Ivey LIFT Advanced Coaching Certification

Join a community of Canada’s most advanced executive and leadership coaches. Learn to guide executives and transform executive teams in the dynamic business arenas of tomorrow.


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Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

Purpose and Impact

The Ivey Academy is transforming executive coaching and leadership development in Canada by offering the first coaching certification in Canada rooted in university-based, world-class business education.

Executive coaches are professionals who work with leaders of all levels. And they do it all. Provide insight, clarify goals, act as a sounding board, and help you reach your potential. To best serve leaders, executive coaches need to have vital emotional intelligence and a deep understanding of the daily business issues that executives face.

The Ivey Academy’s LIFT (Leadership Insights for Transformation) Advanced Coaching Certification Program produces superior coaches with an unparalleled ability to elevate the performance of executives. Coaches leave the program prepared to help bold and courageous leaders thrive in today’s complex business world.

Executive coaches can have varying backgrounds, techniques, and qualifications. But The Ivey Academy’s LIFT Advanced Coaching Certification Program produces coaches at another level. Our coaches understand the current business environment, are capable of asking relevant and compelling questions and are experts at coaching leaders at the executive level.

Participant Profile

The LIFT Advanced Coaching Certification Program is specifically designed for expert and experienced coaches who share a drive to empower and transform leadership and organizations through coaching and facilitation, including:

  • Coaches with full-time practices engaging a variety of contexts and clients, working with individuals and teams at all levels of organizations, across sectors
  • Coaches who have experienced the power of facilitation and deep coaching to enable big change, and are eager to apply this further
  • Coaches committed to developing their own expertise and skills further, together with a like-minded group of peers

The program may also be of interest to:

  • Senior, experienced corporate leaders who are implementing coaching in their organizations, and are eager to lead the development inspired with deeper knowledge and insights
  • Senior, experienced consultants who work with top leaders to transform organizations, and are eager to empower leaders and leadership teams to transform themselves


Learning Outcomes

Bringing ourselves to high-impact coaching

Transform situations through presence, awareness, and shaping the experience.

The program begins with experiential learning at a retreat in the British Columbia mountains, putting the coach’s learning-about-self front and center.

The first purpose of the module is to increase self-awareness in challenging situations, resulting in more complex interaction with clients.

The second purpose is to explore, through experience, leading edge practices for facilitating deep individual self-awareness and team system dynamics for fluid authority and exceptional performance.

Finally, the module builds the cohort as a Learning Community, co-creating the learning experience and supporting each other’s development.

Advanced foundations of executive development

Craft and guide journeys that deepen and accelerate learning.

Module 2 explores the underpinnings of leadership learning by highlighting the latest research in important areas such as neuropsychology, learning, skill development, action-oriented inquiry, and organizational development. Implications for individual leaders, teams, organizations, and society will be discussed in the context of coaching.

Coaches will work with leading experts in these fields from Western University and other partners. They will be challenged to rethink their assumptions about leadership, performance, and business itself — given the complex and uncertain environment.

Business performance in rapidly changing environments

Empower leaders to drive positive and sustainable transformation.

Module 3 is focused on business performance and examining the relationship between issues at the intersection of business management and leadership development. It gets at the context in which leadership, leadership development and coaching happen, and how those dynamics affect leadership-in-action over time within organizations.

This module also seeks to increase ambition for business performance through inspirational leadership and its development. Coaches will work with leading Ivey Academy faculty, experts in teaching executives finance, marketing, innovation, strategy, and leadership, to develop a deeper sense of how to work within a high-performance ecosystem for both challenging and supporting business leadership.

How You Learn

The Ivey LIFT Advanced Coaching Certification offers a deeply interactive learning experience facilitated by expert faculty from Ivey Business School. With a real-world, experiential approach to learning, you'll elevate your coaching practice through peer learning, simulations, self-assessments, and expert coaching.

Learn more about the Ivey Experience
Expert Faculty Led Sessions
Expert Faculty Led Sessions
Ivey Case Method
Ivey Case Method
Online Learning Activities
Online Learning Activities
Peer Learning Teams
Peer Learning Teams
Simulations And Role Play
Simulations And Role Play
Executive Coaching
Executive Coaching
Assessment Tools
Assessment Tools
Industry Guests
Industry Guests


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On the program page, select 'Apply Now'. Submit the program application form and select a payment method. A program advisor will contact you to discuss your eligibility for the program. Your application is then reviewed by our Program Director and Coaching Committee. Once your application is approved, you will be billed directly or receive an invoice. Payment of program fees is due within 30 days of receipt of invoice and no less than 15 days before the program start date.

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Organizations and participants in Canada may benefit from the Canada Job Grant or the Canada Training Credit to offset a portion of program fees. Visit our Funding Resources page to learn more.

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The Ivey LIFT Advanced Coaching Certification is offered on a limited basis. Contact us to receive a notification of new dates.