Designed for current and future CFOs
Jointly developed with Odgers Berndtson, this program will help you develop the intellectual and emotional agility and the decision-making, problem-solving and communications skills required for success in a critical leadership role.
Develop your core capabilities.
Today’s CFOs are expected to be strategic business partners with the CEO, drive and fuel sustained growth, work effectively with the board, deal with investors, manage people, interact effectively with stakeholders and drive strategic change. All of that is on top of the traditional core financial and reporting duties. The CFO leadership program is designed to help participants assess and develop three critical skills in order to succeed in this critical leadership role.
Three pillars of CFO leadership.
The concept behind the CFO Leadership Program arose from conversations between Rotman, and Odgers Berndtson's CFO and Leadership Practices, as well as consultations with North America's leading CFOs, CEOs and audit chairs. Our conversations with this exclusive advisory board identified three critical CFO success factors which we refer to as the Three Pillars of CFO Leadership™:
- Leadership in the C-Suite
- Strategic Agility and Business Acumen
- Managing Key Stakeholder Relations.
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This highly personalized program focuses on positive behavior change. Each member of the program will have the opportunity to receive a customized leadership assessment, work one-on-one with an executive coach, and develop a personal action learning plan.
The program is limited to a select group of executives nominated by their CFO, CEO or audit chairs. The rigorous application process ensures that you will be in the company of your peers. The intimate class setting and social events provide ample opportunities for networking with both your classmates and leading CFOs, CEOs and audit chairs who will participate in panel discussions, select program sessions and receptions.
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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.
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.
Payment and Fee Reduction
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.
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.
Canada-Ontario Job Grant
The Canada-Ontario Job Grant reimburses employers two thirds of the training costs of their employees.
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*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 email@example.com.
Faculty & Instructors
Rotman Executive Program faculty are known for their ability to translate the latest research into practical applications for the workplace, and to transmit skills to participants with the best teaching techniques. Industry leaders contribute to our programs to bring you the most up-to-date best practices and a wealth of real-world experience.
Meet the faculty and instructors teaching in the CFO Leadership Program
This is by far the best executive education program I have attended since leaving the "Big Eight" in the late 1980's. It was well paced, with a qualified and interesting cohort and great instructors (professors from the school and expert consultants). The days were long, but passed by quickly. There was an appropriate mix of presentation, Q&A, and practical application. Guest speakers with on the ground experience in similar roles helped transcribe the concepts from business cases into the real world.
Robin Madsen | CFO
The CFO needs to strike a constant balance of being an advocate while also being a challenger.
Bobby Kwon | SVP, Chairman's Office
George Weston Limited
Former CFO, Unilever Canada
Nothing that is a big accomplishment gets done easily – you need perseverance.
Ian Clarke | CFO
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
When you are promoted from within you generally have organizational support. If you are new to the organization you are unproven and you need to build in certain mechanisms to be successful.
Karen Maidment | Audit and Risk Committee
TD Financial Group & TD Ameritrade
Audit Chair, TransAlta
Rotman's CFO Leadership Program can be used towards CPA continuing professional development (CPD) hours.
This program has been approved for 35 continuing professional development (CPD) hours under Section A of the continuing professional development (CPD) log of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).
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