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Technology Leadership Program

The role of the Chief Information Officer is among the most dynamic in the enterprise; beyond technology and systems expertise, you need strategic leadership skills to shape your company’s success. Offered in partnership with the CIO Association of Canada, this program will help you gain the leadership skills and strategic perspective to take your career to the next level. Faculty members and industry experts will guide you through online modules, facilitated discussions, and a self-paced change project. You will gain an invaluable network of peers across industries while taking a program that fits with your busy life.

The 2020-2021 Online Schedule is as follows*:

  • Online Modules & Discussions: October 13-November 19, 2020
  • Final Capstone session: Saturday, January 30, 2021

* Subject to change

This program has been designed in partnership with the CIO Association of Canada. It’s an opportunity for its Associate Members to take their careers to the next level.

The program attracts professionals, across industries, who demonstrate the potential to advance from technical to the leadership roles, eventually serve as a CIO. In fact, many participants already hold responsibility for strategic decision making beyond systems and technology. Enrollment will be limited and will be based on experience, recommendations and sponsorships.

Recent participants titles include:

  • VP IT
  • Senior Manager, Application Services
  • CIO/Software Development manager
  • Director, Digital Solutions and Business Technology
  • Senior Manager, Business Intelligence & Analytics
  • Director of IT, Solutions & Support
  • CIO Association of Canada Members: CAD $3,300 plus GST, covering all learning materials and meals
  • Non-Members: CAD $3,900 plus GST, covering all learning materials and meals as well as Associate membership
Is your employer sponsoring you in this program? They may be eligible for a BC Employer Training Grant (Workforce Training Stream). For more details please visit WorkBC.

The program includes the following course topics:

IT Manager to Business Leader: Enhance your leadership and management skills and examine an overall framework for leading change. You will learn how to personalize leadership through matching styles of leadership to specific situations and individuals, using the practice of emotional intelligence (EQ) and deep listening.

Projects and Managing Change: Fostering project management skills and practice is key for organizational success. When teamed with the discipline of building business cases, you are more likely to choose the right projects and deliver them effectively. You will learn about the project process, agile methods, business plan development and steps an organization can take to make the best use of their project resources.

A Decision to Outsource: Strategy, Effectiveness, Efficiency & Realpolitik: CIOs will invariably find themselves in positions where they need to make outsourcing decisions. You will explore the theoretical underpinnings and practical considerations that you will face when analyzing the motivation and benefits behind outsourcing and implementing outsourcing arrangements.

Aligning Business and IT Strategies: Gain the strategic tools needed to apply the right information with the right technology to the right place in the business. Help create a competitive advantage for your organization by identifying the relationship between core business strategies and the strategic value of information technologies.

Corporate Strategy and Implementation: For many organizations, IT remains the single-largest capital investment. You will gain an appreciation of the benefits and risks to an organization with the information technology investments, understand the role of executives and directors with regards to governance, and enhance your understanding of how to communicate effectively in order to create value and support strategy implementation.

Networking and Mentorship: Within a small cohort, you will build your network with peers, senior CIOCAN members and established CIOs who have “been there” and can play crucial roles in guiding and facilitating your learning and career.

CIOCAN Membership: Acceptance to the program includes an Associate membership to the CIO Association of Canada for 2020/2021.

Dr. Andrew Gemino is a Professor and serves as Associate Dean of SFU Beedie. He has twice received the Canada Trust Distinguished Teacher award from SFU Beedie. Andrew’s academic research focuses on IT project management, business systems analysis and the design of technology-mediated collaborative environments. He holds a National Sciences and Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grant. He is also the co-founder of a software company that develops commercial soft ware for professional sports teams in the NHL and NBA, as well as automated employee scheduling for sports and entertainment companies. Andrew also provides his expertise to the Surgeon Information System Working Group for the Provincial Surgical Oncology Council which is affiliated with the BC Cancer Agency.

Dr. Blaize Horner Reich came to academia after 15 years as an information technology professional and consultant to industry in both Canada and Asia. She earned her PhD in 1993 at the University of British Columbia. Today, Blaize is the RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation at SFU Beedie and is an internationally respected researcher and speaker. She previously served as Dean from 2004-2005. She also is the national academic lead for the Business Technology Management program, an initiative of the Canadian Coalition for tomorrow’s ICT Skills. Blaize serves on corporate boards and on two professional association boards – the CIO Association of Canada, and the Information and Communications Technology Sector Council. In 2015, Dr. Reich was honoured as a WXN Top 100 Women in Canada and recently was named an Academic Fellow by the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes.

Dr. Peter Tingling joined SFU Beedie from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario where his thesis focused on technological decision-making in an organizational context. Although Peter has had a long association with higher education and has taught at several business schools, he also spent more than two decades in information technology industries, working in a number of senior line staff positions as well as consulting to a diverse range of Fortune 500 and start-up organizations across North America. He was awarded a 2004 Literati Club research award and a 2007 TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award. Peter is also the president and CEO of Octothorpe Software Corporation, a decision sciences company.

Dr. Sandy MacIver has spent the last 44 years learning and teaching in the fields of leadership, teamwork, company values, systems thinking and, especially, trust and trust-building. He has factored knowledge in all of these fields into his three overlapping careers. Sandy has done thirty-three years (and counting) of consulting, executive coaching and working with CEO’s and other senior executives. He has advised and assisted in improving performance and working relationships in the workplace, leading applied learning programs and building engaged and productive organizational cultures. His work has spanned North America. Sandy has taught scores of leadership and organization-related classes at four different universities, starting in 1987. Sandy now teaches Leadership in the Manager of Technology MBA program at SFU and in the Values-Based Leadership Certificate at RRU. Sandy's cut his career 'teeth' in public sector planning and policy, for ten years.