Integrate Your Learning into a Project of Your Choice

The best way to retain and integrate learning is to immediately apply it to something important in your career. A key part of ensuring relevant and practical learning in the program is for you to identify, plan and implement a project from your place of work. Examples of projects could include a strategic plan for your community, proposals for funding new facilities or programs or any other project based initiatives. Brent Mainprize and Heather Ranson, experts from the University’s faculty will be available throughout the nine month program for coaching and guidance. The program will culminate with a presentation to a panel of management professionals of your project, plan and progress to date.


Course Descriptions:

Aboriginal Communities: Planning and Economic Development Strategies

A community’s sustainability depends on its ability to envision its long-term future, chart its own course, and to manage and direct its resources. This course focuses on a strategic planning process that enables First Nations communities in the North to deal with current issues and prepare for future ones while taking a holistic approach to managing community resources. It provides a framework for the integrated management of land, natural resources and the environment, while incorporating and addressing the social, economic and governance elements of a community. Each of these inter-related domains is integral to the long-term and successful functioning of a community. A key outcome of the course will enable participants to engage in a continuing process based on a broad vision that embraces sustainability and sets clear goals, while being both enforceable and flexible enough to deal with changing circumstances.

Leading Self and Others

In this course, you will complete a Mind Body Leadership Training (MBLT) program. MBLT is an experiential leadership training program designed to accelerate the development of emotional and relationship intelligence, namely the aspects of self- awareness, self-control, and self-leadership, in synergy with others. The MBLT will help to build your confidence by allowing you to discover your own unrealized capacity to be a leader, and establish the importance of creating effective, collaborative relationships. You will gain a greater appreciation of your ability and responsibility to be of greater service to others. This course is supported with martial and meditative practice, reflective learning, and a clear understanding of the correlation between success and highly effective relational skills.

Using Technology for Business Process Improvement

Using the latest technology, learn to successfully lead initiatives in business process through proven techniques. Uncover innovative ways of improving processes through understanding, analyzing, measuring, describing and documenting business processes.

Project Management

Gain the essential requirements for managers to deliver projects on time and on budget. The project management cycle will be defined and analysed from initiation though to execution and completion. Topics include project planning and control, communication and stakeholder management, risk, cost, quality and team leadership.

Communicating for Success and Business Law

Effective communication is crucial for business success. Learn to write and present clearly and concisely through a systematic analysis of your audiences and formulate a conscious communication strategy. This course focuses on how to write business documents that are clear, concise and objective-oriented. Learn to develop and deliver effective oral presentations, including appropriate, high-level visuals in support of key ideas. You will Improve your personal delivery in presentations, interviews, telephone conversations and meetings. Additionally, this course examines a number of legal principles that affect Aboriginal organizations. Topics include the law of tort, contract, business organizations and property. This course focuses on specialized areas such as the law of negligence, employment contracts, intellectual property and security of assets on Aboriginal Lands.

Budgeting: Understanding & Reading Financial Statements

Financial statements assist business people, communities and governments in decision making. They provide a snapshot of how well money is being managed. You will learn about the balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows. You will explore the standard set of rules known as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and unqualified vs. reserved auditor opinions.

Proposal Writing for Grant & Funding Applications

This course covers the opportunities and challenges facing you as a grant proposal writer. You will focus on the best practices for researching and writing successful proposals. We will discuss the components of a successful proposal and how to review and edit to get the funder’s attention. There will be hands-on exercises and writing practice throughout the course, with feedback from the instructor. You are encouraged to bring your ideas for possible proposals.

Managing People and Thriving on Change

A comprehensive workshop on the skills of navigating and leading change in the workplace. Participants will explore ways of building resilience and adaptability by appealing to both our rational and emotional reactions to change. You will learn how to engage team members by helping them to make tangible progress towards meaningful goals and develop a framework to build trust between and within units.

Social Media Marketing and Service Excellence

Effective marketing “makes things happen” in your Aboriginal organization. If used strategically, it can dramatically increase an organization’s impact. Mastering the foundational elements of marketing can provide organizations with focused objectives including how to increase sales, donations, and volunteer hours. Learn to effectively utilize social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter as part of your integrated marketing campaign and learn marketing techniques designed for profit/nonprofit organizations. You will quickly learn how to position your organization to reach your target audience through hands-on and engaging activities. You will also gain a competitive edge through relatively unknown human behaviour and business principles. Learn to appropriately use the eight ‘moments of power’ to enable yourself to build more successful relationships with your customers and assist in delivering world-class service.

Opportunity Evaluation and Business Modelling in Aboriginal Communities

This course develops an understanding of the innovative process of creating a business model to convert a good idea/opportunity into a productive commercial success. It examines selecting, staffing and managing elements of a business model to achieve strategic business objectives and to minimize risks of launching an untested venture. Particular consideration is given to invention, development and innovation as they relate to commercialization processes for First Nations entrepreneurs and Economic Development Corporations.

This module focuses on creating a business model using nine key building blocks (elements):

  1. Customer Segments
  2. Customer Relationships
  3. Value Proposition
  4. Channels
  5. Revenue Streams
  6. Key Activities
  7. Key Partners
  8. Key Resources
  9. Cost Structure