“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
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CENTRE FOR EXECUTIVE AND GRADUATE EDUCATION (CEGE)
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Develop your leadership and strategic knowledge management skills. Our experiential learning model allows you to apply your new competencies in your workplace with your very first course.
The MPA (M) is designed to meet the needs of not-for-profit and public service professionals seeking to enhance their careers. The program provides the flexibility of online instruction while ensuring an educational experience that is rigorous, relevant, and practical.
Designed and delivered by internationally recognized academics and senior public service practitioners, our program’s optimal blend of theory, analysis and day-to-day practical learning gives you a unique framework to address the complex national and global issues that leaders and executives face today and in the future.
The MPA (M) offers a seven course Graduate Diploma option. Recipients of the Graduate Diploma may elect to continue their studies to earn the Master’s degree
Dalhousie recognizes several professional designations. Consult the department for more information.
Flexibility: Enjoy a highly flexible timeframe that caters to your lifestyle and learning needs. Our program’s blend of distance and face-to-face learning provides you with an opportunity to learn from
anywhere in the world.
Networking: Build a lifelong network of like-minded professionals across Canada.
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All courses in the MPA (M) program focus on the development of skills, knowledge and capabilities that will prepare you to manage and lead public sector organizations. Each course exposes you to the theories, concepts, applied techniques and current issues affecting the modern state and society and public governance. Graduates of the MPA (M) program will be able to effectively make decisions by applying a best practices approach to management.
BLENDED/ONLINE LEARNING – THE DALHOUSIE EDGE
The MPA (M) is a part-time program delivered primarily online, complemented by onsite intensives.
Instructors in the program are award-winning teachers with broad experience in distance education, research, and consulting. Our highly experienced team in the Centre for Executive and Graduate Education (CEGE) ensures high quality online learning.
LEARN FROM WHEREEVER YOU ARE
Designed for dedicated and goal-oriented mid-career professionals, programs delivered through the Centre for Executive and Graduate Education (CEGE) can be tailored to meet your needs.
Learn from wherever you are: Our blend of distance and face-to-face learning lets you study from wherever you are. Courses are delivered via the university’s online learning system, concluding with a two to five day face-to-face intensive component conveniently held in cities across Canada.
Flexible program options: You can complete your degree in as few as two and a half or as many as seven years, giving you the flexibility you need to balance your learning needs with your lifestyle and current professional responsibilities. Choose from a list of courses available year-round.
Learner-centred approach: Our award-winning instructors use an array of integrated learning technologies to provide you with a dynamic and interactive online learning environment.
Support centre dedicated to mid-career learners: The CEGE team will ensure you have the information and resources you need to focus on. driving your development and advancing your career.
We are here to assist you every step of the way.
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From all of us at CEGE Connection, we send out warm wishes for a joyful and memorable Thanksgiving.
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”
Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer
“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man”
“Say what you mean
Mean what you say.
And do what you say you’re going to do.”
One of the most sincere and principled leaders I had the privilege of working with used the above quote as part of his personal brand. It rattles through my head from time to time along with the ghosts of leaders past and reminds me in a back-to-the-basics way, how simple some foundations of leadership trust can be.
Delivery of feedback is a tricky thing in building trust. The selection of words, the tone, the receiver’s state of mind. And yet, when delivered genuinely, with heartfelt intent and space to be safe, there can be so much room for imprecision, and intent truly can and does shine through. I remind myself, leaders are humans too!
So, my note this morning is to my leaders, both today and those ghosts of leaders past.
Thank you for these little whispers of wisdom that pop into my mind and heart when I need them most.
Thank you for trusting me enough to share your feedback – even if the delivery was not as finessed as you’d have liked.
And thank you for being open to my response, as human and unpredictable as it might have been.
Keep up the great work, and keep being you!
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
“We welcome you into an expeditionary journey into moral epistemology from an ethical perspective.” This is the first sentence in the syllabus for BUSI6900 Corporate Responsibility. Professor Williams prepared us in how this ‘journey’ would provide ‘a deeper understanding of the self as an authentic leader.’ I was intrigued and knew that this course would be like no other course I have taken in both post secondary and graduate studies.
Veronica Gonzalez, MBA(Leadership) Class of 2023
CEGE Connection reached out to Veronica Gonzalez to discuss her experience in the MBA course, Corporate Responsibility, under the leadership of Professor Williams. Veronica reflected upon the knowledge and wisdom gained through the experiential learning course structure.
The Leader’s Nature Experiment was categorized as a fun assignment to ‘practice our relationship and connection with nature”. I observed as my classmates used a variety of innovative mediums to post their reflections on the importance of taking time for themselves and to appreciate mother nature. I searched for a meaningful way in which to create my unique presentation that resonated with my connection to the environment. This thought occupied by mind over the weeks as I considered the phrases Professor Williams repeated throughout the course, such as:
This is when I experienced an epiphany. The light bulb went off and I quickly dug into deep research and reflection.
I am a proud first generation Canadian, with parents migrating from Argentina. I have spent much of my life celebrating both my North and South American heritage. Even so, I recognized that there was a certain level of unequal acknowledgement. This became the foundation of my Nature Experiment.
I asked myself questions. What does it mean to be Canadian? When we say that we accept and respect human rights, which humans are we referring to? What do we mean in the national anthem when we say, “our home and native land”? Whose land are we referring to?
I found myself at a crossroad with an opportunity to change direction.
I created a video, which became one of few tangible artworks that I have created in my lifetime. A compilation of powerful images that spoke loudly on behalf of the Indigenous People, making a statement while I sang the lyrics to the theme song from the Disney movie, Pocahontas. The first verse set the tone saying,
“You think you own whatever land you land on
The Earth is just a dead thing you can claim.”
As I continued to build on the artistry, I wanted to tap into two of my core values and the definition I created for them.
Contribution, helping others to achieve a collective goal.
Justice, leading with integrity and fairness.
In the midst of winter, I walked a Conservation Park near my home. I stood solemnly in the folds of nature and stared directly into a camera. In that moment I held myself accountable. I pledged to step up and lead the change. My first commitment was to learn more about the Indigenous people and their communities, to obtain a deeper understanding of their struggles over the years. I would explore the future impact of saving our environment. Secondly, I pledged to educate and bring awareness to individuals both in my personal, professional, and educational life. Thirdly, I included with a call to action for anyone watching the video, “Find something… that encourages you to do your part in the world…to create some motion.”
Months after the course wrapped up, I visited a neighbour who shared her recent visit to the Conservation Park where I filmed my assignment. I was amazed to learn how the park offers a ritual, a vision from a male elder of the Anishnawbe Nation during the four seasons, at the Medicine Wheel Garden. Officially opened over 10 years ago, Medicine Wheel Garden is a place that offers an opportunity for healing, celebration, and peace. The Medicine Wheel Garden concept is rooted in the Aboriginal belief of the sacred medicine wheel and its symbolisms and teachings. It honours Mother Earth’s seasonal cycles and illustrates the continuing circle of life.
I discovered that my neighbour with whom I had many interactions, including completing the Empathy Walk Writing Assignment, is a descendant of the Anishnawbe Nation. This knowledge awakened me to a deeper understanding that there is more to explore about the Indigenous communities. I now have the privilege of starting from within my own community.
I do not think I will ever be able to call myself knowledgeable in the studies of Indigenous people, but what I can say for certain, is that I will continue to disrupt my mental models, challenge my ethical reasoning, and always keep my core values at the forefront of every opportunity.
I have always believed in the saying by my favourite poet, Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better”.
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
On behalf of the Centre for Executive and Graduate Education (CEGE) Team, welcome to a new year of academic excellence. Whether you are a new or returning student, we look forward to your contribution within our community. You will be joining other like-minded individuals who share our vision of inspiring transformative solutions for society.
We are delighted for the opportunity to reconnect with our students, faculty, and the Dalhousie community. A new school year always brings an excitement and enthusiasm of things to come whether it be taking a new course, exploring a new way of teaching and learning, to new connections, and new opportunities.
This past year and a half have taught us about the importance of kindness, hope, compassion, empathy, understanding and adaptation. Thank you for your commitment to carry forward these things into the new year.
During the coming year, watch for our posts on these topics and much more on CEGE Connection, our platform to share, inform and most of all CONNECT. These past five years, graduates, students, and professors have discussed themes ranging from virtual teams, and information management to scholarship and deeper learning. This demonstrates a values-based approach to management education and research. We are excited that Denise Hinds will be joining us at the incoming Blog Coordinator for CEGE Connection.
Thank you to our engaged alumni. You make us proud. As the leaders and managers in the business sector, public sector, and civil society, your influence within a complex global environment has been extraordinary.
We encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions, ideas, stories you wish to share, or just to say hello.
We wish you all the best for the coming year!
Acting Director, Centre for Executive and Graduate Education
Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University
“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations