Management Intensive

management intensive

Applications now open for Spring 2023!

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, the program threads the five key manager responsibilities throughout the curriculum. These key responsibilities are examined through the performance development process, which serves as the overarching framework for the program.

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 


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 


Lead Facilitator

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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. 


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


  • Friday, June 9 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 
  • Friday, June 16 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 
  • Friday, June 23 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 
  • Friday, June 30 (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); and
  • Complete intersession homework (approximately 2 hours per week)


The program will be held at Enterprise Square. 


The Management Intensive Program costs $435. 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 attending all 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; and
  • 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.


  1. Fill out the online application form (Before beginning, you may review the entire application form here).
  2. Forward the supervisor endorsement form to your supervisor and have them complete it. There will also be a link to the endorsement form in the confirmation email that you will receive when you submit your application form.

Both parts of the application are due by 4 p.m. on May 23, 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered.