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Leadership is a long-term commitment

The most iconic leaders of our time have one thing in common: a life-long commitment to continuous improvement. Now, you can gain recognition for your dedication to long-term professional development and your commitment to stay ahead of today’s critical issues.

Earn an Excellence in Executive Leadership Certificate from Rotman

It's simple. Complete three qualifying programs in any order and earn the Rotman Excellence in Executive Leadership Certificate from Canada's leading business school and top University.

Our team of learning experts have designed a suite of programs that develop both your leadership capabilities and strategic understanding of today's emerging topics specifically so you can stay a step ahead. Complete at least one program from the Leadership Suite and up to two from the Focused Suite below to earn your certificate.

Meet our 2020 Excellence in Executive Leadership recipients, a diverse group of leaders from the public and private sectors. 

"Completing the Excellence in Executive Leadership Certificate was one of the best strategic decisions I have made. The certificate allowed me to customize my learning to match my goals. As a result, I am better prepared to have an impact. I would recommend this program to anyone who is looking to take their career to the next level."

Patrick J. Gauch, MBA, LLM, Acc. Dir., CAE, CHRL, CPHR
Chief Financial Officer
YMCA Canada

Why a certificate?

  • Gain recognition of your long-term commitment to leadership development from Canada's top university
  • Receive recognition as a member of the Rotman community, with access to the school-wide alumni network
  • Enjoy membership in an exclusive LinkedIn group
  • Access to networking opportunities with fellow leaders across industries
  • Exclusive discount on additional Executive Programs

You will also receive

  • A discount offer you can share with friends and family
  • Exclusive invitations to special events
  • Advanced registration preference when you indicate your intention to complete the certificate

How does it work?

Sample Certificate

Choose at least one program from the Leadership suite below and up to two from the Focused suite. Start with whichever program you like - you do not have to start with one from the Leadership Suite. Complete all three programs ( within three calendar years is recommended) and you will receive your Excellence in Executive Leadership Certificate as well as all the benefits above. Don't forget, you save 25% off the cost of your second, third, and all future eligible programs. You can build a trio of programs that best suits your individual needs.

Leadership Suite

Complete at least one program from this list:

Advanced Health Leadership*

Business Leadership Program for In House Counsel*

CFO Leadership

Executive Leadership Program*

Organizational Leadership (available formerly Executive Leadership: Organizational)

Executive Leadership Online

Health Leadership: Achieving Your Potential

Leadership Development for Mid Career Women*
(formerly Emerging Leaders)

Police Leadership

Strategic Human Resource Leadership

CIO Executive Leadership Program

The following programs are eligible for the certificate but are no longer offered:

Executive Leadership: Personal 

Public Sector Leadership*

Focused Suite

Complete up to two programs from this list:

Generative AI and Organizational Transformation

Executive Presence (available virtually) 

Leading Change (available virtually) 

Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Professional (available virtually) 

Inclusion by Design (available virtually) 


ESG Designation

Executive Coaching Certificate (available virtually)

Rotman-ICD Working Effectively with your Board: A Program for Senior Executives* (Formerly Board-Dynamics; Available virtually)  

Financial Literacy and Analysis

The Psychology of Leadership 

Strategy & Competitive Advantage (available virtually) 

Healthcare Leadership (Online Program delivered via GetSmarter)

Healthcare Analytics Online (available via Emeritus online)

Sustainability Leadership Online (available via Emeritus online)

MBA Essentials (available via Emeritus online)

Senior Leadership ( - formerly Organizational Leadership; Online Program delivered via GetSmarter)

Women in Leadership (Online Program delivered via GetSmarter)

Business Analytics Online (available via Emeritus online) 

Building Financial Acumen for Non-Financial Managers (available via Emeritus online)

The following programs are eligible for the certificate but are no longer offered:

Business Design Thinking Online (available via Emeritus online) 

Machine Learning Online (available via Emeritus online)

Digital Marketing Online (available via Emeritus online)

Blockchain and Decentralized Finance (Online Program delivered via GetSmarter)

Cybersecurity: Leading Organizational Strategy (Online Program delivered via GetSmarter)

Digital Transformation (Online Program delivered via GetSmarter)

Enabling Impact Through Inclusive Leadership (Online Program delivered via GetSmarter)

FinTech: Future of Payments (Online Program delivered via GetSmarter)

Leading Strategic Change (Online Program delivered via GetSmarter)

Power, Influence and Emotion in Negotiations (Formerly Advanced Negotiations)

Business of Payments 

Risk Management

Family Wealth Management

People Analytics

Negotiation Foundations

Innovation Readiness for a New Normal*

Business Design Fundamentals

Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works

Advanced Business Design Facilitation

Artificial Intelligence: An Executive Primer

Data Literacy

Strategy for Future-Ready Growth

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for HR Professionals

Corporate Finance for Executives 

AI Strategy for Executives

*This program is not eligible for a discount but counts towards your certificate.

For example, you could take three leadership programs, or one leadership and two focused programs, or two leadership programs and one focused program. Any of these combinations would earn you a certificate as long as they are completed within three calendar years.

When you begin your third program towards the certificate, tell us you would like to complete your certificate in your program application form.
How to receive your certificate: email upcon completion of your third program.

Sample paths

Not sure where to start? Here are three example paths to earning your certificate recommended by our experts:

  1. Finance focus: CFO Leadership, The Business of Payments, Risk Management 
  2. Human Resources focus: Strategic Human Resource Leadership, People Analytics for HR, Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Professional 
  3. Strategy focus: Executive Leadership Online, Strategy & Competitive Advantage, Negotiations 

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