3-Week Program

Queen's Executive Program

Canada's most popular general management program

About the program

The Queen’s Executive Program is Canada's most popular executive program. This intensive three-week option provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in an executive learning environment with peers from across Canada and around the world.  

During the program, you will gain valuable insights into:

  • Strategic Thinking and Planning
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Management Fundamentals
    (Finance, Marketing, Sales, Information Management)
  • Leadership
  • Creating a High-Performance Workplace
  • Negotiation and Consensus-Building

Who should attend

This Program is suitable for senior managers and executives of all functional areas. Participants must have managerial experience.

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Certificate of Achievement

Upon completion of the Program, you will receive the Queen’s Executive Program Certificate, a widely recognized symbol of excellence in executive education.

Since its inception in 1981, more than 1,600 organizations in more than 40 countries have sent managers and executives to Queen’s Executive Education programs.

High impact learning

Leading-edge content presented by outstanding session leaders.

Queen's Executive Program is Available in 3 Formats

Benefits for you and your organization

Queen’s Executive Program is an intensive and unique learning experience that provides significant and lasting benefits

  • Broaden your management perspective and bring new ideas, concepts and tools back to your organization
  • Become an effective leader, strategic thinker, and agent of positive change
  • Deepen your understanding of the intricate relationships that exist across functions
  • Enhance your functional knowledge in Finance, Marketing, Sales and Information Management
  • Network with senior managers and executives from a variety of industries
  • Establish an on-going relationship with Smith School of Business as an alumnus of the Program

Queen’s Executive Program Alumni Network

As an alumnus of the Program you will receive:

  • Access to special continuing education events
  • Invitations to Queen’s Business Club events in cities across Canada as well as New York, London and Hong Kong
  • Subscription to the online edition of Smith Magazine, the Smith School of Business alumni magazine
  • Exclusive access to course materials, articles and information
  • Invitations to monthly webinars

Program content

An extensive overview of general management concepts, frameworks, tools and techniques. Includes a highly-acclaimed, optional Lifestyle Component to promote work / life balance and improvement in overall health.


Strategy — Week 1

Strategic Planning and Implementation
Draft and implement a dynamic and effective strategic plan

  • Evaluate the strategic landscape by examining the market, regulatory, and technological forces that will shape your organization's future
  • Develop a structured and disciplined framework for planning
  • Challenge conventional thinking and create shareholder value
  • Integrate all functional areas and operating plans into the strategic plan

Optional Session: Public Sector Issues in Strategic Planning

Leading Change
Drive positive change and improve organizational performance

  • Examine different forms, timing and objectives of collaboration
  • Build an infrastructure for collaboration in your organization
  • Identify partners and build effective relationships
  • Manage organizational communications and motivate people in an environment of change

Strategic Planning and Risk Management Tools
Determine the strategic platform that is right for your organization

  • Create a vision, mission and objectives that are meaningful to your organization
  • Use competitive intelligence to anticipate competitors' plans, identify business trends and prepare for changes in competitive conditions
  • Identify the challenges and opportunities that are make-or-break for your organization
  • Integrate risk management and cross-functional thinking into your planning process
  • Understand the profit drivers and financial implications of alternative strategic platforms

Enterprise Management — Week 2

Use financial tools to make better business decisions

  • Use concepts such as the time value of money and cost of capital
  • Use liquidity, profitability and capital structure to effectively manage risk
  • Understand financial instruments such as swaps, forwards, futures, options and derivatives

Project Management and Lean Innovation
Lead and support product and service innovation in a lean environment

  • Use leading-edge tactics to exceed objectives, and minimize risk.

Information Management
As organizations rush to become more 'digital', this session is designed to help organizations understand what digital really means.

  • Leverage technology to get customers and employees more engaged as co-producers of value
  • Deliver relevant information to the right people at the right time
  • Use analytics to influence meaning and insights into business processes
  • Modernize existing business models using 'SMAC' – a methodology that leverages the value of Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud to deliver on the needs of today's changing competitive environment

Marketing and Sales Management
Maximize the profit impact of your marketing and sales efforts

  • Establish a clear value proposition and market positioning
  • Integrate the marketing and sales plans
  • Profile, focus on, and create value for the right customers

Human Resources Management
Attract, engage, develop and retain the best talent.

  • Create an environment in which individuals and teams excel
  • Foster continuous improvement
  • Align values, policies, practices and systems to support high performance

Leadership — Week 3

Developing a Personal Leadership Plan
Enhance organizational performance by applying the principles of transformational leadership and coaching

  • Gain insights into your personal leadership style through personal assessments and one-on-one feedback
  • Develop a personal leadership plan
  • Recognize and value different styles of thinking and decision-making
  • Develop the potential of others and create a climate of commitment and trust
  • Understand key factors that have an impact on team climate, individual motivation, and organizational performance

Creating a High-Performance Organization
Achieve continuous improvement in work processes, teamwork, and management practices

  • Understand the elements of a high-performance environment
  • Align values, policies, practices and systems to support high performance
  • Design reward and recognition programs that reinforce the business strategy
  • Effectively manage the corporate culture
  • Use self-directed teams as building blocks for the high-performance workplace

Negotiation and Consensus-Building
Negotiate effectively with customers, suppliers and internal stakeholders

  • Understand the dynamics of conflict
  • Transform confrontation into problem-solving
  • Invent creative options that maximize the interests of all parties

Session leaders include senior professors from Smith School of Business and knowledgeable experts from industry. These outstanding teachers are constantly in touch with today's business world through real-world business experience, Board memberships and their own consulting practices.

Julian is the author of The Science of Leadership: Lessons From Research for Organizational Leaders, which was published by Oxford University Press (New York) in January, 2014. His research interests focus on the nature and development of transformational leadership and employee well-being, and he is also the author of well over 200 research articles and book chapters, and the author or editor of several books, including Employment, Stress and Family Functioning (1990, Wiley & Sons); The Union and Its Members: A Psychological Approach (1992, Oxford University Press); Changing Employment Relations: Behavioral and Social Perspectives (1995, American Psychological Association); Young Workers (1999, American Psychological Association); and The Psychology of Workplace Safety (2004, American Psychological Association). He is also co-editor of the Handbook of Workplace Violence (2006, SAGE Publications), and senior editor of both the Handbook of Work Stress (2005), Handbook of Organizational Behaviour (2008), all published by SAGE, The Psychology of Green Organizations (2015) and Work and Sleep: Research Insights for the Workplace (2016), both published by Oxford University Press).

Julian was formerly the editor of the American Psychological Association's Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, served as the chair of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Workplace Violence in 2001-2, and was the chairperson of the Advisory Council on Occupational Health and Safety to the Ontario Minister of Labour from 1989-1991.

Julian is a Fellow for the Royal Society of Canada, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Canadian Psychological Association. Julian was the recipient in 2016 of the Distinguished Contributions to Industrial and Organizational Psychology by the C-SIOP Division of the Canadian Psychological Association.

MacLean's magazine named Julian as one of Queen's University's most popular professors in 1996. Julian received the National Post's "Leaders in Business Education" award in 2001 and Queen's University's Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision in 2008.

Julian received his Ph.D in 1979 from the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he subsequently taught in the Psychology Department. He joined Queen's University in 1984, initially teaching in the Department of Psychology. Julian moved to the School of Business in 1994; and served as the Associate Dean with responsibility for the Ph.D, M.Sc and Research programs in the School of Business from 1997-2011.

With a background combining formal training in education with extensive expertise in social media, web analytics, and digital marketing, Mr. Bearse is able to bridge the gap between technology and business. An active consultant and speaker, his list of current and former clients includes WestJet, SaskTel, Kidrobot, Starbucks Canada, Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. He is frequently featured as an expert in social media and digital marketing for major media outlets including Bloomberg, CBC, CTV, the Globe & Mail, and The National Post. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Board of MyMusic.com, a quickly growing social network for music fans around the world.

Barry Cross is an expert and thought leader in innovation, execution and operations strategy. He joined Smith School of Business after nearly 20 years in the automotive and manufacturing sectors with Magna, Autosystems and DuPont, where he led many key strategic initiatives, including nearly 30 program launches in North America, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Barry speaks and consults widely in the areas of Lean, Innovation, Strategy, Projects and Execution, enabling organizations to create sustainable value for their customers. He is the bestselling author of three books, including Simple: Killing Complexity for a Lean and Agile Organization, and several Most Read articles.

Tina Dacin is Director of the Centre for Social Impact and a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Smith School of Business.  She specializes in the areas of business ethics, social innovation, strategic alliances and business networks, specifically focusing on the topics of partner selection and collaboration.  Prior to joining Queen’s, she spent nine years at Texas A&M University, where she was recognized for both research and teaching excellence.  She has consulted with companies in many industries and has served on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals.

David Detomasi is an authority on globalization, corporate and non-profit governance, and corporate strategy. He is an active business case writer and researcher, and is regularly featured in the media.  In the private sector, he has consulted with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and The World Economic Forum, examining the strategic and governance practices of the world's most influential companies.

Shai Dubey is Director of the Queen’s Full-time MBA program and a member of the School’s faculty, teaching courses in negotiations, cross-cultural management, ethics, domestic and international business law and entrepreneurship. He is also a corporate commercial lawyer and has practiced law at several major law firms in Toronto. Previously, Shai was the COO, General Counsel and member of the Board of Directors of Quicklaw Inc. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the KROCK community advisory board and Vice-Chair of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation. Shai also sits on several financial committees for organizations that provide funding to entrepreneurial enterprises.

Louis Gagnon is an expert on capital markets and risk-management. His research has been published in several leading academic journals including the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and the Journal of Empirical Finance. He is a seasoned practitioner who, during his stint in senior management at the Royal Bank of Canada, oversaw the bank’s global interest rate derivatives exposures and developed risk management methodologies and policies. He consults for a number of organizations and is actively involved in executive education in Canada and abroad. He has been quoted extensively in national media.

Peter Jensen is the author of The Inside Edge, Ignite The Third Factor and Thriving in a 24/7 World, the founder of Performance Coaching Inc., and a longstanding instructor at Smith School of Business at Queen's University. A dynamic speaker with a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology, Peter has attended 9 Olympic Games as a member of the Canadian team and helped over 70 athletes medal. With the world of Olympic sport as a laboratory, he has developed a deep understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader of high performers. Peter is a renowned innovator—bringing coaching and personal high performance to corporations worldwide. As a teacher, Peter has the power to invigorate audiences through his compelling use of humour, personal experiences and concrete, actionable content.

John Moore is an experienced and award-winning executive educator who is highly regarded in the accounting profession. He has conducted executive development seminars on financial tools for senior managers at Alcan, BMW, DuPont, Canon, Mitel, Shoppers Drug Mart, New Brunswick Power Corporation, Mountain Equipment Co-op, and Canada Post. He also works with members of senior management teams to integrate financial accounting concepts into strategic planning.  He is a 17-time winner of the MBA Teaching Excellence Award from Smith School of Business; a recipient of the Silver Medal from CMA Canada; Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada; and the author of five accounting textbooks, including a study guide for students preparing for the CA designation.

Salman Mufti is the Associate Dean and Executive Director of Smith School of Business Executive Education.  In addition, Salman is an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at Smith School of Business.  He is an award-winning teacher and has extensive domestic and international teaching experience in both degree and non-degree executive education. He is a former Director of Queen's Executive MBA and of Queen's Full-time MBA. He regularly advises senior managers in corporations and the public sector, and is frequently featured in the press on matters relating to managerial decision making and technology strategy.  He has consulted with numerous organizations including Bell Canada, Sun Life Insurance, Canadian National Railway, Accenture, and Business Development Bank of Canada.

Elspeth Murray has served as the Associate Dean - MBA and Masters Programs since 2012, and has been a professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Smith School of Business since 1996. She also holds the CIBC Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, and founded Queen's Centre for Business Venturing. Prior to joining Queen's, she worked in industry for 7 years for several firms including IBM, and Canadian Tire. As an integral part of her work in the strategy and new venture fields, Dr. Murray specializes in the management of change. In 2002, she co-authored a best-selling book, Fast Forward: Organizational Change in 100 Days, Oxford University Press, with Dr. Peter Richardson. She has recently co-developed (with Dr. David Saunders) the Analytics Climate Assessment Tool (ACAT), which is used to assess organizations technological capacity, skill sets, and analytics culture. Current research is focused on best practices in leading and managing change to create an analytics culture.

Dr. Murray teaches on many Smith MBA and Executive Education programs, and consults widely with a diversity of firms including BMW, Detour Gold, Wawanesa Insurance, Versacold Logistics and the Auditor General for Canada. She serves as a Director for several firms and is an advisor to several start-ups and CEO's. Dr. Murray received an undergraduate degree in computer science and mathematics, and an MBA, both from Queen's University. Her doctorate in Strategy and Management Information Systems was completed at the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Shawna O'Grady is an authority on strategic human resources management, team-building, and the cross-cultural aspects of international business. She is an experienced team facilitator who is in high demand for her original approach to team-building.  She is also the author of Border Crossings – Doing Business in the U.S., an award-winning book on international business.  She has consulted with many organizations including Microsoft, MDS, Mattel, Shoppers Drug Mart, Enbridge Consumers Gas, Industry Canada, BMW, Novo Nordisk, Oracle, Xerox, Bell Canada, GlaxoSmithKline, Ministry of Finance, Canada Post Corporation, and TD Canada Trust.

Peter Richardson is a leading expert in corporate turnarounds and an authority on strategic management and the management of innovation. His strategic approach to cost management and margin improvement has been widely adopted by industry. During his years at Smith School of Business, Peter has authored over 75 papers and case studies on strategic management. With Elspeth Murray, he co-authored Fast Forward: Organizational Change in 100 Days. A previous book, Cost Containment: The Ultimate Strategic Advantage, remains one of the few books to be written on cost improvement. He consults widely for many organizations including BHP Billiton, Alcoa, CIBC Mellon, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Auditor General of Canada, and Natural Resources Canada, working closely with senior executives on strategy development and deployment.

Ken Wong is one of Canada's most frequently quoted business professors. He has worked with the Strategic Planning Institute at Harvard University and the Conference Board of Canada, and writes a monthly column for Strategy and periodically for Marketing and the National Post. He is a 2006 inductee into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and past winner of the National Post's Leaders in Management Education award. He regularly judges "Canada's Best Managed Companies" and other competitions, addresses and consults with corporations around the world, and sits on a number of advisory/directorship boards

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