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Rotman – CIOCAN CIO Executive Leadership Program

Earn your CIO Designation

The CIO Executive Leadership Program, delivered by the Rotman School of Management in partnership with CIOCAN, is the first and most important step in obtaining your official CIO.D and in developing the skills and experience to reinforce your role as a strategic Senior IT Leader and CIO.

This CIO Executive Leadership Program will grow your influence, earning potential, and respect.

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The CIO Executive Leadership Program will help you gain the skills to greater contribute to your organization’s strategic planning and success, as well as position yourself as a meaningful member of the senior leadership team. By the end of this program you will also:

  • Gain the skills for you to successfully become a business advocate and board advisor for all things technology
  • Understand business financial statements/budgets and the bottom-line impact of IT
  • Understand vendor/contract management skills
  • Understand GRC for your business
  • Have the ability to target delivery excellence and identify digital transformation areas
  • Develop modern approaches to talent management, DEI, and just as importantly: building your own brand
  • Make connections with thought leaders, executives in residence and high performing peers

Why earn the CIO.D?

  • Peer access to over 500 CIO’s and IT Leaders in our membership
  • Access to premium events and additional leadership programs designed for you and your certified CIO Alumni
  • Get the jump start you may need to obtain that next CIO position or the affirmation for your business and peers that you are not only an experienced CIO, but a certified CIO by the CIO Association of Canada Standards and Board


How to earn the CIO.D

  • 3 years of verifiable experience in an IT leadership role provided
  • Attended and successfully completed Rotman – CIOCAN CIO Executive Leadership Program
  • Pass the CIOCAN designation exam
  • To obtain and maintain the official CIO designation CIO.D, you must be a member in good-standing with the CIO Association of Canada. To learn more visit

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Technical Requirements

This program will be delivered over Zoom and requires access to this platform. Terms and conditions for Zoom usage can be found here: This program requires a stable internet connection, the latest version of the Google Chrome internet browser, and use of a microphone. Access to a webcam is preferred but optional.

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.

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.


Payments can be made online. Applicants will be redirected to a secure online payment website after completion of the application form. A deposit of 50% of the program fee up to $4,000 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. Deposits will be refunded to applicants not accepted to the program.

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March Offering: Sold Out

September 2024 Offering:

September 16 & 20, 2024
September 23 & 27, 2024
September 30 & October 4, 2024
October 8 & 11, 2024
October 18 & 21, 2024

Class times:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

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Participant profile:

  • Senior IT leaders looking to move into the CIO role
  • Current CIOs looking stregthen their skills in leadership
  • CIOs wanting to obtain the official CIO designation (CIO.D) by the CIO Association of Canada

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$9,750 CAD + HST

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Contact Sharon Doopan if you have any questions

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