The Effective Executive Leadership Program

Waskesiu, SK | Elkridge Resort

February 1-7, 2020

Introduction & Background

"I attended the program expecting to learn strategy techniques and leadership skills.  I never expected a life changing experience which would make me a better person.  Thank you!" - Kath Frazer, Prairie Centre Credit Union

The Effective Executive Leadership Program is designed for the professional and personal growth of senior managers and prospective executives from a variety of working environments across North America.

This retreat-style program will contribute to your development as a leader and allow you to better understand your own potential as well as the potential of others around you.

Through a series of inter-connected sessions, you will discover the significance of this program and the factors that will contribute to your overall success.

Program Overview

The Effective Executive Leadership Program consists of six core areas – personal growth, working with others, performance measurement, strategic management, organizational culture and ethical decision making. These areas are relevant in today’s business environment and are integrated throughout the week.

Personal Growth

Personal Growth

You will develop an understanding of the framework for personal growth through a variety of contemporary tools and concepts. Instruments included are the Step II Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Kirton Adaption-Innovation Theory, Franklin Covey 360 Feedback, Thomas-Kilman Conflict Mode Instrument, How Credible Am I Survey and Fitness Assessments. Personal health and work-life balance component will enable participants to take control of their lifestyle by returning focus to a healthy, balanced life. 

Working with Others

Working with Others

The program will teach you how to manage your expectations in dealing with people in different situations. This will be done by defining the roles that enable us to lead effectively and achieve meaningful results.

Performance Measurement

Performance Measurement

Edwards’ Effective Executive provides a set of tools and conceptual frameworks to help you improve both your people and organizational performance measurements and how these measurements motivate behaviour within the organization.

Strategic Management

Strategic Management

You will develop a thorough understanding of the strategic management process, and a set of tools to help you to implement your strategic plan and value proposition.

Organizational Culture

Organizational Culture 

Through the use of tools and concepts, the program will help you recognize the importance of organizational values and mission statements.

Ethical Decision Making

Ethical Decision Making

You will gain an awareness and appreciation for the risk of unethical and fraudulent behaviour of individuals in the corporate setting.

February 1, 2020 to February 6, 2020
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Program Fees

$8700 plus GST

The investment includes accommodations, all meals, and snacks, all learning materials including an iPad with software for digital note-taking, assessment tools, one-on-one consultations with program facilitators, framed certificate of completion and post-program support.

Registration Deadline

January 4, 2020

Course Planner

For more information, contact

Bobbi Spicer

Program Coordinator


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  • Who Should Attend?
    "I've attended a lot of different types of training sessions from different providers over the years.  This was by far the best one, not only because of the content but also the quality and experience of the facilitators, as well as the diversity and participation of the other participants." - Jarod Ofstie,  Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation

    The Effective Executive Leadership program is ideal for managers and executives with at least five years of experience in a management role from small companies to large corporations, government, and not-for-profit organizations who wish to strengthen their leadership competence and enhance their personal performance.

    The program attracts junior, middle, senior and executive-level individuals from various functions in numerous organizations and industries. It is suited for highly capable and motivated individuals who are responsible for managing resources and getting results.

  • How will this Program Benefit Me?
    "It was a great program. I have already recommended it to others. The program was a great learning experience that has provided the tools for me to re-evaluate previous approaches to issues. I feel I have a renewed sence of confidence that I am on the right path."Iris Lang, Legislative Assembly Service
    Edwards Effective Executive is an experience that will provide significant benefits to both you and your organization. The program will empower you to:
    • Become a more effective leader, strategic thinker, and agent of positive change.

    • Be able to manage your organization through newly acquired ideas, tools and templates.

    • Have ample opportunity to network with seasoned professionals from across North America from a variety of organizations and industries. Whether it’s in-class discussions, breaks, dining table groups, or optional extracurricular evening activities, there is always time to share ideas with fellow participants.

    "Focus on the enthusiastic approach to Effective Executive Leadership is critical in lifelong success creating personal, home, I would recommend this program to anyone in my organization and anyone I meet in a professional setting. I feel truly blessed to have been fortunate enough to take part in such a valuable program. Thanks Edwards!" - Jordan Rintoul, Waste Management of Canada Corporation
    • Discuss personal goal setting and problem solving techniques with session leaders who are subject matter experts in one-on-one consulting appointments.

    • Retreat and renew in a destination that is the perfect escape from the day-to-day stress and distractions

    • Take control of your lifestyle by returning your focus to healthy living through a professional fitness assessment, daily fitness activities and optional one-on-one coaching with a Certified Personal Trainer.

    • Obtain a certificate of achievement upon completion of the program and have a built-in alumni network of past participants who have gone through the program over the last three decades. 

Application Requirements

Upcoming Program Dates: May 22-29, 2020
Complete the online registration form to reserve your seat in the program. Submit the application form to

Funding Available

Check out the funding opportunities available through the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant

Instructor Profiles


Brooke Dobni, Ph.D., MBA, BComm | Strategy & Innovation 

C. Brooke Dobni is a Professor of Strategy at the Edwards School of Business as well as a University of Saskatchewan Wilson Scholar in Entrepreneurship. He has held over 250 consulting engagements, providing consulting services to many Canadian organizations. As a consultant to senior management in the areas of strategic positioning and strategy implementation, Brooke has published over 30 articles that focus on strategy and innovation.

DougDouglas KalesnikoffCPA CA-IFA, Forensic Accountant | Business Ethics

Douglas Kalesnikoff is an Assistant Professor at the Edwards School of Business. With over 20 years of experience in civil and criminal investigative matters as a Chartered Accountant, Investigative and Forensic Accountant, and Certified Fraud Examiner, Douglas is qualified as an expert witness in Canadian Courts and International Courts and Tribunals on over fifty occasions.


Ruth Kinzel, Ph.D., CPHR | Change, Working in Groups, Dealing with Conflict

Ruth Kinzel is a Co-owner/Consultant at Kinzel Cadrin & Associates Consulting Inc. She is a change agent and educator in private practice, working with diverse systems in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Ruth’s expertise includes organizational assessment, consultation, collaborative processes and problem-solving.


Bruno KonecsniBA | High-Performance Leadership

Bruno Konecsni is a Human Resources Consultant with Konecsni Consulting Ltd. He is the former Senior Human Resources Director at the University of Saskatchewan. Bruno focuses on personal effectiveness, leadership, alternative dispute resolution processes and developing collaborative workplace relationships.


Rita Priestley, MEd, BEd, BA | Creative Decision Making, Self Reflection

Rita is a Consultant focusing on Organizational Renewal and Strategic HR Management. She is a qualified user of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (KAI). Rita is a creative problem-solving workshop leader for private and public sector business across North America.


Charlotte Rochon, CPHR, CMC | Performance Evaluation & Feedback 

As a Management Consultant for Rochon Associated HR Mgt Inc., Charlotte Rochon has over 35 years of progressive experience in the HR field, including tenure in a senior management role implementing HR initiatives for a national corporation. She is experienced in providing services at the systems level, covering the full spectrum of HR management from recruitment to performance and compensation strategies and programs.

GreyGray Ferguson, BSc. Kin, MBA | Fitness, Lifestyle & Nutrition

Gray Ferguson is a Supervisor at the Fit Centre at the College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan. He holds a Bachelor degree in Kinesiology, certification as Exercise Physiologist and his MBA through the Edwards School of Business.  He is an exercise physiologist consultant for the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan and works as a personal trainer for amateur and professional athletes.



University of Saskatchewan's liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fees.

Cancellations received at least fifteen (15) business days in advance of the course commencement date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than fifteen (15) business days prior to the course commencement date will be subject to a $2,000 administration fee. Cancellations received less than five (5) business days prior to the course commencement date will be subject to full course tuition cost.

Non-attendance will incur full course tuition cost.

Fees subject to change without notice.

Program Transfers

One course transfer will be permitted without penalty if the cancellation request is received within fifteen (15) business days prior to the course start date. Alternate program transfers may be approved dependent on course availability. Transfer requests must be scheduled within six (6) months of the initial purchase. Applicants will be responsible for any price difference in program fees at the time of the request. Each subsequent transfer request will be subject to $300 administration fee. 

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