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Indigenous Business Leadership Executive MBA


This program is not eligible for international students at this time. Our international students are encouraged to explore our Full-Time MBA, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration or Master of Science in Finance programs.

The Indigenous Business Leadership Executive MBA is reflective and inclusive of students and is based on mutual respect for the learner and the teacher. The classroom is curated to create a reciprocal knowledge exchange and is enhanced by the experience that draws on, respects and explores the unique experiences, challenges, strengths, culture, and representation of students.

Learn by doing


The program runs consecutively over 20-months with both intensive in-community components and online classes. Between sessions, you will maintain communication with your cohort as you complete individual readings, assignments, and group projects.

Build local and global connections

The program offers the opportunity to network with people from different Nations, as well as many business, industry, and community leaders.

An interactive experience

Classes are highly interactive and vary from lectures to group presentations, case studies, and simulations. Many of the readings are real-life cases that form the basis for discussion and assignments.

Apply what you learn

The IBL EMBA curriculum emphasizes integrated understanding and practical application to a variety of business situations. You will be provided opportunities to contribute your work experience to the discussions and assignments. The program provides tools that can instantly be used in your current work environment.

Our cohort method

This is a peer-based learning model. You will advance through the program with the same cohort, enabling you to build strong friendships while expanding your network. Students will be assigned to small, self-managed teams of four to six people who will work together on projects. Sometimes these groups may change from course to course based on the learning outcomes. The vibrant business, cultural, and life experience of each student adds immeasurably to the class and team experience.

Class profile

IBL EMBA participants are proven leaders who share a passion and background in Indigenous business development and Nation-building through economic reconciliation.

Your classmates may include:

  • Indigenous community leaders
  • Individuals managing an Indigenous business or collection of business ventures
  • Leaders in Indigenous organizations (including health and education service delivery organizations)
  • Board directors or senior staff of an Indigenous economic development corporation
  • Managers working for any business in Indigenous relations
  • Individuals managing large-scale projects that require significant interaction with Indigenous communities and businesses
  • Education, energy, financial services, government, manufacturing, non-profit, real estate, retail
  • Canoe Lake Cree, Cowessess, Cowichan, Cree, Gwitchin, Haida, Heiltsuk, Iskut, Tahltan, Kwakwakaʼwakw, Leq’a:mel, Lheidli T’enneh, Metis, Mi’kmaq, Mountain Cree, Nak’azdli Whut’en, Nlaka’pamux, Ojibwe, Secwepemc/Gitxsan/Tsimshian, Shishalh, Squamish, Syilx, Tlingit/Champagne-Aishihik, Ts’kw’aylaxw, St’at’imc, Tse’khene, Wabigoon Lake Ojibwe, Wet’su’wet’en, Xai’xais

Average age*: 41

Average years of work experience*: 16

Average years of management experience*: 8

* Based on all cohorts of the program