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Executive Leadership Program

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Georgian College, Barrie Campus

The Executive Leadership Program, brought to you by Lakehead University and Georgian College, is designed to produce long-term results for you and your organization. If you want to further your leadership skills and develop evidence-based strategies that take your team to the next level, this program is for you!

About the program

Become the leader you want to be

Facilitated by leading faculty and delivered in the heart of Simcoe County, this innovative program will help you, and your team, reach their full leadership potential.

The program builds on your real-world experience, analyzes your personal leadership style, and helps you improve your own impact and drive performance and culture within your organization.

The Executive Leadership Program is for:

  • directors, senior managers and business owners from a broad range of industries including corporate, government, manufacturing and health care
  • professionals with a minimum of five years management experience
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What you need to know

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What does the program provide?

  • A network of likeminded individuals in the Simcoe County region from a variety of sectors
  • Access to academic contacts within Lakehead University and Georgian College
  • A certificate of completion
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Your program journey

  • A three-day intensive in-class program
    • Day 1: Leading self
    • Day 2: Leading and engaging others
    • Day 3: Getting results
  • Action-based interactive learning
  • Leader’s toolkit
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Top take-aways

  • Enhance your leadership skills and capabilities
  • Integrate self-awareness and personal power
  • Master the principles of employee engagement to build highly productive teams and create a culture of belonging
  • Cultivate leadership practices that motivate staff to achieve a high level of commitment
  • Develop the skills you need to establish and maintain effective coaching dialogue
  • Lead and inspire your organization through change successfully


The Executive Leadership Program offers the following discounts. Please contact us for more information!

Alumni discount

Lakehead University and Georgian College alumni receive 10 per cent off the program.

Group discount

Groups of three or more people from the same organization may be eligible for a per person discount.

Non-profit discount

Non-profit employees can receive up to 10 per cent off the program.

Carmine Stump the president an CEO of Soldiers' Memorial Hospital
The Executive Leadership Program brought to you by Lakehead University and Georgian College is an excellent partnership to build leadership capacity locally. Leaders across different sectors in our community can learn together and from each other, providing added value to the experience.Carmine Stumpo, President and CEO, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

The people of Executive Leadership

Dr. Kunle Akingbola, Facilitator in the Executive Leadership Program at Georgian College
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Dr. Kunle Akingbola is Associate Professor of Human Resource Management & Organizational Behaviour in the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Dr. Akingbola’s other graduate degrees include an MBA, Masters in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management (HRM), and MA, Workplace Learning & Change. He is a Certified Human Resources Leader(CHRL).

Dr. Akingbola’s intellectual interests focus on the complex interactions in the environment that influence strategic change and human resource management in nonprofit and healthcare organizations. His research also explores the organizational dynamics of social purpose enterprises. Dr. Akingbola is the lead author of the book “Change Management in Nonprofit Organizations: Theory and Practice” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and the author of “Managing Human Resources for Nonprofits” (Routledge, 2015).

Keith Connell, Facilitator in the Executive Leadership Program at Georgian College
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Keith Connell is a multi-disciplinary Professor in Georgian College’s Business programs in Barrie, Ontario. In addition to holding diplomas from Georgian College in Advertising and Marketing Communications, Computer Programming and Teaching and Training Adults, Keith holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (Leadership and Innovation) from the University of Fredericton.

Keith has been recognized by his colleagues and students as a highly engaging facilitator who draws on his nearly three decades of business management experience to bring the content of the class to life. In 2021, Keith helped develop new programs to the college in the areas of Marketing Management, Small Business and Trades Management and Leadership in Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo, Facilitator in the Executive Leadership Program at Georgian College
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Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. She teaches primarily in the areas of educational psychology, special/inclusive education, mental health and self-regulation. She is a facilitator in Shanker Self-Reg™ and she now shares her passion for self-regulation both at the pre-service level at the Faculty of Education and with practicing teachers throughout Ontario and abroad.

Dr. Mastrangelo is the recipient of several Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connection Grants on self-regulation. Dr. Mastrangelo has published widely in the area of play, autism spectrum disorder, self-regulation, and family quality of life. She served as a member on the board of directors for a sustainable housing development project for young adults with autism spectrum disorder with Habitat for Humanity. She is also editor of the International Journal of Holistic Early Learning and Development.

Dr. David Richards, Facilitator in the Executive Leadership Program at Georgian College
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Dr. David Richards is the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University. He joined the Faculty of Business Administration in 2008 as a faculty member teaching human resources and organizational behaviour. Dr. Richards is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Business Administration and holds Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) and Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Gerontology.

Prior to pursuing an academic career, Dr. Richards worked for a number of years in health care and social services as a clinician and a manager. His research investigates attachment theory in the workplace, leadership and leader-follower relationships, emotion regulation, and how these factors relate to attitudes and work behaviours.

Dr. Linda Rodenburg, Facilitator in Georgian's Executive Leadership Program
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Dr. Linda Rodenburg is the Director of Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning and a professor in the English Department at Lakehead University. She moved to Orillia in 2006 as a member of the founding faculty of Lakehead University’s Orillia campus, and her love of lifelong learning and commitment to community found new roots in Simcoe County 15 years ago.

After completing degrees at Lakehead in Thunder Bay, Linda completed her MA at the University of Guelph before undertaking her Ph.D. at the University of Otago in New Zealand on a Commonwealth Scholarship. Her research unpacks how indigenous literatures teach us that relationships and storytelling ground identities, and ‘place’ can enable emergent understandings of culture. As an educator, leader, and community builder, Linda strives to enable others to feel empowered in their connection to place, and to feel motivated to enact positive change in their communities.

Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo, Facilitator in the Executive Leadership Program at Georgian College
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Dave Shorey is the Executive Director at Georgian’s Owen Sound Campus. Dave is part of Georgian’s senior leadership team and oversees the strategic direction of the campus which includes cultivating, developing and nurturing positive relationships with community, government and industry partners. Dave is a recognized community builder, collaborator and highly engaged leader. With an outstanding career in postsecondary education and municipal capacity building, he brings a wealth of expertise to the Executive Leadership Program.

Previous to Georgian, Dave was the Innovation Officer for the Municipal Innovation Council in Bruce County where he built a broad network of stakeholders to identify, understand and co-develop solutions to emerging issues in the community. Among many achievements, Dave developed a comprehensive framework for eight municipal organizations that identifies areas of opportunity and the strategic capabilities needed for advancement. He established communities of practice that connect municipal staff from across the council’s membership to learn together, collaborate and solve common challenges. He also fostered closer ties between municipalities and postsecondary institutions through applied research and work-integrated learning.

Video resources

Leading through unprecedented times

The COVID-19 crisis challenges leaders in unique ways, but the lessons learned will serve us for years to come. In this session, learn how local leaders navigate the pandemic while maintaining the strength and reputation of their organizations.

Leading to connect: Building citizenship by building relationships

Dr. David Richards shares findings from his own research and leadership evidence to discuss not only how individual differences affect relationships with employees and their engagement and citizenship behaviours, but also some ways in which leaders can be proactive in building relationships today.

Questions? Contact us

Sara Tuck, BBA, CMP
Manager, Continuing Education and Corporate Training

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Accommodations *HIDDEN SECTION*

Looking for accommodations while you attend the Executive Leadership Program?

We have set up a block of rooms at Lakehead University in Orillia:

  • Standard bedroom with private bathroom – $93.50 per night, plus HST
  • Standard bedroom with shared bathroom – $66.00 per night, plus HST

One parking pass is included per room, per night (valued at $6.00 per day). Check-in time is after 3 p.m., with checkout by 11 a.m.

For reservation inquiries, please call the Residence Front Desk at 705.330.4010, ext. 3030 or email orilliaresidence@lakeheadu.ca and reference the room block: Executive Leadership Program.