Municipal Program Leader
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    This program is offered in partnership with the University of Alberta School of Business.

Why this program?

The Municipal Management and Leadership Program, delivered in partnership with the University of Alberta, develops municipal leaders by increasing their capacity to lead people, teams, departments, and organizations.

As a participant of this program, you will gain a deep understanding of yourself as a leader. You will learn to shift your focus from day-to-day tasks to strategically achieving your municipality’s goals while managing change and stakeholder expectations through effective leadership.

Throughout the program’s duration, you will form long-lasting networks with like-minded managers in your cohort, which will prove themselves valuable as your learning continues in your future day-to-day.


Through this program, you will:

  • Recognize the importance of municipal strategic planning for sustainability and goal achievement
  • Understand how all managers and leaders of people can contribute to the effective leadership in their municipalities
  • Understand strategic thinking in new terms and showcase the process and potential of a thoughtfully planned approach
  • Utilize strategic tools to approach internal and external challenges
  • Identify tactics to determine when to use traditional vs. design thinking approaches
  • Identify pathways to tackle shared strategic challenges
  • Learn to understand behaviour patterns in others, explore the impact of communication and Emotional Intelligence on others, and use instruments to effectively coach constituents through the use of a variety of tools and models

Who should attend?

This program is designed for public administration professionals and is not suitable for elected officials. This program is ideal if you:

  • Are a mid to senior-level manager who leads one or more teams
  • Are interested in further developing effective management and leadership skills in a municipal setting
  • Face competing priorities and want to learn how to make more informed decisions that benefit all stakeholders


This program is comprised of five modules, including:

  • Module 1: Leading and Managing Municipalities
  • Module 2: Leading Self and Others
  • Module 3: Change Management
  • Module 4: Negotiations and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Module 5: Commit to Your Leadership Abilities

Upcoming sessions

2022 session

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  • Module 1: April 5-7, 2022
  • Module 2: May 12-13, 2022
  • Module 3: June 8-9, 2022
  • Module 4: September 27-29, 2022
  • Module 5: October 8-9, 2022
  • Time: 8:30am-4:30pm (CST)
Have questions?
Our team is happy to help! Contact us for more details.

You can also find additional details, including our cancellation policy, on our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.
I have been a manager at some level since ‘92. The Municipal Management & Leadership Program helped me determine, upon self-reflection, when I began my transition from manager to a leader. Also, how much more there is still to learn. This program helped me re-commit to my leadership capabilities and develop new ones. Whether it is learning about EQ (Emotional Quotient) or learning how to manage difficult people and/or situations, there is something for anyone who strives to be more than just a manager. I highly recommend this program and am grateful for those that shared their time and experiences with me along the way.
Troy MacCulloch, CMML, FSAScotChief Administrative Officer, Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9, Pincher Creek, Alberta

Custom program

  • Do you have 10 or more team members who would benefit from taking this program? Many of our open enrolment programs can be customized for your team and delivered exclusively to your organization. Find out more about our custom programs by contacting us today at 204-946-0232 or via email at

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James W. Burns Executive Education Centre
2nd floor
177 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3B 0W5