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Why Choose MDPM

Velika Ivanova

“I have been in the project management space for 15 years. Most recently as a Program Manager on large scale programs focused on building digital products. Those products enable data-powered insights, drive efficiencies for the business, and enhance customer satisfaction by improving the customer journeys. Understanding the product management lifecycle and key concepts has been helpful in my role as a leader of digital teams. For me the MDPM degree is a strategic enhancement of my professional skillset. The MDPM credentials will empower me to be bolder when I pursue the next challenge in my career.

“When I was considering options for my grad studies, I was looking for a mix of a well-recognized institution, innovative approach to learning and high quality of programs offered. Smith is the first Business School in North America to offer the Master of Digital Product Management, so it was an easy decision. This program is for people who are passionate or curious about product management, and for those who are ambitious and want to drive change in a digital world.”

Velika Ivanova
Program Manager, Data Enablement,
Sun Life Financial (Canada)
Kris Hayward

“My recent career path has been embedded in Digital Transformation, from supporting several product teams during my tenure at Apple to consumer digital products at Suncor. Digital Product Management is an emerging field and I was seeking an accredited institution where I could learn industry best practices and approaches from experienced faculty. This opportunity at Smith to learn from industry leaders was extremely attractive and they’ve designed the program for students to balance their career, home and education commitments. I am most excited to learn from insiders that have in-depth experience in this space, increase my knowledge in the concepts and approaches to managing Digital Products as well as build a robust network of peers to move forward with in our career journey.”

Kris Hayward
Product Manager, Consumer Digital Products
Suncor
Dominic Quintilian

“I pursued the MDPM program because I have had a difficult time moving up in my career as a product manager. Not only was it difficult to get into product in the first place but growing your career in product without the right education, resources and mentorship is even more difficult. Armed with my BCom undergrad, I learned web development and product management fundamentals on my own, to position myself more competitively as a product manager. I successfully broke into product using my breadth of experience working in countless different software Startup's. But I still could not find the right organization that would be willing to develop me into a career product manager. Smith’s MDPM provides me with the career plan I needed to get myself headed in the right direction. I had heard great things about their master's programs before MDPM was offered. I knew that MDPM was the perfect investment for me to build my career. The combination of network, education, resources and mentorship is something I could not find anywhere else. MDPM has now become my most competitive job asset that I can use moving forward in my career to join the right organization as a Product Leader.”

Dominic Quintilian
Product Coach
Ontario Tech Talent
Kelechi Uzoma

“I currently practice as a product manager and have done so for more than 7 years in various industries - Banking/Financial Services & IT including Platform; Cloud/Data/Infrastructure; Growth Product Management and App Modernization tools. I chose to pursue the MDPM degree to learn the academic aspect of product management and digital transformation as I intend to become a leader in the digital transformation ecosystem. Smith at Queen’s has a renowned track record of producing industry leaders through their programs so it’s no surprise they are leading the charge in this space. Everything about this program excites me, learning from industry leading faculty, to collaborating with individuals who share my enthusiasm for product & digital transformation. I would encourage anyone considering the program to take the leap! There are always reasons why one should not do anything. However, in a rapidly evolving digital world, where businesses are struggling to understand what digital transformation means, the MDPM program equips you to stand out.”

Kelechi Uzoma
Senior Product Manager
VMware
Suchita Sikand

“I started my career in the Financial sector, and it was at one of the top five Banks in Canada, where I had my first introduction to Product Management. As Product Owner on the Acquisition team, I was tasked with the transformation of the Bank’s online mortgage product offering. My business background gave me the ability to seamlessly transition into this role however what truly cemented my love for digital product management was exposure to new technologies and the creativity unlocked by taking the path uncharted. In this program I’m looking forward to meeting peers, faculty and future mentors from varied professional and academic backgrounds. My hope is to build a long-lasting network of peers and mentors with whom I can discuss new ideas, receive guidance and offer myself as a sounding board. I also look forward to paying this experience forward through the SmithConnect Mentorship Program.”

Suchita Sikand
Alireza Guity

“Over the last 7 years, I’ve worked as a product manager at a multi-national pharmaceutical firm, leading different franchises as well as digitalization of several approaches. In today’s environment, digitalization has become an inevitable part of solutions to fulfill the demand of customers. Not only will this program foster my academic and practical capabilities to lead my firm to stand in good digital shape, but it will also help sculpt my leadership capabilities to achieve my desired digital goals. I’m excited to learn new business trends inside-out in reference to digitalization, review the strategy of successors and understand how to lead firms.”

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