Executive Education

Certificate in Municipal Management and Leadership Program

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The Certificate in Municipal Management and Leadership (CMML) develops municipal leaders by increasing their capacity to lead people, teams, departments, and organizations. As a participant of this program, you will gain a deep understanding of yourself as a leader.

You will learn to shift your focus from day-to-day tasks to strategically achieving the organization’s business goals while managing change and stakeholder expectations through effective leadership. Throughout the program’s duration, you will form long-lasting networks with like-minded managers from across the province, which will prove themselves valuable as your learning continues in your future day-to-day.

Program Highlights

  • Explore leadership challenges in municipal government and apply leadership theory to actual case scenarios.
  • Explore the ethical behaviors municipal managers should demonstrate to maintain the trust and confidence of the public.
  • Analyze leadership style preferences against requirements of the role.
  • Assess leadership communication strengths and opportunities.
  • Explore how to manage change and deliver results in an increasingly challenging manner.
  • Through the use of a variety of tools and models, learn to understand behavior patterns in others, explore the impact of communication and Emotional Intelligence on others, and use instruments to effectively coach constituents.

Program Schedule

Modules Alberta Central (Edmonton)
Alberta South 
Module 1  Oct 30-31 & Nov 1, 2018   Jan 22-24, 2019 
Module 2  Nov 27-28, 2018  Mar 5-6, 2019 
Module 3  Feb 5-6, 2019  Sept 24-25, 2019 
Module 4  April 3-5, 2019  Nov 14-15, 2019
Module 5   May 22-23, 2019   Jan 7-8, 2020 


Who Should Attend?

  • You are a mid-level manager (or above) who leads one or more teams, groups or departments.
  • You are interested in further developing effective management and leadership skills in a municipal setting.
  • You face competing priorities and want to learn how to make more informed decisions that benefit all stakeholders.
  • This course is for public administration professionals, not suitable for elected officials.



Doug Griffiths retired from politics in January 2015 to actively pursue his passion of helping communities, organizations, and businesses grow stronger. In his best-selling book, 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, Doug identifies challenges and opportunities that all of our communities face. The lessons that come from those stories are applicable to all types of communities, whether they are towns, organizations, or businesses. Doug and his team have developed practical tools that all types of communities, including your organization or business, can use to assess and address your challenges and find success.

Drew Bird, over the course of his career, has worked with organizations in Canada, the US, and the UK, including the London Stock Exchange, the Bank of England, the United Nations, and Osborne-McGraw-Hill. This broad exposure has allowed Drew to see first-hand what a difference effective leaders, and effective leadership practices, can make to an organization. Combining hands‐on senior leadership expertise with evidence‐informed approaches, Drew’s experience spans a wide variety of fields related to the identification, development, alignment, and engagement of leaders and team members in today’s organizations.

Dr. Kirby Wright is President of KRW Knowledge Resources, an Edmonton-based consulting and applied research firm. He specializes in the areas of innovation and workplace learning. His practice in the area of innovation involves helping organizations in program and service design and strengthening their innovation capacities. Learning engagements involve designing technology applications to support learning through work, e-learning, developing knowledge networks and knowledge management. He frequently works with clients on strategic management, policy development, evidence-based practice and leadership development engagements.

Lyall Samaroden helps individuals and teams navigate the waters of organizational change. Lyall has held numerous senior-level line and corporate roles across multiple industry sectors in both management and individual contributor capacities over his 15+ year career. Market leaders in municipal government and the print media, travel, energy and defense sectors have utilized Lyall’s talents to deliver exceptional results during times of change. Lyall comes to the change arena from a career encompassing various roles in advertising, marketing, community investment, corporate communication and human resources. 

Wendy Wilton has been teaching with University of Alberta's Executive Education for a number of years. Training development and delivery has been Wendy’s main focus for over two decades. Moving from the private sector into consulting, Wendy has worked with clients in such diverse fields as nursing, banking, engineering, health care, home building, energy sector and various levels of government. She is a Certified Executive Coach and has received training and certification in the following tools and assessments: DiSC, True Colors, Myers Briggs Type Indicator Step I, Myers Briggs Type Indicator Step II, and Strength Deployment Inventory.

Frank Saccucci holds an academic position as a continuing faculty member at Grant McEwan University as well as an adjunct lecturer position at the University of Alberta. Prior to being an educator, his professional experience included public auditing, management consulting and commercial banking. His wide range of professional and academic work experience allows him to bring forward true and relevant examples in order 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 participation in each and every seminar.