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Rotman Strategic Human Resource Leadership

Aligning strategy, people and performance.

Achieve an in-depth understanding of how to seamlessly link HR with business strategy and learn best practices for effectively integrating leadership development and succession.

Make HR a valued partner.

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, the role of HR has transcended traditional functional boundaries and become a pivotal driver of organizational success. As a senior HR leader, you are at the forefront of this transformation, and your strategic insights and leadership capabilities are crucial to your organization’s prosperity. Rotman’s Strategic HR Leadership Program is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to excel in this pivotal role.

Apply NowMARCH 3-7, 2025 | $10,900 CAD + HST

The program will immerse you in a dynamic and engaging learning experience shared with experienced peers from a variety of industries and backgrounds. The experience will empower you to drive HR initiatives that align with your organization's strategic goals and will make you a more effective and strategic HR leader while building a strong network of peers who share your passion for HR excellence.

What you'll learn

  • Strategic HR Leadership Insights: Gain a deep understanding of the evolving role of HR and its pivotal role in driving organizational success.
  • Leadership Development: Sharpen your leadership skills and learn how to inspire and lead your HR team effectively.
  • Talent Management: Learn critical frameworks and capabilities for developing intentional leaders, from talent assessment, employee engagement and succession planning. 
  • Data-Driven Decision Making: Discover the power of HR analytics and how data can drive better decision-making.
  • Change Management: Learn to navigate change, lead transformation, and adapt to the ever-evolving business landscape.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Explore strategies for fostering diversity and inclusion within your organization.
  • Purpose-Driven Culture: Understand the importance of organizational purpose for today’s workforce, and ways to build a culture that supports and reinforces commitment to purpose.


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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 Strategic Human Resources Leadership Program

Rose Patten, Featured Faculty

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Chancellor, University of Toronto (2nd term)

Rose Patten is Special Advisor to the CEO and Senior Executives at BMO Financial Group. In this role she partners with and advises Group Heads on select strategies with a particular emphasis on strategy execution, leadership development and succession for top leaders.

Rose's career has spanned the four financial sectors - banking, trust, insurance and investment banking - with responsibilities for Canada, U.S. Europe and Asia. Previous key roles at BMO include Head of Strategy (Senior Executive President), Global Head of Human Resources (Senior Executive President), Senior Vice President of Corporate Services and the first woman member and long-time Member of the Bank's Executive Committee. Earlier roles include Executive Vice President of BMO Nesbitt Burns, Senior Vice President of Manulife and General Manager of Lloyds Bank Canada.


Tackling today’s HR challenges by linking strategy, leadership, talent and culture.

Over five days you will learn how to align strategy, people, performance and culture while exploring the critical elements of a successful HR strategy. By enhancing your own capabilities as an HR leader, you will be better able to articulate and implement that strategy, including by supporting culture change initiatives, succession planning, and talent management. 


Day 1

  • Strategy and competitive advantage
  • The integrated talent management model
  • Integrated talent management: assessment & self-awareness

Day 2

  • Integrated talent management: intentional leadership development and renewal
  • Integrated talent management: employee engagement in a changing world

Day 3

  • Building a purpose-driven culture
  • Integrated talent management: succession planning

Day 4

  • Using analytics to enhance talent plans and decisions 
  • Enabling impact through cultural fluency

Day 5

  • Leading organizational change
  • The integrated HR strategy
*Schedule subject to change


What really stood out for me in Rotman's Strategic Human Resource Leadership Program was the learning experience.  Hugh and Rose are absolutely phenomenal teachers, leaders, mentors and coaches.  I learned a lot from them and they are both very inspirational.  The discussions were fantastic in that we weren't being lectured to as students  but were being engaged in a discussion as adults.  Also the discussions and examples shared were personal examples that Rose and Hugh relayed – they were real examples where we got to see what worked and didn't work.

Renata Kleban | Director, HR Business Solutions
Infrastructure Ontario

As a result of Rotman's Strategic Human Resource Leadership Program,  I was able to take a step back and make sure that the entire organization was engaged, and had a good understanding of the project I was working on.  Seeking alignment has made the project run more smoothly than if I had forged ahead, as planned.

Brent Chamberlain | Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion

I came to Rotman's Strategic Human Resource Leadership Program seeking knowledge in succession planning and what I came away with was the skill set to look at things differently and with a new perspective.

Phillip Kotanidis | Manager, HR & Labour Relations
Toronto East General Hospital

As a learner in the Strategic Human Resources Leadership Program, the half-day follow up session offered excellent value. Reconnecting with the facilitators and with other participants to review the application of our learnings in our workplaces solidified many aspects of the program for me.  Hearing from fellow participants about their successes and challenges in advancing the application of the course's concepts and models demonstrated we are all making progress and that our opportunities are similar across our organizations, whether they are small or large, public or private.

Sharon Robinson, CHRP | Manager, Human Resources
Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia

Learning that lasts

In addition to the core five-day program, your enrolment includes a half-day follow-up session two months out. This is your opportunity to share how you have implemented your learning and solicit feedback and advice from faculty and peers. Your immersive experience will be further enabled by being part of a Personal Advisory Board, which provides a deeper enriching experience during the program and throughout the post-program experience as you prepare to return for the follow-up session and graduation. 

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.

Payment and Fee Reduction


Payments can be made online. A deposit of 50% of the program fee (up to $4,000) is required at time of application. If the full fee is not paid at the time of application, the balance of the program fee is due 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days before program start date, whichever is first. Fees will be refunded to those not accepted into 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

HPRA Seal This program has been approved for 32 CPD hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).

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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5-day intensive program with a 1/2 day post-program workshop

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March 3-7, 2025

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Rotman School of Management
Toronto, Ontario

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Participant profile:
Senior HR leaders with ten years of experience; leaders in other functional areas of the business with HR responsibilities

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$10,900 CAD + HST

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