Leadership and Business Innovation Program

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

The Leadership and Business Innovation program will provide you with communication and interpersonal skills, innovative business ideas, and awareness of disruptive technologies to position you for the next stage of your career. We’ll help you look beyond the numbers to see business opportunities that will transform your organization. Through this modular nine-day program, which builds on your existing professional competencies, you’ll learn how to play an integral role in making new ideas a reality, shaping your future and reshaping the traditional image of a CPA.

Delivered in an intimate group setting, this hands-on program draws from award winning faculty from three unique University of Waterloo resources.

Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business

We are experts in business & entrepreneurship curriculum
Accelerator Centre We understand disruptive technologies
School of Accounting and Finance We are redefining education for accounting professionals

"The program augments foundational training, explores analytical tools and new processes that move an innovation from opportunity to new business venture, and empowers participants to develop an entrepreneurial mindset." Nancy Vanden Bosch, Academic Director.

Learn more about the program from our faculty.

How you benefit

  • Develop communication and negotiation skills needed to influence senior leaders and key stakeholders;
  • Acquire a design thinking toolkit that complements your data- based, analytical mindset;
  • Network with CPAs committed to becoming Canada’s next generation of business leaders;
  • Experience Waterloo’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, gaining inspiration from the range of startups, early stage growth ventures, and Communitech’s corporate innovation labs;
  • Receive University of Waterloo Certificate;
  • Learn and grow while fulfilling Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

How your company benefits

  • Build the leadership and communication skills you’ll need to introduce an innovation methodology across your organization;
  • Use our experiential modules to identify corporate opportunities and develop a potential new service or product;
  • 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 6-12 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