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Advanced Business Design Facilitation

What is Business Design?

Business Design is a human-centred approach to innovation. By developing an empathic mindset through design methods, organizations can be more strategic about finding, framing and solving problems. Business Design embeds Design Thinking (focused primarily on creative solutions) into its end-to-end innovation stages. Business Design develops the critical ‘innovative’ mindset in business leaders and ultimately the culture of future-proof organizations.

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Establish your ability to deliver corporate and executive business design training in three days at Rotman. Designed by an award-winning teaching team and led by the world’s first practitioner-academic on business design, Angèle Beausoleil, this is the first program of its kind. Get the critical and creative instructional and learning foundations, combined with studio-teaching practices needed to train and facilitate design thinking in your organization.

We combine the best practices in higher education with design thinking for business content to help you confidently facilitate and train design thinkers in your organization. 

This program is also suitable for executive education teachers and sessional lecturers.

Here’s what you can expect: 

  • Teacher-Trainer Toolbox: active learning and studio practice fundamentals
  • Business Design Pedagogy, Competencies and Curriculum Design
  • From classroom to boardroom: Mini-Lesson Plans, Design and Delivery
  • Develop and measure design competencies in corporate environments
  • Practicum and Reflective Teaching-Training Strategies
  • You’ll also get a unique trainer guide with extensive templates.


Take your training programs to the next level. 

The 3-day intensive program integrates the best practices of higher education’s intensive skills workshops with design thinking for business content. Angèle will be joined by a selection of award winning faculty from the disciplines of business design and teaching foundations. 

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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.


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.

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Angèle Beausoleil, Featured Faculty

Angèle Beausoleil

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Business Design and Innovation

Dr. Angèle Beausoleil is a 'pracademic' who teaches design methodologies for business innovation and leads field (action) research inside organizations on innovation process design, navigation and management. A former communications designer, senior strategist and innovation lab executive, she applies her 25 years of business experience to crafting high impact teaching and student-centred learning experiences. As Rotman's assistant professor of Business Design and Innovation, Dr. Beausoleil teaches MBAs and senior commerce students Business Design Practicum, Creativity and Business Innovation, Design Research and Data Storytelling, and the International Design Study Tour. She taught for five years at UBC's Sauder School of Business and remains a visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Dr. Beausoleil is Canada's first PhD to focus on innovation literacy (innovativeness/innovatorship) using business/strategic design (design thinking) processes and methods.

Application Process

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Each application is reviewed by Rotman’s admissions committee to ensure participants have the appropriate academic and work experience.

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.

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.

Fee Reduction

Rotman Executive Program graduates and Rotman alumni are eligible for a 25% discount on this program. Discounts cannot be combined but we will honour the greater discount amount towards the program fee. For more information on additional discounts, visit 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


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