Management Intensive

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Management Intensive helps people leaders build collaborative, high performing teams that meet operational goals and propel the strategic vision. It builds the practical skill set, knowledge, and mindset required to plan, organize and execute work with your team.

Focusing on the people side of the management skill set, Management Intensive supports U of A's people leaders to build unstoppable teams. The program threads the five key manager responsibilities throughout the curriculum, examining these responsibilities in the context of the performance development process and U of A's unionized environment. 

Management Intensive takes an experiential approach to learning and equips managers, supervisors, team leads and those people with management responsibilities with practical tools and techniques to manage work and support employee performance.

Management Intensive offers participants the experience of:

  • Contextualizing management skills within U of A's unionized environment.
  • Core management skills education focused on the role and responsibilities of managers, supervisors, and people leaders.
  • Hands on activities where you will apply skills in the workshop setting before taking them back to your day to day work.
  • Opportunities to engage with, and learn, from HR Service Partners and other subject matter experts.
  • A cohort learning model designed to build relationships with, and learn from, colleagues from across the university.

Management Intensive Program Framework

Management Intensive centers on the people side of the management skill set by focusing on the five key manager responsibilities:

  1. Hiring and onboarding.
  2. Setting expectations and aligning goals.
  3. Supporting and monitoring performance.
  4. Developing people and managing poor performance.
  5. Building a high performing and collaborative team.

These responsibilities are the jumping off point for the program and are examined through the performance development process which lays out a process to plan and monitor expectations and deliverables, develop people, and review and celebrate accomplishments.




Review the Management Intensive Program Syllabus

What are people saying?

"The value of the activities, the networking with other campus professionals, the fun. This course serves as a bootcamp to management and leadership practices in general and working at the UofA specifically. Ignore this course at your and your team's peril!" Frederick Mills, Manager, Co-op Student Programming, Faculty of Engineering

"I was less than 6 months into a manager role when I joined the intensive. It was exactly that- an intensive training on all things I needed to know about managing that other people assumed I just knew because I'd gotten the job. I'm so happy that the UofA provides this development so we have good leaders and managers on our teams." Alison Exner, Acting Manager, Residence Life and Education, Facilities and Operations


Wendy Wilton

Wendy Wilton, M.Ed (DE), ACC (Lead Facilitator) 

For over two decades, Wendy Wilton has brought her energy, enthusiasm and expertise to training development and facilitation, engaging with learners from across North America. Moving from the private sector into consulting, she has worked with clients from diverse fields including nursing, banking, engineering, health care, the energy sector and various levels of government. In addition to a Masters in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University, Wendy holds numerous certifications in tools and assessments such as DiSC, Meyers Briggs, Strength Deployment Inventory, EQi 2.0 and Organizational Relationship Systems Coaching.

Deanna Davis

Deanna Davis, PhD (Co-Facilitator) 

Senior Consultant, Organizational Development (HRHSE)

Deanna Davis has nearly two decades of experience in adult and post-secondary education. In her role with HRHSE, she leads and oversees several curricular areas for faculty and staff, including the U of A Onboarding Program, Workplace Skills, and Management Intensive. Her work is grounded in principles of collaboration and citizenship, and is designed to build high performing teams that can be a force for positive change.

In addition to a Doctor of Philosophy (Musicology), she holds certifications in EQi 2.0/360 and Serious Lego Play: Teams and Groups.  Deanna is also a certified coach and is currently completing a Human Resource Management Certificate with Continuing and Professional Education at the University of Alberta.  When Deanna is not engaged in this work she sings in the award winning chamber choir, Chronos Vocal Ensemble.


Management Intensive is designed for any University of Alberta employee (regardless of the employee category) who supervises a team. 


Spring Cohort (applications will open in March) 

  • Friday, May 17 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 
  • Friday, May 24 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 
  • Friday, May 31 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 
  • Friday, June 7 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 

For successful completion, participants are expected to:

  • Attend all four days of training (partial participation will not be considered for program completion).
  • Complete pre-work prior to the first day of training (approximately 2 hours).
  • Complete intersession homework (approximately 2 hours per week).


The program will be held at Enterprise Square. 


The Management Intensive Program costs $535. This fee helps to cover the costs associated with:

  • DiSc Assessment .
  • Expert facilitation for four full days of training.
  • Reference materials, including an array of application tools.
  • Lunch on each full day of training.
  • Venue.

If a spot in Management Intensive is offered, payment via credit card is required to secure the spot. Applicants are encouraged to apply for funding through the Human Resources Development Fund (support staff) or the Professional Expense Reimbursement Program (academic staff).

We are committed to supporting the learning and development of University employees. If cost is a barrier to your participation in this program, please contact us at


There are 25 spaces available.

Selection process

To be selected, applicants must:

  • Supervise a team.
  • Commit to attend all the training days.
  • Commit to completing the intersession homework, including module pre-work and application activities (approximately 2 hours/week).
  • Have the support of their supervisor.

We will also consider whether the applicant’s responses indicate:

  • Thoughtfulness about management skills and themselves as a supervisor.
  • A keen motivation to learn and grow.
  • A demonstrated ability to translate intensive learning into everyday contexts.
  • Alignment with the program objectives.

Preference will be given to participants who have limited management training and experience and who are early in their supervisory career.

In our selection, we also strive for diverse faculty/department representation.

If we reach capacity, we will waitlist qualified candidates and offer them priority registration in a future offering.


Applications are now open for the winter cohort of Management Intensive will open in late November. Be the first to know by watching the Supervisor Digest and Working at the U.