Leadership and Business Innovation Program

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Shape your future, your organization, and your profession with a program developed specifically for CPAs and delivered by leaders from Canada's most innovative university.

The Leadership and Business Innovation program will help you look beyond the numbers to see business opportunities that will transform your organization.  We’ve tailored the program, drawing on award winning faculty from three unique Waterloo resources, so you get the best of all three worlds.

Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre

We offer business programs for entrepreneurs of all kinds
Accelerator Centre We incubate startups
School of Accounting and Finance We understand your CPA competencies

You’ll gain the leadership capabilities, innovative business ideas, and entrepreneurial mind-set to become the go-to finance lead for projects that shape your organization’s future. Through this modular nine-day program, which builds on your existing professional competencies, you’ll learn how to play an integral role in making those ideas a reality, shaping your future and reshaping the traditional image of a CPA.   


How you benefit

  • Develop communication and negotiation skills needed to influence senior leaders and key stakeholders and advance your innovation projects;
  • Acquire a design thinking toolkit that complements your data-based, analytical mindset;
  • Experience Waterloo’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, gaining inspiration from the range of start-ups, early stage growth ventures, and corporate innovation labs;
  • Network with CPAs committed to becoming Canada’s next generation of business leaders.

How your company benefits

  • Join the program with an idea or specific project, using our experiential modules to move forward on a potential new business venture;
  • Acquire a methodology for innovation while improving the leadership and communication skills you’ll need to introduce the methodology across your organization;
  • Share inspiration and insights from your experience in Waterloo’s ecosystem with your colleagues, shaping your collective pursuit of transformational strategies.

Who should attend

  • CPAs with 5-10 years of work experience;
  • Individuals viewed as top prospects for future leadership roles within their organizations;
  • Proven team players who ask for opportunities to have an impact on the organization’s success.

Academic Director:  Nancy Vanden Bosch, CPA, CA, CMA


LBI Program delivered in 9 days over three, 3-day weekends


Module 1: September 29-October 1, 2017, Toronto

Module 2: October 20-22, 2017, Waterloo

Module 3: November 17-19, 2017, Toronto


$9,500 (CAD) + HST includes tuition, most meals, guest speakers and course materials.

Deadline to register:

August 30, 2017