Certificate in Advanced Design Thinking for Innovative Leaders

Let creativity drive your business agility.

Go beyond the status quo of standard problem-solving methods. In this 5-day certificate program, uncover the key principles of design thinking and gain the tools and techniques needed to bring business innovation to your organization.


Take this program alongside our Certificate in Strategic Innovation and Creative Leadership to earn a Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership. Completing this program will also earn you continuing education credits for the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Certificate in Advanced Design Thinking for Innovative Leaders

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Fees: $4,950
Length: 5 days of study
Next Session: May 2, 2024 to
May 17, 2024
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Solve Business
Challenges With Innovation

With trends and industries constantly shifting, a business leader needs to find the quickest way to effectively tackle new challenges.

Our accelerated program gives you the practical tools and techniques to approach product and service development from a fresh perspective. Learn how to identify changing needs and risks with a user-centric focus. Discover experimentation models to test your ideas, learn from failures, and keep the momentum going.

Past participants of this program have found success in distinguished managerial and leadership roles across design, operations, and business development industries.

Get Training in Marketable Skills

Marketing Strategy
Business Analysis
Strategic Problem Solving
Risk Management
Creative Thinking

4 Reasons to Enrol

Amazing Education for Busy Professionals

This accelerated program packs powerful insights and practical tools into 5 days of study so you can apply your new skills right away.

Stand Out from the Crowd

Get highly sought-after skills in creative business thinking and set yourself up as an innovative leader.

Learn from the Pros

Train with top-rated Schulich instructors that are consistently ranked among the world’s best.

Earn Higher Pay

Schulich ExecEd students gain the confidence, skills and perspective to attain better roles, launch new ventures, and lead their teams to new heights.

Who Will Benefit

Design Professionals

Professionals in design-related roles will learn to apply user-centric principles to any business setting and show their readiness for higher positions.

Mid-Career Leader

Tackle daily business challenges with design tools and techniques, and prove your effectiveness as a leader by employing creative thinking techniques.

Senior Leaders

Consolidate your leadership capacity and bring shape to your innovative ideas with the latest research in design thinking practices.

Program Overview

  • Learn how to develop a strong solution-based plan by leveraging the key principles of a creative problem-solving framework.

  • Gain valuable, hands-on tools and techniques to better understand customers, including identifying relevant insights and solving problems through reverse engineering.

  • Understand how to interpret and implement your discovery data to prototype and generate game-changing ideas.

  • Validate ideas through qualitative and quantitative experimentation. Learn to fail fast and carry out new visions with minimal obstacles.

  • Put your ideas into action with speed and momentum. This final module will help you build tailored approaches that can be applied to any future project.

  • Spring 2024 Dates Time
    Certificate in Advanced Design Thinking for Innovative Leaders 5/2/2024 - 5/17/2024 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Catherine Dine,

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Lee-Anne McAlear,

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Megan Mitchell,

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Myles Ritson,

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Shane Saunderson,
PhD, MBA, B.Eng

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What You Get

After completing Certificate in Advanced Design Thinking for Innovative Leaders, you'll receive an authentic digital badge from the #1 business school in Canada that employers will recognize.

As more and more companies look for candidates with specific skills, this badge on your CV will be a credible assurance of your achievements and expertise, allowing the right roles to find you faster.

Advanced Badge

Show that you’re able to apply knowledge at a strategic, organizational level.

Pre-Approved HRPA Hours

35 HRPA-CPD Hours

This program has been approved for CDP hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA). Be sure to note the program ID number on your CPD log. For more information about certification or continuing professional development, visit the HRPA website at www.hrpa.ca/hrdesignations_/Pages/Continuing-Professional-Development.aspx

Custom Programs for Organizations

Use this program as we designed it, or alter it to fit your company’s needs. Either way, we can help you improve your organization's talent pipeline. Get in touch with our custom programs team today.

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