Top 10 Canadian MBA schools
10. John Molson School of Business, Concordia University
Established 1974 in Montreal, the John Molson Business School allows Quebec residents a hugely reduced course cost, charging just $7,000 rather than $16,000, and offers MBA students the chance to be a part of its long-running international case competition. It is the largest of its kind, now running for its 35th year, and the winners receive $10,000.
9. Degroote School of Business, McMaster University
This Burlington school began in 1952, and offers students the opportunity to undertake four-month work placements in order to acquire real-life business skills alongside their studies. Incentives are also given to students in the form of an honours program for the third year, after which there is a 12-16 month internship option. Enviably huge companies like IBM, Microsoft, and Procter & Gamble are all internship partners. Courses cost $36,650.
8. University of Alberta
Founded in 1908, the University of Alberta offers a very broad range of subject to study, with a heavy focus on leadership – there are now courses on women in leadership and applied leadership. The school has ranked highly in top universities lists for several years in a row, and has a huge economic impact on the area around it, bringing around $12.3 billion to Alberta every year. Courses cost $27,862.
7. Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia
Sauder was established in 1956 and is consistently within the top university rankings worldwide. Around 65-70 percent of students come from outside of Canada, and the school also hosts 15 specialist research centers. The courses offered by Sauder are more specific than most, allowing the student to pursue the exact career of their choice. The Vancouver school costs $43,883.
6. Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University
Like Degroote, this Montreal school highly values real-world experience and ensures that all students undertake 10 days of international study as well as a paid internship. There is a Tokyo campus which gives overseas students the opportunity to travel to Canada and undertake some of their studies there. Desautels is the oldest school on this list, established in 1906, and the program costs $79,500.
5. HEC Montréal
The courses at HEC are separated by theme, focussing on topics more specific to the student’s requirements. A five week consulting project at a relevant company is mandatory, and study features leadership and communication. Like the John Molson School, HEC offers a far cheaper rate for local residents: $7,500 for those in Quebec, and $15,300 for out-of-province applicants. HEC was established in 1907.
4. Schulich School of Business, York University
A younger school, beginning in 1966, this Toronto school boasts overseas campuses in Beijing and Hyderabad as it has a heavy emphasis on international business. The Schulich Strategy Field Study is mandatory and is a real-world consulting project that students can use to achieve necessary experience for their post-graduate lives. The course costs $70,710.
3. Ivey Business School, Western University
Ivey started in 1922, and uses over 300 real scenarios to develop students’ skills and prepare them for their careers. Based in London, the school has been hailed by Bloomberg Businessweek as the best MBA school outside of the US. The program costs $82,000.
2. Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s University
The program at Queen’s focusses on the basics of the business world, including entrepreneurship and innovation. It has recently added a healthcare-specific module, and came in first place for Canadian Business’s 2014 MBA ranking. The school was established in 1919 and its course at Kingston costs $77,000.
1.Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Canada’s top business school is also the most expensive at $95,100 for the full course. The Toronto school focusses on practical real-world business skills that anybody going into the sector will need, and offers a vast range of subjects for students to choose from – there are 14 available majors and over 90 elective modules. Established in 1950, the school consistently ranks within the top 10 Canadian MBAs, maintaining the best possible reputation.
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How innovation is transforming government
According to Washington Technology’s Top 100 list, Leidos is the largest IT provider to the government. But as Lieutenant General William J. Bender explains, “that barely scratches the surface” of the company’s portfolio and drive for innovation.
Bender, who spent three and a half decades in the military, including a stint as the U.S. Air Force’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), has seen action in the field and in technology during that time, and it runs in the family. Bender’s son is an F-16 instructor pilot. So it stands to reason Bender Senior intends to ensure a thriving technological base for the U.S. Air Force. “What we’re really doing here is transforming the federal government from the industrial age into the information age and doing it hand-in-hand with industry,” he says.
The significant changes that have taken place in the wider technology world are precisely the capabilities Leidos is trying to pilot the U.S. Air Force through. It boils down to developing cyberspace as a new domain of battle, globally connected and constantly challenged by the threat of cybersecurity attacks.
“We recognize the importance of the U.S. Air Force’s missions,” says Bender, “and making sure they achieve those missions. We sit side-by-side with the air combat command, intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance infrastructure across the Air Force. There are multiple large programs where the Air Force is partnering with Leidos to ensure their mission is successfully accomplished 24/7/365. In this company, we’re all in on making sure there’s no drop in capability.”
That partnership relies on a shared understanding of delivering successful national security outcomes, really understanding the mission at hand, and Leidos’ long-standing relationship of over 50 years with the federal government.
To look at where technology is going, Bender thinks it is important to look back at the last 10 to 15 years. “What we’ve seen is a complete shift in how technology gets developed,” he says. “It used to be that the government invested aggressively in research and development, and some of those technologies, once they were launched in a military context, would find their way into the commercial space. That has shifted almost a hundred percent now, where the bulk of the research and development dollars and the development of tech-explicit technologies takes place in the commercial sector.”
“There’s a long-standing desire to adopt commercial technology into defense applications, but it’s had a hard time crossing the ‘valley of death’ [government slang for commercial technologies and partnerships that fail to effectively transition into government missions]. Increasingly we’re able to do that. We need to look at open architectures and open systems for a true plug-and-play capability. Instead of buying it now and trying to guess what it’s going to be used for 12 years from now, it should be evolving iteratively.”