Executive Education

The Executive Program

Program Overview 

Inspiring leadership, welcoming innovation, renewing strategic perspective, encouraging team engagement, hitting revenue targets: The list of responsibilities for senior and executive leaders is never short, and the opportunity to learn something new is always present. The Executive Program is a chance to work with some of the industry’s leading facilitators and consultants to refresh your leadership approach. Through each learning experience, you will focus on meaningful personal reflection, which allows for heightened insight into your world and your organizations strategy. Each day will focus on mindful leadership and reflection on previous experiences, while enhancing your strategic abilities and consciousness as a purposeful leader.

Learning Outcomes

  • Stretch your thinking and expand theoretical knowledge to enable you to face the challenges of today.
  • Assess the direction your organization should be taking.
  • Take a strategic look at your leadership in setting the tone and direction for your organization.
  • Prepare your organization for future challenges.
  • Reflect on your purpose, values and operating principles and commit to a personal growth life plan.
  • Be pushed to critically analyze the direction your organization is going by having forced thinking time in the program.
  • Design your own strategic blueprint that addresses your organizations past, present and future states

Who Should Attend? 

  • Designed for senior leaders with 12+ years of management experience who may have past education experiences (professional development, MBA or EMBA).
  • You are new to a C-suite position or soon to move into one.
  • You have a desire to challenge your thinking and gain new insights into how to lead within your organization.

The program was developed exploring the needs of current and future executives, and organizations through consultation with executive development specialists, by discussions with faculty and subject matter experts, as well as by consulting resources like the ones listed below.

PWC - 18th Annual Global CEO Survey 
Forbes - What keeping CEO's up at night 
Conference Board - Top CEO challenges of 2015 
Canadian Council of Chief Executives Annual 2015 Report
McKinsey - Ascending to the C-Suite 
McKinsey - Letter to a Newly appointed CEO- Top 10 Questions an Incoming CEO should ask 


Kim Arsenault

Kim Arsenault is an educator and manager with more than 20 years of experience in training delivery. Kim has delivered hundreds of training sessions in a variety of topic areas including leadership, effective communication, team building, and train-the-trainer. Kim holds a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) designation from Royal Roads University in Victoria and is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She also possesses several facilitation, and international training program certifications.

Dr. Jim Beaubien

Jim Beaubien has more than 35 years experience as a consultant, facilitator and educator. He specializes in strategic planning, organizational development and leadership with an emphasis on implementation. Jim is the co-founder and CEO of HOPE Learning Systems Ltd., an Alberta based consulting firm. He is also an adjunct professor at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, where he teaches in the Master's Program in Organizational Management and Design. Jim is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. He holds the Certified Professional Speaker Designation and was nominated to the Canadian Speakers Hall of Fame in 2001.

Dr. Lisa Belanger 

Dr. Lisa Belanger is CEO of ConsciousWorks, a consulting firm that shows leaders how insights from behavioural science can strategically improve habits of both corporate leaders and their employees. Lisa has a PhD in Behavioural Medicine, is a Certified Exercise Physiologist and has successfully taught hundreds of leaders, entrepreneurs and athletes how to change their key habits with a science-based approach to achieving their definition of success.

She is founder of a national charity, Knight’s Cabin, which offers wellness programming to cancer survivors and the author of Inspire Me Well: Finding Motivation to Take Control of Your Health. Her mission is to show individuals, corporate groups and other audiences how seemingly small habit changes can have a profound impact on one’s wellbeing, productivity, and happiness.

Deepika Mittra

Deepika Mittra is a therapist, stress expert and self-care advocate. She helps individuals develop tools within themselves to be their best self, both personally and professionally. Deepika is also an in-demand speaker, whose talks inspire attendees to become active agents in their own well-being. With degrees in science, social work and dance, Deepika emphasizes the link between mind and body when treating mental health. She is a certified practitioner through the Center for Mind Body Medicine, and a trained practitioner of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR). Her work encompasses mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy and solution-focused therapy.

Darren Rawson

Darren is President of Draw Consulting Ltd., an advisory services firm focused on helping private companies enhance enterprise value through governance, strategy, operational efficiency, and growth. He is a proven executive with 17 years experience as CEO of mid-sized companies including Cougar Drilling Solutions, Hagemeyer Canada (dba CenturyVallen) and Shanahan’s. He has experience with publicly traded, family-owned and private equity backed enterprises and has participated in numerous acquisitions both as buyer and seller. He has been doing business internationally for over 22 years throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Darren is an active Corporate Director and Board Chair, sitting on numerous private and non-profit boards.

Dr. Barry Scholnick

Dr. Barry Scholnick received his PhD in Economics at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include Household Finance and International Business. His research has been published in journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Business, and the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. He was formerly on the editorial board of the Journal of Banking and Finance. He is a winner of multiple teaching awards at the MBA, EMBA and B.Com levels. He is currently the Director of the MBA Specialization in International Business at the University of Alberta, School of Business.

Dr. Kevin Tasa

Prior to joining Schulich Dr. Kevin Tasa was an Associate Professor, and Director of the MBA program, at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. He holds an MSc. in Health Administration and received his doctorate from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. His research on group decision making, negotiation, team dynamics, and goal setting has been published in top-tier scholarly journals. Kevin is a co-author of Essentials of Negotiation and Canadian Organizational Behaviour, each the most widely used Canadian textbook in their respective areas.

Dr. Marvin Washington

Dr. Marvin Washington’s research & consulting focus is on processes of organizational and institutional change with a strong interest in Leadership. Marvin has a long-standing engagement with Anahuac University in Mexico, where he is a part of their CEO academy. He has also consulted with numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations, and is the author of two books on leadership and organizational change. Dr. Washington is currently involved in a 12-year engagement with the country of Botswana. Prior to life in Academia, Marvin was an operation’s manager for Procter and Gamble.

Dr. Kirby Wright

Dr. Kirby Wright is President of an Edmonton-based consulting and applied research firm. Over the past twenty years, he has worked with a wide range of private, public and nonprofit clients, across many industries and locations. Previously, he served as an Assistant Deputy Minister in Saskatchewan and earlier in his career he was actively involved in education projects in South East Asia.