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This week, school’s in Houston for executive MBA cohort

UToday HomeMarch 6, 2013

Global Energy EMBA academic director Harrie Vredenburg is professor of strategy at the Haskayne School of Business, and is also is the Suncor Energy Chair in Competitive Strategy and Sustainable Development.Global Energy EMBA academic director Harrie Vredenburg is professor of strategy at the Haskayne School of Business, and is also is the Suncor Energy Chair in Competitive Strategy and Sustainable Development.Last stop: London. This week: Houston. Next stops: India and the Middle East.

The Global Energy Executive MBA program, presented through a partnership of the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business and global consulting firm IHS, is “in school” at CERAWeek in Houston this week.

The two-and-a-half week stint in Houston is part of a 16-month program which takes the students – senior energy executives – around the world for first-hand learning about the global energy industry. The participants themselves come from diverse locations: Moscow, Dubai, Kansas City, Houston, Calgary, Sydney and Melbourne.

Houston is the third international stop for the cohort in the Global Energy eMBA degree-program, which comprises five modules, each consisting of two and a half weeks in a global energy centre.

The program was launched in April 2012, with classes at the University of Calgary and a field trip to the oil sands in Fort McMurray. Participants have since spent two and a half weeks at Oxford University and in London’s financial district. Following their time in Houston, they will head to India and the Middle East and then finish up with a capstone session back in Calgary and Banff. On-location learning is supplemented between sessions, through on-line connectivity, peer-to-peer meetings, reading and assignments.

This unique and one-of-a-kind partnership between a university and a recognized consulting firm combines rigorous academics and real-world learning. The program is designed to develop high potential executives in the global energy sector as the industry’s next senior leaders.

According to the program’s academic director, Harrie Vredenburg, “The program will provide the learning and leadership skills that transform high-potential managers into creative, strategic executives who know how to capitalize on opportunities, get results and lead an organization.”

“The Global Energy EMBA has been a great program for personal, professional development with a focus on the energy sector,” says Global Energy EMBA participant Drew Zieglgansberger, senior vice-president, operations shared services, Cenovus Energy Inc.

“With the content of the program focused in all aspects of the energy industry, at a global level, it provides profound value for participants who are looking to broaden their perspectives. The experience with the cohort and the interaction with the faculty have been extraordinary.”

Zieglgansberger will speak at one of the 100-plus sessions at CERAWeek in Houston, the world’s premier, annual gathering of global energy industry leaders and government officials. Also on the podium are fellow Global Energy EMBA participants Belgacem Chariag of Dubai, president, eastern hemisphere operations, Baker Hughes Incorporated; and Surya Rajan, director, upstream research and global gas, IHS; as are Haskayne School of Business alumni Helen Wesley, senior vice-president, corporate services, Talisman Energy Inc.; and Al Monaco, president and CEO, Enbridge Inc.

 

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