Executive Education

The Municipal Executive Certificate 

Program Overview

The Municipal Executive Certificate 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 Outcomes

  • Review the skills associated with coach-like behaviour
  • Apply the skills and steps in the coaching model to the group coaching process to help self and others move forward to solve key issues
  • Understand and execute the steps necessary to shift thinking from traditional problem solving methods to a design thinking method that puts residents and communities at the center of efforts
  • Learn how to start the conversations towards more effective regional collaboration
  • Build a customized strategy plan for your organization 

Who Should Attend? 

  • 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 Master's 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 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

Wendy holds a Master's of Education in Distance Education from the University of Athabasca and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. 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.