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Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel

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Explore the unique challenges of those who strive to be recognized as strategic business partners within their organizations. You will develop the ability to make more informed decisions, apply your legal knowledge to move your organization forward strategically, and successfully navigate organizational dynamics.


The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) and the Rotman School of Management have partnered to create the Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel. The first program of its kind, successful completion of all three phases will provide graduates with the designation of Certified In-House Counsel – Canada (CIC.C).

The Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel provides an overview of the essential knowledge and skills required by those who strive to be recognized as strategic business partners within their organizations. Participants explore the unique challenges of effective leadership in today's complex organizational environment and develop the perspectives and skills to become effective leaders in their own right.

Through a variety of learning methods including case studies, simulations, lectures, group work and class discussions, participants develop the skills required to become a key business resource in their organization – able to advance the business while maintaining the balance of being the company's legal expert.

The program will combine the leading edge management knowledge from Rotman faculty with the in-house experience of senior General Counsel from across Canada.

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Key Benefits

On completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Make an impact on your business’ strategic decisions
  • Successfully navigate organizational dynamics
  • Manage work relationships more effectively through communication and collaboration
  • Balance your professional responsibilities as in-house counsel with broader organizational leadership responsibilities
  • Make more informed decisions by learning to use financial tools and resources
  • Apply your legal knowledge to help move your organization forward in a strategic fashion
  • Understand your personal leadership style
  • Lead and manage change more effectively

Program Details

This program is comprised of a face to face learning component as well as several legal knowledge application courses that are delivered online. The face to face component consists of three three-day modules offered over the course of a calendar year at the Rotman School. The online courses are self-paced and can be completed during the course of the entire Program.  Participants must successfully complete all components of the Program in order to be eligible to receive the Certified In House Counsel (CIC.C) designation. The designation is awarded upon the successful completion of a comprehensive assessment process at the conclusion of the Program.

The program has been a tremendous resource to me and had an immediate impact on my career!
The lessons around understanding and navigating organizational dynamics (so important, but not something you’re taught in law school) gave me a new lens through which to view the corporate dynamic and helped me build credibility. My development as a leader, manager, strategic thinker and communicator contributed to the next step in my career, which saw my appointment to the Executive Team and expanded responsibility over non-legal functions such as Quality Assurance and Product Safety.

Dave Suchon | Director & Sr. Corporate Counsel
Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.

Who Should Attend

This program is for:

  • Only Legal Officers (OLOs) who want to grow their management / leadership skills and enhance their executive team contribution
  • In-house counsel serving as specialists within large legal departments, who desire broader and more varied skills development in management and leadership
  • Senior Counsel who would like to move to the executive level
  • New to in-house counsel working in a small or large legal department and requiring external training and development
  • Mid-level in-house counsel who want to move to the next career level and require broader management and leadership development 
  • External law firm lawyers who would like to move to an in-house role


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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Dates and fees

18-day intensive program (three 6-day online modules)

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September 18, 2020-May 20, 2021

Module 1: September 18*, 20, 22, 24, 29 and October 1, 2020 
Module 2: February 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25, 2021
Module 3: May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18* and 20, 2021

Class runs 10am-2pm EDT unless otherwise noted*

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Participant profile:
Experienced OLOs (Only Legal Officers), in-house counsel, senior counsel, and external law firm lawyers

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$9,600 CAD + HST (please refer to the CCCA website for a flexible payment schedule)

Application Deadline: August 1, 2020

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Speak to Lindsey Victor about the program

Tel: 416.869.0522 x526

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