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Inspiring leaders.
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Changing the world.

At Telfer Executive Programs, we see leadership as a journey, not just a destination. Our leadership development programs are designed for executives and senior leaders. Participants expand their influence and develop leadership abilities in programs built on the first-hand experience and insight of seasoned executives, industry pioneers, leadership experts, and certified coaches. 

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Since 2007, Telfer has been a leading provider of executive leadership development for clients and individuals in the National Capital Region, across Canada, and for select clients around the world. We have extensive experience designing and delivering executive programming for clients in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, including healthcare organizations. 

Our highly experiential leadership development programs enable executives and senior leaders to develop skills, actively contribute to organizational success, and advance their careers. They create space for practice and application through group discussions, guest speaker engagement, and on-site visits, as well as give room for reflection through 1:1 coaching and peer learning groups. Participants go beyond practical skills by building leadership capabilities and competencies, strengthening self-awareness to support sustainable, effective change, and growing their professional networks. 

Why choose Telfer Executive Programs

Leadership philosophy

We develop leadership ability at both the individual level and at the organizational level. We’re committed to a “whole person” approach to leadership. We focus on developing practical skills needed to foster leadership capabilities and competencies, while also strengthening self-awareness to support sustainable change applicable to personal and professional lives. 

Participant experience

From our state of the art, purpose-built learning facility to the white glove client service and administrative support, we ensure an optimal learning experience that allows participants to focus on leadership development.

Experienced faculty and industry leaders

Our programs are designed and delivered by senior executives, industry experts, leadership educators and speakers, and certified executive coaches. Their expertise in leadership development and knowledge of industry challenges ensures contextual relevance and applicable learning in each executive program offering.


We commit to offering programs in your language of choice and seek to be inclusive of equity-deserving groups. 

Diversity of perspectives

Our programs are intentionally designed to create space for diversity in ideation, practice, and people by incorporating peer-to-peer learning and strengthening support networks both in and outside the classroom.

Connection to a vibrant network

We help you build lasting connections with a new and expanding professional network. Become a part of the Telfer Nation alumni community alongside thousands of past participants, attend uOttawa alumni events, and receive regular communications.

Telfer Leadership Program Certificate

Digital credentials

When a participant completes a leadership development program at Telfer, they receive a digital badge to mark their achievement and celebrate newly acquired skills. Digital badges are blockchain-encrypted credentials easy to share and verify with professional networks, colleagues, and recruiters.

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Programs for individuals

Explore leadership development opportunities, including short duration programs, intensive certificates, and leadership coaching, to take your career to the next level.

Learn more about programs for individuals

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Custom programs for organizations

Address specific organizational needs, effect change, and develop the leaders of tomorrow with custom programs. 

Learn more about custom programs for organizations 

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I had an absolutely amazing experience with the Policy Leadership Program. In fact, this was one of the best, if not THE best, programs in which I have had the pleasure to participate.

— Fatima Araji
Finance and Administration Branch, Canada Revenue Agency

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The Telfer advantage

Triple Crown accreditation

The Telfer School of Management is one of only two business schools in Canada and among the top 1% of business schools in the world to have achieved the triple crown of accreditation, the highest standards of international accreditation awarded by the three of the most demanding global organizations:

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