Student Leadership Development

Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business (CCAL)

Courses

Advanced leadership is a part of life in many ways, and leadership education at the Haskayne School of Business is part of many courses, whether they are located in the classroom setting or in the beautiful and challenging natural environment of Alberta.

The Haskayne Leadership Expedition is a five-day backpacking expedition that will take participants into spectacular high mountain terrain in the Rockies. Recalling the old adage that “there are no passengers, only crew” on a true expedition, students will quickly find themselves engaged in learning to lead every aspect of the journey. Alongside the fun, camaraderie and adventure, course elements will include training in a range of technical skills for traveling safely and efficiently in the mountains (e.g. trip planning, navigation & route-finding, risk assessment, campcraft, wilderness skills, ecological awareness), problem-solving challenges, leadership assignments, structured personal reflection, small group work and both the structured discipline and adaptive creativity required to achieve expedition goals while traveling in challenging wilderness terrain under unpredictable conditions.

MGST559.4 is known as the Wilderness Retreat and is open to BComm undergraduates.

Each summer since 2004, Haskayne School of Business professor Dr. David Lertzman has taught students about leadership and sustainability in a remarkable classroom — the Rocky Mountains.

Delivered at the Barrier Lake field station of the University of Calgary’s Biogeoscience Institute, the Wilderness Retreat is one of Haskayne’s most unique and exciting elective courses. The one-week course is offered at both the undergraduate and MBA level.

The retreat is an unconventional learning experience for business students that combines outdoor activities, personal growth challenges, team building, self-reflection, and cross-cultural learning.

The purpose of the course is to cultivate core leadership skills in the context of sustainable development. “Great leaders are people of exceptional integrity, vision, and creativity who inspire others to achieve their best for the greater good,” says Lertzman.

Haskayne Wilderness Retreat iitaapohtop in Real Time

 

Application Process

Register using the university's course registration page

BSEN 749 is also known as the Wilderness Retreat and is offered to MBA students. There are two sections for this course.

Each summer since 2004, Haskayne School of Business professor Dr. David Lertzman has taught students about leadership and sustainability in a remarkable classroom — the Rocky Mountains.

Delivered at the Barrier Lake field station of the University of Calgary’s Biogeoscience Institute, the Wilderness Retreat is one of Haskayne’s most unique and exciting elective courses. The one-week course is offered at both the undergraduate and MBA level.

The retreat is an unconventional learning experience for business students that combines outdoor activities, personal growth challenges, team building, self-reflection, and cross-cultural learning.

The purpose of the course is to cultivate core leadership skills in the context of sustainable development. “Great leaders are people of exceptional integrity, vision, and creativity who inspire others to achieve their best for the greater good,” says Lertzman.

Haskayne Wilderness Retreat iitaapohtop in Real Time

 

Application Process

Register using the university's course registration page

Students will develop skill in applying a variety of different ethics frameworks to problems and an understanding of when various frameworks are most applicable. Critical thinking skills will be honed using cases, readings, class discussions and written opinion. Leadership theories, including gender and cultural influences, will be covered. Students will be able to identify components of their leadership styles in self and others. Tools to operationalize ethical choices will be provided. Students will witness and experience leadership as it progresses from individual to team to organizational to community levels.

The CCAL Case Competitions for BCOMM and MBA students are opportunities to learn leadership in business by doing. No previous case competition experience is required.

The competitions include a workshop on resolving a business problem while recognizing and addressing the ethical stakes. Team work, communication and other skills that support effective leadership are also addressed.

Students learn from a local business leader (who delivers a keynote on competition day) as well as one another.  Students listen and assess the finalists to select the competition’s “Fan Favourite”.

Develop an increased awareness of the importance of corporate governance systems and strong financial decision making systems in developing effective business enterprises. Specific emphasis on the resolution of agency problems, the role of the board of directors, compensation systems and financial modelling.

Leadership Experience Opportunities

The Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business supports leadership development through experiential leadership experiences that take students out of the classroom and immerse them in safe yet challenging spaces where they can test new leadership skills.

The BMO Mentorship Program at the Haskayne School of Business gives students the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals through six one-on-one meetings between September and April. Students are provided with self-assessments and required orientation in advance of program launch so that they are prepared to think about their goals and come to meetings with their mentor well prepared. The program hosts events through the year offered jointly to mentors and mentees as well as events for only mentors or only mentees. A research project runs alongside the program, providing recommendations on best practices in many areas of the program.

This is the fifth year of the joint venture between Haskayne’s Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business and Ivey Business School’s Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership, the competition will challenge MBA students through real-life business cases to balance the fiscal demands of effective business with the ethical demands of effective leadership.

Ivey Business School hosted this year’s competition in London, Ontario, February 7-9, 2019. This competition aims to foster collaboration across Canada’s leading MBA programs. Applications for this opportunity is competitive. Students currently enrolled in an MBA program may apply as an individual or a team.  

Other important details:

  • Each team must consist of four current MBA students.
  • Only one team per university allowed.
  • Each team will participate in two rounds, each with a different case.
  • Round 1 is a Mixed Team Case. Students will be divided into new teams made up of MBA participants from other schools.
  • Round 2 is the University Team Case. Students will be given a case to solve and present with their home team.

Ethical leadership in business can be tricky.  And the stakes are high – for organizations and for the lives of the individuals involved. 

This speaker series brings leading scholars whose research and experience spurs students, faculty and community members to think more deeply, critically and creatively about core ethical principles in the business context.

The Jarislowsky Fellowship in Business Management for Haskayne MBA students started at the Haskayne School of Business in 2006 and has been connecting senior-level professionals with business students ever since. The aim? To expose MBA students to a holistic perspective to business through community involvement and an appreciation of the arts, international culture, religion, politics and diversity. This year, the fellowship is being delivered under the umbrella of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business at Haskayne, further enhancing leadership development offerings through the centre.

Advanced leadership and effective teamwork. At every level of your academic, personal and career journey these two elements are critical to success. The CCAL Leadership Challenge Weekend is a unique weekend field course designed to help students practice the real world competencies, attitudes and self-awareness skills required by advanced leaders and effective teams in the modern business world. Based at a lodge in the Rockies, students will participate in a range of engaging experiential activities and challenges designed to build their leadership skills and reflect on the implications for their academic, community and professional roles.

The Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership for Business Leadership Dojo follows traditional Japanese martial arts approach, using a somatic coaching approach and mindfulness techniques, to help students explore and embody the principles of advanced leadership.  Participants work through a range of dynamic scenarios, both alone and with partners, that mirror the leadership opportunities they encounter as individuals, as Haskayne business students, as employees and as community members. Our goal is to support students to respond instinctively to such leadership opportunities with greater levels of self-awareness, confidence and effectiveness.

CCAL’s Leadership Drum Circle uses mindful coaching and active listening with reflective learning to explore themes of advanced leadership hinging on authenticity and centeredness, relational awareness and healthy group culture. Partnering with Calgary’s One World Drum Company, participants receive instruction in basic rhythms and hand technique of West African and Afro-Cuban drumming in a series of weekly Drum Circle workshops over eight weeks. Find your place in the rhythm of life exploring team building and authentic leadership through African drumming in a high performance culture of creativity, communication and trust at Haskayne’s Leadership Drum Circle.

Lunch with Leaders brings together an experienced senior leader and a small group of inquisitive students (6-8) to discuss challenging topics in the context of a business lunch.  It is about the power of conversation and – more importantly – human interaction.  Students see how a leader treats people, grapples with challenging issues, listens to different perspectives, and perhaps evolves in his/her thinking with the insights shared by others.

CCAL Peer Helpers will be responsible for supporting the BMO Professional Mentorship Program and other CCAL initiatives. As a Peer Helper you will get to do a variety of different tasks, depending on the project you will be working on. You’ll be largely responsible for administration of different components of the Mentorship Program. Some of these tasks include event planning, event marketing and event facilitation. You will also work closely with various members of the CCAL team. The work done by you through this programming will be invaluable to making sure our students have a great experience with CCAL programs.

This is a competitive student leadership volunteer opportunity open only to HSB students.

Applications will open the first week of March, 2019.