program fee is due 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days before program start date, whichever is first. Fees will be refunded to those not accepted into the program.

This program is not eligible for discounts.


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    Rotman’s Executive Leadership program is unique among leadership development programs. It is for people who understand that leadership–even for the most naturally gifted agent of change–demands new ideas, skills and behaviours to thrive. It is for those whose outstanding achievements have brought them to new professional heights, and who are ready for the challenge of fostering growth amid uncertainty and change. 

    Stephanie Hodnett 
    Executive Director 
    Rotman Executive Programs 

    Continuing professional development Pre-approved HRPA

    This program has been approved for 40.5 CPD hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).