Executive Education

Financial Management Certificate

This 3-day course is part of the 12-day Management Essentials Program. While the course is designed to be independent in nature, please consider whether maximum value can be obtained by taking it as part of a broader program.

Program Overview

In any organization, analyzing problems and making critical decisions is closely linked to accessing and understanding key financial data. Increasingly, managers, executives and professionals from non-financial backgrounds must understand the language of finance in order to make effective decisions. This learning experience will provide a practical, hands-on grounding in the essentials of finance and budgeting –demystifying financial statements, providing essential tools, measures, and concepts in a clear business context. This three day course is composed of the following modules:

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate alternatives and make decisions that add to your company’s success.
  • Apply financial management techniques for improved decision making.
  • Interpret financial reports and statements.
  • Understand how managerial decisions affect the entire organization’s finances.
  • Communicate more effectively with accounting and finance personnel.

Who Should Attend?

  • Mid-level to senior managers in non-financial areas or those needing a refresher on current financial tools and concepts
  • Small business owners and entrepreneurs


Peter Flynn

Peter Flynn held a series of technical, management and executive roles in Canada’s energy industry over 25 years. In 1999 he returned to the University of Alberta to hold the Poole Chair in Management for Engineers, a position he held through 2011. In this role, he reactivated the Engineering Management program in the Faculty of Engineering, revamped the Faculty’s undergraduate financial education, and conducted an extensive research program focused on the economics of renewable energy and deregulated power price patterns. Peter has held a wide variety of Board positions in non-profit, government-related and for profit Boards. These include EPCOR, Capital Region Housing Corporation, Fort Edmonton Foundation, Plutonic Power Corporation, and the Balancing Pool of Alberta, part of the Alberta electricity system. He also served as the interim CEO of the Balancing Pool of Alberta for a ten month period. Peter is a Professional Engineer and received the APEGA Summit Award for Community Service in 2009.

Frank Saccucci  //  MBA, BComm 

Franco (Frank) Saccucci holds an academic position as a continuing faculty member at MacEwan University as well as an adjunct lecturer position with Executive Education at the University of Alberta. Prior to being an educator, his professional experience included public auditing, management consulting and commercial banking. He has authored a number of published articles as well as made presentations in the U.S., Europe and throughout Canada. His wide range of professional and academic work experience allows him to bring forward true and relevant examples to further illustrate the content of the seminar. He is a much sought-after speaker and is well known for his ability to deliver complex material in a direct, relevant, simple and “digestible” manner. He brings energy, enthusiasm and the ability to encourage appropriate participation in each seminar.