Executive Education

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We specialize in developing leaders and their teams. Build your organization's ability to innovate, cope with and thrive through change, and understand the importance of current retail realities like data analytics and AI.


RISE (Retail Innovation, Strategy & Excellence) Program

May 27 - 31, 2024

RISE is the David Sobey Centre's flagship executive education program

The retail environment is being disrupted by new technologies and business models, changes in demographics and preferences, and globalization. Retailers who are unable to respond to these disruptive forces are struggling. 

RISE helps retail executives envision a bold future and provides participants the frameworks, skills and knowledge needed to bring that vision to life.


Category Management Program

January 9 - February 1, 2024

This Certificate Program is ideal for Category Managers at small to medium size retailers looking to hone the necessary skills to deliver better outcomes for their businesses. The program offers a comprehensive approach to embed discipline into your daily routine with eight engaging sessions taught by leading industry experts.


Leadership Development for District Managers Program

February 6 - February 29, 2024

This program is taught by retail industry experts and academics with deep subject matter knowledge. It offers strong conceptual knowledge with practical applications. Participants will leave the program with a completed workbook that can become their “operating manual”. Case analysis, group activities, and discussions will provide an engaging learning experience. Peer-to-peer learning is another unique aspect of our sessions. This program is designed for DMs, Regional VPs, and high-potential store managers to elevate their performance and prepare them for greater responsibility.


Retail Analytics Program

April 9 - May 2, 2024

This program is designed for Category Management Analysts and Category Managers. The program starts with exploring the strategic role of data and analytics and then dives deeper into analytics required to support major decision areas – pricing, merchandising assortment planning, and promotion. Participants will learn to develop disciplined routines around data and reporting, and the ways to enhance the partnership between analysts and decision-makers to produce winning category strategies.


Custom Programs

Enroll your departments in a custom program that is thoughtfully tailored to fit the needs of your company. Our seasoned, industry expert instructors will go above and beyond to work with you to determine your organization's needs and develop a custom program based on their analysis and meetings with your executives. Join us on a transformative learning journey today.