Ivey Academy-CPA Ontario Leadership Development Pathways

Choose one of two distinct learning pathways designed to meet the specific needs of CPAs throughout their individual leadership journeys. Each pathway fosters modern leadership and skill development through a series of case-based, experiential Ivey programs.

Who should attend?

The Leadership Development Pathways are designed for CPAs holding established leadership roles within organizations.

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The Leadership Pathways

Become a Modern CPA Leader

Organizations never stand still for long, and neither should you. CPA Ontario and The Ivey Academy at Ivey Business School have partnered to deliver professional leadership development tailored for emerging and established CPAs alike.

A Custom Learning Experience

Combining the strength of The Ivey Academy’s top-ranked executive development with CPA Ontario’s robust professional standards, this unique learning experience is your chance to get ahead of the curve and effect organizational change with confidence and poise. 

Choose one of two distinct learning pathways designed to meet the specific needs of CPAs throughout their individual leadership journeys. Each pathway fosters modern leadership and skill development through a series of case-based, experiential Ivey courses, awarding either a Certificate in Leadership or a Certificate in Executive Leadership. Ivey’s real-world case methodology isn’t about textbooks and lectures – it’s about learning by doing.

Working directly with expert Ivey faculty in live virtual sessions, you’ll identify practical takeaways through deep discussion and simulations, before developing an implementation plan to tackle specific challenges at work. And since peer-learning is at the heart of each pathway, you’ll collaborate and network with CPAs from a variety of industries and sectors.

 

Certificate in Leadership

Learning Outcomes

This pathway is for leaders in Manager, Senior Manager, and Director roles. The capstone certificates demonstrate that an executive is prepared for more senior positions and team management at the department level.

Starting with a comprehensive view of general management and team leadership, you'll practice adaptability and cooperation in live group discussions with other leaders. Learn to navigate ambiguity, overcome barriers to change, and defend your decisions in context of the business.

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Key Takeaways

With each program completed, you'll earn an authentic digital artifact – also known as a badge. This badge links to a personalized digital certificate, showcasing your achievements and commitment to professional development.

By completing any selection of two programs and an applied capstone project, you'll earn an Ivey Academy-CPAO Certificate in Leadership. To further enhance your leadership knowledge and skills, earn the Master Certificate by completing two additional courses and a capstone project in your chosen pathway.

Certificate in Executive Leadership

Learning Outcomes

This pathway is for senior leaders in VP, Partner, General Manager, Executive Director, and C-Suite roles. It prepares leaders to run their own companies or transition to senior roles in other industries.

This set of programs has been carefully curated to enhance the inter-departmental and inter-organizational effectiveness of executive leaders. You'll develop diverse competencies in building high-performing teams, with increased trust, adaptability, efficiency and cooperation. Learn how to lead change at the senior level in organizations and find action-oriented solutions to external challenges.

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Key Takeaways

With each program completed, you'll earn an authentic digital artifact – also known as a badge. This badge links to a personalized digital certificate, showcasing your achievements and commitment to professional development.

By completing any selection of two programs and an applied capstone project, you'll earn an Ivey Academy-CPAO Certificate in Executive Leadership. To further enhance your leadership knowledge and skills, earn the Master Certificate by completing two additional courses and a capstone project in your chosen pathway.

How You Learn

Ivey Academy programs are deeply experiential, grounded in case research, and facilitated by expert faculty from Ivey Business School. Our real-world Case Method of Learning is not about textbooks and lectures – it’s about learning by doing. You’ll identify specific, practical learning takeaways through deep discussion and simulations, then develop an implementation plan with feedback from other leaders. You’ll complete the program having gained new skills, heard insights from peers, and developed a clear strategy to tackle specific challenges back at work.

Self-paced Learning Activities

Prepare for live sessions using pre-recorded videos, readings, and case-studies – delivered at a flexible pace through our Canvas learning management system. Discuss ideas with your peers via a private forum and complete guided self-reflections to help apply key takeaways in your own role.

Live Faculty-led Sessions

Join live sessions featuring expert Ivey faculty using any computer or mobile device. With the help of a live technical director, we also call on the group to participate in real time.

Peer Learning Sessions

Virtual learning technology allows faculty to assign instant breakout groups during a larger session. Share experiences, exchange ideas, and collaborate to solve challenges together with your fellow participants.

Self-Assessments

Individual assessment tools enable deeper self-awareness, encouraging participants to reflect on their learning journey throughout the program. Apply valuable new personal discoveries to your constantly evolving identity as a leader.

Online Simulations

Facing a realistic simulated challenge, leaders can test action against immediate feedback. Played individually, simulations teach the application of concepts and frameworks in critical decision-making moments. Meanwhile, team-based simulations require participants to apply leadership skills and navigate team dynamics – just like in real life.

Upcoming Programs

Certificate in Leadership

  1. Elevate: Ivey Leadership Program for CPAs — Begins April 26, 2021
  2. Inequality, Diversity & Business
  3. Strategic Negotiations for CPAs
  4. Analytics Foundations for CPAs
  5. CPA Value Creation and Risk Management
  6. Strategic Decision-Making for CPAs
  7. Capstone Projects One and Two

Certificate in Executive Leadership

  1. CPAs Designing for an Interconnected World — Begins April 26, 2021
  2. Leadership Journey for CPAs: Teams in Virtual Space
  3. Inequality, Diversity & Business
  4. Predicting Success: "Great Ideas" for CPAs
  5. Management in an Era of Data for CPAs
  6. Leadership Journey for CPAs: Finding Purpose in Crisis
  7. Capstone Projects One and Two