The Indigenous Business Leadership Executive MBA (IBL EMBA) program at SFU Beedie is designed for mid-career Indigenous leaders who strive toward community economic development, growth, sovereignty, and nationhood within the context of the modern-day economy.
This business and leadership program is an internationally accredited MBA grounded within Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing. The IBL EMBA learning journey encompasses Indigenous business, strategy, decision-making, governance, entrepreneurship, and leadership. The cohort program weaves together Indigenous worldviews with business theory to provide you with the tools and skills to create economically sustainable communities.
The IBL EMBA program is designed to honour your full- time working, community, and family responsibilities while you study. Using a blended program delivery model, this program requires you to be connected online twice a week and to travel for a one week intensive in-person each semester to different locations across the country. The IBL EMBA program starts each September for a duration of 20 consecutive months.
Join our community of Indigenous leaders who have earned their MBA and are continuing to grow the wealth of our nations.
2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and the 10th anniversary of the Indigenous Business and Leadership Executive MBA. Today, we are proud to recognize 150 Indigenous community leaders who have earned their Indigenous Business and Leadership Executive MBA and are advancing Indigenous business management, economic development, Nation-building, and self-determination.
IBL EMBA students are leaders who share a vision for economic development, Nation-building, collaboration, and partnership.This program is designed for leaders dedicated to advancing their strategic and decision- making skills.
Your classmates include:
Community and organisational leaders in the private and not-for-profit, government, and corporate sectors
How it works
The IBL EMBA schedule allows you to study while you continue working. The blended learning experience takes place over five semesters. Each semester you will gather with your classmates in community for a one-1 week intensive in-community learning experience in addition to the eight weeks of online classes per semester, meeting online twice a week.
In addition to in-person and online learning, you will be required to devote time for reading, writing, critical thinking, and teamwork.
Plan to prepare for 10 to 15 hours of school work a week.
The IBL EMBA program develops an in- depth view of how business and organisations are structured and managed. This program expands your business mindset and conceptual frameworks, giving you the skills to achieve greater levels of responsibility. You will learn to apply a strategic and collaborative perspective to changing environments and diverse challenges.
The program will provide you with strategic management skills and will prepare you to take on new responsibilities at work and within your community. You will gain new perspectives and ideas, learn business theories and applications, and develop the skills to implement meaningful projects for your organisation.
Domestic students (citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada): $61,938* (includes all course materials, off-site orientation and workshops)
*Subject to Board of Governors approval.
Fees and other costs
Student fees per year (health insurance, transit pass, recreational/athletic facility pass): approximately $2,997.
An additional cost of $2,000 - $4,000 may be required for the study tour.
Sponsorship from your Nation or other Indigenous organizations:
For students who may receive full or partial financial support from their Nation or community to help with the costs of their education, SFU has a process for invoicing and receiving these payments. Please direct your sponsor to visit our instructional page here and complete the “Indigenous (First Nations) and Métis Student Sponsorship Authorization” form before the start of your program. This form must be received by our Student Accounts department by the tuition deadline each term. The completed form can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SFU Beedie’s Segal Graduate School campus is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s business district in a heritage building with 60,000 square-feet of classrooms, meeting rooms, and study spaces.
The campus is centrally located with easy access to public transit, as well access to the vibrant local cafes, shops, and restaurants.
SFU Beedie’s Segal Graduate School campus respectfully acknowledges that the Beedie School of Business resides on the traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), sə ̓lilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), peoples.