Strategic Management

Strategic Management Extension Certificate

Classroom and Online

CE Logo - Blue SealBusinesses, non-profits and government agencies all face an ever-changing environment. The cutting-edge Strategic Management program teaches tools and tactics to formulate, plan, execute and measure the success of a strategy. In addition, students will learn about leadership, culture and change management in order to more effectively implement a strategy. This hands-on, collaborative program will give students the opportunity to interact with other professionals from a range of backgrounds including managers at every level, entrepreneurs, business consultants, public-sector professionals and non-profit leaders. Additional key topics include decision making, performance tracking, and fostering innovation.

This program is eligible towards Blue Seal Certification.

  • Acquire a solid foundation in strategic management practices
  • Gain essential skills in strategic execution, decision making and leadership
  • Enhance your management or consulting career
  • Complete the 5 required courses (75 hours)
  • Can be completed within 1 semester up to a maximum of 3 years

 Textbook(s) are required for this program (approximately $40) and are available at the Cougars Campus Store .


All courses in this program are offered every Fall and Winter semester. Classroom delivery of courses unavailable until further notice due to COVID-19.

Strategic Planning
Strategic planning is an essential process for helping your organization create a blueprint to achieve business objectives. Acquire practical strategies, techniques and insights to facilitate strategic thinking and planning.

Subject (for registration) : Strategic Management

Subject code: XSMG 10001 15 Hours. Fee: $489
CRN 30537 Online Jan. 18 - Feb. 16

Strategic Innovation
Strategic innovation is critical for developing new products and services, improving business processes and staying competitive in a changing world. Explore ways to foster, manage and sustain innovation for organizational growth and success.

Subject (for registration) : Strategic Management

Subject code: XSMG 10006 15 Hours. Fee: $489
CRN 30538 Online Feb. 8 - Mar. 7

Strategy Execution
Once the strategic plan is developed, implementation is paramount in transforming strategy into results. Explore practical tools and techniques to successfully implement your strategic plan.

Subject (for registration) : Strategic Management

Subject code: XSMG 10002 15 Hours. Fee: $489
CRN 30539 Online Mar. 1 - 28

Measuring and Evaluating Business Performance
Performance measurement is powerful way to align strategy with business goals. Learn to design and use appropriate metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to inform decision making, evaluate performance and achieve business objectives.

Subject (for registration) : Strategic Management

Subject code: XSMG 10004 15 Hours. Fee: $489
CRN 30541 Online Mar. 15 - Apr. 11

Leaders, Culture and Change
Exemplary leaders use the power of shared vision and instill hope for a better future. Explore leadership and culture as two sides of the same coin, including the leader's role in building high engagement and high performance cultures. Discover specific strategies and techniques for managing change, including appreciative inquiry, strategic planning and employee engagement. Textbooks for this class are listed below.

Textbooks (required):
The Leadership Challenge, 6th Ed., available at the Cougars Campus Store .

Subject (for registration) : Leadership 

Subject code: XLEA 10002 15 Hours. Fee: $489
CRN 30277 Online Apr. 6 - May 2

CE Bio - Strategic Mgt - Sal FaresSal A. Fares B.P.St., MBA
Sal brings over 15 years of practical business expertise gained in both the private and public sectors. His experience in business start-ups, consulting and international business markets have given Sal a broad perspective on continually changing business environments.

As a life-long entrepreneur, Sal has successfully owned and managed various enterprises including a restaurant, IT service and marketing company. Sal currently provides human resources support as an HR Account Manager at Shell Canada.

Sal's educational background includes a Bachelor of Applied Policy Studies as well as an MBA from Royal Roads University, where he specialized in Executive Management with a focus on performance coaching, leading innovation and business strategy.

Passionate about learning and sharing ideas, Sal is fond of the saying, "Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." He enjoys leveraging his experience with that of his students to produce positive and mutually enriching outcomes.

For more information, you can find Sal on LinkedIn.

CE Bio - Leadership + Strategic Mgt - Richard HatalaRichard Hatala P.Eng., B.Sc., PMP
Rick is a Director of Integrative Leadership International. He brings over 30 years' experience as a manager, director, president and CEO in the energy industry, including over 15 years as an entrepreneur building upstream oil and gas, consulting and service companies, domestically and internationally.

For over 20 years, Rick has facilitated, consulted, coached and taught management and leadership development programs for various corporate clients and institutions. Rick currently teaches courses at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary.

Rick has been involved with co-creating and consulting on strategic planning and execution, corporate development and innovation, problem solving and decision making for a variety of organizations.

Rick is coauthor of Integrative Leadership (2005) and The Business Case for Leadership Development (2008), among other published articles.

Rick is a professional engineer with APEGA, a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute and a professional speaker with the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS).

Rick is a speaker, author, facilitator, consultant and coach. He consults to organizations through Integrative Leadership International and can be found on LinkedIn.

CE Bio - Strategic Mgt - Rowena LiongsonRowena Browne  MBA, BA
Rowena's career began with one of the world's largest gaming companies, MGM Mirage International. There she trained employees and initiated training services throughout multiple properties and MGM's corporate educational facility: MGM Mirage University.

Rowena's passion for business, education and organizational development continued as a manager with Rapport Leadership International where she trained and consulted with business leaders throughout North America. Rowena's various leadership roles have allowed her to support, guide and collaborate with senior business executives on leadership development, strategic management, employee engagement, talent management and team communication.

As president, management consultant and speaker with Lighthouse Partners, Rowena serves as the company's learning innovator, constantly exploring new methods and subjects matters related to life, leadership and service. Rowena also works with universities and public schools throughout Canada in developing community youth excellence through various learning initiatives.

Rowena has an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor's degree specializing in organizational development.

Through all of her professional and personal endeavours, Rowena pursues a love for growth, learning, and organizational excellence. She can be found on LinkedIn.

CE Bio - Strategic Mgt - Judy McMillan-Evans Judy McMillan-Evans M.Ed .
Judy McMillan-Evans is a life-long entrepreneur and educator with a passion for supporting the growth and success of organizations and other entrepreneurs. Judy possesses over 35 years' experience as a business owner in the areas of technical services, electronic manufacturing, business consulting, professional training and coaching. As the principal of McMillan-Evans Consulting, Judy works closely with managers, executive leaders, organizations and communities on various aspects of their business, including strategic planning, business plan development, marketing plan development, human resource management, staff and management training and workplace coaching.

For over 20 years, Judy has successfully led organizations and their management teams and staff through the critical process of strategic planning. Judy has also shared her talents and expertise to support the curriculum development and instruction of various professional development programs at Mount Royal University, including Entrepreneurship, Leadership Development, Management Development, Human Resources Management, Nonprofit Management and Strategic Management. In 2006, Judy was awarded Mount Royal's Distinguished Faculty/Teaching Award in honour of her long-standing achievements and dedication to student engagement and success, teaching excellence and high-quality programming.

Judy's educational background includes a Master of Education from Athabasca University, Certified Adult Educator and Certified Masterful Facilitator.

In everything she does, Judy offers fun, passion, experience, knowledge and creativity with a strong focus on developing and empowering people and organizations. She can be found on LinkedIn.

CE Bio - Strategic Mgt - Glen StuartGlenn Suart MBA, B.Sc.
Over the last 25 years, as founder of WriteMyPlan as well as at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, Nordicity Group Ltd. and Power Broadcasting, Glenn has helped hundreds of people develop winning strategies and share their great stories with investors, finance institutions, stakeholders and others.

Glenn has B.Sc. (Geophysics/Physics) from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Both set the stage for Glenn to work with clients ranging from established, well-known companies you'd recognize to new, up-and-coming ones you haven't heard of … yet.

In addition to his role as an instructor at Mount Royal University, Glenn is also the host of Today's Great Idea, a syndicated radio series aimed at inspiring and helping everyday people do something with their great ideas.

As a strategy and start-up specialist, Glenn works with individuals, start-ups and existing businesses through In his spare time, Glenn sits on the Cedarbrae Community Centre board and handles the finances for his son's competitive soccer team.

Glenn can be found on LinkedIn.

Brad is an executive leader whose diverse background includes the real estate, hospitality, oil & gas, utilities, conventions & tourism, not-for-profit, and private lending industries in small, medium, and large-scale enterprises in Canada and the U.S. He has extensive profit and loss responsibility, strategic planning, and strategy execution experience in addition to overseeing numerous major projects and corporate initiatives with a variety of organizations. Brad is a thought-leader who has been invited to present at conferences, events and post-secondary institutions on topics ranging from industry specific issues and trends to broader economic impact themes related to cities, workforce trends and career opportunities.

Brad has been active throughout his career serving on the Board of Directors with a variety of corporate, not-for-profit, industry associations and crown corporations which has allowed him the opportunity to glean insights and perspectives from a variety of industries and operating businesses.

Brad holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Lethbridge. He has also obtained his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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For information about this program:
403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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