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Digital Transformation Leadership


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Digital Transformation Leadership


15 May 2023 | Online Live

Registration Open | Closes 12 May 2023

Focused on enabling leaders to execute a digital transformation strategy within their own business units.

A joint training initiative between McMaster University and the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium  - the Digital Transformation Leadership (DTL) course uses an industry-led approach bringing together senior business leaders to share best practices, lessons learned, tools & techniques.


Participants will gain insight into the challenges, opportunities & benefits of business unit digital transformation, with a particular focus on leadership & execution. They will also understand the importance of defining the critical current state of operations, benchmarking & gap analysis, design thinking approaches, and managing supplier-driven digital transformation.​

This course is designed for leaders within manufacturing seeking to lead and or support business unit digital transformation initiatives.

Live Online Teaching

Real-time interactive conference-style education brought to you anywhere.

Earn a McMaster Certificate

Walk away with a McMaster Certificate and practical skills to think and problem-solve like a leader.

Skilled Industry Experts

Hear from academic instructors and experienced industry experts across disciplines.

Tailored Networking

Attend quarterly tailored networking events to meet and connect with others best suited for your career progression needs.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the challenges of leading a Digitized Transition (DT) implementation (5M’s Analysis case study, LEAN Methodology Vs Taylorism)

  • Develop insight on how to use a design thinking methodology to avoid non-efficient crisis mode state optimization.

  • Understanding the limitations and challenges with conventional supplier-driven transition strategies.

  • Understand how to define key requirements, stakeholders, drivers, owners, sponsors and skills for leading a DT strategy.

  • Learn best practices when benchmarking/gap analysis when evaluating the current state vs best in class.

  • Understand critical current state requirements, including disruption sensitivity and action urgency.


Hours of Training


Day Live




Course Content Breakdown

1:00pm - 4:30pm Est

  • Learn how to utilize micro-mentorship & coaching actions on a day-to-day basis to drive accountability and increase autonomy within your teams.

  • Learn leadership fundamentals directly from senior industry leaders needed to enhance team and operations resilience.

Who Should Attend?

  • Employees taking on a new leadership role

  • New Managers or Supervisors

  • Skilled workers that may act in a leadership role within their teams

  • Graduate Students

  • Undergraduate Students

Upcoming Course Date

Serial 1 | 30 January 2023

Registration Closed

Serial 2 | 28 February 2023

Registration Closes 25 Feb, 2023

Seat Capacity Limited

Registration Now Open


Learn directly from senior industry leaders on the Operations Leadership Essentials Course. Through our leadership panellist discussion, you will learn firsthand insights and management best practices.

Admission Details

Participants should have relevant work experience or education in their industry field; a college or university education is an asset but not required.


Please contact the Program Lead if you have specific questions about the background knowledge required to maximize your benefits from the program.

Tuition & Fees

Please note costs noted below are in CAD dollars, and do not include the 13% HST - Harmonized Sales Tax charged for Canadian Applicants.

Southern Ontario Aerospace Subsidy Initiative


McMaster University has enabled a 90% subsidy cost program for employed individuals and businesses within Southern Ontario that work in or support the Aerospace Industry sector. We are as well pursuing other subsidy options for our participants; please contact the Program Lead for more information. 

Southern Ontario Aerospace Subsidy Cost

Course Enrolment

Course Certificate

$75 CAD

Qualifying Association Members

Course Enrolment

Course Certificate

$500 CAD

McMaster Alumni, Staff

Course Enrolment

Course Certificate

$500 CAD

Regular Cost

Course Enrolment

Course Certificate

$750 CAD

Operations Leadership Essentials Course Brochure

Would you like a PDF copy of the Operations Leadership Essentials Course Brochure?

Click to download the PDF.

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Hear from previous participants.

Having lead global teams in the last 5-10 years of my career and benefited from senior leaders taking the time to mentor me, I would recommend this course to anyone entering the management and leadership world. Absolutely on point! Frank G.
Frank Gimondo, Sr Director Advanced Services & Data Centre Operations, Rogers

Apply Now

Apply for the Operations Leadership Essentials Course on our New Registrant Application Page

Program Lead

Industry Operations Leadership & Management

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Ashan Corea

McMaster University

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

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