Business Leadership Program for In-house Counsel


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Become a Certified In-House Counsel – Canada

One smart investment. Endless possibilities.

Grow your influence and earning potential. Register for the Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel. Offered by the Rotman School of Management in conjunction with the CCCA, it is the only program of its kind in Canada.

Why become certified?

Today’s business environment calls for lawyers who are trusted legal advisors and strategic business partners. There’s a growing demand for in-house counsel who understand business issues and have strong financial literacy skills. The Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel will give you the competitive edge you need to pave your way toward a leadership role within your organization.

Upon completion, you will join an exclusive group of Canadian lawyers with the designation of Certified In-House Counsel – Canada (CIC.C).

Upcoming dates

2020‒21 program dates (Cohort 8) - Application Deadline: April 3, 2020

  • Course 1: May 29-31, 2020
  • Course 2: Self-paced (online)
  • Course 3: November 20‒22, 2020
  • Course 4: February 26-28, 2021
  • Written Assessment: March 2021
  • Oral Assessment: March or April 2021

What you can expect

This 10-month program consists of three 3-day courses taught by Rotman School of Management faculty, combined with a self-paced online program. Guided by expert professors and executives-in-residence, you will learn how to:

  • Contribute to your organization’s strategic planning and success
  • Understand business financials and the bottom-line impact of executive decisions
  • Enhance your legal advice with strategic business insight
  • Position yourself as a meaningful member of the senior team

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Who should apply?

This program is designed for in-house counsel who need management and leadership skills to advance their careers and contribute in meaningful ways to their organization’s executive team. Whether you are new to in-house counsel, in a mid-level position, serving as Senior Counsel, or acting as an Only Legal Officer, the program will offer you the knowledge and insights you need to make a lasting impact on your organization.

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Your course of study

Phase 1

  • Course 1: Understanding & Navigating the organizational Dynamics (in-person)
  • Course 2: Practical / Business Application (online)
  • Course 3: Developing as a Manager (in-person)

Phase 2*

  • Course 4: The Effective General Counsel: From Manager to Leader (in-person)

Phase 3

  • CIC.C Assessment


After successful completion of the program, in order to use the CIC.C designation, graduates must:

  • have 3 (three) years' experience as an in-house counsel;
  • be a member in good standing of a provincial or territorial law society in Canada, and;
  • be a member in good standing of the Canadian Bar Association

The program’s curriculum covers the knowledge you need to succeed:

  • Communication within organizations
  • Corporate and organizational dynamics
  • Employment and HR
  • Executive decision-making
  • Financial management
  • Governance, programs and policies
  • Management and leadership
  • Intellectual property
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Risk management
  • Teambuilding

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Course cost

$9,600.00 + applicable taxes, split into three payments:

  • $3,640.00 plus taxes - due six weeks before the start of Course 1
  • $3,640.00 plus taxes - due two weeks before the start of Course 3
  • $2,320.00 plus taxes - due two weeks before the start of Course 4

How to apply

To apply, please complete and submit this application form as soon as possible. Enrollment is limited. To find out more about the program or application process, contact


Scholarships are available to selected applicants who meet the scholarship criteria and the following conditions:

  1. Self-identify as a person with disability*, a member of an in-house department and be recommended by their legal department’s General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer for the program.
  2. Be in good standing with their provincial Law Society.
  3. Be a member in good standing of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA).

*Individuals with physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

Votes of confidence

“The program has been a tremendous resource to me and had an immediate impact on my career.” – Dave Suchon, Director and Senior Corporate Counsel, Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.

 “Having financial literacy is fundamental to being a good in-house lawyer. As lawyers, we are trained to be guardians of corporate integrity, but you have to go beyond that and become a trusted advisor.” – Ryan Lennox, Director and Senior Counsel, Amgen Canada

“The program delivers a curriculum loaded with practical information, and is presented by engaging instructors. Legal departments who enroll their personnel will be pleased with the outcome as their in-house lawyers demonstrate experience beyond their years of practice.” – Rob Van Walleghem, Executive Vice-President HSE and General Counsel, Tervita Corporation

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