New Mining focused EMBA at University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business will launch an Executive MBA in Strategic Mining Management in September 2015 to provide professionals with the integrated business and operational training and broader social and environmental perspectives necessary to lead the industry.  The program comes at the request of the sector, which is bracing itself for the demographic shift in leadership as baby boomers retire.

The 21-month part-time EMBA was developed jointly by Sauder and UBC’s Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering with an advisory council of senior mining executives. Taught by leading business and mining faculty and private sector experts, the program is built to provide students with a comprehensive view of the industry and equip them to manage its operational and financial decisions at the highest level.

“The Sauder School’s strong ties to Vancouver’s global mining community and partnership with the Keevil Institute, North America’s leading mining engineering school, have allowed us to create an unparalleled educational experience set to make an important contribution to the future of mining in British Columbia and around the world,” said Sauder’s Dean Robert Helsley, Grosvenor Professor of Cities, Business Economics and Public Policy.

The EMBA program is tailored to suit mining professionals working around the globe. Students take interactive online modules and come together four times for week-long residencies in Vancouver, London and Santiago. In these leading centres for mining and finance, participants will learn from local experts and professionals and get firsthand experience with world leading finance companies and mining operations.

“Over the next five to 10 years, many mining executives will be retiring. The industry needs a new wave of leadership,” says Rohan Hazelton, VP Strategy, Goldcorp Inc., the lead industry partner for the program’s development. “Graduates of this program will be set to take on the leadership roles the mining industry needs going forward.”

The EMBA program focuses on decision making, global citizenship and leadership. Using online learning, simulations, lectures, case studies, group projects and a live case competition, the comprehensive program addresses everything from mining fundamentals, finance and strategic management, to business ethics, sustainability and community engagement.