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Rotman School of Management

CFO Leadership Program

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Jun 16—20
5 days
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CAD 11900 ≈USD 8818
CAD 2380 per day


Designed for current and future CFOs

Jointly developed with Odgers Berndtson, this program will help you develop the intellectual and emotional agility and the decision-making, problem-solving and communications skills required for success in a critical leadership role.

Develop your core capabilities.

Today’s CFOs are expected to be strategic business partners with the CEO, drive and fuel sustained growth, work effectively with the board, deal with investors, manage people, interact effectively with stakeholders and drive strategic change. All of that is on top of the traditional core financial and reporting duties. The CFO leadership program is designed to help participants assess and develop three critical skills in order to succeed in this critical leadership role.

Three pillars of CFO leadership.

The concept behind the CFO Leadership Program arose from conversations between Rotman, and Odgers Berndtson's CFO and Leadership Practices, as well as consultations with North America's leading CFOs, CEOs and audit chairs. Our conversations with this exclusive advisory board identified three critical CFO success factors which we refer to as the Three Pillars of CFO Leadership™:

  • Leadership in the C-Suite
  • Strategic Agility and Business Acumen
  • Managing Key Stakeholder Relations.

We’re here to help.

This highly personalized program focuses on positive behavior change. Each member of the program will have the opportunity to receive a customized leadership assessment, work one-on-one with an executive coach, and develop a personal action learning plan.

The program is limited to a select group of executives nominated by their CFO, CEO or audit chairs. The rigorous application process ensures that you will be in the company of your peers. The intimate class setting and social events provide ample opportunities for networking with both your classmates and leading CFOs, CEOs and audit chairs who will participate in panel discussions, select program sessions and receptions.

Who should attend

The program is designed for strategic financial leaders nominated by their CFO, CEO or audit chair on the basis of their high performance and need to develop their leadership capabilities as they interact with the Board, external stakeholders and other members of the C-suite.

The program is also appropriate for newly appointed CFOs who wish to accelerate their progress to full command of their role and for potential CFO successors who have been identified.

All participants should have a minimum of 10 years of work experience, with at least five years at the managerial level.

Participants may include:

  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Vice Presidents within the finance function and other CFO direct reports
  • Other senior financial executives with strategic financial responsibilities
  • Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from their CFO, CEO or audit chair as part of their application submission. Those who are interested in applying but do not meet these requirements should contact the program admissions officer to discuss their qualifications.

The role of the Chief Financial Officer is changing, and increasingly companies are looking for a broader set of skills and leadership abilities when appointing their CFO. To learn more about this program, read the three-part comprehensive study from Rotman School and Odgers Berndtson on the changing role of finance executives: Developing the CFO of the Future.


Bio Hugh Arnold divides his professional time between teaching executives at business schools in Canada and the UK and his consulting practice through Hugh Arnold Associates Limited specializing in leadership and organization. Dr. Arnold is Adjunct Professor of Management at the Rotman School at...
Bio David Beatty is Conway Chair of the Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics and Board Effectiveness. Currently, he serves as a Director of FirstService Corporation, Walter Energy and Canada Steamships Lines. Over his career he has served on over 35 Boards of directors and been Chair of 8 publicl...
Bio With 20 years of experience in leadership assessment and executive development, Eric brings a wealth of experience to Odgers Berndtson''s Leadership Practice. Eric developed the LeaderFi™ assessment method and works seamlessly with the firm’s clients to help assess and develop the leadership...


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