Executive Education

The Executive Program

Program Overview 

Your goal is to lead an organization, but becoming a successful CEO is no small feat. The pressures and requirements of a CEO are unique and increasingly complicated. How can you learn to attain results and balance as a chief executive? By drawing on the insight of experts and accomplished leaders, the Executive Program prepares you to champion personal and organizational growth amidst changing times.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the mindset and behaviours of successful CEOs
  • Evaluate your leadership foundations and style as you seek balance and impact in the role 
  • Apply new thinking on how to lead an organization of the future
  • Develop a strategic blueprint that addresses your organization’s past, present and future states
  • Build a success plan for growth, achievement and fulfillment 

Who Should Attend? 

  • Experienced executives aspiring to the CEO role in the next 5 years
  • First time CEOs looking to position themselves for success in the early years of the role
  • Aspiring or first time City Managers, Deputy Ministers, Managing Partners or Executive Directors


Jane Halford  //  FCA, ICD.D

Jane is a proven corporate director, chartered accountant, regulator, and entrepreneur, with a passion for leadership development. In 2013, Jane stepped out her role as CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta to focus on helping organizations and leaders achieve their goals. In her business, Halford Consulting, Jane supports boards and CEOs accelerate the performance and improve the success of their incoming leader. She also speaks and teaches on governance, leadership, and executive transitions. Jane is an active board member of the Farm Credit Canada (HR Committee Chair), Alberta Innovates, United Way (Past Chair), Delta Genomics Centre, and the Institute of Corporate Directors Edmonton Chapter (Past Chair).

Marvin Washington  //  PhD

Marvin is the Associate Dean of Executive Education and Professor for the Alberta School of Business. His instructional, research and consulting focus is on processes of organizational and institutional change and is the author of two books on leadership and organizational change. He is the Academic Director for Directors Education Program in Edmonton and has taught and consulted with the leadership teams of numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations. 

Tyler Waye  //  MAL 

Tyler is an author and leadership strategist who has spent the last decade investigating the emerging patterns of success that shape our lives and organizations. He is President of IN.FORM, where he works to drive leadership inspired change across numerous platforms, and is co-founder of YoungLeaders.World, a multinational youth leadership organization that works directly with thousands across the globe. Tyler’s attention is increasingly focused on shifts that are redefining modern work and redesigning success principles needed for tomorrow.

Emily Block  //  PhD, BBA

Emily is a professor of strategy, management & organization at the Alberta School of Business. After 20 years in industry and academia in the USA, she brings her expertise in communications, negotiations and decision-making to the University of Alberta. She applies her experiential teaching style in numerous graduate and Executive Education courses at the School of Business.

Mike Shaw

Mike is the owner of the Pacific Center for Leadership has been an active facilitator for over 25 years.  As a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), Mike has designed and constructed a number of challenge course facilities and delivered experiential learning activities across Western Canada.

Darren Rawson  //  ICD.D

Darren is President of Draw Consulting, an advisory services firm helping private companies enhance enterprise value through governance, strategy and growth. He is also a Principal at Ozone Advisory Group which pursues high-performance, private company governance. Darren is a proven executive with 17 years experience as CEO of mid-sized companies. He has worked in publicly traded, family-owned and private equity backed enterprises across a variety of industries. Darren has been doing business internationally for over 22 years and is an active Corporate Director and Chair sitting on numerous private and non-profit boards.

Dave Verhulst

Dave has a Master's degree in Recreation Management and is an accredited Master Interpretive Guide with the Interpretive Guides Association. For the past 10 years, Dave has added his interpretation and process facilitation skill to the Pacific Center for Leadership. Dave’s professional experience in the outdoors and leadership has provided the opportunity to work in government, private and non-profit communities. Dave believes nature is a powerful teacher and has a talent for facilitating experiences that help leaders gain insights into how we relate to each other, learn from the natural world and lead in today’s challenging world.