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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Advanced 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.

Watch a recording of a information webinar that was held on July 5, 2017 about our upcoming Advanced Leadership Program. 



For Individuals
  • Discover your leadership style and learn how to embrace leadership roles
  • 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.


The Advanced Leadership Program is a 15-day program offered in five modules.  

Module 1: Leading Self September 25-28, 2017 (4 days)

Module 2: Leading Others  October 25-27, 2017 (3 days)

Module 3: Leading Organizational Strategy December 11-14 (4 days)

Module 4: Leading Beyond The Organization  January 10-12, 2018 ( 3 days)

Module 5: Leadership in Action - Program Wrap-up January 29, 2018 (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 

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.


Check Out Funding Opportunites Available Through The

Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Job Grant Program

Past Participant(s) Said

"I completed the Advanced Leadership Program because I wanted to further advance my career. Updating my education I thought was the way to go.The ALP is a very well delivered program and I really enjoyed it. The instructors were top notch and presented in-depth seminars based on their area of expertise. The presentation of the ALP in four modules spread over a period of time was beneficial as it allowed participants to learn new practices and then apply them to work before the next module. The local guest speakers were very interesting and provided participants with relevant, real life examples of leaders and leadership. I feel I now have a good, diverse "tool-box" of principles and practices that I can apply daily. The Gardiner Centre did a very good job at presenting the program, and I will be back to take more programs in the future."

Jennifer Roil Newman, B. Comm. (Co-op), CCS
Import Rater, PF Collins International Trade Solutions


Alex Lowy

Alex Lowy is co-author of several best-selling books, The Power of the 2x2 Matrix, No Problem, and Digital Capitol which he co-authored with Don Tapscott and David Ticoll. Alex’s expertise is primarily in the field of strategy, with emphasis on innovation and process design.  Alex consults widely as a strategic advisor helping organizations like HP, IBM, CIBC, and Shell address major dilemmas in a systematic and effective manner.  In the Advanced Leadership Program Alex will discuss critical thinking skills and strategy development.

 Alex is an internationally renowned management instructor specializing in the creation of innovative work processes and information systems.  As co-founder of Digital 4Sight, a global technology solutions consulting firm with headquarters in Toronto and San Jose, Alex specializes in strategic problem solving and critical thinking skills.

 Alex’s expertise is primarily in the field of business strategy, with an emphasis on innovation and process design. He began his career as an educator, and spent ten years as Director of Training & Development for the City of Toronto. Following this, he joined Shell Canada where he helped to design and launch a series of high performance work sites. In 1994 he co-founded a think tank 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. Alex consults widely as a strategic advisor and educator, helping organizations address major dilemmas in a systematic and effective manner. His clients have included technology firms (HP, IBM), banks (CIBC, BMO) resources companies (Shell) and government (Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Metropolitan Toronto Police Force). He is an adjunct faculty member at four business schools (Memorial in St. John’s, Schulich in Toronto, DeGroote in Hamilton and Saint Mary’s in Halifax) where he teaches business strategy and critical thinking skills to executives. He writes extensively on the topic of strategy and decision-making, with articles in such journals as Strategy & Leadership, Business 2.0, and Group & OrganizationStudies.

Corina Walsh

Corina Walsh is the President of her own coaching and consulting business, Shift People Development. She works with professionals, entrepreneurs, and teams to improve performance, engagement, and leadership. Corina is known as creative innovator who is driven by her passion for helping others succeed. As an expert in emotional intelligence, Corina coaches and trains leaders on how to have more meaningful communication within their teams.

Prior to starting her own business Corina worked in both the private and public sector for 12 years. During that time she developed training and professional development programs for businesses, governments, the skilled trades, and various health authorities.  Corina holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Memorial University and a Master of Education in Lifelong Learning from Mount Saint Vincent University. She received the Senate Award of Distinction upon graduation from Mount Saint Vincent University.

Corina is a member of the St. John’s Board of Trade, NLOWE, and is the Newfoundland Chair of GroYourBiz, a business mastermind for women entrepreneurs. Corina is also a featured blogger for the Huffington Post; was named as one of the Top 50 Leaders Under 40 in Atlantic Canada by 21 Inc.; and is a facilitator with Memorial University’s Gardiner Centre.

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 is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, the Associate Dean, Research and the Director of the PhD Program at the Faculty of Business Administration. She teaches in the areas of organizational behaviour and human resource management at the undergraduate and graduate levels (MBA & PhD).  She has published research on the characteristics of effective teams, leadership styles that promote employee health and performance, and gender issues in management. Kara has been involved in training and development in the areas of leadership, interpersonal skills and team building with various organizations for over 10 years. As an instructor with the Gardiner Centre, Kara has delivered training on developing leadership potential, team-building, and healthy work, in both the Professional Development seminars and as customized training for client organizations. As a skilled facilitator, she has worked with client groups to assist them in working through organizational issues and challenges.

Karl Moore

Associate Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

Associate Fellow, Green Templeton College, Oxford University

After completing his MBA at the University of Southern California and Ph.D. at the Schulich School, York University, Karl worked for eleven years in sales and marketing management positions in the high technology industry with IBM, and Hitachi.   Before McGill he taught at Oxford University for five years.  He came to McGill to work with Henry Mintzberg, they co-direct McGill’s Advanced Leadership Program.  In 2002 he won the Faculty teaching award at the MBA level.    

He has taught extensively in executive education programs including at Oxford, Cambridge, Duke, LBS, RSM, Queen’s, McGill, IIM Bangalore, Renmin (Beijing), and Darden. An active consultant Dr. Moore has worked with Air Canada, BA, Nokia, IBM, Volvo, HP, Motorola, Accenture, Morgan Stanley and other firms.  

Karl has long experience in both the high tech industry and the Airline/Aerospace industry working with Air Canada, BA, Lufthansa, IATA and others.  

He has recognized as a world expert on strategy and leadership.  He research has received over + 2,200 Google scholar citations. For over four years he has blogged for Forbes. For over eight years Karl did a weekly videocast interview for the Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper where he interviews CEOs one week and the world’s best business professors from the globe’s leading universities. In 2014 he started an hour long radio show, on Montreal’s CJAD, The CEO Series where he interviews a CEO for an hour about leadership, their career and strategic issues.   He has interviewed the Editor-in-Chief of the Economist, John Micklethwait, Stephen Bronfman, Geoff Molson, CEO of the Montreal Canadiens, and others.

Karl has two exciting research projects he currently working on.  One is on Millennials. He has a soon out book, Working With Millennials the Way They Wanted to Be Worked With, on the topic. This is of interest to older generations trying to understand this generation and to Millennials themselves.  The other is a three year research project on Introverted Executives in the C-Suite, this also of wide interest.  Karl was recently shortlisted for Distinguished Achievement Awards from Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers.

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

Natalie Slawinski is passionate about creating shared value in organizations.  As a professor of strategic management and business sustainability at Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration, her teaching and research focus on how organizations can achieve strong financial performance while also contributing positively to society.  In particular, she examines how firms can balance economic, social and environmental goals.  Natalie 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. Her research has been published in Organization Studies, Management Learning and the European Business Review and has been cited in the Globe and Mail, the Financial Post, and Canadian Business magazine.    

Natalie has been conducting research in the oil and gas industry for the past five years.  In particular, she has focused on how companies can effectively respond to social and environmental issues, and how companies can collaborate successfully to improve environmental performance.  She has won a number of national grants to pursue her research, including funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Carbon Management Canada Network of Centres of Excellence.   

Natalie is highly enthusiastic about finding creative ways to align companies’ economic, social and environmental goals. 

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. His research interest include risk management, strategic planning and Aboriginal business. 

Tom also has specific interests in social innovation and entrepreneurship as it relates to start-up organizations and communities.  Tom’s research approach is focused on a collaborative, participatory research approach that aims to make a difference in the organizations, communities and people. He is particularly interested in the topic of engagement and has supervised over 30 MBA research projects that have dealt with analyzing and/or directly engaging with local organizations in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. He also teaches the MBA consulting course where projects have been delivered on innovation and entrepreneurship for both for-profits and NGOs in the province.  Most of his research agenda is centered around the interplay between risk, governance and strategy with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and social innovation.

He is currently an active mentor for three start-up companies and an informal mentor for a large number of other entrepreneurs. He was a founding member of Common Ground, St. John's first co-working space and start-up house. Tom was also the first Chair of Start-up Newfoundland and Labrador. He has acted as a board advisory member for start-ups firms at the Genesis Centre at Memorial University as well as acting as judge for a number of entrepreneurial competitions and awards in St. John’s. He has taught on Memorial University’s postgraduate certificate in entrepreneurship for the past four years and is also actively involved in engaging local communities and not-for-profit organizations in strategic planning and innovation.

He has published his research on entrepreneurship and social innovation in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Relations industrielles/Industrial RelationsCommunity Work and Family, the Journal of Enterprising Communities as well as Greener Management International: The Journal of Corporate Environmental Strategy and Practice. Tom has spoken at international, national and local conferences on the subjects of risks as well as innovation. Aside from a number of research awards, he was the recipient of Memorial University’s President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2013.

His research has also been funded in the past by SSHRC, the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs, the Harris Centre at Memorial University as well as Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador.

Tom was formerly on the Boards of a number of organizations including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Atlantic Chapter of the Certified Management Consultants and Start-up Newfoundland and Labrador. He is also on a number of university/community advisory committees including the new Centre for Entrepreneurship at Memorial University.

Prior to taking his position at Memorial, Tom was a Senior Manager in PwC’s consulting practice in London, United Kingdom for seven years.  He holds a Ph.D. in Business from the Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom and undergraduate degrees in commerce and philosophy from Memorial University.

Wilfred Zerbe

Wilfred Zerbe is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University.  He holds a PhD in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of British Columbia and Bachelors and Masters degrees in Psychology.  Prior to joining Memorial University Dr. Zerbe held administrative and academic positions in the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.  Dr. Zerbe's academic and executive education experience includes working with organizations to improve employee engagement through participative decision making and other high involvement processes.  He has also led seminars and workshops focused on achieving influence without formal authority by building effective working networks and collaborative relationships.  Dr. Zerbe recently developed and led seminars on building professional negotiation skills for the Gardiner Centre.  His real world negotiating experience includes serving as a bargaining team member in university collective agreement negotiations, negotiating salaries, negotiating in the markets of the middle and Far East, and applying his understanding to negotiations in everyday life.


Scheduled Date(s)

September 25, 2017 - January 29, 2018


5 Module Program


$9,100 +HST

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