Certificate and Executive Programs

Communication and Leadership Presence for CPAs

OCT 31 - Dec 06, 2022



OCT 31 - DEC 06



1:00 PM - 5:00 PM




32 Hours


0 Hours


Registration closed on

Oct 21, 2022


Learn how to cultivate your leadership presence by identifying and bringing your best self forward. Hone your communication skills, receive coaching from top-rated Ivey faculty, and practice with a peer network of other leaders.


Successful leaders know how to have an impact. Great leaders know how to inspire. The Ivey Communication and Leadership Presence for CPAs course takes your leadership presence from good to great through the power of authentic communication.

This transformative course is designed for leaders who are ready to move beyond traditional approaches to communication. Through a deeply personal process that links leading-edge research, neuroscience and sociology with guided self-reflection, you will learn how to cultivate your leadership presence by identifying and bringing your best self forward.

Throughout the course you will practise your communication skills, receive coaching from top-rated Ivey faculty and build a global network of peers to provide support when you need it most. Return to work with the confidence to navigate tough situations, master difficult conversations and communicate your vision as a leader who inspires from a place of self-awareness and other-awareness.

NOTE: This course is delivered virtually over five weeks and includes 32 hours of learning. Expect highly interactive live sessions led by expert Ivey faculty, small peer learning groups, online simulations and self-paced learning journeys.


Group rates are available. Save 25% if three or more employees register for the same course. Contact Nirmeen Hasan, VP Learning, CPA Ontario at nhasan@cpaontario.ca to learn more.


  • Monday, October 31, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 1, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 3, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 18, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Your best self Develop a deeper understanding of your authentic self through self-assessments and guided reflections; Define and articulate your leadership presence; Learn how to lead with your best self
Leadership communication competenciesUnderstand the key communication skills that contribute to superior leadership outcomes; Learn how to integrate dimensions of character and commitment for more powerful communication and inspired leadership
Communicate in context Master the skills needed to put your best self forward in any context: in-person, on the phone and virtually, over video; Receive personal feedback on your leadership presence from peers and faculty
Equitable communicationLearn best practices related to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI); Understand approaches and learn techniques that strengthen your ability to build authentic connections with people who think and work differently; Learn how to break silences and engage in ways that are meaningful and respectful
Authentic conversation Bring your best self forward in any conversation; Learn how to navigate difficult, crucial and confrontational conversations from a place of self-awareness and other-awareness


This course blends contemporary academic research with practical, case-based, experiential learning and real-world expertise. The Ivey Business School approach inspires true behaviour transformation in executive leaders. Participants come away with actionable business insights and access to a network of alumni that supports continuing individual growth.

Expert faculty draws on deep knowledge in learning design to drive highly interactive, live sessions, small peer learning groups, coaching, simulations and self-paced learning that is deeply experiential and grounded in case research.

Learning methods include:

  • Self-paced learning that incorporates pre-recorded videos, readings and case studies
  • Live sessions led by expert Ivey faculty
  • Discussion sessions with peers in private forums and guided self-reflection exercises
  • Peer learning sessions to share experiences, exchange ideas and collaborate to solve challenges in virtual breakout groups during larger sessions
  • 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
  • Individual assessment tools to enable deeper self-awareness and provide an opportunity to reflect on the learning journey


  • Gain a deeper understanding of your best self
  • Master the art and science of authentic communication in any context
  • Strengthen your ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Hone your capacity to navigate difficult conversations with confidence
  • Grow leadership presence and return to work as a leader who inspires


This course is suitable for emerging CPAs or experienced executive leaders looking to master authentic communication skills and develop their leadership presence to enhance performance and influence in any situation. Whether they are Managers, VPs or Executive Directors, 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 and generate dialogue for your entire team, not just course participants.


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.




$3500.00 Member

$3500.00 Student

$3500.00 Public

Status: Registration closed on Oct 21, 2022




Portrait of Kanina Blanchard

Kanina Blanchard has extensive experience working in international business, the public service, non-profit and consulting. She has lived and worked on four continents and is recognized for her ability to adapt, lead teams and projects, and navigate complexities across various sectors, geographies and cultures. With expertise in the areas of organizational and communication challenges as well as issues, crisis and change management, her greatest passion is in leadership development, education and coaching. From CEOs and C-Suite executives to emerging leaders, Kanina focuses on supporting those seeking to grow and develop their character, competencies and commitment. Kanina brings more than 30 years of practical, dynamic and real-world experience to the table along with a deepening array of research and academic credentials that grounds her consulting practices in the creation of transformational and sustainable change. As a consultant she is committed to provide clients with targeted and customized strategic solutions to challenges that impact organizational and leadership brand, reputation and bottom line. As an academic, her focus and research is on responsible leadership, women in leadership and on supporting equity, diversity and inclusion.



An experiential case-based course that combines the best of virtual and on demand learning.

This is an online course offered by the Ivey Business School Foundation.

Your learning will take place on the Ivey Business School Foundation learning management system.

This is a two-step registration process. Once registered and paid, you will be provided instructions on how to register Ivey School of Business Foundation. You will receive the second email from pdevents@cpaontario.ca within 48 hours of registering. This will contain a link to the course you registered for on the Ivey Busines School Foundation website where you will finalize your registration.


By registering you consent to and confirm your understanding of the following: CPA Ontario may share your email address, name, or Member ID with The Ivey School of Business Foundation for the purposes of providing you with this Course. YOU MUST use the same email address to register with both CPA Ontario and with The Ivey School of Business Foundation


NO WITHDRAWAL FEE until the course starts. Registration, cancellation, withdrawal and all other CPA Ontario PD Seminar policies can be found here.

Note: Course may be cancelled up to three days in advance of start date.

The Ivey School of Business Foundation is CPA Ontario’s content provider for this PD Course. As a condition of your participation, you acknowledge and agree that you will not:

  • Copy, modify, adapt, translate, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer the Ivey School of Business Foundation content, technology or software or otherwise attempt to discover the source code of the software;
  • Rent, lease or assign the Ivey School of Business Foundation to any third party;
  • With the exception of any information or materials necessary to fulfill PD Course requirements or complete PD Course exercises, download any training tutorials or any other text, multimedia images (graphics, audio and video), data and other information provided in connection with the Ivey School of Business Foundation; or
  • Allow access to the Ivey School of Business Foundation by any user other than yourself


Upon successful completion of this course, you will granted a shareable Ivey Busines School Foundation & CPA Ontario badge. Please see our website for more information .