Learn to evaluate position and evidence to plan strategic action, overcome decision traps, and increase your decision readiness and confidence.

The Ivey Academy and CPA Ontario Certificate in Leadership is a collaboration between CPA Ontario and The Ivey Academy at Ivey Business School to deliver professional leadership development tailored for emerging and established CPAs alike.

Please visit our website for more information on this unique learning experience and how to earn a Certificate in Leadership.

Each completed course awards a digital badge to signify your accomplishment. You can share these badges across social media, websites, ePortfolios, professional networks and email signatures to highlight your enhanced skill set and expertise.

After completing three courses of your choice, you will receive a Certificate in Leadership. This powerful credential signifies your diverse leadership skill set and ability to manage through disruption.

NOTE: This course is delivered virtually over three weeks and includes 20 hours of learning. Expect highly interactive live sessions led by expert Ivey faculty, small peer learning groups, online simulations and self-paced learning journeys within the course.


Leaders regularly make far-reaching decisions on behalf of their organizations, such as where to commit resources, when to act and how to set precedents. They’re also expected to analyze complex opportunities and problems, consider alternative points of view, and formulate well-reasoned arguments.

Strategic Thinking & Decision Making teaches individuals how and when to use, interpret, and evaluate evidence, assess business opportunities, identify critical issues, and articulate practical courses of action. Participants will dissect their decision-making processes and discover decision traps or failures of reasoning like biases, mental shortcuts and short-term thinking.

Throughout this course, you will hone your ability to think critically about decision analysis and make sound choices that position your organization for success. Expect to gain awareness about practical organizational and group decision-making approaches and understand the fundamental principles of behavioural economics and decision science.


Interpreting data, processing information and making decisions Perceive, use and interpret data when making decisions; Understand frames, biases and rational decision-making; Examine the importance of the role emotions play in decision-making; System 1 and System 2 thinking; Situational assessment and information seeking; Unconscious and mindful
Trade-offs, planning and decision-making under uncertainty Acknowledge over-optimism in managerial project planning and prediction; Discern noise vs. signal—manage complex information environments; Use reference-class or similarity-based forecasting; Account for uncertainty and ambiguity
Scenario planning and strategic thinking Plan for the future in an uncertain world; Consider how managers think about probabilities and present impact choices; Explore the role of unlearning in strategic foresight
Group dynamics in decision-making Examine the influence of politics, consensus and conflict in strategic decision-making; Review how to involve multiple stakeholders with different interests; Learn how to balance competing loyalties of group membership and external shareholders


This course is deeply experiential, grounded in case research and facilitated by expert faculty from Ivey Business School.

Ivey’s real-world case methodology isn’t about textbooks and lectures—it’s about learning by doing. You will identify specific, practical learning takeaways through deep discussion and simulations, then develop an implementation plan with feedback from other leaders.

Learning methods include:

  • Self-paced learning that includes pre-recorded videos, readings and case studies
  • Live, faculty-led sessions featuring expert Ivey faculty
  • Discussion sessions with peers in private forums and guided self-reflection exercises
  • Online simulations using realistic challenges where leaders can test action against immediate feedback in individual or team-based scenarios
  • Opportunities to test leadership skills in online simulations, apply concepts in critical decision-making moments and navigate team dynamics—just like in real life
  • Peer learning sessions to share experiences, exchange ideas and collaborate to solve challenges with fellow participants in virtual breakout groups during larger sessions


  • Evaluating evidence and predicting potential issues
  • Mitigating decision traps and failures of reasoning
  • Making strategic decisions in complicated circumstances
  • Modelling values-based objectives and strategic trade-offs
  • Managing stakeholders with conflicting interests


This course is suitable for emerging CPAs or experienced executive leaders across different levels or departments of any organization. The course will benefit Managers, VPs or Executive Directors who are dealing, or are involved with, important decisions and wish to increase their decision readiness and confidence to drive strategic action. Participants should have at least five years of business experience.

While not required, we often recommend that two leaders from one organization attend together to maximize learning outcomes. This helps to generate dialogue and maximize learning outcomes for your entire team, not just course participants.


  • Tuesday, November 9, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (one hour orientation and e-reception)
  • Thursday, November 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 16, 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.