Executive Education

The Municipal Executive Certificate 


Program Overview

The Municipal Executive Certificate (MEC) provides the exclusive opportunity for senior municipal leaders from across North America to gather at the renowned Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge to engage in learning. The focus of the program will be around sustaining the future of communities amidst an environment of constant change.

Learning Highlights

Core Competencies Development: 

  • Municipal Leadership 
  • Change Management 
  • Building and Managing Relationships (Municipal Governance)
  • Strategic Success and Talent Development for your Community 

Session Topics

  • Leading in Your Community
    -Influencing without Authority
    -Emotional Intelligence and Communication
    -Action Planning
  • Efficiencies with RFP’s
    -Streamlining Processes
  • Cannabis
    -HR, Financial and Policy hurdles with this new industry
  • Connectivity and Aging Infrastructure
    -What do you need to roll out Broadband to all residents?
    -How do you fund local aging infrastructure?
  • Negotiating Change as a Leader
    -Strategy Execution
    -Managing Resistance
    -Aligning and Engaging Stakeholders
  • Diversity and Inclusion
    -Building Teams for the future:
    -Indigenous Peoples
    -Board of Directors
  • Building Strategic Relationships
    -Municipal Governance: 3-dimensional thinking of Internal and External Stakeholders, Organizations, and other governing bodies
  • The Art of War: Building Your Strategy
  • Community Case Study

Learner Profile 

  • CAO & City Managers
  • Directors
  • Senior Managers


Doug Griffiths

Doug Griffiths retired from politics in January 2015 to actively pursue his passion of helping communities, organizations, and businesses grow stronger. Doug holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta. 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.

Lyall Samaroden 

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.