Executive Education

Certificate in Municipal Management & Leadership

Program Overview

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore leadership challenges in municipal government and apply leadership theory to actual case scenarios.
  • Explore the ethical behaviours 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 behaviour patterns in others, explore the impact of communication and Emotional Intelligence on others, and use instruments to effectively coach constituents.

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.


Drew Bird  //  MAL, MSc

Over the course of his career, Drew 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.

Lyall Samaroden

Lyall 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 defence 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  //  MEd, BEd

Wendy 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.

Franko 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.

Tyler Waye  //  MAL

Tyler Waye is an author and leadership strategist who has spent the last decade investigating the emerging patterns of success that shape our lives and organizations. Tyler holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. 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 focus areas include: leadership, strategy and the future of work. He has held management positions with several leading organizations and is internationally published on topics related to leadership and career. As author of the book “I Went to School That Long for This?!” Tyler’s attention is increasingly focused on shifts that are redefining modern work and redesigning success principles needed for tomorrow.

Lorne Ternes  //  BA, LL.B*

Mr. Lorne J. Ternes is a private consultant specializing in Aboriginal, Intergovernmental and Trade Law. He is also involved with a consulting and management firm specializing in aboriginal issues focused on collaborative, positive resolution of issues for Aboriginal, Government and Resource Development interests. 

As an Expert Legal Officer with Alberta Justice from 1989 to 1998, Mr. Ternes provided legal advice and assistance to Alberta on Métis issues, several treaty and specific claims as well as Aboriginal and Treaty Rights generally.

Troy Chalifoux

Upon graduating law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta, Troy G. Chalifoux was admitted to the Bar in 1995 and embarked on a long and successful career in collaborative engagements in the areas of law, intergovernmental relations and negotiations. Troy dedicated his early practice at the Department of Justice, Canada, to corporate, commercial and property law focusing on Aboriginal issues as well as municipal law involving federal lands and national parks. Currently, Troy is a sessional instructor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. As Faculty Lead at Banff Centre’s Indigenous Leadership Program in Negotiation Skills Training, Troy has developed and instructed negotiation workshops for communities and organizations throughout Canada. For the past twelve years, Troy has also served as member of the Kids Kottage Board of Directors, Edmonton’s only crisis nursery. In 2017, Troy was appointed as Director, Norquest College Board of Governors.