With our transition to online programming, we used this opportunity to innovate the way we deliver content, focus our efforts on cultivating relationships with our alumni and building connections with new strategic partners.
I can’t reflect on 2020 without mentioning the most significant disruptive force the world has seen in a long time: COVID-19. If I had to sum up the last year in a few words, they would be change, innovation, and agility. With our transition to online programming, we used this opportunity to innovate the way we deliver content, focus our efforts on cultivating relationships with our alumni and building connections with new strategic partners. The COVID-19 pandemic also ignited the Digital Transformation theme, the strategic focus of our Executive MBA program. Digital transformation quickly became centre stage over the past year. Our expertise in this area became sought after by individuals and organizations.
Last year, the Executive Programs team experienced significant growth across all programs. As I reflect on our growth, I feel strongly that the pandemic has created a need for organizations to focus on leadership development. They are reinvesting resources into creating learning opportunities at all levels within the organization. One of the largest areas for growth within Executive Programs this past year has been customized education opportunities for organizations. These companies required our support to navigate through the challenges they were facing. This resulted in designing several programs for the municipal, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing sectors focusing on organizational culture, redefining marketing positions, and helping boards and their members understand how to function in this new world. We also engaged with and delivered many programs for Indigenous communities across Ontario.
With our transition to online delivery, geographic barriers have also been removed. We were able to engage with faculty members across the globe to teach and participate as guest speakers. Our students and program participants have also connected from locations across the world.
The pandemic has been challenging for many. While this last year hasn’t been easy, I remain confident that we will continue to build connections and be the best support that we can to all our students and the partners we work with. I’m also incredibly proud of our staff and faculty members for all their efforts throughout the change, innovation, and growth that we experienced.
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