University of Calgary

IHS and University of Calgary launch innovative Global Energy Executive MBA

July 12, 2010

Developing the world’s future energy leaders
IHS and University of Calgary launch innovative Global Energy Executive MBA

The world’s energy industry leaders need to navigate their organizations through a host of complex issues, from ever-increasing environmental concerns, energy security, the responsible management of major infrastructure projects and the rapid development of more renewable sources.

To prepare future leaders for the complexities of this dynamic and rapidly evolving industry, the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business is teaming up with IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (part of Englewood, Colorado based IHS, Inc) to provide the Global Energy Executive MBA program, starting in 2011.

“The world’s growing demand for energy and heightened awareness of the problems that can arise from its production requires a new way of thinking from energy related organizations and stakeholders,” said Elizabeth Cannon, University of Calgary president and vice-chancellor. “Our new Global Energy Executive MBA program will develop responsible and responsive energy sector leaders by using an innovative teaching model that combines experiential learning and problem solving with personal leadership development.”

The program will be aimed at high potential executives from around the world working in various energy industry sectors, including oil and gas, nuclear, renewables, and electricity, as well as analysts, consultants and public policy makers requiring in-depth industry knowledge and skills. It will be the first of its kind to combine North American-styled management training from a major, energy-focused business school with the expertise offered by a globally-renowned energy consulting and research firm.

The unique design of the Global Energy Executive MBA program will consist of five highly interactive face-to-face modules located in key energy centers around the world. The modules will be delivered in three-week blocks over 18 months and will be supported by additional state-of-the-art, web-based learning activities.

“It’s very novel to have this kind of a relationship,” said Haskayne Dean Leonard Waverman. “No other program in the world caters to the decision-makers in the global energy sector that offers this combination of top-level university instruction together with such highly-regarded energy industry research and advisory experts.”

“And it fits perfectly with the University of Calgary’s ongoing strategy to provide crucial research and solutions to some of the world’s most critical problems related to energy, the environment and the economy.”

Modules will be located in Calgary, London and the United States, with an additional module in either the Middle East or Asia as determined by each class. Key topics to be covered will include leadership, strategy, energy economics, finance and accounting, industry operations, marketing, policy, technology and the environment.

“We are delighted to be teaming up with University of Calgary and hope to make an important contribution to executive development throughout the international energy business,” said David Hobbs, chief energy strategist at IHS CERA. “For IHS, it represents an important part of our commitment to this community in Calgary and to making our energy insight actionable for future leaders.”

Haskayne School of Business is proud to announce today that the design, development and roll-out of this global program is being funded by a generous $1-million donation from Richard F. Haskayne, OC, AOE, FCA.

For more information about the program, please see: www.energyemba.com


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James Stevenson
University of Calgary
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David E. Pendery
IHS Inc.
Senior Director - Media Relations & External Communications
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