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U. of Calgary launches Global Energy Executive MBA

The University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business is teaming up with IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (part of Englewood, Colorado-based IHS, Inc) to provide the Global Energy Executive MBA program, starting in 2011, to prepare future leaders for a rapidly evolving industry.


“The world’s growing demand for energy and heightened awareness of the problems that can arise from its production requires a new way of thinking from energy-related organizations and stakeholders,” said Elizabeth Cannon, University of Calgary president and vice-chancellor. “Our new Global Energy Executive MBA program will develop responsible and responsive energy-sector leaders by using an innovative teaching model that combines experiential learning and problem solving with personal leadership development.”


The university says the program will combine North American-style management training from a major, energy-focused business school with the expertise offered by a globally renowned energy consulting and research firm. It will be aimed at high-potential executives from around the world working in various energy industry sectors, including oil and gas, nuclear, renewables, and electricity, as well as analysts, consultants and public policy makers requiring in-depth industry knowledge and skills.


The design of the Global Energy Executive MBA program will consist of five interactive face-to-face modules located in key energy centres from around the world. The modules will be delivered in three-week blocks over 18 months and will be supported by additional web-based learning activities.


“It’s very novel to have this kind of a relationship,” said Haskayne Dean Leonard Waverman. “No other program in the world caters to the decision-makers in the global energy sector that offers this combination of top-level university instruction together with such highly regarded energy industry research and advisory experts. And it fits perfectly with the University of Calgary’s ongoing strategy to provide crucial research and solutions to some of the world’s most critical problems related to energy, the environment and the economy.”


Modules will be located in Calgary, London and the United States, with an additional module in either the Middle East or Asia as determined by each class. Covered topics will include leadership, strategy, energy economics, finance and accounting, industry operations, marketing, policy, technology and the environment.


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July 15, 2010  By  John Gilson

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