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October 2010


Attend The Art of Management - November 15

Fall Seminar Highlights

Executive Programs - Limited Spaces Remaining for 2010 Schedule

Professional Development Online

Browse all the seminars being offered in your area for the months of October and November.
You can also view the full listing of Executive Programs offered this year.

Attend the Art of Management - November 15

We are pleased to once again partner with The Art of Productions to bring you The Art of Management Conference. This year’s program, being held on Monday, November 15 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, will feature five internationally renowned bestselling authors and leaders who will share an exciting blend of cutting edge thinking and real world experience on today’s most critical management issues. The confirmed speakers and topics are:

  • Malcolm Gladwell (New York Times Bestselling Author of The Tipping Point, Outliers and Blink) - Understanding Success, Decision Making & Trends
  • Michael Eisner (Former CEO, Walt Disney Company and Bestselling Author of Working Together and Work in Progress) - Creativity In Leadership & Partnerships
  • Simon Sinek (Professor, Columbia University and Bestselling Author of Start With Why) - Inspiring Performance
  • Nilofer Merchant (CEO & Chief Strategist, Rubicon and Bestselling Author of The New How) - Collaboration & Strategy
  • Mitch Joel (President, Twist Image and Bestselling Author of Six Pixels of Separation) - Managing in a Connected World

Institute members can obtain tickets to this great event at the following preferred partner rates:

ICAO Preferred Price

ICAO Preferred Price (3 or more purchased at the same time)

VIP (reg. $599) – includes VIP lunch and seating in the first 5 rows



General Admission (reg. $399)



For more details on this event, or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.theartofmanagement.ca/ and use promotional code: “ICAO”.

Special Draw for Free Tickets

As a thank you for your continued readership, we have a few tickets to The Art of Management to give away. To enter the draw for tickets, please e-mail us at ICAO_FocusOnPD@icao.on.ca by October 31, with the subject line "Contest". In the body of the e-mail, please provide your name and contact phone number. We will contact the winners directly and announce them in the November issue of Focus on PD.

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Fall Seminar Highlights

Our 2010-11 Fall/Winter Program is now officially underway. Dates for the following course offerings are rapidly approaching. Don’t miss the opportunity to enroll!

For a complete list of our almost 500 course offerings in 25 locations, please visit our website, where you can search by subject matter or location and register for programs.

For registration information and course inquiries, contact recordspd@icao.on.ca.

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Executive Programs - Limited Spaces Remaining for 2010 Schedule

A very limited number of spaces remain in our fall executive programs. Our executive programs offer in-depth training tailored to the various stages of your developing career. Registration is closing soon, so don’t delay if you wish to secure a spot. Programs with some spaces available include:

The Optimal Negotiator - November 28 – December 1

One skill today’s leaders must possess is the ability to get people to agree with them. Most assuredly in any undertaking of significance, whether personal or business related, knowing how to get others to accept your point of view while seeing themselves as winners is crucial to your success, if not the prosperity of your organization. Indeed, one cannot ever expect to ascend the corporate ladder without a sound grasp of the fundamental negotiating principles and nuances, or without the knowledge and skills to emulate those who consistently succeed. In this program you will learn a conceptual framework for negotiating win-win outcomes, tactics, behavioural patterns, and how to leverage human behaviour to your advantage. The Optimal Negotiator is an intensive, universally practical and highly interactive residential learning experience for those who are dead serious about wanting to develop their skills beyond mere competence.

The Master Strategist - November 14 – 17

Reacting to everyday demands and crises often leaves little time to continuously evaluate your organization’s strategy. This cutting-edge residential program provides you with a rare opportunity to step away from the pressures of work to join a group of peers and focus on what you and your organization need to do to excel in today’s competitive business environment.  Learn frameworks for strategic thinking, why many strategic plans fail, techniques for staying on track, and how to position yourself as the Chief Strategy Officer of your company.  

Becoming CEO (and Staying There): The Leader's Edge - November 21 – 24

Do you have the DNA of a CEO? Do you have the necessary job experience, emotional competencies, interpersonal skill sets, decision-making ability, practical insights and leadership style to make it to the top and stay there? This new residential program will help you discover the tools and “the edge” that gets you noticed as “the one.” But that is just the beginning of your journey. You will also gain an understanding of the demands and nuances of CEOdom that secures and ensures longevity at the top. Indeed, newly-minted CEOs may discover some beneficial insights and advice for thriving in the C-suite. 

The Controllership Program – Management Competencies - October 24 – 27

The Controllership Program is the definitive program for new and experienced Controllers who wish to enhance and refresh their techniques, skills and knowledge. The Management Competencies program focuses on broader skill sets such as coaching, supervision, negotiation and presentation skills that are often overlooked in the midst of technical updates and month end requirements, but which are critical to your role as a leader in your company. Upon completion of this program and the Operational Skills component, participants will receive the Institute’s Controllership Program Certificate of Completion.    

All of these programs are residential programs at White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

For more information or to register, visit www.icao.on.ca/PDExec or contact Lawrence Wong, CA at 416-969-4343, or toll free at 1-800-387-0735, ext. 343.

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Professional Development Online

For those who find it difficult to travel to one of our course locations or don’t have the time to attend a day-long session, our online courses are an excellent way to stay updated on the constantly changing standards.

We currently offer three topics for web-study:

The material is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there is no schedule to follow. You can work at your own pace and whenever/wherever suits you best.

These courses are based off of the two-day in-class sessions of the same name, and count as structured time towards your Mandatory CPD.

If you would like further information, please contact Jeff Charlesworth at 1-800-387-0735, ext. 206 or jcharlesworth@icao.on.ca. Or to register online, click on the links above.

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For more information on any of our seminars or Executive Programs and/or to register, please visit the ICAO Professional Development website at www.icao.on.ca/PD or contact recordspd@icao.on.ca.

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