About the Program

An EMBA tailored to your needs

The 25-month EMBA IBL enables you to expand your skillset, without pausing your career.

The program gives you the strategic management skills to take on new responsibilities at work. You can continue to contribute in your workplace and community throughout your studies, apply new theories and approaches, and develop projects around your organization. The learning experience includes intensive in-class components for an average of 30–35 days per year. This face-to-face learning experience is a significant feature of the EMBA IBL, increasing its value to you and your organizations. Between sessions, you can communicate online to complete individual assignments and group projects.

The learning environment is respectful and reciprocal: you will learn from each other and your instructors as much as they will learn from you.


Alumni testimonial: Andrew Bak, Territory Management Officer, Tsawwassen First Nation


Alumni testimonial: Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country

Fit education into your life

We designed the program to allow students from across Canada to come together for intensive study sessions in Vancouver. Classes are scheduled in one to two-week courses to enable you to study without leaving your work, family, and communities for extended periods of time.

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Get skills and knowledge you can apply

The EMBA IBL is an integrative and applied degree. It includes the core concepts and knowledge covered in most MBA programs but is tailored to meet the needs of Indigenous and non-Indigenous executives working in any area of Indigenous enterprise or engagement. Both you and your organizations will benefit from the program.

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Connect to a wider network

EMBA IBL participants are proven leaders who share a concern for Indigenous economic development, nation-building, and collaboration. They include entrepreneurs, Chiefs, leaders, and senior administrators in political settings, and people working for Indigenous economic development organizations or on Indigenous initiatives for major corporations. The Tucson study trip and other activities provide many opportunities for networking.

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Participate in a unique study trip

As part of the EMBA IBL, you get the opportunity to connect with your peers through study trips, such as the “January in Tucson” series of courses at the renowned Native Nations Institute (NNI) in Tucson, Arizona, USA. It is a tremendous opportunity to network and learn from leading researchers and Indigenous leaders from many regions.

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Are you the right fit?

If you share a concern for Nation-building and have experience running a successful business, implementing economic development strategies, working as a senior administrator for a band council government, or if you work in the area of Indigenous relations, we would like to hear from you. We would be pleased to connect you with current and former students who can offer their perspectives.

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