Executive Education Montreal (2014)

International Development: Bridging the Worlds of Theory, Policy and Practice

The essential course to prepare professionals for working in the expanding field of international development

Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University, Montreal

October 27 - October 31, 2014

The intensive 5-day course is a practical program designed to provide participants with the requisite knowledge, skills and strategies to prepare themselves for opportunities to work in the expanding field of international development and in a number of international development settings.
The program is designed for individuals who have work experience and are interested in working overseas and/or pursuing careers in international development. It is ideal for people looking to manage a major career transition into the realm of international development including public servants, NGO officers, private sector employees and those who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and understanding of important global issues and trends. 

The Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) periodically organizes informal post-program discussions for participants in the Program. (Using Skype for people outside of Montréal) These will be led by ISID staff and may include members of ISID's Leadership Council. The goal of the calls will be to discuss strategies for finding employment domestically and internationally in the field of international development.



*ISID's Executive Education courses do not count for credit towards a degree at McGill University.


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Program Objectives and Key Themes


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The program is designed to both provide practical and meaningful theories, tools and approaches that will enable participants to learn and work directly with key leaders from other types of organizations. Experienced leaders from business, government and civil society will learn and work together. This intensive 5 day program will provide the tools for developing practical solutions to real issues.


DAY 1 Aid Effectiveness, Performance Measures and Cross-Cutting Sectoral and Thematic Issues
DAY 2 Overview of the Development Landscape, History, Challenges and Changing Architecture and the Multilateral Perspective
DAY 3 Understanding Development Practice and the Non-Governmental Perspective
DAY 4 Private Sector Organizations, Corporate Social Responsibility and Mediation and Conflict Management
DAY 5 Wrap-Up Session and Interactive Discussion.


ISID's Executive Education courses do not count for credit towards a degree at McGill University.

Who & Why?

Who Should Attend?

The program is designed for individuals who have work experience and are interested in working overseas and/or pursuing careers in international development. It is ideal for people looking to manage a major career transition into the realm of international development including public servants, NGO officers, private sector employees and those who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and understanding of important global issues and trends.

Why Attend an Executive Education Course?

This practical, applied program will offer important tools for a wide range of people who are working in corporate social responsibility or are interested in understanding the dynamic space where private sector interests can create shared value and support sustainable development.


Teaching Team October 2014

The teaching team will comprise leading experts, practitioners and innovators across a variety of disciplines and sectors and will include:

Philip Oxhorn | Sonia Laszlo | Larry Cooley |James P. Muldoon Jr. | Robert Sauder | Carol Devine | Shawn A-In-Chut Atleo | Wanda Bedard


Philip Oxhorn (PhD, Harvard) is a Professor of Political Science at McGill and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID). He is a recognized expert on democratic development, civil society, international indigenous issues, human rights and governance. Dr. Oxhorn has worked extensively in Latin America, North America, and Africa, and has also worked as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Population Fund, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada, Department for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Canada, the Ford Foundation, The Carter Center, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and the Mining Association of Canada.

Sonia Laszlo is Associate Professor of Economics and Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of International Development.  Her main research areas cover many aspects of applied microeconomic analysis in economic development: rural development, access to markets, and the relationship between income, health and education in economic development. In addition to using traditional analytic tools to understand some of the micro-economic dimensions of economic development at the individual and household level, she has been increasingly using experimental and behavioral methods to shed light on important questions about economic decision-making in these settings. She is also a member of the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche en Organizations (CIRANO) and the Grupo de Analysis para el Desarrollo (GRADE). In 2005 she cofounded and has since been an executive member of the Canadian Development Economics Study Group (CDESG), which groups both academic and policy development economists in Canada.

Larry Cooley (MA, Columbia ; MPA Princeton) is Founder and Pres­ident of Management Systems International, an 800-person international con­sulting firm he founded in 1981. A specialist in the fields of strategic man­agement and organizational development, he has served as advisor to cabinet and sub-cabinet officials in 11 US Federal Agencies and more than a dozen foreign countries. For 11 years, Larry directed the Implementing Policy Change program that assisted governments in 40 countries to manage various as­pects of policy change. More recent assignments include directing a 7 year effort to help rebuild public administration in Iraq, and a ten-year program funded by the MacArthur and Packard Foundations to develop and test new tools for scaling up innovative pilot projects. He is an elected Fellow of the Na­tional Academy of Public Administration and co-Chair of its Standing Panel in International Affairs; is a member of the Governing Council of the Society for International Development; and sits on a variety of foundation and non-profit boards. He served for 15 years as Chairperson of the Development Man­agement Network, and received that organization’s National Award for Train­ing Excellence.

James P. Muldoon Jr. (MA, Miami) is an independent scholar of international affairs and Vice-Chair of the Mosaic Institute, a Canadian “think & do” tank headquartered in Toronto. His research and writing fo­cus on multilateral diplomacy, international organizations, and global gov­ernance. Mr. Muldoon’s publications include The New Dynamics of Multi­lateralism: Diplomacy, International Organizations, and Global Governance (Westview Press, 2010), Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations To­day, second edition (Westview Press, 2005) and The Architecture of Glob­al Governance: An Introduction to the Study of International Organizations (Westview Press, 2004). He has been a guest lecturer on diplomacy and international affairs at universities and research centers around the world and has contributed to major newspapers and academic journals on con­temporary international relations and global issues. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Oolagen Youth Mental Health. He lives in Toron­to, Canada, with his wife, Reeta Roy, who is the President and CEO of the MasterCard Foundation.

Robert Sauder is the Director of Development Research in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. He has served in the Canadian Government primarily in the areas of International and Learning policy. He has a particular interest in Africa. His Doctoral studies were focused on educational reform in Africa. 

Carol Devine (MSc University of London) is a humanitarian professional, researcher, writer and access to medicines activist. She is strategic Advisor to The Museum of AIDS in Africa and currently researches the links between global, circumpolar and earth health. She was Program Manager for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada and did humanitarian affairs for MSF in Rwanda, Congo, Southern Sudan and East Timor. She has consulted for The Stephen Lewis Foundation and AIDS-Free World and is a founding board member of Dignitas International. For The Diplomacy Training Program, University of New South Wales, Carol organized and co-led practical trainings for human rights defenders in the Asia-Pacific. She recently published a cultural history book The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning about a civilian clean up project she led to Antarctica with The Russian Antarctic Expedition in 1995/1996.

Shawn A-In-Chut Atleo is a Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation. A-in-chut was first elected in 2009 as National Chief of the Assem­bly of First Nations. He was re- elected receiving an overwhelming major­ity of support from First Nations across Canada in 2012 for a second con­secutive term. Advancing a vision of supporting and enabling the success of every First Nation on the basis of their rights and responsibilities, Na­tional Chief Atleo took forward a bold plan of action and engagement with all sectors of Canadian society. First Nations from across Canada sup­ported A-in-chut in confirming education as a top priority for the Assem­bly. A-in-chut has been a tireless advocate for First Nations in every re­gion of the country, with federal, provincial and territorial leaders, corporations and civil society, nationally and internationally.

Wanda Bedard (MBA, HEC Montréal) Bedard is the founder and owner, since 1991, of a business based in Montréal in the sheet metal manufacturing sector. In 2006, Wanda and eight other women established the 60 million girls Foundation to focus on providing access to a quality basic education for the most vulnerable and marginalized girls in the developing world. Since 2006, 60 million girls has raised $1.9 million which has been invested in 16 projects in 13 countries, directly enabling over 10,000 children, most of whom are girls, to have access to primary and secondary schooling. A completely volunteer-run organization, 60 million girls has grown to 40 members on the executive and, in 2010, a chapter in BC was also added.


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