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Telfer MBA Welcomes a New Program Director

Two male MBA students walking and discussing business outside of the Desmarais building

Every few years, our programs receive new directors to enhance our program offerings, seek new opportunities, and ensure our curriculum is innovative and relevant to the Telfer School of Management’s vision and the ever-changing business world.  

Thus, it was time for the selection committee to appoint a new program director for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Professor David Delcorde has taken on a three-year term, from May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2026, replacing Professor Catherine Elliott. 

Get to Know David Delcorde 

David Delcorde, Ph.D., has served as the Director of Undergraduate Programs at Telfer for the last eight years. He has also taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. Teaching at the Telfer School of Management since September 2002, Delcorde has greatly contributed to shaping the minds of our students and growing our Bachelor of Commerce program.

Professor David Delcorde smiling for the cameraPrior to joining the University of Ottawa. Delcorde worked for the federal government for 31 years in a range of areas including finance, program management, industrial development, international policy, information technology, human resources, and performance measurement. 

Dean Stéphane Brutus shared his thoughts about Delcorde accepting this key role as the Telfer MBA Program Director: “His experience with our large undergraduate offerings makes him particularly well-equipped to take on the MBA. David’s responsibilities will include working closely with Marketing to increase enrolment in the MBA program and developing and implementing a Kanata North integration strategy."  

Catherine Elliott’s Legacy as Telfer MBA Director 

Under Elliott’s leadership from 2020 to 2023, the MBA program evolved in significant ways. She led a complete program revision, reducing its length, introducing added concentrations, linking the program to key professional designations, and reviving the French MBA. As Dean Brutus says: “Catherine did it all with a smile and a spark in her step. On behalf of the Telfer community, I would like to thank Catherine for her contribution to the MBA program.” 

Building Up the MBA Through Experiential Learning 

Delcorde shared his goals for his new position over the next three years: “Together, along with the Telfer team, we will build on program strengths and make this program the best MBA program in Canada — highly regarded by employers, highly sought-after by purpose-driven students, accessible and anchored in an expansive, inspiring, and experiential curriculum embracing pedagogical innovation and learning outcomes — in both official languages.” 

Delcorde is also hoping to enhance experiential learning in the Telfer MBA: “We will develop more opportunities for our students to work with and learn from leading practitioners and organizations, as well as opportunities to participate in team-based case competitions.  We will work closely with the MBA Student Association and alumni in both education and experiential development.” 

Find out more about the experiential learning and networking opportunities to take advantage of in the Telfer MBA.