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Advanced Leadership Program

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Advanced Leadership Program
The Advanced Leadership Program helps build great leaders who empower people, grow their organization, succeed in a competitive environment, and enhance corporate social responsibility.
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Advance Leadership Program


Leadership is the ability to motivate a group towards a common goal. It involves creating the vision, setting the direction and inspiring others to make extraordinary things happen. 

The Advanced Leadership Program builds leaders who want to improve themselves, empower people, grow their organization, and succeed in the competitive environment in which they operate, while enhancing social corporate responsibility.

This program challenges participants to become more strategic, innovative, motivational, and to be a valued contributor to the bigger organizational picture. The program is designed for individuals who are, or have the potential to be, recognized as leaders in their organizations. Participants should have experience at a management level and have already acquired technical and management skills. This program helps participants build on their competencies to move to the next level as a leader.

A series of inter-connected modules guide participants to become more effective leaders, strategic thinkers, and agents of positive change. Using local and national leadership experts as instructors, along with high-profile business leaders as guest speakers, this program encourages discussion, debate and networking where participants learn from each other as well as leadership experts. In addition to the program modules, each participant is assigned an executive coach which they can avail of throughout the program.

The final requirement of the program is the submission and presentation of an Applied Learning Report. The report focuses on the lessons learned in the program and gives the participants the opportunity to share what they have put into practice or are attempting in their real-world environment.   

The Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) is 15-day cohort program offered in five modules over six months.

2018-2019 Program Dates Coming Soon

Module 1: Leading Self (4 days)

Module 2: Leading Others (3 days)

Module 3: Leading Organizational Strategy (4 days)

Module 4: Leading Beyond The Organization   (3 days)

Module 5: Leadership in Action - Program Wrap-up (1 day)

Tuition for the Advanced Leadership Program is $9,100 plus HST.  Program fee includes tuition for all five modules, all teaching materials, three hours of one-on-one executive coaching, and a framed Certificate of Completion.  Full tuition is payable prior to the start of the program. Program leaders include local and national leadership experts as session instructors, along with high-profile business leaders as guest speakers.  The program encourages discussion, debate and networking where participants will learn from each other as well as the expert instructors in leadership.

Deposits, Cancellations, Replacements and Transfers

  • IMPORTANT: A deposit of $800 + HST is required to secure your place in the program. An invoice for this fee will be emailed to you upon receipt of your registration.
  • A full refund will be issued for written cancellations received a minimum of 21 days before the program start date. Written cancellations received after this date will incur an administration charge of $800 +HST. Non-attendance or withdrawal after program start date will incur a full program fee.
  • If you are unable to attend the program, you may transfer to the next session or your organization may name a replacement candidate.

 NOTE: For employers in the private and non-profit sectors funding may be available through the Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador Job Grant Program. The program provides financial assistance to private and non-profit employers to offset the cost of providing training to new or current employees. Employers can access to up to $10,000 in government support for employee training per trainee! More information on the funding application can be found at www.aes.gov.nl.ca 

Customized Program Delivery

Gardiner Centre can customize a leadership program to address the specific needs of your organization. Programs may be comprised of complete or partial contents of existing leadership programs offered by Gardiner Centre. The modules within the program can be tailored to include real and relevant examples and discussions to help your staff develop solutions for the specific challenges facing your organization. Gardiner Centre also welcomes the exploration of client-specific programming to meet your organizations unique requirements.


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Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Job Grant Program



For Individuals

  • Assess your leadership skills and style
  • Improve coaching and mentoring abilities and enhance your ability to engage, motivate and inspire others
  • Increase productivity
  • Become a more effective communicator and delegator
  • Build better relationships within and outside your organization
  • Make strategic decisions with confidence and proficiently adapt to change
  • Accelerate your career

For Organizations

  • Fast-track high potential employees for leadership roles
  • Equip leaders with new ideas, innovative thinking and the ability to deal with challenges and change
  • Create more committed teams
  • Reduce employee turnover
  • Create strong leadership team
  • Prepare for succession planning
  • Help create vision for the future of your organization and its responsibility to the community

Who Should Attend

The Advanced Leadership Program is designed for individuals who are, or plan to be, leaders in their organizations. Participants should have experience at a management level and have solid technical and management skills. The program helps participants build on their competencies to move to the next level as a leader.


Alex Lowy

Alex Lowy consults widely as a strategic advisor and educator, helping organizations address major dilemmas in a systematic and effective manner. Clients ranging from resources (Shell), banking (CIBC, BMO) and government (City of Toronto) enthusiastically draw on his assistance and methods, describing his work as deeply insightful, strategic and breakthrough.

 Alex’s career began in the public sector where he spent ten years as the Director of Training & Development at the City of Toronto. Following this, he joined Shell Canada for three years helping to design and launch a series of high performance work sites. His main project at Shell was the creation of a state-of-the-art lubricants blending and packaging plant, located in Brockville, Ontario. His involvement included plant design, process and job design, recruitment and training, leading to efficiency gains of more than 50%.

 In 1994 he co-founded a think tank and strategy consultancy called The Alliance for Converging Technologies with Don Tapscott and David Ticoll. As head of research and then President of the firm, he helped build the company to sixty consultants serving a global client list of over 30 major corporations and governments. In addition to co-authoring Digital Capital, one of the top selling and most influential business books of the 2000 – 2002 period, he oversaw the global implementation of e-business strategies for the firm’s clients.

 Alex is co-author of several best-selling business books including The Power of the 2 x 2 Matrix (Jossey Bass, 2004, with Phil Hood) and Digital Capital (Harvard Business School Press, 2000, with Don Tapscott & David Ticoll). His most recent book, No Problem, was published in 2007, and is being taught in business schools in Canada, the USA and Malaysia.

Jim Barnes

Jim Barnes is an internationally-recognized educator, author, speaker, and consultant on subjects relating to marketing and customer relationships.  He was a university professor for 40 years and co-founded a successful marketing services company.  He has served as consultant to many national and international companies, advising them on the creation of profitable customer relationships.  He regularly delivers keynote talks and workshops to sales and management audiences around the world.  He is a thought leader on customer strategy and the creation of genuine customer loyalty. Memorial University awarded him the designation Professor Emeritus in 2010.  He has been a visiting professor at universities in Canada, England, Australia, France and Ireland.  In 1977, he co-founded Bristol Group, a full-service Canadian marketing services firm.  He served as Chairman of Bristol Group until 2004. 

Jim has advised many clients in North America and Europe on building their customer strategy.  His client list includes IKEA International, Royal Bank of Canada, Ivanhoe Cambridge, Roche Pharmaceuticals (Ireland), Bell Aliant, Tesco plc (UK), Eircom (Ireland), HSBC (Turkey), Kraft Foods Canada, CIBC, Molson, McGraw-Hill, An Post (Ireland), Starwood Hotels and Resorts, CPA Canada, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Verafin, NLCU, and Johnson Insurance.

Jim has published and presented more than 100 papers in international journals and conferences.  He has also written or co-authored eight books, including Build Your Customer Strategy: a guide to creating profitable customer relationships, published by John Wiley & Sons.

In 1997, Jim received the first Leaders in Management Education Award from the Financial Post.  In 1999, he was named a Fellow of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association of Canada.  In April 2011, he was inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends.  He holds degrees in Commerce and Economics from Memorial University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a PhD from the University of Toronto.

Kara Arnold

Kara Arnold, PhD is Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration. During her tenure at the Faculty of Business she has served as Associate Dean of Research, Director of the PhD and MSc Programs, and Area Group Coordinator. Kara’s research focuses on leadership, diversity and employee well-being, and she integrates this in her work with clients in the areas of leadership, interpersonal skills and team building, helping them through organizational issues and challenges.

Lynn Best

Lynn Best is the President of CreAction Consulting, an organization that specializes in Workplace Learning and Employee Development. Lynn is a Certified Executive Coach, holding a PCC designation from the International Coach Federation. She has a Masters degree in Adult Education and two undergraduate degrees in Post-Secondary Education and Arts.

Lynn has experience working with private, public, and not-for-profit organizations, and has worked locally and internationally. She is a skilled facilitator who enjoys creating a collaborative learning environment. Lynn is passionate about workplace learning, particularly in the areas of executive coaching and coach training, leadership development, succession planning, and employee development.

Michael Stanleigh

Michael Stanleigh has a reputation for helping organizations define their strategic direction, manage change, become more innovative, improve the performance of their leadership and successfully execute their projects.  He has been fortunate to consult and advise some of the most admired organizations in the world. As a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and CEO of Business Improvement Architects, Michael shares his consulting wisdom and secrets for operational success with organizations around the world to help them succeed.

Michael’s broad experience and expertise in operational effectiveness has helped his clients achieve their goals. Michael increases leadership performance through strategic planning, creates cultures and customized processes that drive innovation, improves key business processes through business process management and reengineering and manages the impact of these organizational changes.    

As a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) Michael loves to share his business secrets for operational success with business audiences around the world.    Michael involves audiences in understanding and managing change and business leaders in getting to the root cause of their business problems and generating effective solutions.  He has a tremendous way, during corporate events, of engaging leaders and employees in a creative process of idea generation for the front-end of innovation.  His content rich presentations are delivered with the same passion, spark, energy and creativity that he gives to his business clients. 

As a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Michael provides consulting, coaching and customized training for Project Management Offices, Project Leaders and Project Teams on managing projects, creating project plans, conducting project audits and undertaking project risk assessments.  As a Scrum Master he uses his expertise in the Waterfall and Agile processes to create unique approaches to continued project success. 

Today, Michael consults, trains, coaches and mentors public and private sector organizations throughout the world.  Michael has been featured and published in over 500 different magazines and industry publications around the world.  He is a faculty member for the Gardiner Institute at Memorial University, the American Society for Quality and Leadership USA™.   Michael is a member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC Canada), the Scrum Alliance, senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) and the Global Speakers Federation.



Natalie Slawinski

Dr. Natalie Slawinski is an associate professor of strategic management and business sustainability at Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration.  She holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario for which she was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal. Natalie’s research focuses on how organizations balance social and economic goals and has been published in top journals such as Organization Science, Journal of Business Ethics, and Organization Studies.  Her work has been cited in the Globe and Mail, the Financial Post, and Canadian Business magazine.  Natalie is a member of Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a multi-disciplinary pan-Canadian group of 80 Canadian scholars with climate change expertise.  She is also an academic adviser to Memorial’s Centre for Social Enterprise and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Innovation at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University.

Natalie’s previous research has examined how companies respond to social and environmental issues, and how they collaborate to improve their environmental performance.  More recently, she has been examining social enterprises and how they balance their commercial goals with their social mission, focusing her research on the Shorefast Foundation on Fogo Island. Natalie has won teaching and research awards, and has received a number of national research grants, including funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.


Richard Powers

After receiving his MBA and LLB from Queen's University, Richard worked as a corporate lawyer for a major Canadian law firm and later served as Corporate Counsel for Honda Canada Inc., before joining The University of Toronto in 1992.

An internationally recognized expert in both corporate and not-for-profit governance, Richard is the National Academic Director of The Directors Education Program (DEP) and the Not-For-Profit Governance Essentials Program (GEP) (in partnership with the Institute of Corporate Directors – ICD).  Richard also serves as the Academic Director of the CUES Governance Programs in Canada.  He also teaches in Rotman’s Executive MBA, OMNIUM, MBA and Executive Education Programs.  In the Advanced Leadership Program Rick will be teaching participant’s the importance of their role in organizational governance, accountability and transparency.

Richard has lead and taught in the DEP and GEP for over 13 years, and has assisted in designing and implementing the programs at 13 universities across Canada.  The DEP is recognized as one of the most robust governance programs in the world.  In addition to his responsibilities with the DEP, Richard has worked with numerous boards, associations and organizations in identifying, creating and developing best governance practices.  He is a director and committee member of several not-for-profit organizations and frequently comments on legal and governance issues in various media across Canada.


Tom Cooper

Dr. Tom Cooper is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University.

As a facilitator and consultant, Tom has worked extensively with most of the major private sector employers in Newfoundland and Labrador including mining, technology, forestry, fisheries as well as oil and gas. He has also done extensive work with small and emerging businesses throughout the province and Atlantic Canada. Tom was recognized for his efforts with small and emerging businesses by being a two-time national finalist for mentor of the year through BDC/Futurpreneur. Tom has also worked with all levels of government in the province and sits on a number of private sector and not-for-profit boards.

Prior to taking his position at Memorial, Tom was a Senior Manager in PwC’s consulting practice in London, United Kingdom for seven years. At PwC he worked with major international companies in the area of process improvement, governance, and risk. Tom holds a Ph.D. in Business from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom and undergraduate degrees from Memorial University. He is also a Certified Management Consultant.

Wilfred Zerbe

Wilfred J. Zerbe is Professor of Organizational Behavior and served as Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University of Newfoundland from January 2010 to June 2017. His research interests focus on emotions in organizations, organizational research methods, service sector management, business ethics, and leadership.  His publications have appeared in books and journals including The Academy of Management Review, Industrial and Labour Relations Review, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Psychology, Journal of Services Marketing, and Journal of Research in Higher Education.  He is co-chair of the bi-annual Conference on Emotions in Organizational Life, and co-editor of the annual series Research on Emotions in Organizations.  His teaching specialties include Leadership, Managerial Skill Development, Business Negotiations, Cross-cultural Leadership, and Organizational Behavior.

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