Business Edge is a career advancement program for internationally educated professionals. This transformative program positions you to leverage your international experience and achieve your full potential in Canada.

Your key to career success in Canada

The Business Edge program has proven success of career advancement. Within 12 months of completing the program, 72% of graduates have advanced in their careers. After 18 months, that number jumps to 82%.

At Business Edge, we look for highly motivated, flexible, open-minded individuals who are ready to commit to a rigorous and challenging career advancement program. If you have at least one year of work experience in Canada, and are seeking a career that better fits your abilities and potential, consider this transformative program, offered by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Transform your potential

Through a combination of classroom sessions, one-to-one coaching, and online simulations, Business Edge gives you the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your professional goals.

In the competitive Canadian workplace, getting ahead takes focus, grit and a commitment to continual personal growth. We will equip you with the techniques and strategies you need to make the most of the skills, experience and education that you brought with you to Canada.

Real-world results

Business Edge attracts professionals from a range of career paths and sectors, and cultural backgrounds. We deliberately seek out participants who have achieved great things before immigrating, are keen to return to those levels and support each other as they grow. They are an exceptional group of professionals who will provide a lifetime of friendship and career support, and enrich your learning in endless ways.

About the program structure

The growing interconnectedness among people and economies demands that professionals demonstrate the critical skills that help them connect and thrive in diverse communities.

The program provides you with a thorough understanding of the critical skills required to work across diverse cultural groups and to navigate the unwritten rules of the office. Over the course of the program, gain confidence, organizational visibility and effective communication skills needed to build networks and achieve career success. Business Edge participants master the ability to present, negotiate, influence, and lead. You will emerge with a clear understanding of your personal brand and value to the organization – and how to capitalize on both.

Course calendars, materials, E-Learning modules and assignments are available online. Participants meet regularly at Rotman School in full-class sessions, smaller groups and individually with classmates and coaches.

The program schedule includes:

  • Class on every Tuesday evening, 6-9 pm
  • Class on 13 Saturdays, 9 am – 5 pm
  • Total of 6 hours of peer coaching on Tuesday evenings
  • 6 hours of personalized, one-on-one coaching on weekday evenings by appointment only

If attending class regularly at our downtown Toronto (U of T) campus is not possible for you, learn more about the Business Edge Digital program.

Program themes

In Business Edge, we focus on four key themes: Advanced Communication, Intercultural Skills and Competencies, Leadership Skills and Career Management.

Advanced communication

How do I appropriately disagree with an idea proposed in a team meeting? How can I suggest an organizational change, make appropriate small talk, or deliver an engaging presentation? These are situations where stakes are high and nuance is everything.

In a knowledge economy, communication skills are paramount and go beyond understanding a language and its grammar. Effective communication is about using culturally appropriate language for handling specific business situations. Business Edge devotes extensive time to advanced communication in both classroom and coaching sessions.

Intercultural skills and competencies

A command of intercultural skills is becoming crucial in today’s agile, evolving and multicultural workplace. Adapting to working-life in Ontario would be simple if there were one type of organizational or workplace culture, but there isn’t just one. A multitude of factors make every organization different.

Business Edge participants develop an in-depth understanding of their cultural values, interaction style and intercultural adaptability and how they affect their interactions in diverse teams. Participants learn to adapt their behaviours across cultures while staying authentic to their core values.

Leadership skills

Great leaders have high levels of emotional intelligence: they work well with others, take responsibility for their own actions, give constructive feedback and appreciate the same. They solve problems, influence others and drive change.

In Canada, leadership characteristics are expected of all employees – especially those who want to advance. Business Edge enables a recalibration of leadership skills for the Canadian market.

Career management

Managing your career is about thinking beyond securing a better job. It is about active and strategic career self-management on an ongoing basis. It is about being clear about goals.

Business Edge participants work with a dedicated career coach to develop a personalized career management plan. These plans help participants understand their value, clarify their goals, and transform their ideas into action.

Admission Requirements

In addition to being highly skilled, internationally educated professionals who are open-minded and committed to learning and working hard, Business Edge participants need to meet additional criteria. The list of admission requirements can be found at this link.

Fees include:

  • Tuition
  • All Program materials and supplies
  • Completion certificate

Financial assistance may be available. Eligibility criteria is based on household income and number of dependents. For information on micro-credit loans for IEPs visit Windmill Microlending (Formerly IAF). For more information about financial support, please contact the admissions team at 416-978-6803.