Professional Leadership Programs

Program Overview

The Centre for Social Impact provides astute professionals with opportunities to gain applicable skills and build professional networks to advance your career and support your organizational goals.

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Certificate in Social Impact for Professionals

The Certificate in Social Impact equips you with current insights that will spark your creativity and enhance your skills to effect positive change. You will gain the ability to use emerging approaches that integrate social impact considerations into core business and organizational strategies. By earning a Certificate in Social Impact, you will gain a depth of knowledge that can take you to the top of your field where you can make a difference and lead the way to a better world.

Each session can be taken separately or combined with an independent project to earn a full Certificate in Social Impact.


Social Finance Academy 2-days

Learn how to integrate social finance tools within your organization to transform outcomes and investment models, while achieving measurable financial returns and valuable social impacts.

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Leading with Impact2-days

Learn what it means to be a responsible and ethical leader who can effect change within organizations, communities, and society at large. The session will focus on topics such as authenticity, designing for innovation, social intrapreneurship, and partnering across sectors.

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Completion of an Applied Project

Participants will seek out an internal senior organizational mentor to advise them on the completion of an independent or team project exploring issues of social impact specific to their workplace.

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Diversity and Inclusion Professional Series

The Diversity and Inclusion Professional Series seeks to address the diversity gap in senior leadership roles. These programs strengthen peer networks and develop mentorship which enhances the value of diverse leadership teams.

In development, are professional leadership programs focused on Indigenous leadership, women in leadership, and programs for newcomer Canadians.


LGBTQ+ Executive Leadership Program 5-days

May 12 - May 17, 2019

This leadership program is designed specifically for senior business professionals who identify as LGBTQ+.

The week-long program combines insightful teaching, group discussion, team-based exercises, and personal assessment. It will be an immersive experience of learning, self-reflection, and inspiration. Meet your full potential and accelerate your career.

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Who Attends

The Centre for Social Impact offers the opportunity for working professionals. This program is open to any individual working in the corporate, private, non-profit or public sectors who is interested in gaining in-depth exposure to diverse and cutting-edge approaches to social impact.

World Class Facilities

The Executive Leadership Programs will take place at our Toronto Facility. Located in the heart of Canada’s financial district, it features state-of-the-art conference and meeting rooms and is the home of many of our short-format programs.

Wind Turbine

Growing social and environmental issues are impacting the success and long-term health of companies, organizations, and the prosperity of our communities as a whole.


As an astute senior manager or senior level executive, you recognize that changing times provide both a challenge and an opportunity. You have a vested interest in seeking solutions that can strengthen your leadership abilities and implement approaches that can better position you for the future while making a positive influence in the world.

To do this, you need to be adept and have the ability to use the leadership skills and approaches that integrate social impact into your core strategy.

By enrolling in the Professional Leadership Programs, you will:

  • Gain a network of peers and learn from expert faculty and practitioners
  • Join a rapidly growing global community of responsible leaders
  • Develop practical skills for leadership excellence
  • Design and implement engagement strategies for your organization where people feel valued, connected, and committed to the outcomes
  • Broaden your ability to have positive social impact in your organization and community

Your organization will:

  • Develop knowledge of social impact topics
  • Inspire an impactful organizational culture, supportive of innovation
  • Build and execute cross-sector partnerships
  • Gain tools to further an organizations social impact

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