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Rotman-CCCA Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel

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Explore the unique challenges of those who strive to be recognized as strategic business partners within their organizations. You will develop the ability to make more informed decisions, apply your legal knowledge to move your organization forward strategically, and successfully navigate organizational dynamics.


The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) and the Rotman School of Management have partnered to create the Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel. The first program of its kind, successful completion of all three phases will provide graduates with the designation of Certified In-House Counsel – Canada (CIC.C).

The Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel provides an overview of the essential knowledge and skills required by those who strive to be recognized as strategic business partners within their organizations. Participants explore the unique challenges of effective leadership in today's complex organizational environment and develop the perspectives and skills to become effective leaders in their own right.

Through a variety of learning methods including case studies, simulations, lectures, group work and class discussions, participants develop the skills required to become a key business resource in their organization – able to advance the business while maintaining the balance of being the company's legal expert.

The program will combine the leading edge management knowledge from Rotman faculty with the in-house experience of senior General Counsel from across Canada.

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Key Benefits

On completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Make an impact on your business’ strategic decisions
  • Successfully navigate organizational dynamics
  • Manage work relationships more effectively through communication and collaboration
  • Balance your professional responsibilities as in-house counsel with broader organizational leadership responsibilities
  • Make more informed decisions by learning to use financial tools and resources
  • Apply your legal knowledge to help move your organization forward in a strategic fashion
  • Understand your personal leadership style
  • Lead and manage change more effectively

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Program Details

The 2024/25 cohort includes two in-person modules, one live virtual module, one self-directed online module, a final written assessment and a final oral interview assessment. Note that all components are mandatory, including attendance at all live-session modules in order to be eligible to receive the Certified In House Counsel (CIC.C) designation. The designation is awarded upon the successful completion of a comprehensive assessment process at the conclusion of the Program. 


The program has been a tremendous resource to me and had an immediate impact on my career!
The lessons around understanding and navigating organizational dynamics (so important, but not something you’re taught in law school) gave me a new lens through which to view the corporate dynamic and helped me build credibility. My development as a leader, manager, strategic thinker and communicator contributed to the next step in my career, which saw my appointment to the Executive Team and expanded responsibility over non-legal functions such as Quality Assurance and Product Safety.

Dave Suchon | Director & Sr. Corporate Counsel
Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.

Who Should Attend

This program is for:

  • Only Legal Officers (OLOs) who want to grow their management / leadership skills and enhance their executive team contribution
  • In-house counsel serving as specialists within large legal departments, who desire broader and more varied skills development in management and leadership
  • Senior Counsel who would like to move to the executive level
  • New to in-house counsel working in a small or large legal department and requiring external training and development
  • Mid-level in-house counsel who want to move to the next career level and require broader management and leadership development 
  • External law firm lawyers who would like to move to an in-house role

Rotman Executive Program faculty are known for their ability to translate the latest research into practical applications for the workplace, and to transmit skills to participants with the best teaching techniques. Industry leaders contribute to our programs to bring you the most up-to-date best practices and a wealth of real-world experience.

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The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association handles all program applications.

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This program can count towards earning your Excellence in Executive Leadership certificate. Join an elite circle of leaders building their own path to professional development and receive official recognition from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.


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Dates and fees

Hybrid program over three modules

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September 2024  – May 2025

Module 1 (in-person at Rotman in Toronto): September 27 – 29, 2024
Module 2 (virtual): January 28 & 30; February 4, 6, 11 & 13, 2025
Module 3 (in-person at Rotman in Toronto): May 2 – 4, 2025

Self-directed Online Module: September 2024 – May 2025

Final Written Assessment: Spring 2025

Final Oral Interview Assessment: Spring/Summer 2025

Application deadline:
August 16, 2024

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Participant profile:
Experienced OLOs (Only Legal Officers), in-house counsel, senior counsel, and external law firm lawyers

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Early Bird Fee until March 1, 2024:
$9,999 CAD + HST 

Fee as of March 2, 2024:
$10,998 CAD + HST

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Please contact:

Canadian Corporate Counsel Association
300 - 20 Toronto Street
Toronto ON M5C 2B8


CCCA-Rotman Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel

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