Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership

Turn heads with strategic innovation.

In times of change and competition, nothing drives organizational growth like an innovative idea. But the best companies know that creativity doesn’t just happen—it’s cultivated by a rare type of leader. In this Masters Certificate program, you’ll develop the sought-after skills of innovation leadership and learn to execute creative responses to tough business challenges.

Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership

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Fees: $8,950
Length: 8 days of study over 2 months
Next Session: October 17, 2024 to
November 29, 2024
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Cultivate A
Culture Of Innovation

In today’s world of oversaturated messages and competitive landscapes, finding a unique voice in business is essential, but forget innovation for innovation’s sake—it’s about solutions that continuously add value and deliver results in new ways.

In this Masters Certificate, you’ll discover the precise tools and strategies that have helped leaders around the world. Learn how to foster a culture of innovation that enables creativity and insights and delivers results for your organization.

Grow your leadership toolbox with strategic innovation processes you can implement right away to help your team solve challenges with progressive solutions.

This comprehensive program is divided into two standalone modules that can be taken in any order: Certificate in Innovation and Creative Leadership and Certificate in Futureproof Your Organization. Enrol in the full Masters Certificate program to receive a well-rounded experience and significant tuition savings. Alternatively, participants can register in individual modules as standalone certificate programs.

This comprehensive program is ideal for any mid-career or senior leader responsible for developing strategies and offers or influencing a culture of innovation in areas such as operations, development and consultancy. This includes roles like project managers, regional directors, human resource managers, and line leaders in product development, service, marketing and sales, operations and IT.


Supplement In-Class Instruction

To supplement in-class instruction, participants will apply program learnings and insights to coursework and readings outside the classroom.
DISCLAIMER: Schulich ExecEd requires a non-refundable deposit from all students as part of the enrolment process. Domestic students are required to submit a $1,000 deposit, while international students are required to submit a 50% deposit. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our advisors for assistance.

Get Training in Marketable Skills

Leadership Skills
Creative Thinking
Design Thinking
Change Management
Risk Assessment

6 Reasons to Enrol

Amazing Education for Busy Professionals

This Masters Certificate program packs rich, practical learnings into just 8 days of study.

Stand Out from the Crowd

Gain sought-after skills in innovation strategy and set yourself apart as a creative, strategic leader with unique business perspectives.

Learn from the Pros

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

Tackle Exciting Challenges

Put your innovative leadership skills to the test as you work through problem solving exercises to find the best, most creative solutions that drive business results.

Build a Meaningful Network

Connect with and learn from peers and leaders across a wide range of sectors, industries and professions.

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

Mid-Career Leaders

Mid-career leaders responsible for developing strategies or influencing a culture of innovation—including project managers, human resource managers, and line leaders in product development, service, marketing and sales, operations and IT—will gain the unique creative skill sets to advance to more senior positions.

Senior Leaders

Directors and senior leaders in industries like operations, development and consultancy will improve their organization’s innovation culture and skills, and successfully embed innovation into their organizational strategy and processes.

What Difference Will You Make?

This program exceeded my expectations. I feel it was a great base to build upon when I return to work.

- L. Ryan Director, Financial Policy and External Reporting, Bank of Canada

Engaging facilitators, practical application and excellent tools that can be put to use when back in the workplace.

- A. Barger Senior Manager Commercial CS and Inside Sales, Allegran Canada

This program certainly disrupted my existing notion of innovation. It isn’t spontaneous, it isn’t a eureka moment. It’s much more deliberate and requires great discipline. I’m confident this program will help bring that discipline to our organization.

- T. Calder VP, Client Strategy, Search Engine People

Program Overview

  • Day 1: Innovation Fundamentals

    Explore foundational principles of innovation and delve into the crucial links between creativity, strategy, and execution. Uncover innovative frameworks and understand diverse creative thinking preferences.


    Day 2: Innovation Preparation

    Develop effective innovation plans and align them with business objectives. Identify key behaviours that foster innovation and learn the steps in the innovation process.


    Day 3: A Culture that Innovates / Soft Skills for Innovation

    Build trust within innovation teams and learn strategies for gaining team traction. Create an environment conducive to innovation, focusing on the physical and cultural elements of an innovative climate.


    Day 4: AI and Innovation Intelligence

    Identify key disruptive trends and assess the impact of disruptive technologies. Leverage AI for creative problem-solving and AI-driven idea generation techniques.


    Day 5: Innovation & Leadership

    Understand self-leadership in innovation and leading innovation teams. Develop enterprise-wide innovation strategies and embed innovation in organizational processes.

  • Day 1: Strategic Foresight

    Learn the tools for futureproofing and innovation.


    Day 2: Entrepreneurship

    Be equipped with an entrepreneurial mindset and persuasion skills.


    Day 3: Innovation for Real

    Understand how to communicate through visualization and storytelling.

  • Fall 2024 Dates Time
    Module 1 (Day 1): Innovation Fundamentals 10/17/2024 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Module 1 (Day 2): Innovation Preparation 10/18/2024 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Module 1 (Day 3): A Culture That Innovates / Soft Skills for Innovation 10/24/2024 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Module 1 (Day 4): AI and Innovation Intelligence 10/25/2024 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Module 1 (Day 5): Innovation & Leadership 11/1/2024 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Module 2 (Day 1): Strategic Foresight 11/21/2024 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Module 2 (Day 2): Entrepreneurship 11/22/2024 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Module 2 (Day 3): Innovation for Real 11/29/2024 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Catherine Dine,

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David S. Weiss,

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Jim Harris,

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Lee-Anne McAlear,

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Megan Mitchell,

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Rob Lajoie,

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Shane Saunderson,
PhD, MBA, B.Eng

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What You Get

After completing the Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership, 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.

Masters Certificate

Awarded when a series of more extensive programs are completed and a greater skill set achieved.

Pre-Approved HRPA Hours

48 HRPA-CPD Hours

This program has been approved for CPD 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

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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