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Dec. 6, 2016

This fall, the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics accepted its newest cohort of outstanding leaders to the Executive Master’s in Technology Management (Lazaridis EMTM). The Lazaridis EMTM is an 11-month Master of Science (MSc) in Management that delivers unique executive-style education—the only MSc of its kind in Canada.

The learners are from a diverse range of technology companies and technology-adept organizations, including Xerox Research Centre of Canada, BMO Financial Group and Compass Group Canada. Classes are held in the newly opened $103-million, state-of-the-art, Lazaridis Hall in Waterloo, Ontario.

“Leaders of innovative enterprises require a unique skillset and perspective to be successful,” says Hamid Noori, director of the Lazaridis EMTM. “We designed this executive-style degree program to prepare senior decision-makers—at any company that values innovation as a priority—to adapt to a disruptive marketplace and shifting economy.”

In the Lazaridis EMTM, learners complete 10 integrated courses which are directly applicable to their real work environments. Classes are focused on highly relevant topics, including design thinking, strategic planning, technology road mapping and team building.

"The Lazaridis EMTM program weaves together knowledge for designing, optimizing, growing and running a technology organization” says Lazaridis EMTM learner Adrien Côté, who works full time at Xerox Research Centre of Canada as strategic relationship and portfolio manager. “The faculty have real-world credibility and create an experience where concepts are learned quickly and you find immediate ways to use what you learn in your work.”

The Lazaridis EMTM brings together a small cohort of candidates to work closely and collaborate. Learners work together in the same group for the 11-month program, facilitating a strong network of peers who bring their knowledge and skills to advance Canada’s innovation economy.

Lazaridis EMTM alumna, Jennifer Smith, executive vice president, Global Market Solutions and Engineering at Christie Digital Systems, notes that the program is both relevant and vital to Canada. “There was such a gap in the development of organizational leaders specific to technology. The thought that went into this program to fill that gap is truly revolutionary.”

Adds Noori, “At the Lazaridis EMTM, our emphasis is on the importance of innovation to today’s organizations. Candidates graduate from this program ready to manage change and utilize innovative thinking to ensure the health of their businesses.”

Applications are currently being accepted for Sept. 2017. Class size is limited to ensure candidates fully benefit from the expertise of faculty members, guest lecturers and industry speakers.

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