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The Telfer Executive MBA Program focuses on experiential learning. This requires hands-on discussion and interaction throughout the rigorous professional development program.  Situated in a central location within the downtown core of the city, the Centre for Executive Leadership creates the optimal destination for classes and meetings throughout the Program.

The Program’s emphasis on teamwork and team collaboration will require you to meet with your team at least once per week. Our experience has shown that candidates prefer to meet at the Centre for Executive Leadership due to the ease of access, space and central location. The Program will coordinate the booking of a weekday evening meeting space for each group at the facility.

The schedule of class sessions, trips and additional mandatory classes are planned in advance to allow you to balance your personal and professional commitments alongside the Telfer Executive MBA commitments.

  • A new cohort begins each September.
  • The in-class sessions follow the traditional academic calendar and run from September to April. Classes take place on alternate Fridays and Saturdays.
  • The first year will close in May with a seven-day trip to Silicon Valley, California.
  • Candidates spend the summer months working on the Individual Business Consulting Project with the guidance of a supervisor.
  • The second year of classes resume in September following the same format of alternate Friday and Saturday sessions.
  • The Program culminates with the second trip to an international destination selected by the class as a part of the International Market Evaluation and Strategy course. This nine-day trip is scheduled well in advance in order for you to plan for your work commitments.
  • Convocation is scheduled for June.

The Telfer Executive MBA schedules classes and trips well in advance in order to accommodate your work, school and personal commitments. Tutorials and networking events are scheduled for evenings and weekends allowing you to work during the day.

Dates for the Class of 2017-2019 Cohort

A Typical Telfer Executive MBA Class Day

07:00 – 08:00: Candidates ease into the class day with the option of a nutritious breakfast served at the Sheraton Hotel located on Albert Street across from the World Exchange Plaza.

08:00 – 10:15: With textbooks, laptop and coffee mug in hand, candidates make their way to the Executive Classroom located in the World Exchange Plaza for their class session. In term one, this session might be spent exploring the Block consulting framework with Professor Dana Hyde in ADX 6269: Management Consulting.

10:15 – 10:30: Between morning classes, participants enjoy a fifteen minute break – time to grab a snack provided by the Program and recap on the week’s events with fellow classmates and professors.

10:30 – 12:45: Candidates return to the Executive Classroom for their second class session. For a  second year candidate in the first term, this class might take the form of Operations Management with Professor Farzad Mahmoodi and Professor of Performance Management, Greg Richards.

12:45 – 13:45: A buffet-style lunch is available at the Sheraton Hotel. Candidates are invited to take the hour to relax and socialize with other participants or alternatively they may decide to use the hour to catch up on class readings or finish up any last minute team projects or individual preparations for the afternoon classes.

13:45 – 16:00: Following lunch, candidates move into the classroom for the afternoon block of classes. In term two, first year candidates may spend the afternoon analyzing a case or calculating the break-even cost in Managerial Accounting Information and Decision Making with Telfer Executive MBA Professor, Sheldon Weatherstone.

16:00 – 16:15: Candidates enjoy another fifteen minute break between afternoon classes to re-energize before their final class of the day.

16:15 – 18:30: In the final class session, second year candidates might engage in a fascinating debate focused around the area of change management or spend the afternoon listening to the diverse perspectives of leading business leaders during the Leadership Speaker Series.

18:30: The class day is complete. For many Telfer Executive MBA candidates this is an opportunity to unwind over dinner and drinks with fellow classmates at one of the great restaurants located around the World Exchange Plaza in the heart of downtown Ottawa.

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The Program offers the hands-on experience of working in international markets. The two international trips gave us a chance to apply our knowledge in a real life global environment.
Jeff Bardsley, EMBA 2011, National Business Manager, HEAD Canada Inc.