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Advanced Leadership Program *ONLINE*

Scheduled Date(s)

January 24, 2022 - April 29, 2022

Delivered virtually January to April 2022


$9,450 +HST

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Advanced Leadership Program
The Advanced Leadership Program build great leaders who empower people, grow their organization, succeed in a competitive environment, and enhance corporate social responsibility.
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Hundreds of leaders have chosen the Advanced Leadership Program for themselves and their teams.

The Advanced Leadership Program supports senior leaders, or soon-to-be senior leaders, who want to improve performance, empower teams, grow organizations, and succeed in the competitive environment in which they operate. This program is proven to build leaders who are more strategic, innovative, motivational, and valued contributors to their organizations on a broader level. 

Participants in the 9th graduating class of the Advanced Leadership Program will:

  • Build critical leadership skills
  • Experience one-on-one executive coaching
  • Improve strategic communication skills
  • Foster committed teams
  • Drive organizational change and success
  • Collaborate with top-notch industry peers and grow your network

The 14-day program is offered in five modules over four months. Each course is delivered by our expert instructors who provide results-oriented, practical content, combined with real-world experiences and learning activities that help solidify participant knowledge and practice. In addition, this program features high-profile business leaders as guest speakers. The learning experience encourages discussion, debate, and networking where participants learn from each other as well as from our leadership experts. 

Program Schedule

Module 1   Leading SelfJanuary 24-27, 20228:30 am - 4:30 pm
Module 2Leading OthersFebruary 21-23, 20228:30 am - 4:30 pm
Module 3Leading Organizational StrategyMarch 21-23, 20228:30 am - 4:30 pm
Module 4Leading Beyond the OrganizationApril 11-13, 20228:30 am - 4:30 pm
Module 5Leadership in Action – Program Wrap-up        April 29, 20228:30 am - 4:30 pm

In addition to the program modules, each participant is assigned an executive coach which they can avail of throughout the program to help them get the most out of their experience.

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.  

Program Benefits

  • Understand your personal leadership style and leverage it to improve your coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Enhance your ability to motivate, engage and inspire others.
  • Learn effective communication and delegation techniques to enhance and expand your networks and relationships both in and out of the organization.
  • Gain the ability to make strategic decisions with more confidence and proficiently adapt to change by understanding the effect of high-impact organizational strategies on growth and productivity.
  • Know how to create committed leadership teams, more efficient performance, less turnover, stronger leaders, and positive outcomes.
  • Understand how to create a vision for the future of your organization and its responsibilities to the community.
  • Develop relationships with and learn from a network of leaders from a variety of organizations and backgrounds.

Recommended Background

  • Current leaders with a minimum of five years of experience as a middle or senior manager.
  • High potential team members you wish to advance within your organization.
  • Senior leaders who would like a refresher in current business acumen.

Graduate Testimonials

"Gardiner Centre has developed a program that truly educates and challenges anyone in a leadership role. The self-enlightenment with regards to my own leadership style was totally unexpected but will be invaluable to me going forward as a leader”. 

- Chris Green, Director of IT and Operations, Prima Information Solutions

“The Advanced Leadership Program at Gardiner Centre provides students with the opportunity to learn from world-class professionals on topics ranging from contract negotiations, corporate social responsibility to emotional intelligence. It not only equips students with the skills required to lead in the workplace but also provides the opportunity for insight into what makes them a unique leader in all aspects of life (professional, volunteer and personal). The world of aviation is constantly changing and the skills learned in the ALP program have assisted me in becoming aware of what is required to be a more knowledgeable and self-aware leader with PAL Airlines.”

-Meaghan Ludlow, Controller, PAL Airlines

The entire program has been a real treat, an opportunity to get to know myself and give me the information I need to move myself and my career forward. I would recommend it to anyone working on their leadership pathway. 

- Anonymous


Customized Team 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 organization's unique requirements.

Tuition Assistance Available

Canada NL Job Grant

The Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador Job Grant 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 up to $15,000 in government support for employee training per trainee! More information on the funding application can be found here.

Cancellations and Transfers:

  • 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.
  • Full program fee will be payable for withdrawal after program start date.
  • If you are unable to attend a module, you may transfer to the next session.


Craig Matthews

Craig Matthews is the founder and owner of NewView Consulting.

Craig’s driving purpose in life, and the mission of NewView Consulting, is to “help individuals and organizations get from where they are to where they want to be.”

With a diverse background of managerial and human resource development experience in healthcare, adult education, the pharmaceutical and airline industries, plus numerous Awards of Excellence to his credit, Craig’s infectious enthusiasm for personal and professional excellence has been inspiring individuals and teams for over 25 years.

Craig is a Certified EQi2.0, Emotional Intelligence Coach and is an Associate in Eastern Canada for the proven programs, Effective IntelligenceTM and Emotional PowerTM.

Craig holds a B.Sc. (Honors) from the University of Guelph, a Certificate in Technical and Vocational Education, is a Registered Respiratory Therapist, and has completed a Certificate in Leadership Studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2007 Craig was honored to be selected as a Certified Coach for the world-class, Lead Without A Title workshop available from famed author and international leadership expert, Robin Sharma (www.robinsharma .com). His current personal development pursuits include ongoing studies in leadership and human psychology.

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 a skilled, experienced facilitator who is passionate about supporting the achievement of organizational goals and employee development. Lynn holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education, two undergraduate degrees in Arts and Post-Secondary Education, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching. Lynn also holds a number of certifications including Myers Briggs Personality Indicator, True Colors™, and Coaching Out of the Box™. Lynn’s talent is creating trusting, collaborative partnerships and learning environments directed at achieving results while infusing humour, challenge, and accountability.

She is currently the President of CreAction Consulting, facilitating workplace learning and employee development. Lynn has worked in a wide variety of industries supporting organizations and employees achieve their goals.

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.



Richard Powers

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.

Richard has led and taught in the DEP and GEP for over 15 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 a Professor of Strategic Management at the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University. At MUN he lectures in the areas of strategy, risk management, corporate social responsibility and business ethics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research is primarily focused on the interplay between strategy and risk management. Dr. Cooper's research has been published widely in industry and academic publications. He has won a number of awards for his research, teaching and engagement activities. 

Prior to taking his position at Memorial University, Dr. Cooper was a senior manager in PwC's Performace Improvement Consulting practice in London, UK. He is an active facilitator with Gardiner Centre at Memorial, a business advisor, board member, and is a Certified Management Consultant. 

Dr. Cooper is also a regular speaker to industry conferences on his research. He holds a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in business from the Warwick Business School, University of Warwick as well as a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) and a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) from Memorial University. 

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