Executive Education

Certificate in Municipal Management and Leadership Program

Start Date  Duration  Location  Investment 
Jan 25, 2017  15 days Calgary  $6,100 +GST 
Oct 24, 2017  15 days  Edmonton  $6,100 +GST 
 Fees include all program materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

Start Date   Duration   Location   Investment
Sep 20, 2016    15 days  Calgary  $6,100 +GST
Oct 25, 2016  15 days  Edmonton  $6,100 +GST
For Grande Prairie program dates, contact Heather Thomson at hathomso@ualberta.ca or 780-492-4095

Overview  |  Program Highlights  |  Program Schedule  |  Who Should Attend  |  Instructors
Start Date   Duration   Location   Investment
Sep 20, 2016    15 days  Calgary  $6,100 +GST
Oct 25, 2016  15 days  Edmonton  $6,100 +GST
For Grande Prairie program dates, contact Heather Thomson at hathomso@ualberta.ca or 780-492-4095

Overview  |  Program Highlights  |  Program Schedule  |  Who Should Attend  |  Instructors
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Overview  |  Program Highlights  |  Schedule  |  Who Should Attend  |  Instructors


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   Calgary    Edmonton
Overcoming Challenges through Strategy and Leadership Jan 25-27, 2017  Oct 24-26, 2017
Leading Self & Others Feb 27-Mar 1, 2017  Nov 28-30, 2017
Strategic Thinking Skills and Guiding Innovation 
Mar 29-30, 2017  Jan 10-11, 2018
Change Management
Apr 24-26, 2017  Feb 5-7, 2018
Finance for Municipal Managers May 15-16, 2017  Apr 9-10, 2018
Building Engaging Workplaces, and Sustaining Your Leadership Development  Jun 7-8, 2017  May 7-8, 2018
 For Grande Prairie program dates, contact Courtney Borst at courtney.borst@ualberta.ca or 780-492-4095

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.

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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.