McGill University, the Inter-American Development Bank, and Google join forces to help leaders from the private, public and non-profit sectors learn to apply cutting-edge thinking on public-private partnerships to today’s development challenges.


Closing the Gap

An Executive Education Certificate Program

McGill University, Montreal, Canada July 25 to July 29, 2016.

We live in a transformative time in which the world of development practitioners needs private sector participation to make interventions sustainable, and in which the private sector must engage in development to thrive. For this reason, McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Google have teamed up to offer an innovative executive education course, which strives to give today’s professionals the collaborative, 360° approach they need to effectively bring these worlds together.

Reaping the benefits of a team-taught curriculum that taps into the expertise of private sector leaders, McGill’s faculty, and IDB specialists, this course will empower participants to approach their work in a more innovative, more effective, and more collaborative way.

A team with unrivaled experience

A private sector leader renowned for its innovative edge, Google's participation is essential to bringing to the table the private sector perspective. Contributing concrete examples, Google's participation is essential to bringing this 360° approach to life.

Ranked #1 in Canada and #24 in the world, the course taps into McGill’s unrivaled learning model, premier course management, and global capacity to train leaders. The IDB’s close ties with governments and companies has given it unique insights into the development challenges faced by the region, as well as the strengths and interests both types of actors have in overcoming them.

Standing Apart: What Makes this Course Unique?

Top universities around the world currently offer courses on such topics as Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovation for Economic Development, and Non-Profit Management. Yet the common characteristic these courses share is that they offer only a partial view of development challenges and of the obstacles faced by executives in the international arena today. They fall short of providing the integrated, systemic approach needed to address these issues effectively—what we refer to as the 360° approach to development and business alike. This fundamental difference means that Real Development, a Good Business Strategy? Closing the Gap? stands apart because:

  • Only this course can merge the experiences of a major development financing institution, academia, and business to provide a 360° approach to development;
  • This same collaborative approach to designing and delivering the program will provide course participants a unique opportunity to engage in development collaboratively, reconciling the priorities and values of diverse sectors and actors so that we may tap into the strengths each one brings to the table. 360° thinking will be applied to actors (bringing together all the right players from each sector), and to concepts (approaching development with a view to scalable impact, sustainability, and innovation);
  • The IDB and Google are pioneers in institutionalizing partnerships, innovation, and development into their operations. As a result, they have learned by doing and achieved a unique level of expertise. Through their involvement, they can teach participants how to establish the institutional infrastructure needed for this 360° approach to development to thrive.
Information on Registration and Fees: 

The fee for this intensive five-day program is $5000 CAD (plus applicable taxes), although significant support will be made available to select high-level representatives or executives from the public and non-profit sectors. All course-related material, breakfast, lunch, accommodation and healthy break refreshments are included. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.*

On May 9, 2016, applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis

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*ISID's Executive Education courses do not count for credit towards a degree at McGill University.

5,000.00 $
5 days
Course date: 
July 25-29, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec