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Business Edge Finance

Upskill and Grow

About the Program

• Develop real-world skills for helping any organization become more effective.
• Establish an entire network of professionals all watching out for you.
• Earn a certificate from the Rotman School of Management.

Program Overview

• 7-month online program
• Weekday evenings & Saturday mornings
• Program fee $3,200. Financial support available through OBPAP.
• Customized professional coaching in career management, effective communication and emotional intelligence.
• New cohort will commence in September 2024.

Whether you’re looking to advance in your current role or simply looking to upskill what you know already, Business Edge Finance is a bridging program and a critical step for your finance career in Canada. It teaches the fundamentals of professional, effective communication, personal-brand development, and global finance trends – laying a practical path to a dynamic career in leadership roles.

Business Edge Finance instructors comprise a unique selection of esteemed Rotman School professors, enterprising company founders, and respected human resources authorities from across the Canadian business landscape.

Program Outcomes 


   An Extensive Peer Network of Support

 A New Mindset

Rotman School of Management Certification

It is impossible to overstate the value of the connections you’ll make. They will play roles in your career for years to come.

This learning is truly transformative. You’ll emerge with a newfound confidence, ready to effect change in your career path.


As one of Canada’s premier business schools, Rotman is a highly esteemed name in the corporate community.

 Participant Profile

• Middle to senior management experience in finance outside of Canada

• Canadian finance industry experience & aspiring to advance into leadership positions

• A growth mindset and a strong commitment to be open to feedback and taking action

Program Dates

New cohort will commence in September 2024. 

7-month online program. Sessions will be held on a part-time basis during evenings and weekends.

Program fee


*Financial support available through OBPAP

Eligibility Criteria 

• Resident of Ontario

• Internationally trained immigrant, maximum eight years in Canada

• Canadian citizen, permanent resident, convention refugee, CUAET holder, or refugee claimant eligible to work in Canada

• Currently underemployed or unemployed 

• Minimum 6 months’ relevant Canadian work experience

• Minimum 4-5 years’ relevant work experience outside of Canada

• Relevant university degree from outside of Canada

• Level 8 Canadian Language Benchmark

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Financial Assistance

Thanks to funding through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program (OBPAP), individuals pursuing Business Edge Finance program at Rotman may be eligible for a partial program subsidy.


Upcoming Events

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Program Pillars

Business Edge Finance is structured around four key pillars of learning.

Effective communication

• Gain a deeper understanding of the language nuances around finance, leadership, and inclusivity.

• Start being seen as a leader in your current professional circles now by learning how to balance impact with empathy.

• Learn practical communication tools you’ll use with colleagues and stakeholders long after the course ends.

Intercultural Intelligence

• Develop an understanding of your own unique set of values and how it influences communication with others.

• Learn to adapt behaviours that resonate universally across cultures, while staying true to the core principles that make you unique.

• Discover your own strategies to leverage team diversity and help you connect with people from across different backgrounds. 

Corporate Finance

• Become at ease speaking about trends influencing today’s finance industry, including AI-based tech and environmental sustainability.

• Learn about innovations being developed to address current industry challenges.

• Get valuable face-to-face time with top-tier subject matter experts on topical trends so you can more effectively navigate the new reality with confidence.

Career Management

• Learn how to speak to and rebrand your international experience to effectively communicate your goals for your career.

• Gain the fundamentals of self-promotion in the Canadian job market including effective resume writing and social media networking.

• Align what opportunities are open to you with your own personal aspirations for your professional years ahead.


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Contact Us

For more information about the program contact 
Intercultural Skills Lab
Rotman School of Management

Program dates and schedule

  • Instructor lead webinars on Tuesday evenings and on 13 Saturday mornings 
  • 8-10 hours per week of self-paced online study.
  • Dedicated mentoring program, employer guest lectures, and online networking opportunities with peers.

Faculty and instructors

Jia Lin XieWalid Hejazi >>

Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy
Academic Director 

Jia Lin XieAndreas Park >>

Professor of Finance, Department of Management
Research Director, Financial Innovation Lab

Jia Lin XieAlexandra MacKay >>

Professor, Teaching Stream in Finance
Vice Dean, Undergraduate and Specialized Programs

Jia Lin XieMichael Kobrin >>

Founder, Creaity

Jia Lin XieMelissa Magder >>

Career Coach, Cultures in Motion
Advisor of Strategic Initiatives, Region of Peel

Jia Lin XieLiza Robertson >>

Instructor, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

Jia Lin XieCarolyn Meacher >>

Chief People Officer, dentsu international

Sarah Neville >>
Founder and Principal of Open Line


Fees and payment



*Financial support available


  • Tuition
  • All Program materials
  • Completion certificate
  • Online networking opportunities


A deposit of $416 of the program fee is required at the time of acceptance into the program.  The balance of the program fee will be due after the program start date.  


If the Program is employment-related training, Rotman must receive a letter from the employer confirming that the Program constitutes such training within the meaning of Canada Revenue Agency Interpretation Bulletin IT-470R.  Generally, the Bulletin states that where the training is taken for the benefit of the employer, there is no taxable benefit to the employee.

If the tuition fee is paid for by the employer, it is the employer’s responsibility to determine whether or not the fees paid on behalf of the individual is a taxable benefit and should be included on his/her T4 slip.


If an employer has not sanctioned that the Program is being taken for employment reasons, any discounts are taxable benefits to the individual participant and should be included on the individual’s tax return.

Technical requirements

Technical Requirements

This program will be delivered virtually over Zoom. This program requires:

  • A stable internet connection
  • The latest version of the Google Chrome internet browser
  • A Zoom account (sign up for free)
  • A web camera or computer/laptop that has a built in web camera, and the use of a microphone