Introducing the Innovation Leadership Accelerator for CPAs

What is the Innovation Leadership Accelerator?What is the Innovation Leadership Accelerator?

Introducing the Innovation Leadership Accelerator for CPAs - an intimate and exclusive program for aspiring financial leaders, fueling the growth of Canada’s innovation economy.

In partnership with leading Canadian innovators Jim Balsillie and John Ruffolo, this immersive 15-week program is designed to empower CPAs with the knowledge, exposure and experience you need to become future financial leaders of organizations that are driving innovation.

Program Pillars

Gain Startup & Scaleup Experience

Learn how to raise capital, understand IP strategy, and more.

Build Key Industry Knowledge

Deep dive into AI and data governance, cyber-security, and more.

Unparalleled access and connections

Direct learning and network opportunities with the innovation economy’s elite.

Program Founder & Speakers

The Innovation Leadership Accelerator is taught by esteemed innovators and program founders, Jim Balsillie and John Ruffolo, along with leading experts from within Canada’s innovation economy such as Brice Scheschuk (MP Globalive Capital, ex-CFO Wind),  Janet Bannister (Founder and Managing Partner, Staircase Ventures), and a host of other high-profile financial luminaries.

Course Outline At-A-GlanceCourse Outline At-A-Glance

Beyond The Books

In addition to classroom fundamentals in strategy, operations, and finance, participants learn the art of the pitch and participate in a business case competition and a business simulator.

Unparalleled Access

This is not your typical lecture series. It’s an intimate, interactive and engaging learning experience with direct access to the country’s leading financial minds.

Unique networking opportunities

Over 15 weeks, these highly engaging weekly sessions include a formalized networking program that pairs participants with leaders in the industry and program alumni. Community forums and key events create ongoing networking opportunities with industry peers and mentors.

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How To ApplyHow To Apply

Are you a CPA with 3-10 years of experience and currently working at a startup or scaleup, or do you aspire to be? 

Do you possess strong leadership skills and see your future self as a senior financial leader driving Canada’s innovation economy forward? Do you love learning, developing yourself and being at the forefront of innovation? If so, this program is made for you.

The application process is simple. Fill out a questionnaire that helps us understand why you would be the ideal candidate to participate in, and benefit from, this program. Our admissions department will review your application carefully to evaluate fit and let you know if you have been selected to attend. There is financial support available upon request and approval, and opportunities to apply for a scholarship.

Program Cost and Timing

The 15-week program launches on January 9th in Toronto, at OneEleven, starting with the Week 1 curriculum and an exclusive Welcome Event, hosted by founders Carol Wilding, Jim Balsillie and John Ruffolo. It runs until May 7, 2024, when upon successful completion of the program you will be presented with a certificate at a graduation ceremony celebrating your achievement.  
The course tuition of $9,500 CDN is due in full at the time of enrollment. For financial support or scholarship eligibility, please provide the required information in your application to be considered or email [email protected] for further information.