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Rotman's Strategic Human Resource Management Program

Aligning strategy, people and performance.

Achieve an in-depth understanding of how to seamlessly link HR with business strategy and learn best practices for effectively integrating leadership development and succession.

What really stood out for me in Rotman's Strategic Human Resource Management Program was the learning experience.  Hugh and Rose are absolutely phenomenal teachers, leaders, mentors and coaches.  I learned a lot from them and they are both very inspirational.  The discussions were fantastic in that we weren't being lectured to as students  but were being engaged in a discussion as adults.  Also the discussions and examples shared were personal examples that Rose and Hugh relayed – they were real examples where we got to see what worked and didn't work.

Renata Kleban
Director, HR Business Solutions
Infrastructure Ontario


Drive performance by aligning human resource practices through an examination of the critical intersections between strategy and human capital. Interaction with Rotman faculty, thought leaders and practitioners allows for the exploration of latest research, best practices and thinking in areas such as business and human resource strategy, leadership development, talent management and succession planning. 

Over the course of five days participants will explore the critical elements that compose a successful human resource strategy including how to align strategy, people, performance and culture. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding into the challenges and dilemmas that senior human resource leaders face in their complex roles as strategist, change agent, integrator and business manager.

Welcome to the new normal. What does it mean for leaders? By Rose M. Patten and Hugh J. Arnold.

Session Themes:

The program content is sequenced and integrated in a coherent way to ensure maximum learning and knowledge reinforcement. Each session considers and adopts appropriate adult learning principles to promote participant engagement in the classroom and even post program. The half-day follow-up session is an opportunity for participants to share what they have learned from the program, including what elements were most useful, what worked for them and what did not. It is also a chance to solicit feedback from faculty and peers on obstacles they may have encountered implementing program best practices and seek advice on “wicked issues” that challenge them professionally.

One: Strategy and Competitive Advantage

Two: Linking HR to Business Strategy

Three: Talent Management

Four: Integrated Leadership Development and Succession

Five: Culture Building and Change

Six: Performance Alignment and Compensation

Seven: Aligning HR Structure

Eight: The Integrated Human Resources Strategy

I came to Rotman's Strategic Human Resource Management Program seeking knowledge in succession planning and what I came away with was the skill set to look at things differently and with a new perspective.

Phillip Kotanidis
Human Resources & Labour Relations Manager
Toronto East General Hospital

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for individuals with a minimum of five years of managerial experience. Professionals who will benefit from this program are:

  • HR professionals who wish to gain a more integrative and strategic perspective on human resources
  • Senior managers taking on HR responsibilities after success in other functional areas
  • Mid-level HR managers moving into senior level positions

As a result of Rotman's Strategic Human Resource Management Program,  I was able to take a step back and make sure that the entire organization was engaged, and had a good understanding of the project I was working on.  Seeking alignment has made the project run more smoothly than if I had forged ahead, as planned.

Brent Chamberlain
Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Key Benefits

  • Achieve an in-depth understanding of how to seamlessly link HR with business strategy
  • Build an integrative and holistic approach to managing talent
  • Learn best practices for effectively integrating leadership development and succession
  • Explore the strategic role of human resources in shaping organizational culture and driving change
  • Understand the linkages between performance and compensation

This program has been approved for 50 continuing professional development (CPD) hours under Section A of the continuing professional development (CPD) log of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).


As a learner in the Strategic Human Resources Management Program, the half-day follow up session offered excellent value. Reconnecting with the facilitators and with other participants to review the application of our learnings in our workplaces solidified many aspects of the program for me.  Hearing from fellow participants about their successes and challenges in advancing the application of the course’s concepts and models demonstrated we are all making progress and that our opportunities are similar across our organizations, whether they are small or large, public or private.

Sharon Robinson, CHRP
Manager, Human Resources
Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia


Day One Day Two Day Three
  • Strategy & Competitive Advantage
  • Linking HR to Business Strategy
  • Talent Management:
    The Integrated Model
  • Talent Management:
    Assessment Strategies
  • The Changing Workplace:
    HR's Evolving Role 
  • Talent Management:
    Engagement Strategies
  • Talent Management:
    Performance vs Potential
  • Integrated Leadership Development and Succession
Day Four Day Five
  • Culture and Building
  • HR's Role in Driving Change
  • Performance Alignment & Compensation
  • Aligning the Human Resources Structure
  • The Integrated Human Resource Strategy 

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Fee: $9,000 CAD + HST

Included in program fee*:

  • tuition
  • all program materials and supplies
  • completion certificate
  • class-day meals (breakfast, lunch and breaks)

Application Process

Before beginning the application process, please review the application policies. To apply, complete the online application form.

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Each application is reviewed by Rotman’s admissions committee to ensure participants have the appropriate academic and work experience.  Applicants do not require a university degree.

Participant Notification Process

If space is available and eligibility requirements are met, participants will receive a notice of admission within 10 days of receipt of a completed application and fee deposit.


A deposit of 50% of the program fee is required at time of application. The balance of the program fee is due 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days before the start of the program, whichever is first.  Payments can be made online. Applicants will be redirected to a secure online payment website after completion of the application form. Deposits will be refunded to applicants not accepted to the program.

Fee Reduction

Rotman Executive Program graduates or Rotman MBA / EMBA alumni are eligible for a discount equivalent to 10% of the program tuition. In addition, partner discounts are also offered for some programs. Where program applicants are eligible for more than one discount, only the greater discount will be applied towards the tuition fee. Discounts are not redeemable for cash.

*Participants will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and incidental costs. Participants requiring accommodation during the program are eligible for preferred Rotman rates at select hotels. For more information contact an Executive Programs representative at

Dates and FeesMark your calendar

5-day intensive with a 1/2 day post-program workshop

Dates: January 22–26, 2018, 1/2 day post-program workshop - TBA

Rotman School of Management, Toronto, Ontario

Fee: $9,000 CAD + HST

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Our Learning Advisors: Joanne and Giordano

Speak to Joanne and Giordano, our expert Learning Advisors about choosing the right program for you or your organization.

Tel: 416.978.8815

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