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Rotman-Odgers Berndtson New Leader Integration Program

Make your first year count

The first year in a new role or organization is one of the most challenging steps in your career. Expectations to produce results and secure early wins combine to create a high-pressure, high-stress environment.

The New Leader Integration program, designed jointly by the Rotman School of Management and integrated leadership advisory firm Odgers Berndtson, prepares new executives for success during their first year by accelerating their impact through mastering team and organizational dynamics, building strong relationships with peers and team members, and ably navigating challenges and change from day one.

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With the help of industry-experts and insights from one of the world's top executive search firms, you'll be equipped to:

  • Quickly identify key issues and opportunities
  • Make meaningful contributions to the organization faster
  • Create an inspiring and impactful agenda for your first year

What You'll Learn

Each member of the class will receive one-on-one coaching to develop their roadmap to success. Participants will also complete an EQI self-assessment debrief, completed in advance, which gives participants the opportunity to not only learn from their own results but also compare their results with those of their peers. 

You'll gain exposure to a diverse group of peers, drawing on each other’s perspectives and experiences and building a network you can leverage as you grow into this and future roles, as well as participate in panels and sessions led by some of the country’s top executive development experts from both industry and academia.

By the end of the program, you will know how to:

  • establish networks of information and communication
  • decode and shape your organization's culture
  • create a shared purpose and commitment with a new team
  • leverage diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Meet the Faculty and Instructors teaching in New Leader Integration

Eric Beaudan, Featured Instructor

Global Head of Odgers Berndtson's Leadership Practice

Eric Beaudan is Partner and Global Head of the firm's Leadership Practice at Odgers Berndtson, based in Toronto. Using the proprietary LeaderFit assessment method he designed, Eric works with organizations to assess and develop the leadership potential of their executives and high-potential talent.

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Ensure Your Future Success

Today’s new leaders face a much more complex environment than even just a few years ago, from virtual environments, to unprecedented levels of stress, burnout, and mental health issues that make it very difficult for a new executive to assess the true potential of their team.

Today’s businesses also face heightened expectations around social and environmental responsibility, issues that new leaders have often had only limited visibility to in their previous roles. The business environment continues to operate at a much faster pace and with greater complexity than ever before. New executives are expected to make a visible impact within the first three months in their roles. 

These issues combine into a perfect storm that make “getting it right” in the first year critical, which has created a strong need for accelerated executive leadership training and development opportunities.

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In addition to state of the art leadership frameworks, unparalleled learning environments and access to an unbeatable network of accomplished peers from around the world, Rotman Executive Programs participants receive additional benefits and discounts, including a Certificate of Professional Achievement. Learn more about available benefits and discounts.

Designed to Deliver Maximum Impact Virtually

Experience the power of Rotman's virtual portfolio in achieving your goals, even in disruptive environments. We've not only adapted our leading open enrolment portfolio for a virtual environment, but have designed our programs to capitalize on the unique benefits offered by online settings. These programs make it easy for you to continue your growth while you navigate the current challenges of working from different environments. Access world-class faculty in live sessions for the latest research and insights, grow your connections with peers from different industries and organizations and refine your leadership strengths from the comfort of wherever you are.

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 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.

This program can count towards earning your Excellence in Executive Leadership certificate. Join an elite circle of leaders building their own path to professional development and receive official recognition from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.


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Date and fees

6 half-day sessions over 3 weeks

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Participant profile:
Executives (Vice Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents and C-suite leaders) who have recently accepted a new role or been in the role for less than 12 months. Sponsorship from your organization is preferable but not mandatory

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$6,780 CAD + HST

Program Partner

Odgers Berndtson

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