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Dec. 14, 2018

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The Lazaridis Executive Master’s in Technology Management program (EMTM) is preparing to welcome its fifth cohort in September 2019. This is an achievement for any executive program, but especially so for the Lazaridis EMTM as it continues to position itself as the solution to the problems faced by leaders in the tech sector who are forced to deal with a constant state of change that demands innovation.

To date, the Lazaridis EMTM program has hosted an impressive cohort of learners who come from businesses and institutions facing the unique challenges and opportunities that come with working in an industry prone to disruption. Some of Canada’s top technology enterprises, such as TD Canada Trust, Linamar, Telus, Rogers Media and Peer Group have sent their employees to the Lazaridis EMTM program to learn how to master these challenges.

Lazaridis EMTM Vital Stats

  • Graduates to date: 28
  • Professors, instructors and guest lecturers: 35
  • Past and current companies represented in class: 37 
  • Number of classes held: 400

Despite these successes, program designer and executive director, Hamid Noori isn’t ready to rest on the program’s laurels. “We’re constantly innovating the program to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and research that is most relevant to the executives who come into this program.” 

The Lazaridis EMTM program is unique in Canada for offering a curriculum that combines themes that are critical to today’s technology-centred business environment, including:

  • Design thinking
  • Business strategy and scaling
  • Technology roadmapping
  • Product market awareness
  • Technology investment decisions
  • Intellectual property and patents
  • Performance benchmarking

The most exciting innovation for learners is sure to be the week-long residency in the Silicon Valley each February. Lazaridis EMTM cohorts will have special access to some of the world’s top tech companies, including Google and Ford - IDEO as well as instruction from thought leaders at UC Berkeley and the Stanford d.school.

In addition to the leading-edge curriculum, learners have also found value in the Lazaridis EMTM program’s small class sizes and group-focused learning environment. “Sharing insights among my classmates helped create that ‘mental glue’ that makes complex concepts stick in my head. The workload can be challenging but you’re never doing it alone because of the comradery built into the small class size,” says Agostino Zucco, EMTM ’18.

The first round of applications for the Lazaridis EMTM program are currently being accepted. Each cohort is designed with the strengths of each learner in mind so that everyone has the opportunity to bring something to the program. 

“We’re looking for the best of the best – people who are curious, dedicated and ready to commit to the challenge of expanding their potential over the next 11 months,” says Noori who adds that with each new cohort, the program expands its capacity to influence the innovation economy of Canada by giving leaders the tools they need to help their organizations succeed. 

Applications are currently being accepted. For more information, contact lazaridisemtm@wlu.ca.

 

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