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Fundamentals of Managing Change

Our organizational world is changing rapidly, and with it the competitive work environment. Successful leaders and team-members must understand the drivers of organizational change, and particularly how to manage that change effectively on a virtually continuous basis.

Dates: TBA
Duration: 3 full days over 3 weeks
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: 688 Sherbrooke West, Room 1041
Fee: $ 1,095 CAD plus applicable taxes

PMI® Professional Development Units (PDUs): 21 (0.00 Technical, 18.00 Leadership, 3.00 Strategic)


This hands-on course introduces models for understanding and managing change to enable participants to lead change within their organizations.  It provides frameworks and tools for enabling the successful leadership of change processes, and includes practical discussions and role plays. The emphasis is on the class-time acquisition of change-facilitation skills, with time spent in lectures reduced in favour of prework readings.

Who Should Attend

Professionals at all levels involved in organizational change and particularly those responsible for human resources, project management, information technology, or strategy.


At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • anticipate organizational changes and the nature of those changes
  • analyze situations and develop successful change-management plans
  • implement some practical techniques for leading and facilitating the change process
  • Apply some simple techniques for enabling teams to align their thinking and reach consensus on change-related topics

Topics Covered

This course contains the essential underpinning theory, but the major part of course time will involve exercises, case studies, discussions and role plays.

  • change process models
  • facilitation techniques for consensus
  • the drivers of change
  • personality and change leadership
  • diagnosing organizational change needs
  • planning the change process
  • creating and communicating a vision for change
  • enabling change to happen
  • tracking change plan performance


J. Chris Cooper, M.A., C.M.C., Adm. A, C.H.R.P.

Chris Cooper has more than three decades of experience leading consulting and training practices in North America specializing in business transformation and organization renewal, always focused on the successful leadership of lasting change. His professional career includes extensive work in the public and para-public sectors, not-for-profit organizations, and the primary and service sectors.

Mr. Cooper has been particularly active in processes aimed at the clarification of strategic organizational and community goals, the restructuring and transformation of organizations for greater focus and productivity, as well as supporting communications and human-resource activities.

Mr. Cooper is the author of the Orgpax series of self-help and diagnostic tool-kits, editor and translator of the Early Modern Management Classic on Organization Behaviour: “The Treatise on the Court”, and a frequent speaker on related topics.

Chris Cooper also teaches “Leading Change” at McGill University.

Mary Larson, BA, MBA, ICD

Mary works with business leaders and boards, helping them define their visions and strategies, and then creating the alignment and discipline that leads to successful implementation. 

Her work encompasses executive coaching with C-suite executives, strategic alignment and leadership development programs / interventions.

Mary has been a partner with Monitor Group and A.T. Kearney and also held senior executive positions with McDonald’s Corporation, Alcan and Culinar. Mary began her career with the McKinsey & Co.

She has lectured on strategy in the MBA programs of Queens and McGill.  Mary received her BA from Princeton and MBA from Stanford GSB. She serves on the Executive Committee and Board of the Finance and Sustainability Initiative, and is the co-founder of Beneficial Organizations Inc.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing. The following Cancellation Policy applies:

Up to 14 days prior to the start date: Full refund
7 days prior to the start date: Refund minus $100 Cancellation fee
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd.conted [at]

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