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Fundamentals of Management Consulting

The goal of every consultant is to improve the performance of organizations by resolving problems and providing recommendations. To be effective, every consultant must be equipped with the necessary competencies and tools. This course provides participants with an overview of sound management consulting tools, processes, and best practices. It explains the process of management consulting, including the 5-phase consulting model adopted by the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada). This model provides a procedure for evaluating and improving organizational performance.

Dates: September 21 - November 2, 2015
Times: Mondays, 6 - 9 p.m. (September 21, 28; October 5, 19, 26; November 2); Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (October 10, 24)
Regular course fee: $1,395
McGill Alumni fee: $1,186


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

If you wish to register for an individual course without being admitted to the program, please contact us:
Phone: at 514-398-6200
Email: pdregistrations [at] mcgill [dot] ca  
Address: 688 Sherbrooke St. West, 11th floor

Course Description

Using a practical approach, this course covers the fundamental knowledge, methodologies, tools, techniques, and standards required for the professional management consultant, the five stages of the consulting process, as well as working as part of a consulting team.  This course is valuable to anyone who wishes to deliver superior service to clients, or is considering pursuing the CMC designation. This is the keystone course for the Professional Development Certificate in Management Consulting.

Course Outline

  • Understanding the responsibilities of the management consulting profession
  • Knowing the origins and professional organizations of management consulting
  • Understanding trends in management consulting
  • Acquiring the knowledge and understanding of the range and scope of management consulting practices
  • Understanding what makes an effective management consultant
  • Knowing how to apply the consulting process and tools
  • Producing written and oral reports
  • Developing and maintaining client relations


Pierre Lainey, MBA, Adm.A., CMC, CRHA
Pierre Lainey has been in the consulting business for over 25 years, particularly in organizational development and change management. He conducts assignments in private and public organizations in Québec, Ontario, and the United States. Trained in psychology, Mr. Lainey holds a masters degree in business administration (MBA), is accredited by the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CAMC), and is a certified auditor and trainer for CAMC. He is also a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et en relations industrielles agréés du Québec. He is currently completing a doctorate in business administration at the University of Liverpool in the UK. He is the author of four books on leadership, influence, and change.
Mr. Lainey also teaches political skills, organizational leadership, and decision making in management programs at HEC Montréal, as well as management consulting at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) and at the École nationale d’administration publique.

Registration Deadline:

One week (7 calendar days) prior to the first class. 
If you miss the registration deadline, please contact 514-398-5454 or pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Cancellation Policy:

Transcript Courses
All cancellation & section change requests must be made in writing to Pdregistrations [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Receive a full refund if your cancellation request is received prior the registration deadline - one week (7 calendar days) prior to the first class.
Receive a refund minus $100 cancellation fee if your cancellation request is received after the registration deadline - within one week (7 calendar days) prior to the first class.
No refunds are issued after the first class of the course, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca