Media Leadership Program

The c-suite awaits you! The Media Leadership Program is a proven and successful 96-hour professional development intensive designed to enhance your strategic leadership skills.

  • Exclusive access to industry leaders and Schulich Faculty
  • Certificate from Schulich School of Business, York University, upon completion
  • Participants from a cross-section of the industry
  • Peer-learning and networking

The Media Leadership Program offers a unique immersive learning experience that combines business school teaching from Schulich MBA faculty with best practices from high-level industry executives. Schulich School of Business is consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in the world.

Program activities include individual assessments and team exercises. Past industry professionals who have contributed to the MLP curriculum have included CEO's and top executives from CBC, Bell Media, Shaw Media, Corus, Blue Ant, National Film Board and major production companies.

The MLP is a biennial program. Participants from all sectors of the screen-based industry are encouraged to apply. Successful participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Schulich School of Business. Receipt of the certificate is determined by attendance and participation.

Info Session

September 25, 2019

Time and venue to be announced.

More details to come.

Application Dates

More details to come.

The Media Leadership Program is recommended for screen-based professionals with a minimum of ten years of management or entrepreneurial experience in the media industry, with a desire to develop their leadership skills. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of accomplishments and demonstrated work progression. 

Participants intending to complete the certificate must have no more than two absences in the entire program (Must complete 10 classes). Attendance is taken at each class.


Candidates must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for consideration:

  • ‍Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Landed Immigrant
  • Screen-based professionals with a minimum of ten years management/entrepreneurial experience
  • Successful candidates must be prepared to participate in ongoing evaluations and will be requested to provide a testimonial on completion of the program

Women, men, WIFT-T members, and non-members can apply, providing they meet overall eligibility.

2018 FEES

WIFT-T Members: $3,500 (+ HST)

Non-Members: $4,700 (+ HST)

*Fee includes full program and lunches.

**For the 2018 program, two partial bursaries were offered for this program via the Foundation for WIFT-T.

Breaking the Ice: Working together to become leaders

Trina McQueen, O.C. | Bell Media Professor, MBA Program in Arts & Media Administration, Schulich School of Business

How to Put Your Career in the Spotlight

Glain Roberts-McCabe | Founder & President, The Roundtable


Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP | President, The Soft Skills Group Inc.

Organizational Behaviour

Mark Federman, PhD

Strategic Leadership & Critical Thinking

Alan Kennedy, B.A. LLB. FCMC | Partner, Gibson Kennedy & Company

Leadership & Innovation

Lee-Anne McAlear | Co-Director, Centre of Excellence in Innovation Management, SEEC, Schulich School of Business, York University

Finance & Accounting

Beppino Pasquali, CPA, CA | Lecturer, Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC), Schulich School of Business, York University

Financial Management for Media Companies

Anne Loi | Executive Vice President, Global Operations

Marketing Concepts & Practices

Alan C. Middleton, BSc (London, UK), MBA & PhD (York University)

Industry Forward Day

Douglas (Doug) Barrett, Bell Media Adjunct Professor of Media Management, Schulich School of Business; Peter S. Grant, Counsel, McCarthy Tétrault LLP; and Trina McQueen, O.C., Bell Media Professor, MBA Program in Arts & Media Administration, Schulich School of Business

“Participating in the Media Leadership Program has been one of the most profound experiences of my professional life so far. It made me rethink who I was, what I was doing, and where I was going. The instructors were phenomenal. The conversations and debates that happened throughout each class were fascinating. My classmates were inspiring. I am more confident, more satisfied, and have received real, positive feedback on my management style and leadership skills since I began. I fully credit the program with helping me through one of the most challenging times in my career as a manager, and with great success. Thank you, Media Leadership Program!”
~ Lori McIndoe, Director of Finance, Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. , 2016 MLP Participant
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