Schulich Mini-MBA:
Dentist Business Leadership Program

Where dental professionals become business leaders.

Develop a unique business acumen specific to the dental industry. Our specialized Mini-MBA for dental entrepreneurs is a unique program that offers practical business training for busy dental professionals. Gain core MBA skills from Canada’s #1 business school and learn from highly experienced, leading dental practitioners.


Graduates of our Dentist Mini-MBA will be eligible to receive advanced standing towards a sought-after Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation, the only certification program for Canadian health leaders.


Schulich Mini-MBA: Dentist Business Leadership Program

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Fees: $16,500
Length: 18 three-hour sessions over 6 months
Next Session: October 24, 2024 to
April 3, 2025
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Schulich Mini-MBA:
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The Ultimate
Program For Entrepreneurial Dentists

In today’s world, dental entrepreneurs need to embrace their role as business leaders. To gain a competitive advantage, they must be able to plan the next steps of their business.

Schulich ExecEd’s Mini-MBA: Dentist Business Leadership Program—the only program of its kind in Canada—provides experiential learning opportunities to take your practice to the next level. Our program helps fast-track essential business training, covering core topics like strategic management, communication, marketing and finance. 

Empower yourself with key business management skills to drive long-term growth and profitability for your practice. Apply learnings to your own career with the Personal Entrepreneurial Project, a condensed version of the Schulich MBA Strategy Field Study.

Packed with robust and highly relevant topics, this program is designed for mid-career dental professionals who would like to learn more about the business side of dental practice.

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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

Strategic Thinking
Leadership Skills
Decision Making
Organizing Teams & Resources
Risk Management
Communication Skills
Negotiation Skills

6 Reasons to Enrol

Amazing Education for Healthcare Professionals

This program packs rich learnings into a manageable timeframe. Attend 18 three-hour evening modules over six months. Between modules, engage at your own pace with online material, videos and readings.

Stand Out from the Crowd

Get a unique business education directly related to your dental practice. This program covers core MBA topics, from finance and marketing to strategy and business analysis.

Learn from the Pros

Train with renowned Schulich MBA instructors, experienced dentists and business leaders in dentistry.

Tackle Exciting Challenges

Apply your newly acquired skills to an engaging team project, modelled after the renowned Schulich Strategy Field Study. Get feedback from leading business leaders in dentistry.

Build A Meaningful Network

Connect with and learn from like-minded peers and professionals in dentistry.

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


Dentists who are starting or expanding their practice will develop entrepreneurial mindsets fit for today’s dental industry and the business strategies to build and run a successful practice.

Mid-Career Leaders

Dental professionals in leadership roles will prove their business acumen in the context of dental practices and be prepared for more senior-level positions.

What Difference Will You Make?

This was an amazing journey of learning from experts and experienced classmates. I wish this was available 15 or 20 years ago, but all good things happen when their time is due. The next class is in for an even better experience as, undoubtedly, the faculty will grow this program!

- Christopher Blair
​Palermo Village Dental, Owner​

This was such a wonderful experience learning alongside my fellow dental colleagues across Canada. Thank you to the industry experts for sharing your knowledge with us. I feel privileged to have been part of the inaugural class at Schulich ExecEd.

- Suzanne Baptista
Dr. Suzanne Baptista Dentistry, Owner​

During the program, I was running two dental offices, and I couldn't decide how I should proceed. I sent a message to one of my Instructors and said ‘I think I made a mistake’. Right away, he emailed me back. He said, ‘Celebrate your mistakes’. Wow. I know it sounds cliche, but it really worked for me. I did make some mistakes along the way, in strategy or planning - but that's life, we’re human. So that's okay. Make mistakes, and learn from them.

- Dr. Reza Naser Hojjati Lead Dentist and Head of Clinical Team

Program Overview

  • Kick off the program by diving into WIN Thinking. Discover leadership frameworks and techniques to pursue the best version of yourself and ideate about a personal entrepreneurial project. Then, delve into leading healthcare transformation and set the context for transforming yourself and your organization/dental practice.

  • Learn the fundamentals of investment and financing as a leader in private practice. Make investment decisions based on the allocation of resources and asset valuation. Top it all off by effectively allocation scarce resources to projects in a business and mastering asset valuation.

  • Examine the decision-making and accountability structures of hospitals, governments, and regional authorities. See strategic management concepts at play in various settings with changing technologies and methods of health delivery.


    Cover key topics in the dentistry world, such as costs and financing, consolidation and clinical integration, and challenges and threats.

  • Build on the knowledge you gained from Strategic Management I. Develop a robust business strategy to deal with competing practices. Discover methods to highlight your unique selling proposition and distinguish your practice in a competitive market.

  • Identify key metrics that impact appraisal. Learn the factors involved in buying and selling a practice and issues associated with purchasing or joining a dental corporation. Dive into the opportunities and challenges caused by larger clinic networks like 123Dentist and Dentalcorp.

  • Master the skills to negotiate, persuade and influence others. Examine evidence-based approaches to building agreement between parties and negotiate with strategy. Run through how to best prepare for, evaluate the pros and cons, and be persuasive in negotiations.

  • Emotional Intelligence refers to a set of emotional and social skills and competencies that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use the information in emotions in effective and meaningful ways. Explore how you can leverage EQ competencies and apply current EQ tools and techniques to enhance performance and productivity.


    Increase your leadership capacity by benchmarking, leveraging and setting plans for intentionally developing your EQ.

  • Learn about strategies and techniques for powerful, compelling, and impactful communications, including successfully giving and receiving feedback. Adopt management styles that highly effective managers use and manage challenging conversations.


    Familiarize yourself with frameworks and best practices that lead to more successful conversations in both personal and professional settings.

  • Explore leading empirical evidence and practices for conceiving and executing a marketing strategy and building strong businesses. Learn the economics and neuroscience behind consumer behaviour today.


    Map out how behavioural economics and neuroscience inform our knowledge of how to positively impact consumer buyer behaviour today.

  • Build on the knowledge you gained from Marketing & Brand Strategy I. .Examine some of the world’s top companies and how they successfully execute their marketing and brand strategy. Explore opportunities for dentists to increase their marketing and brand presence in their own marketplace.


    Identify opportunities to increase your marketing and brand presence.

  • Don’t flounder with the law: understand it from top to bottom to protect yourself and your business. Get hands-on knowledge on the legal and regulatory considerations of starting, purchasing, operating, expanding, and selling a dental practice.


    Learn what you need to know about Employment Law, Corporate Law, Tax Law, IP Protection, Regulatory Compliance and Leasing.

  • Learn human resources from a managerial standpoint with new perspectives on actively managing your own practice. Attract and recruit top talent and staff, and manage ongoing support staff issues. Answer pressing questions such as how to manage support staff issues.

  • What is cybersecurity in relation to your dental practice, and why does it matter? Answer these questions and examine different risks/threats, including Social Engineering, Phishing, Ransomware, and Safe Email Use. Cover the basic safeguarding strategies you need to have in place to protect your practice.

  • Get expert tips to improve daily business operations and increase patient satisfaction. Learn the best practices to better manage your dental clinic for growth and profitability. Hear the latest know-hows from experts in the industry for succeeding.

  • Dentists work with many stakeholders: Government, suppliers, community, media, patients, regulatory bodies, clinical staff, families and associations. This session is designed to provide you with tools to develop an effective strategy for managing both internal and external stakeholders.


    Don’t fumble with your communications–smoothly manage current and prospective stakeholders.

  • Explore the role of disruptive technologies, innovation and new business models to drive investment, innovation and transformation in healthcare. Leverage public and private partnerships and understand complex regulatory requirements.


    Explore value creation through the art and science of business planning to drive investment, innovation and transformation in healthcare.​

  • Examine how dentistry is governed and managed, funded and paid for, and who and how it is delivered; the role of sub-national, national and international public and private agencies and markets; and how the political economy of dentistry is changing.

  • Final group presentations to the “Dragon’s Den” Executive Panel with Dr. Michael Glogauer, UHN Dentist-in-Chief; Maik Rehfeldt, CEO, HANSAmed; Andrea Chan MNP Regional Managing Partner/Graduation.

  • Fall 2024 Dates Time
    Module 1: WIN Thinking & Leading Healthcare Transformation 10/24/2024 - 10/24/2024 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 2: Managerial Finance 10/31/2024 - 10/31/2024 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 3: Strategic Management 1 11/7/2024 - 11/7/2024 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 4: Strategic Management 2 11/14/2024 - 11/14/2024 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 5: The Business of Dental Clinics 11/21/2024 - 11/21/2024 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 6: Negotiation Strategy 11/28/2024 - 11/28/2024 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 7: Leading With Emotional Intelligence 12/5/2024 - 12/5/2024 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 8: Giving and Receiving Feedback and Managing Difficult Conversations 12/12/2024 - 12/12/2024 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 9: Marketing & Brand Strategy 1 1/16/2025 - 1/16/2025 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 10: Marketing & Brand Strategy 2 1/23/2025 - 1/23/2025 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 11: Dental Law 1/30/2025 - 1/30/2025 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 12: Essentials of HR Management 2/6/2025 - 2/6/2025 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 13: Cybersecurity 2/13/2025 - 2/13/2025 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 14: Optimize the Daily Business Operations 2/27/2025 - 2/27/2025 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 15: Strategic Stakeholder Management 3/6/2025 - 3/6/2025 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 16: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Healthcare 3/20/2025 - 3/20/2025 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 17: How Dental Care is Organized 3/27/2025 - 3/27/2025 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Module 18 – Final Group Presentations to the Dragon’s Den 4/3/2025 - 4/3/2025 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Michael Glogauer,
DDS, PhD, Dip Perio

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Alex Zlatin,

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Ali Daneshvar,

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Andrea Chan,

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Anne Genge,

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Beppino Pasquali,

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Carlo Biasucci,

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Carlos Quiñonez,

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Cindy Mark,

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Cy Charney,
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Eric Pook,
B.Comm. Cum Laude

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Gail Levitt,

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Haniyeh Yousofpour,
PhD, MBA, PMP, PE Certified

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Jeff MacInnis,

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John Maggirias,

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Megan Mitchell,

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Nicola Deall,

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Sanjay J. Dhebar,

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Stephen Friedman,
MA Psych

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Steven Bongard,

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What You Get

After completing the Schulich Mini-MBA: Dentist Business Leadership Program, you'll receive an authentic digital badge from the #1 business school in Canada that employers will recognize. Graduates will also achieve advanced standing towards the Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation.
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.

Schulich Mini-MBA Certificate

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

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