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Strategic Project Leadership

As projects and project portfolios are becoming increasingly complex, the standard recipe of “on time, on scope, on budget” is often not enough to achieve project success.

In today’s world, a project manager has to go beyond traditional project management approaches and needs to be able to understand and navigate the organizational environment in which every project exists and is defined. This includes strategic objectives that the project will accomplish, why it is important to the organization, and how the project interfaces with other projects within a given portfolio. In brief, project success requires factoring in enterprise governance, organizational issues, and human behavior as these will have direct impact on project delivery strategy and, ultimately, project outcomes.

Course Details 

Dates: Wednesday January 17 – March 28 from 6pm – 9pm and Saturday April 7 from 9am – 4pm

Duration: 13 evening sessions

Location: McGill downtown campus
Fee: $1,295*
Alumni fee: $1,101*

* Fees for non-credit courses apply

Prerequisite Course: Comprehensive Project Management
Course Number: CENG 223
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 4
PMI® Professional Development Units (PDUs): 39 (2.00 Technical, 22.50 Leadership, 14.50 Strategic)


This course is part of the Professional Development Certificate in Project Management. For more information, click here.

If you wish to register for an individual course without being admitted to the program, please click here for registration instructions.

Course Description

This course demonstrates how choices and priorities can be managed in order to influence successful project delivery. Focus is placed on leadership skills and competencies, as well as collaboration tools that project managers require in order to influence and guide their organizations in successfully delivering projects. The course is delivered through 13 modules, each referencing and linked to a case scenario. Participants learn practical tools and techniques for addressing the leadership and strategic issues built into the case scenario. The course will culminate in a final session in which participants present their recommendations and solutions to an executive committee that will evaluate their proposals.

This highly interactive course is delivered by experienced instructors and executives who are well known for their teaching and industry experience. An open dialogue and group work format will allow students to interact and share their experiences and lessons learned with team members from a variety of industries and disciplines.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate how projects enable strategy implementation
  • Manage diverse expectations and stakeholder relationships
  • Apply change management best practices
  • Acquire leadership skills necessary to develop and lead effective project teams
  • Increase their influence with and without formal authority
  • Determine the symptoms of a challenged project, and develop strategies and recovery plans to get the project back on track
  • Apply processes and approaches that represent field-proven best practices that support and foster project success
  • Acquire practical tools and techniques to deal with typical real life issues and situations that project managers encounter

Who Should Attend

Professionals involved in project delivery or management--whether as project managers or as executives--who want to enable their corporate strategy and objectives through projects.

Whether working in a hard deliverable environment such as aerospace, manufacturing or construction, or in service industries such as health care or finance, all those facing the common challenge of having to deliver multiple projects with fewer resources in a constantly evolving environment by developing high-performance teams able to produce results.

Topics Covered

  • Enabling Strategy through Projects and PMOs
  • Integrating Change Management and Project Management
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Thriving and Delivering within a Complex Project Organization
  • Communicating with Upper Management
  • Project Rescue - Recovering Troubled Projects
  • Dealing with Organizational Politics
  • Project Branding
  • Leadership in Project Management



Course Drop/Withdrawal Policy

  • Any time prior to the 1st class: Course Drop Period with Full Refund.
  • After the 1st and before the 2nd class: Course Drop Period with Refund minus $20 fee.
  • After the 2nd class: Course Withdrawal with No Refund.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd.conted [at]