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Leading Transition to a Low-Carbon, Circular Economy


Learn about the Leading Transition to a Low-Carbon, Circular Economy course.

Part of the Circular Economy & Climate Change Program.

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Developing leaders for transition to a Low-Carbon, Circular Economy.


Online Live

The Leading Transition course is a 3-day conference-style professional certificate program where you will receive knowledge, case studies, and tools to navigate Canada’s most pressing transition issues and position yourself to help lead a transition from any organization level. Canada’s transition to a circular, climate-positive economy depends on courageous leaders from business, government and civil society. New competencies and innovative leadership models are needed to solve the world’s most significant transition issues — climate change, resource depletion, social and ecological justice, technology and artificial intelligence. The new mindset expands our focus from efficiency to effectiveness, from crisis to opportunity.

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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.

Accelerated Learning

Achieve more than you expected in each burst 60 - 90 minute topic sessions over 3 days.

Course Structure


Hours of Training

Consecutive Days


Course Content Breakdown

Module 1

  • Personal leadership reflection, psychometric analysis and comparison to established leadership styles.

Module 2

  • Evaluating transitional leadership approached through case studies and expert panel discussion.

Module 3

  • Leading change by setting urgency, building a coalition and creating a vision.

Module 4

  • Communication techniques to ensure the vision is understood, stakeholders are empowered, and short-term wins are well planned.

Module 5

  • Building the business case for transition — tools and techniques for effective evaluation and communication.

Upcoming Course Dates

View the course dates for our upcoming program courses.

Guest Speakers

Meet the speakers on the Circular Economy & Climate Change Program.

Admission Details

Participants must hold or be completing a degree or diploma from a recognized university or college; hold a relevant certificate in sustainability from a recognized university; or have equivalent professional experience.

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.

NGEN AMP UP Participants & Association Members

Subsidized Cost

Course Certificate

$750 CAD

McMaster Alumni

& NGEN Members

Discount Cost

Course Certificate

$1500 CAD

Regular Cost

Regular cost for this course

Course Certificate

$2000 CAD

Learn more about our subsidy programs, and pre-qualifying requirements.

Would you like a PDF copy of the Leading Transition to a Low-Carbon, Circular Economy Course Brochure?

Click to download the PDF.

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Apply Now

Apply for the Leading Transition to a Low-Carbon, Circular Economy
Course on our New Registrant Application Page

Program Lead

Circular Economy & Climate Change

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Greg Zilberbrant

McMaster University

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Certificates of Completion Professional Programs

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Learn more about the Circular Economy & Climate Change Program and the five courses offered.

  • Sustainable Infrastructure: Design & Engineering

  • Sustainable Infrastructure: Low-Impact Development & Climate Resilience

  • Carbon Mitigation

  • Circular Economy

  • Leading Transition to a Low-Carbon, Circular Economy