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Program Overview

COURSES

7 weeks
(4 total courses)

DURATION

7 months

TUITION

COMMITMENT

15-20 hours per week

SPECIALIZATION

CLASS SIZE

25 students max.

A few of the many benefits of a UFred Master's Certificate:

Gain specialized knowledge in a particular field

Add value to the performance of your organization

Sharpen your skill set

Won't interrupt your career momentum

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ABOUT THE SCHOOL

The Sandermoen School of Business is named after Kjetil Sandermoen, founder and chair of the board of directors of the University of Fredericton. The focus of the school is to foster leadership skills that students require for personal, corporate and organizational success.

 

The school offers fully-online MBA and Executive MBA programs, Master’s Certificates and various specialty stream options designed to help students reach their unique career aspirations.

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UFred's Online Ecosystem

Live vClasses

Certain courses include a vClass (virtual class), which is a live faculty-led lecture or seminar delivered weekly using the state-of-the-art synchronous courseware, WebEx. This courseware allows for interactive opportunities between faculty and students within student groups.

Online Group Work

In the business programs, students incorporate group work into their online learning. Using online platforms like Skype and Google Docs, students are able to easily meet and collaborate on documents without being hindered by distance.

Online Campus

Students at the University of Fredericton receive the same high-quality education, networking opportunities and collaboration obtained from an on-campus program. Students interact with professors and peers on an ongoing basis.

Resources

UFred offers online resources for its students to take advantage of, including a library and bookstore to assist in the efficiency and learning of each program. In addition, personal support is provided through the presence of UFred advisors, peer support and instructor office hours.

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Each potential student is provided personal guidance and support through the presence of a UFred recruitment advisor. To contact one of our advisors, click the button below.

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Nine Specialization Options

After completion of the foundation courses, students will choose their specialty stream.
With nine options to choose from, students have the advantage of specializing in an area that best aligns with their career.

Global Leadership

This specialty stream is designed for those who want to lead their organization to higher success in their global networks, whether they’re still in the early days of their career or have years of management experience.

Health & Safety Leadership

This specialty stream was developed with and supported by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE). It aims to address the gaps that many in the OHS profession face due to lack of formal knowledge.

Real Estate Leadership

This specialty stream is geared toward early-career real estate professionals and managers who aspire to guide their organizations to more robust performance by using some of the most advanced online teaching and learning techniques.

Innovation Leadership

This specialty stream is built for those who have the vision to take on bold new ventures. It teaches students how to convince other leaders of the merits of their ideas, with the ultimate goal of helping students foster innovation within their organizations.

Human Resource Leadership

This specialty stream aims to provide students who want to invest in their future with a deep understanding of business practices and employee motivations.

Professional Selling & Leadership

This specialty stream is designed with ambitious sales management professionals in mind. Advance with a business acumen that harmonizes sales theory and practice, without interrupting career momentum.

Social Enterprise Leadership

This specialty stream helps students develop the capabilities to lead an organization by focusing on a blended value return on investment, balance sustainable profitability with a social mission and financially manage a social enterprise.

Business Analytics Leadership

Designed for early-career professionals and those who already have baseline management experience, this specialty stream develops business analytics skills and the business acumen needed to propel careers forward.

Consulting Leadership

This specialty stream is aimed at professionals who either want to transition to a career as a consultant or those who want to further develop their capacity in the profession. The topics covered are critical for entry into the consulting profession whether that be as an independent consultant or with a large firm.

For more information on the Master’s Certificate specialty streams, download the brochure below

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Program Tuition & Fees

2019-2020 Academic Year (CAD)

Tuition for the full Master’s Certificate program is $7,416 and can be paid all at once or;

 

Pay by course – each specialty course is $1,680.96, and the final Consulting Project is $2,373.12.

 

There are no additional fees for international students.

In addition to tuition there is a $20 library access fee for each course. The online library provides students access to texts, articles, publications and additional resources

Students enrolled in the Business Analytics Leadership stream will also pay a one-time software fee of $85

Focused on Delivering Academic Excellence

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Faculty with Industry Experience

Instructors for the Sandermoen School of Business not only have strong academic backgrounds but also many years of work experience. With an average of 11 years of experience in online education and 15 years teaching higher education, you know you’re getting the best there is to offer.

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Program Advisory Council

The PAC is a group of volunteers that provides expert advice to a school or department on program-related matters such as trends in the pertinent industry, discipline or profession, learning objectives, curriculum, teaching methodology and program review.

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Academic Leadership

UFred is committed to working with leaders in academia who are driven to advancing our business programs in an online environment. Our academic leadership team is constantly striving to improve our programs, find industry-leading instructors and build meaningful academic partnerships.

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Providing Affordable Education For Working Professionals

At UFred we know that it’s possible to deliver high-quality education while still being affordable. As a fully-online university, we don’t incur the cost of building and maintaining a campus. We are 100% focused on delivering quality education and providing personal student support, advanced technologies and industry-leading instructors.

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NEXT STEPS

Find out if you qualify for the program and learn more about the free application process.

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Applications are reviewed for consideration by the Admission Review Committee and an official notification sent to the applicant via email The candidate’s full application package is reviewed for consideration to include education and work experience.

Individuals wishing to be admitted to the Master Certificate program must present the following minimum admission requirements:

  • a Master’s degree (or higher) from a recognized and accredited university
  • cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 grade scale

Online Application

Please complete the following:

1. Online Application

2. Online Resume Form

Copy and paste your letter of intent and resume into the form and complete all additional fields. You may revisit the form by simply filling in your program of interest and email address. Once you follow the link to revisit the form and enter your program of interest and email address, the information you filled in previously will auto-fill. The form will not be submitted to your Recruitment Advisor until you have agreed to the terms and conditions and click on “Submit Form” in the bottom right-hand corner.

References and Transcripts

3. Request a reference from two strong academic and/or business references who have known the applicant for more than two years. References can be from current or past managers and/or supervisors.*

4. Order a transcript from the institution where you completed your undergraduate degree and have it sent directly to UFred:

Recruitment Department
University of Fredericton
371 Queen Street, Suite 400
Fredericton, NB E3B 1B1
CANADA

In keeping with the University’s commitment to recognition of prior learning, students may transfer credit or advance standing credit toward their graduate degree program through courses previously taken. For consideration of transfer credits, only graduate-level courses successfully completed with a B grade or higher will be considered. Advance Standing credits may be earned by those who have specific business designations.* The total number of credits students may earn through transfer credits from other approved and/or accredited institutions combined shall not exceed half of the credits required for completion of their graduate degree program.

 

To apply for a Prior Learning Assessment, contact the Recruitment Department by email: info@ufred.ca

 

An Initial assessment fee of $150 will be required. For each course you wish to exempt, there is a $100 fee, and you will be required to provide:

  • A detailed résumé*
  • Transcripts from any training institutions you attended
  • Copies of any professional certifications you received
  • Syllabi from any related courses you have taken
  • Any other relevant documentation that provides evidence of your learning

 

*For consideration of learning through work experience and other background learning, you must supply a detailed résumé that includes all education and training as well as positions held and areas of responsibility for each.

Accredited & Recognized

The University of Fredericton is a fully-accredited university offering MBA and EMBA Programs under Section 3 of the Degree Granting Act of the Province of New Brunswick in Canada.

 

The University of Fredericton is a candidate for ACBSP accreditation of business programs offered through the Sandermoen School of Business. The business programs at the University of Fredericton have been fully accredited by the Province of New Brunswick since 2007. The ACBSP accreditation will stand in addition to the provincial accreditation.

Our Accreditation

The University of Fredericton is committed to providing life-changing experiences to students around the world. As a result, we have formed more than a dozen partnerships with national and international educational institutions and organizations that help us extend our reach.

 

UFred has been recognized by some of the most trusted and reputable media sources in the country. The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business named UFred to its annual roundup of Canada’s best MBA and EMBA programs and Maclean’s Magazine regularly highlights UFred in its yearly MBA guide.

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Why UFred?

UFred has very skilled and knowledgeable instructors and also makes sure everyone is engaged in the class. I had an excellent opportunity to meet peers from diverse backgrounds and learn from their experiences. The professional network I have built will be hugely beneficial for my career.

 

Raj Vasal
UFred Alumnus

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Paul Kidston, MBA, CSP

Instructional Field(s): Sales Leadership Strategy
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

Paul Kidston is a Master Sales Trainer and Sales Leadership Strategist. He owns and operates 3 brands focused on Sales Performance Improvement, including Sales Training Experts, Sales Person Assessment, and Career Watch. He has an MBA in International Marketing, and a BBA with a focus on Psychometric Assessments and Organizational Behaviour. He is a licensed MBTI Administrator, and a Certified Sales Professional (CSP) with the Canadian Professional Sales Association. He has trained over 10,000 sales and sales management professionals across Canada and developed over 50 Sales Leadership programs for universities, associations, and private/public companies.

As a published author and avid writer, he shares his sales leadership insights through his many followers on social media. Paul has over 25 years of expertise in Sales Leadership, Sales Operations, and Sales Enablement Project Planning across various industries.

Over the last 25 years, Paul has held executive management positions at two national corporations covering all aspects of sales, marketing and channel distribution. He has been a subject matter expert on projects in telecommunications, fee based medical care, hotel and property management, and host of other industries.

Paul has recently been focused on the importance of Sales Playbook Development (Standard Operating Sales Procedures) as a precursor to sales force automation. This work has resulted in the redesign of sales teams in the areas of compensation, sales channel alignment, sales enablement, and sales training deployment. Paul represents the sales profession as an academic, a leadership practitioner, a writer/author, an instructor and most importantly a supporter for Canada's growing sales force.

Michel David, MBA

Instructional Field(s): Innovation Best Practice
Faculty: EMBA

Michel David is a Professional Engineer with an MBA in Finance and Accounting. He has over 25-years of expertise in logistics, procurement, quality, manufacturing, and new product introduction processes.

Over the last 15 years, Michel has held executive management positions at three multinational corporations covering all aspects of operations. He has led outsourcing projects in China, India, and Mexico and has implemented ISO9000 quality systems in both small, less than $100 million, and large, greater than $2 billion, organizations.

Michel has recently been focused on consulting with small businesses to establish performance management metrics, improve productivity, any assist in overall business planning and strategy. He has completed a course design and teaching assignment in Operations Management as well as developing and teaching an MBA Supply Chain course at the Sprott School of Business (Carleton University).

Eduardo Rodriguez, PhD, MSc., MBA

Instructional Field(s): Business Analytics
Faculty: MBA

Eduardo is an Analytics Adjunct Professor at Telfer School of Management at Ottawa University, Corporate Faculty of the MSc in Analytics at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Pennsylvania USA, Visiting Scholar Chongqing University China, Strategic Risk Instructor SAS Institute, Senior Associate-Faculty of the Center for Dynamic Leadership Models in Global Business at The Leadership Alliance Inc. Toronto Canada, and Principal at IQAnalytics Inc. Research Centre and Consulting Firm in Ottawa Canada. Eduardo has extensive experience in analytics, knowledge and risk management mainly in the insurance and banking industry.

He has been Knowledge Management Advisor and Quantitative Analyst at EDC Export Development Canada in Ottawa, Regional Director of PRMIA (Professional Risk Mangers International Association) in Ottawa, Vice-President Marketing for Insurance Companies and Banks in Colombia, Director of Strategic Intelligence UNAD Colombia, professor at Andes University and CESA in Colombia, author of four books in analytics, reviewer of four journals and with publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Currently, he is the Chair of the permanent Think-Tank in Analytics in Ottawa, Chair of the International Conference in Analytics ICAS, member of the academic committees for conferences in Knowledge Management and international lecturer in the analytics field.

Eduardo holds a PhD from Aston Business School, Aston University in the UK, a MSc. Mathematics Concordia University Montreal Canada, Certification of the Advanced Management Program McGill University Canada, and an MBA and Bachelor in Mathematics from Los Andes University Colombia. His main research interest is in the field of Analytics and Knowledge Management applied to Enterprise Risk Management.

Brent Tabor, CPA, MBA, MTAX

Instructional Field(s): Accounting, Finance
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

Professor Tabor has over fifteen years of professional accounting and tax experience. The first eight years of his career were spent in public accounting and the last seven years have been in controllership roles for various companies in the construction, engineering, and manufacturing industries. In addition, he has over five years of online teaching experience and six years of course development experience.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Nicholls State University, his MBA from Nicholls State University and his Masters of Taxation from the University of Tulsa. Professor Tabor is currently pursuing his PhD in Business Administration from Northcentral University (ABD status).

Professor Tabor, his wife, and three kids reside in League City, Texas, just southeast of Houston. He is a native of south Louisiana.

Richard W. Stolz, BA, MA, PhD

Instructional Field(s): Finance, Economics
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

Dr. Richard W. Stolz is Professor of Finance Emeritus at California State University Fullerton. He has served undergraduate, masters and doctoral students in finance and economics for more than 30 years, with faculty appointments at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Robert Morris University, University of Wisconsin Parkside, California State University Fullerton, Arizona State University and the University of Minnesota. He has served as business dean at UW Parkside, Robert Morris, and USC Upstate, and as associate dean of business graduate programs at CSU Fullerton. He earned his doctorate in economics at Michigan State University.

Dr. Stolz's teaching and research interests include corporate finance, capital markets and banking, and strategic issues in higher education. He has published in Advances in Financial, Journal of Bank Research, Economic Letters, and Issues in Bank Regulation. His current research agenda includes capital budgeting techniques and recruiting faculty for strategic advantage.

Richard has provided leadership in developing collaborative programs, such as sports management, arts management, engineering management, a dual MBA/MS Nursing program, and a Masters in Nonprofit Management. Other programmatic intiatives include consortial development of web-based delivery for MBA foundation courses with three other UW deans, and an on-site customized certificate program that served as a platform for the client's Enterprise Resource Planning efforts. He formed a strategic alliance with three international companies headquartered in the Midwest to develop high quality information technology professionals and to identify a University as a choice for IT education with new capabilities in data warehousing, e-commerce, and UNIX administration. He established a task force on diversity to address divergent learning styles and faculty/staff attitudes. Modeling best practices at leading businesses, the task force developed codes of conduct and professional behaviour for faculty, staff, and students.

Prior to his academic career, Richard served as a staff economist and director of regional studies at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where he analyzed and reported on economic bank mergers and acquisition proposals and developed reccommendations pursuant to the Board's regulatory responsibilities.

Debbie Mortimer, BComm (Hons), MAcc, FCGA

Instructional Field(s): Accounting
Faculty: MBA

Professor Debbie Mortimer obtained her Bachelor of Commerce Degree and Masters of Accounting Degree from the University of Manitoba and subsequently obtained her Certified General Accountant Designation. Her work experience includes 2 years of public practice and over 17 years of lecturer/instructor experience at various universities.

In addition to the University of Fredericton, Professor Mortimer works at the University of Manitoba in the Accounting and Finance Department of the I.H. Asper School of Business instructing various courses. She has co-authored a two-volume set of textbooks in intermediate accounting.

Professor Mortimer owns her own educational consulting business, Accounting, and Computer Consulting and Training Group (ACCTG). Through this business, she performs such work as course development, training, seminar delivery, consulting, and writing engagements. She has been involved with the Certified General Accountants Association at both the provincial and national levels for over 15 years. At the national level, she has served as a member of the National Education Committee and Chair of the National Professional Committee and is involved in the development and assessment of the Education and Certification national courses. Professor Mortimer was awarded a fellowship award from the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada in 2006, the highest award given by the Association.

Gordon Lucas, BA, MA, MBA, PhD

Instructional Field(s): Organizational Strategy, Information Systems, Marketing, Management Consultancy, eBusiness, and Big Data
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

Dr. Gordon J. Lucas is a strategy consultant and scholar.

He is a Graduate Faculty member at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, where he teaches Bachelor and Master Degree courses on strategy and the alignment of business information systems and strategy. At the University of Fredericton, he is Professor of Strategy focusing on designing and implementing strategies that enable extraordinary growth and profits, and an Academic Board member.

Since 1990 he has advised executives on strategy (see www.LucasStrategy.com). Before 1990, Professor Lucas was Senior Vice President, Unitel (now Allstream Inc.), a Canadian communications provider, General Manager, Hitachi Data Systems Canada and Chief Operating Officer of Datacrown Inc. (now part of IBM Global Services).

Blake Escudier, BBA, MBA, PhD

Instructional Field(s): Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Management Counseling, Global Collaboration
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

Blake Escudier is a "Professional Academic" who practices many of the concepts and theories used in his teaching. He is the principal owner and director of Business Owner Counseling services for Entrepanalysis. Over the past 25 years Blake has been an employee, contractor, partner, and business owner. His background is diverse and has demonstrated a strong self-efficacy for helping business owners evaluate the marketing and management functions of their business. Blake helps discover the right questions then counsels the owner on a critical path towards situational solutions based on owner-desired objectives.

Blake's diverse work history ranges from a six-year tour with the US Navy nuclear power program, operations manager for import/export logistics, director of promotions for a regional broadcasting company, owner of a sports agency, business manager of a winery, director of small business economic development programs, to more than 20 years of university lecturing. Blake also gives back to the community, as evidenced by many years participating with multiple not-for-profit boards, community grant organizations, and government commissions.

As director of the 10th largest small business development program in the United States, Blake has experienced managing large economic development operations. Blake also has experience with full P/L responsibility as an owner-manager and professional-manager of multiple small businesses. This includes the financial risk or starting and operating his own businesses both online and ground-based.

Blake has a PhD from Capella University, and a BBA & MBA from Loyola University New Orleans. Blake is a principle founder of the Entrepreneurship Association of Australia, and the Entrepreneurship Association of Louisiana. He was a member of the Victoria Small Business Mentoring Service, and presently teaches the only graduate programs in Marketing Strategy, Global Virtual Team Management, and New Venture Entrepreneurship. He actively participates with the SBI (Small Business Intsitute) association.

Dr. Escudier's current research involves Business Owner Behaviour, Entrepreneurship within Dynamic Environments, and he is presently working on a book titled: "I Learned to be an Entrepreneur watching Gilligan's Island." Another recent project is the development of the "Commercial Entrepreneurship for Invasive Species" program that combines science and business students into teams with the purpose of developing commercial products that will help mitigate or eradicate invasive species.

Mona Engvig, MA, PhD

Instructional Field(s): Organizational Behaviour and Change, Management, Research
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

Dr. Mona Engvig holds a Masters' Degree in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University and two graduate degrees from Stanford University: A Masters' Degree in Sociology (Organizational Studies) and a Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis from the Stanford School of Education. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a four-year Fulbright grant. 

Dr. Engvig is the author of several articles on online education, educational innovation, and various topics related to management and leadership, and has presented at several international conferences. She is the author of several books on online education, including Online Education: Practical, Theory-Based Advice for the Instructor (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2018;  https://titles.cognella.com/online-education-9781516515455.html ). Dr. Engvig is also the co-author of Making a Difference: A Guide to Fundraising and Nonprofit Management. 

She is originally from Norway and was a music school principal for almost a decade before arriving in the United States to further her education. Her professional focus over the last three years has been the non-technical features of eLearning, specifically pedagogical and organizational development aspects. She has worked for several eLearning companies (including Quisic, Docent, and XanEdu), and has consulted with the Stanford-Harvard eLearning venture and other entities. She is currently a faculty member at several online universities, and has taught more than 7000 students in over 500 online courses over two decades. 

Her research interests include problem-based learning, educational innovation, strategy, online education, cultural diversity, online educational leadership, and organizational development and change. 

Donald McCain, BA, MDiv, MBA, EdD

Instructional Field(s): Leadership, Human Resource Management, Organizational Theory and Development
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

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Donald V. McCain (Don), Ed.D. is Principal of Performance Advantage Group, a consulting organization focused on improving organizational and individual performance.

Don has years of corporate and consulting experience in Human Resource Management (HRM) and HRD/OD, leadership, and marketing and sales training, with many clients being Fortune 50 and 100 companies such as Novartis, Meijer, Nortel, Glaxo Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline), Bridgestone/Firestone, American axle and Manufacturing, and AMA International, to mention a few.

He has worked with for-profit, non-profit and government organizations. In addition to his design, development, and evaluation of learning experiences, Don has done extensive work in leadership competencies and the development and implementation of professional certification programs. His work is international in scope.

Don has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for several universities (Vanderbilt, Belmont, Tennessee State University, and University of Phoenix) in various aspects of HRM, leadership, management, organization behaviour/theory, business ethics, marketing, and strategic planning. He has designed and facilitated three online global graduate MBA/EMBA courses in leadership, sustainability, and HRM, and also teaches corporate governance. He is a member of the Academic Board for the online, international MBA/EMBA program for the University of Fredericton.

Don is the author or co-author of four books, a chapter in the ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals, a progressive case study for SHRM National, several articles, and has also made numerous national presentations. Most recently, his publication Evaluation Basics was translated into Japanese. Don hold and Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University in HRD/OD, an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University in HR and Marketing, an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a BBA from the University of Oklahoma with a double major in marketing and economics. Don also has MA studies in Comparative Religion and Cultural Anthropology, completing all course work except the thesis.

He is married and has four children and six grandkids. Don and the family like canoeing, boating, fishing, camping and buying/selling.

James Bowen, BCom, MMgmt, PhD, PMP, CMC

Instructional Field(s): Leadership, Strategic Management, IS/IT
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

At age 13 he developed his first computerized video game and at age 21 and while still in undergraduate university James co-founded a software company. Over the next 20 years he and his co-founders grew an international client base. His management experience has covered all aspects of an organization including operations, business development, product development, project delivery and strategy. His technology experience included software development and consulting with a broad range of technologies. His customer experience included government, military, industry, nonprofit and educational institutions throughout North America and in some parts of the rest of the world. 

Dr. Bowen has been interviewed on the internet, radio, magazine, T.V., and newspaper both in North America and Europe. His twitter account is on several curated lists. He has given presentations or seminars on technology and business insights. He was the sole author of two books discussing the creation and growth of high-tech product companies. He published his third book “The Entrepreneurial Effect”, which drew upon his wide network of entrepreneurs in a collaborative approach, focused on lessons learned from entrepreneurs and investors. The second in the series was published in 2011. His fifth book was about investing  for everyone and was published in 2020:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/169602885X 

He is or has been associated with 12 universities including 4 in Europe where he teaches MBAs over 12 subject areas including: technology, leadership, marketing, supply chain management, project management, entrepreneurship and strategy. In the last 18 years, he has taught over 400  courses to over 12,000 students. 

His volunteer work includes his city’s technology industry development agency’s Innovation Leadership Team. He is founding Chair of the Startup Canada Awards and he has worked on a joint United Nations Industrial Development Organization and Global Cleantech Innovation Competition as an international advisor. He wrote, for three years, the monthly theme article discussing the technology industry and its management issues for a technology industry newspaper. He currently participates as an expert advisor on Startup Canada’s Startup Twitter Chats, a twice a week that each receives 7-10 million impressions. 

He is active with technology companies and investors and regularly provides advice to technology companies, he has been on the board of mentors of start-up incubators.  

He is the inventor of an underwater localization system using passive sonar, a task management system, an archaeological object localization system that uses ultrasonic and infrared, and a 3 learning simulation games. 

He is active on social media including his podcast series on business topics which is featured by a large US book publisher.