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Turn up the DIAL on digital transformation


SFU Beedie is leading the flagship strategic Capacity Building Program of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster with DIAL (Digital Innovation and Leadership) in collaboration with private-sector, public-sector, not-for-profit and educational partners, including Traction on Demand, Salesforce, Instructure and the First Nations Technology Council. The program accelerates economic growth and innovation to create more jobs.

DIAL provides a systems change solution for Canadian employers seeking new talent or upskill current employees. It is custom designed to help people and companies across sectors develop capacity for digital transformation. There is an opportunity for businesses to enroll staff at substantially reduced costs.

This initiative delivers two responsive training programs:

  • Digital Transformation Management – aimed at early to mid-career individuals who want to develop a digital innovation mindset along with the skills and capabilities to generate digital innovation ideas and put them into action.
  • Digital Transformation Leadership – ideal for middle to senior-level individuals who lead teams that are driving digital transformation in their organizations. This program will help them develop digital as well as leadership capabilities and generate ideas for digital product and service transformation.

The aim is for diverse, equitable and inclusive participation, with gender parity and at least 30 percent representation from under-represented groups –such as Indigenous peoples, members of the LGBTQ+ community, racialized Canadians and people living with disabilities.

The initiative is focused first on Canada with the intention to scale to other countries in North America and then globally. Through international partnerships, there is potential to deliver the training in up to 70 countries in 30 languages. 

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Program Brochure


Acquire and retain quality talent. Get ahead of opportunities for digital service and product innovation.

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Build ecosystems that invest in people. Partners are invited to join the Digital Innovation and Leadership initiative.

Non-profits & associations

Generate revenue, increase audiences and support upskilling people.


Connect students and education programs. Complement existing university programs and create talent conversion for tech in Canada and beyond.

Through the DTL program, my approach to projects has changed. Initially, due to my technical background, I used to focus narrowly on technology. This program helped me to look beyond my own area of expertise and consider the bigger picture.

Amarjit Manku

IT Senior Project Manager

City of Surrey

This program has impacted my understanding of my work in the client service industry. This experience has given me a deeper understanding of the importance of managing the digital transformation process and using digital technology as a tool.

Ciana Zhou

Financing Specialist, Commercial Financial Service Department

Royal Bank of Canada

The program really changed how I view a lot of the projects that we were already doing. Learning the terminology really opened my eyes to the changes we were making and how they all fit together. Being able to come into a project with the right tools and being able to explain the big picture with the right terminology has resulted in more buy-in from everyone involved.

David Gilbert

Senior Systems Analyst

Canfor Corporation

The content of the program, the lecturers, the guest speakers involved were all incredibly knowledgeable. I hope I get to meet all the lecturers and students in my cohort one day as each of them made an impact.

Jason Williams

Manager, Innovative Travel Solutions

Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR)

What you put into the course is what you get out of the course, so take your time and mine as many nuggets as you can

Suzanne Fuller Blamey

Program Director, Outpatient Services & Holy Family Rehab

Providence Health Care

DTL: Amarjit

DTM: Ciana

DTM: David

DTL: Jason

DTL: Suzanne